The global eye care charity, Optometry Giving Sight, has recognised the first Australian practitioner membership, Dr. Tony and Vicki Hanks of Port Macquarie in NSW, with membership in the Chairman’s Club.
The Chairman’s Club for Optometry Giving Sight is the charity’s highest level of recognition and currently consists of 12 international members, all of whom support the organisation with a minimum donation of AU$12,000 per annum.
As part of their support for Optometry Giving Sight, Dr. Hanks and Mrs. Hanks will fund a tuition scholarship for a disadvantaged student at the new School of Optometry in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The School was established by the Brien Holden Vision Institute, with support from the Australian Government.
“Like many of our colleagues, we want to continue the support of Optometry Giving Sight, and want to honour the legacy of our friend, the original founder and Chairman of Optometry Giving Sight, the late, great (Professor) Brien Holden. His research, teaching and humanity made us proud to be optometrists; and the charity he created now belongs to his profession,” explained Dr. Hanks.
“We hope that some of our friends and colleagues will join us in the Optometry Giving Sight Chairman’s Club”.
The Hanks Optometrists group of practices was sold to George & Matilda Eyecare in 2016.