We appreciate your request to visit our programmes in the Pacific, but unfortunately we can’t allow visitors in our clinics. This is to avoid disruption to our eye care services and to provide privacy and respect to the patients accessing eye care.
The cost of restoring sight differs from country to country due to a number of varying factors. In some countries, we can restore sight for as little as $25.
This $25 covers the cost of the vital components of cataract surgery including the intraocular lens (IOL) and other consumables such as bandages, local anaesthetic and medications. This $25 does not incorporate the costs of the clinics, equipment or medical training of the doctors and nurses.
Medical treatment in developed countries like New Zealand is more expensive because it uses different techniques with more advanced and costly equipment. Therefore it’s impossible to compare with developing countries. In the developing world, a manual and more cost-effective technique is used that doesn’t require the expensive technology but achieves the same result.
Another way of looking at it is that in some of the countries where we work, people may be living on only a few dollars a day. The $25 it costs for an operation as a percentage of their yearly income can be quite similar to the approximately $4,000 it costs in New Zealand, where the average yearly income is around $55,000.
As of July 2022, we have 38 people in New Zealand and 65 throughout the Pacific.
In New Zealand we’re fortunate to have a public health system that’s adequate for fighting illnesses related to eye health. Our focus is in the Pacific where 9 out of 10 people who are blind don’t need to be, and where there are chronic shortages of eye doctors and nurses.
If you require treatment we strongly suggest getting in touch with your local hospital or general health practitioner.
Yes we are, all donations of $5 and over are tax deductable. A full list of deductible gift recipient endorsed entities is available here.
Thanks for thinking of us, but unfortunately we no longer take donated glasses as it’s too costly.
Donated glasses are often a specific prescription with different strength lenses. This means the chance of finding a perfect (or even close) match for another wearer is slim to none. The cost to arrange custom lenses to then be created for bespoke frames is much higher than the cost of providing ready-made glasses.
The Lions Club would be very appreciative of your donation. They collect glasses for their Recycle For Sight programme which regrades and distributes 250,000 to 500,000 pairs each year to those in need in developing countries.
If you’d like to donate, please send your glasses (without cases) to the address below:
Eyeglasses for Recycling
by the Papakura Lions Club
C/- Selwyn Homestead
21 Youngs Rd
You can also drop them into your local Specsavers store who will recycle them in partnership with the Recycle For Sight programme.
The Fred Hollows Foundation Australia is a separate organisation to The Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand. Their programmes run outside the Pacific region. Donations in Australia can be made via their website. These donations will receive a tax-deductible receipt for Australia. For more information email The Fred Hollows Foundation Australia.
Donors in the US can donate through our website, however we’re only able to issue tax-deductible receipts for New Zealand.
The Fred Hollows Foundation is a registered charity in the UK. However, we can’t accept any donations through our London office. All donations must be processed through the New Zealand office.
Donors in the UK can donate through our website, however we’re only able to issue tax-deductible receipts for New Zealand.
Unfortunately we can’t follow your donation to one single recipient, but we can assure you your donation will go to helping people in need through our programme and support work.
To make a one off donation to acknowledge a significant occasion try our Gift of Sight.
The best way to start a collection for donations is to set up your own online donation page. Our team can help you with this quick and easy process. For more information on starting a collection contact us.
If you’d like to leave a bequest, please contact our Relationship Manager Karen Blake on (+64) 09 304 0524 ext. 210
See Leave a bequest for more information on bequests.
Your donation will be used to support our sight-saving work. This includes eye operations and treatments, training surgeons and eye health workers, and setting up sustainable eye health systems.
For every $1 donated, 72% goes directly towards eye health programmes and public education and 28% is necessary for admin, communication and fundraising costs which allows us to help even more people.
No, donations do not attract GST.
Please call us on 0800 227 229 if you would like our bank account numbers.
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Your donation could be used to restore someone’s sight, but it may also go towards a range of other programme activities like training eye doctors and nurses. These health professionals will then go on to help thousands of people in their community. All of the work we do aims to create sustainable public eye health systems in developing countries.
No, you won’t.
No. We never, under any circumstances, share, sell or pass on our donors’ details to other charities.
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You can find learning resources based on the work of Fred Hollows and The Foundation on our school fundraising page.
If you live in one of the Pacific Island countries where we work we should be able to help. See our individual country pages for more information.
Unfortunately, if you live outside of these countries we can’t provide individual medical advice. We’re an international development organisation that works with local partners in the Pacific to strengthen local eye health systems. This means we don’t have any medical staff or medical facilities outside the Pacific.
Please get in touch with your general health practitioner and they’ll be able to help you.
Unfortunately, we can only ship items within New Zealand. Overseas delivery is not available.
For 2021, Specsavers has generously decided to match the gift value of any gift of sight order. This means if you order a $25 card, Specsavers will match that and also donate $25. Specsavers will gift match up to $80,000.
Due to COVID-19 , delivery times can still be delayed. Our team are doing our best to get orders out as soon as possible, but please bear with us during this time.
The cost of shipping is calculated at checkout. Approximately, it will be $4.50 per delivery and an additional $1.50 per item in that order.
No, you are not employed by The Foundation. You are a Proud Supporter of our organisation and not an employee.
If you feel it’s appropriate to do so, you may approach any organisation that you think might be happy to help in your fundraising efforts. Please be clear that you are a Proud Supporter who is fundraising for our organisation, and not an employee of The Foundation.
Of course, we are happy to help! Please call us on 0800 227 229 to organise.
Most shopping centres do not allow this, however, it’s always worth contacting the Facility Manager of the centre to seek further information.
Of course, and we would be pleased to help you with resources. Please call us on 0800 227 229 and we can help you organise this.
If people are donating to you on the provision that you are fundraising for The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ, then the donations should be passed on.
That will depend on how you intend to fundraise (skydiving for example). Regardless, it is the fundraiser’s responsibility to assess and then organise any necessary insurance with the appropriate company. The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ does not offer insurance.
You can use our online donation form or call us for help on 0800 227 229.
Towards ending avoidable blindness in the Pacific. You can use our impact calculator to see what each amount of money can contribute towards. For example, $25 will pay for one cataract surgery, and $10 can provide up to three pairs of glasses.
Absolutely, we often give talks outside of Auckland, and we’re happy to present online as well.