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Solomon Islands Project

2018

 

 

 

 

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  • NEW!  12th April, 2018
    Only six weeks until we depart for the Solomon Islands

    We're back in Brisbane and moving on to the next phase of the project –  preparations before departure for the Solomons. I've heard it said that nothing said in a sentence before the word “but” is not important, however...that is not always the end of the story, as far as we are concerned.

    The good news is that we have received the official Immigration Department documentation that grants us permission to enter the Solomon Islands, a process we instigated many weeks ago but has finally been procured. We now must move onto Customs and Quarantine clearance, which, in theory should be easier. In theory...but... (there we are again), we are quietly confident.

    On the BUT side: Since March, 2017 we have been working closely with both the Solomon Islands government and Lions Recycle For Sight Australia to enable the project to achieve it's goal of fitting and supplying 10,000 pairs of spectacles to people living in remote regions of the Solomon Islands. This support is essential for the project to succeed - the Solomon Islands Government: in order to recognize and support a need in their country and to facilitate arrangements to allow us to do what we said we would; and, also Recycle For Sight to supply us with the spectacles.

    Only within the last 48 hours Recycle For Sight has advised us that they will not be able to supply us with all the glasses we have previously requested. They recently filled a large order and our request had not been taken into consideration. What this means is that there is now insufficient time left for them to accumulate and sort the number required for our project.

    Of the 10,000 pairs requested we have just been provided by Lions with approximately 4,000 pairs and we will hopefully be supplied with another 1,000 before our intended departure date, but there are no guarantees. We have worked tirelessly to make this a reality over the last year and so we are not prepared to give up. We sincerely thank the people who have supported us and understand and appreciate the program's goals, you have our heartfelt gratitude.

    In order to undertake the actual voyage to the Solomon Islands and thus embark upon the on-the-ground phase of the project, we must now determine the minimum amount of spectacles needed in order to make the investment of time and effort worthwhile. We have therefore decided that we need to source at least another 3,500 pairs of reading glasses and, because of the time limitations, they will most likely need to be new rather than recycled. We are hoping that a company will see the value in what we are doing and come to our rescue but at the same time we are trying to source superseded styles from wholesale outlets or importers in Australia and hope that they will supply them without charge. We realize that this is probably unlikely and therefore we may need to buy them. So, we will attempt to raise further funds to cover the unexpected extra cost of the glasses. It is a tall order but we are doing this because we believe it is a good thing and we will do whatever is within our power to ensure the project's goals are achieved. 

    If anyone has any ideas or is willing to do anything to help us overcome this unexpected obstacle then we would appreciate any help given. We are asking everyone to please just do the best they can to spread our message and help make the project a reality. You can contact us through our website contact page or via our phone number referred to on the site. We need your help. It is very regretful that this has occurred but we must move forward and we want to stress that, regardless of the above situation, the Lions Club Recycle For Sight Program team work very hard, doing so on a volunteer basis and they deserve everyone's support. (photo is of Frances sorting the glasses on hand).


  • 21st February, 2018 - We've very happy to announce that the ACNC (Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission has assessed our application and we are now declared as a Registered Australian Charity and are able to use the Registered Charity Tick as an endorsement.   

  • 14th February, 2018 - We've organized a raffle with prizes donated by sponsors and friends, totalling over $3.000 in prizes.  Tickets are only $5 each and will be drawn on the 28th April at 6 pm AEST. To see details of prizes just CLICK HERE. If you would like to buy a ticket directly from us please make a direct deposit to our bank account (same as on our donations page):

    Bank: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
    Name: Eyeglass Assist
    BSB:063526
    Account No.:10489666

    in denominations of the number of tickets  (i.e.$5,$10,etc.,.) and send us an email through our Contact page and we'll email the details of your ticket(s)

    Please note:
    due to freight costs the raffle is only open to people in located in Australia.

  • 3rd February, 2018 - Craig Bush from ABC Radio Gipplsand interview with Frances and Paul about the Solomon Islands Eyeglass Assist Project.  Frances grew up on a dairy farm at Nambrok just out of Sale, thus the local connection. Just click in the icon below to listen to the interview.
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  • 27th January, 2018 -  We were interviewed by Greg Bayliss on ABC Radio Canberra on Saturday Breakfast. It was great fun - Just click the icon below to listen

  • January, 2018 -  Fund-raising is ticking over but we are finding it hard going to attract sponsorship or donations from organisations or companies.  The good news is that with the assistance of Redland City Marina and by making other alternative arrangements and trying to cut as many corners as we safely can, we have managed to reduce the funds we need to $30,000.  So far donations total $9,000 so we are well on the way (please see our updated Donation Gauge on the front page).  Some time ago we applied for registration as a charity organisation with the ACNC and through them DGR status with the ATO (which makes donations tax deductible in Australia) but it is an extremely complicated and time consuming process and it may not be resolved for a number of months which may be too late for us. The ability to access many grants is dependant on whether we have DGR status.

  • December, 2017 -  First live presentation of Eyeglass Assist which we undertook at the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club.  The presentation was well received and we had a number of inciteful questions from the audience at the end. Thanks to all the people who came and supported us.   If there are any groups/clubs or organisations out there who think that they would enjoy an interesting and compassionate story then please email via our Contact Page.  Our plan is to make our way south from Brisbane to Tasmania and would be more than happy to present Eyeglass Assist along the way.  We plan to return to Brisbane by around late March.  The presentation goes for about 45 minutes. 

  • November, 2017 - BCN National Television News report on EA sessions at Niue  watch it here - edited only for our segment or you can watch the entire News broadcast here

  • November, 2017 - New video link to Lions R4S project in Mexico - very moving. Watch it here

  • October, 2017 - new logo created for our website courtesy of Paterson Interiors
    New story from Fiji -
    Lucky Fiji Day

  • October, 2017 -Eyeglass Assist conducted a 4 day session at Niue with the help of other cruisers we did the entire country - our 13th ! - watch the new video here.

  • New stories coming out of the Niue program:-

    Driving Blind
    The Beautiful Niece
    Too Good To Use
    What People Are Now Saying


  • August 2017 - Eyeglass Assist conducted a session on  Palmerston Island (in The Cook Islands) - an isolated island in the South Pacific - watch the new video here.

 

  • Yachts Matin d'Or and Freycinet II conduct eyeglass fitting sessions in villages in Fiji in 2013 - new video release available here

  • We've just designed and produced a poster (pdf) which is available to download and we are asking all our supporters to download it, print it out and post it on a noticeboard at your workplace or sports or social club or anywhere else you consider will raise our profile.  Just click on the thumbnail below to download.

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  •  We've added a Donation Gauge on our Home page to show the the current state of our fundraising.  We'll update this on a regular basis.  

  • We've added some new photos from Mauphiaa and Palmerston Islands - check them out here.

 

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This website was designed and created by Paul and Frances Tudor-Stack