More than 30 members from the original Choir of Hard Knocks have had their eyes screened by the global OneSight Foundation.
“Like many homeless and disadvantaged people, a number of our Choir members suffer from health issues and don’t get the support they need,” Jonathon Welch, the choir’s Founding Music Director said.
“Some of our Choir members have never had their eyes tested and others haven’t been able to afford glasses. Not only can they not read their choir music, more worryingly, they are unable to read bus signs, newspapers, and CentreLink forms,” said Mr. Welch.
Under a new community partnership, OneSight is providing a team of volunteer optometrists and assistants to screen the eyes of all Choir members annually.
Choir members with poor vision will be able to select spectacle frames free of charge from a range of eyewear at any of Luxottica’s OPSM, Laubman & Pank and Budget Eyewear stores.
Chris Beer, Luxottica’s CEO for Australasia, South East Asia and South Africa, said: “The Choir and Jonathon Welch have been an inspiration to all of us at Luxottica, following a talk he gave to our employees at a conference in Sydney. After hearing in detail about the work he was doing with the Choir, I gave him a commitment that Luxottica would provide free eye care and eyewear to Choir members through OneSight”.