You make a difference

Travel Insurance Direct and our customers are proud to help restore eyesight to people around the world.

When you buy a policy, we invite you to add a small donation to a Fred Hollows Foundation project of your choice.

  • Laos Comprehensive Eye Care Project

    Laos Comprehensive Eye Care Project

    $18,152 by 5,141 TID travellers to deliver cruical eye care services to remote locations.

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  • Eliminating blinding Tracoma in Ethiopia

    Eliminating blinding Tracoma in Ethiopia

    $20,808 by 5,712 TID travellers to perform urgently required sight-restoring surgeries in the North Shewa zone of Ethiopia.

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  • Improving Sight for Indigenous Australians

    Improving Sight for Indigenous Australians

    $21,760 by 6,734 TID travellers to improve sight for indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

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  • How it helps

    In the late 1980s treating cataract blindness was prohibitively expensive – an Intraocular Lens (IOL), which is used to replace the cataract-affected natural lens of the eye, cost up to US$100.

    IOL manufacturers refused to drop their prices so Fred decided The Foundation would make its own. "By significantly increasing the supply of affordable high quality IOLs to developing countries, we will reduce one of the barriers to disadvantaged people having their sight restored," said Fred.

    In 1994, The Fred Hollows Foundation opened modern intraocular lens manufacturing laboratories in both Kathmandu (Nepal) and Asmara (Eritrea). They started making IOLs for approximately 3.5% of the cost of other branded lenses, and soon high quality, low cost IOLs were widely available.

    Today they are fully independent and commercially successful businesses, producing and exporting high quality IOLs to over 40 countries. Between them the two laboratories have produced over 4 million lenses.

    It really does make a difference

    100% of your donation goes to the Fred Hollows project you choose. TID uses the Footprints Network to aggregate all the donations. You can see the projects being funded in real time as well as professionally audited accounts.

    When enough people get together and give, the gift of sight is actually pretty easy.

    9,446 people have just finished raising $25,000 to eliminate trachoma in ten indigenous communitioes in the Northern Territory. So Yes, $1 at a time really can help change lives.

    Thank you

    We are delighted when our customers choose to give, because every tiny donation adds up to a much larger change.

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This means your dependent children or grandchildren under the age of 21 at the date of policy issue who are travelling with you.