A group of Specsavers Australia & New Zealand Support Office employees will undertake a 30km hike in Melbourne, Victoria to help restore sight in support of The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Six teams – made up of 24 staff from the Specsavers Support Office in Port Melbourne – will undertake the 2019 Coastrek hike on the Mornington Peninsula on 24 May 2019, travelling through rugged coastlines, spectacular bays, secret bush trails and past historic sites.

Specsavers Support Office team members have been involved in the fundraising initiative in previous years, most recently raising more than $5,500 in 2018 for The Fred Hollows Foundation, Specsavers’ national charity partner. This year, the group is aiming to raise $12,000, with three times as many people signing on to fundraise for the important cause.

Giving back to and working with local communities is a core part of Specsavers’ vision and values, and employees are encouraged to take part in worthwhile causes as they see appropriate, utilising Specsavers’ Volunteer Leave program. All Specsavers full-time and part-time employees participating in this year’s Coastrek are eligible to participate in this program.

The Fred Hollows Foundation is an international development organisation that works in more than 25 countries, helping to train and empower local eye doctors, nurses and health workers to create a sustainable system of care in the communities that need it most.

Specsavers shares The Foundation’s vision of ensuring everyone has access to high-quality, affordable eye health, and has raised more than $2.7 million for The Foundation through the Specsavers Community Program.

If you’d like to support the Specsavers team’s fundraising efforts, please donate to any of the ‘Spectrekker’ team fundraising pages.