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 Eyeglass Assist

Solomon Islands Project

2018

 

 

 

 

*   received the Excellence in Lions International Service Award 2011
*   Supported by the Fred Hollows Foundation of New Zealand

Our names are Paul and Frances Tudor-Stack, and we have created Eyeglass Assist, a not for profit organisation. Nine years ago we left our jobs, family and friends behind in Darwin Australia and headed to distant shores on our 1982 restored sailing boat, Sea Spray. Since departing on our voyage we have incorporated a unique service in our travelling to help people living in remote communites. Our service is to provide eyeglasses, otherwise known as spectacles, to people who cannot afford or otherwise access them. We conduct basic vision screening and dispense eyeglasses without any cost or obligation to those in need, without cost to the communties and without cost to the countries governments. 

 For many people this is a life changing experience

From the time we commenced our voyage in 2008 we have provided almost 8,000 pairs of spectacles, as well as sunglasses, to people living in remote islands and mainland villages in 13 different countries, throughout Asia, Oceania, the Pacific Ocean and Mexico. We have fitted glasses to people in their 70's who haven't been able to read for 20 years and to young people who have dropped out of school because they can no longer see the blackboard or read a text book - a situation that we who live the developed world cannot envisage.

We now have almost a decade of experience providing our services to remote communities. Over the last ten years we have incorporated Eyeglass Assist into our travelling  and up until now all costs associated with the project have been covered by ourselves. In 2018 we want to take our humanitarian work to the next level - we are dedicating 100% of our time and effort to achieving the goals of Eyeglass Assist by supplying remote village people living in the Solomon Islands with the gift of better vision.  

Our plan is to depart Australia from Brisbane in mid 2018 and sail the 1,100 nautical miles (2,200 kms) across the Coral Sea to the Solomon Islands in our 13 metre sailboat Monkey Fist, carrying 10,000 pairs of spectacles and as many pairs of sunglasses as we can possibly fit on board. The spectacles and sunglasses will be provided by the Lions Club of Australia Recycle For Sight Program. The voyage to the Solomons will take 10 to 12 days and upon arrival in order to achieve our goal, we will be working six days a week and we will be doing so without any personal financial gain, 100% our time will be devoted our mission.

If you are currently wearing glasses take them off and try and imagine what life would be like without them.  Try reading this, try finding a small object that you have dropped, try sewing, try to write something or tie a knot or carve or knit or do a thousand other things that you need to be able to see clearly close at hand.  Then you will begin to realise what life without glasses would be like.  Living in devoloped countries, we take clear vision for granted, but many people live much of their lives without being able to see clearly because they don't have glasses. The benefits of our service have proved invaluable to many remote communities and you can see what some of the leaders think of our contribution on our testimonial page. 

However there are considerable costs involved in such a project and for us to make this happen we are seeking financial support. We can not achieve this ourselves, so we are looking for people who can see the value in what we are doing to help the project.  Regardless of how little you can contribute to the project it will all make a difference, and without your help 10,000 people who live in the Solomon Islands will not receive the gift of better vision.     

For more information about the 2018 project and to donate and to read about what we have already achieved you can check out the items in the menu buttons on the left hand side of each page.

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