Author: Stephen Thomas

National Eye Health Report for JULeye

Eyesight outranks ability to hear, speak or move when it comes to performing at work yet most aussies neglect their eyes. A new report[ii] released by The Eye Foundation in the lead up to JULeye has found that for the majority of Australian workers, being able to see is fundamental to being able to do their job. Despite this, working Australians are still taking part in activities that can increase the risk of eye disease, including more than one in four who admit to regularly smoking.

According to The Eye Foundation report, Australian workers are four times more likely to feel that losing their eyesight would make it most difficult to complete their job, compared to if they were to lose their ability to speak. In addition twice as many workers felt that losing the ability to see would make it most difficult to do their job, compared to if …

Be part of Bledisloe Cup this JULeye

The Australian Rugby Union has joined the JULeye campaign in event partnership for the Bledisloe Cup on 26 July in Sydney. There will be a team of volunteers from Clayton Utz and Macquarie Bank roving around ANZ Stadium to spread the word about JULeye and sell special edition eye tattoos.

Australian – green/gold – and New Zealand – black/white – eye tattoos will be sold outside the stadium in lead up to the game. Avid rugby supporters will be able to badge their support for their chosen team by wearing a patriotic eye tattoo for the Wallabies or the All Blacks.

A new campaign launched by the ARU has seen Dr Mark Loane, ophthalmologist and ex-Wallabies Captain, named as the 70s Ambassador for the Built by Rugby – forged in union campaign. Sydney will host the Bledisloe Cup Test for the first time in three years – and tickets to …

The Eye Foundation Larapinta Challenge 2009

The Eye Foundation is excited to launch The Eye Foundation Larapinta Challenge 2009. This trip, managed by fundraising adventure travel company ‘Inspired Adventures’, is giving 20 people the opportunity to join an incredible trekking challenge along the Larapinta Trail (Central Australia) in late April/early May 2009. This adventure is designed to challenge Australians to get fit, raise funds for The Eye Foundation and have an extraordinary experience in one of Australia’s most incredible and scenic destinations.

Funds raised from The Eye Foundation Larapinta Challenge 2009 will go directly to The Eye Foundation’s indigenous eye health programs including the Minum Barreng (‘tracking of eyes’) Indigenous Project.

We invite you to consider participating in this fundraising and fitness challenge which is all about: everyday people – fundraising champions – incredible journeys!

To find out more click here or call Kim at Inspired Adventure on 02 9262 7882.…

Clayton Utz Bledisloe Cup Lunch

A major corporate partner, Clayton Utz, generously named The Eye Foundation as the charity of choice for their Bledisloe Cup lunch hosted by Phil Kearns. Dr Mark Loane, ex Wallaby captain, practicing ophthalmologist and Board Director of The Eye Foundation was a speaker at this event.

The Clayton Utz Foundation matched, dollar for dollar, money donated during the lunch to help raise a grand total of $6,430 for The Eye Foundation. Thank you to both Clayton Utz and their guests for their generous support at this event.…

Bledisloe Cup a huge success for JULeye

In partnership with the Australian Rugby Union (ARU), the innovative event partnership for the Bledisloe Cup match on Saturday 26 July was a huge success. With 60 volunteers selling tattoos and collecting donations from rugby supporters, thousands of dollars was raised for research into eye disease.

Inside the stadium over 70,000 rugby supporters became eye aware with former Wallaby Captain Dr Mark Loane interviewed in the centre of the field and the JULeye online campaign aired on the big screen pre-game.

This would not have been possible without the enthusiasm and support of Clayton Utz and Macquarie Group employees who volunteered their time on Saturday night to help out! We also acknowledge the tremendous leadership shown by the ARU in enabling this partnership to take place in the first year of JULeye.…

Over $150,000 in support from the ophthalmic community

Throughout the JULeye campaign, the ophthalmic community rallied behind The Eye Foundation in support of JULeye by selling merchandise, wearing JULeye shirts and contributing funds towards research into eye disease.

Over $150,000 has been raised as a result of this support from over 80 practices and doctors nationally which has been recognised in the MY JULeye page of juleye.com.au . In recognition of this support, awards will be announced at the RANZCO National Congress in November this year.…

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