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Rotary Club Of Darwin Sunrise Supports Fred Hollows Foundation

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The Fred Hollows Foundation has received a $3,100 donation from the Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise to improve eye health in remote communities across Australia.

The Fred Hollows Foundation’s Indigenous Australia Program Manager, Shaun Tatipata, thanked the club for its generous donation.

“The Darwin Sunrise Rotary has been incredibly generous to raise over $6,000 for our work and we’re thankful for their support,” Mr Tatipata said.

“In a country where blindness and vision loss are three times more common among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults than other Australians, we need the support of community groups like the Rotary to close the gap in eye health.

“Fred was a champion of Australia’s First Peoples, and The Foundation is proud to continue his work in partnership with local organisations.”

The Darwin Sunrise Rotary held a movie night at the Darwin Deckchair Cinema in July, with proceeds going towards The Fred Hollows Foundation and the Rotary End Trachoma Project.

Along with this project, The Fred Hollows Foundation is working to eliminate trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness.

The prevalence of trachoma among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia has fallen dramatically over the years. However, trachoma is still prevalent in some remote parts of Australia, including the Northern Territory.

According to the Australian Trachoma Surveillance Report 2017, there were 68 communities in five regions of the Northern Territory at risk of trachoma. The most at-risk communities are in Central Australia (Alice Springs Remote).

“It’s completely unacceptable that Australia is the only developed country in the world to still have trachoma, a painful but preventable eye disease,” Mr Tatipata said.

“With the support of communities like the Darwin Sunrise Rotary, we can work towards a better future for our First Peoples.”

A presentation of the cheque took place last Friday 1, November, at the Oaks Elan Hotel in Darwin City.

Image: Sunrise Rotary Club President, Rebecca Miniken, with The Fred Hollows Foundation’s Assistant Manager to the Indigenous Australia Program, Camilla Bullen.