We believe everyone should be able to see the world. Here's how you can help.
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.
$20,003 by 5,619 TID travellers to deliver cruical eye care services to remote locations.
$25,047 by 6,725 TID travellers to perform urgently required sight-restoring surgeries in the North Shewa zone of Ethiopia.
$25,012 by 7,522 TID travellers to improve sight for indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.
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.
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.
We are delighted when our customers choose to give, because every tiny donation adds up to a much larger change.