Philanthropic foundation Wen Giving, along with partner Hawaiian, will support a major initiative to improve eye health in the north west via its donation of Broome hostel Kimberley Klub, to WA not-for-profit Lions Eye Institute.
Wen Giving is the philanthropic arm of the Wen Family, the owners of WA based property group Hawaiian. Utilising the resources of Hawaiian within Australia, the Wen Family spearhead partnerships with organisations around the country that provide valuable support to the community.
Partnering with one such organisation, the Lions Eye Institute, Hawaiian will donate the Kimberley Klub property to the Lions Eye Institute to facilitate the establishment of a Northwest Hub to improve Indigenous Australian eye health outcomes and equity of access to eye health services for residents in regional and remote communities in the North West of WA.
The Lions Eye Institute, through its community outreach arm Lions Outback Vision, will use the property to develop clinical and surgical facilities, provide education and training facilities for regional clinical schools and health practitioners, establish a diabetic nutrition hub and engage in research opportunities with local tertiary institutions
Hawaiian originally purchased the Kimberley Klub hostel in Broome in 2007 as additional staff accommodation for the Resort, with the property continuing to operate as a hostel for the public.
Wen Giving’s mission is to improve and promote the wellbeing and quality of life of those who are less fortunate or disadvantaged. The organisation has a big emphasis on eye health around the globe, having supported eye health programs in Bhutan, India, Nepal and Vietnam over the past 10 years.
Wen Giving has identified the lack of well-trained eye care teams as a significant barrier to delivering and improving eye care and has partnered with organisations that provide valuable support towards ensuring accessible eye care, particularly in India, by the establishment of vision centres in regional areas.
Hawaiian CEO Russell Gibbs said the donation of Kimberley Klub to the Lions Eye Institute would provide much-needed support and resources to the Kimberley community.
“Hawaiian has a deep commitment and desire to help the communities which we operate in, and upon identifying the opportunity to make such a tangible difference to the health of individuals in Broome and the surrounding region, we knew we had to help where we could,” said Mr Gibbs.
“We look forward to seeing the great work the Lions Eye Institute will do for the Kimberley region in the months and years to come.”
Associate Professor Angus Turner, Director of the Lions Outback Vision program acknowledged the generosity and support of the North West Eye Health project.
“It is a great honour to be supported by Wen Giving and Hawaiian in our endeavours to improve eye health for Indigenous people and residents of regional and remote communities in the north west of WA,” he said.
“Our shared vision of preventing blindness and vision loss and improving the wellbeing and quality of life for those who suffer simply because of inadequate access to eye health care makes this a significant partnership that will benefit many West Australians. It is a real game-changer.”
The Lions Outback Vision Team will establish services in Broome in February, with the first stage of refurbishment ready for the clinic to open in May.
For further information, please contact:
08 6555 4977
Tania Hudson, Lions Eye Institute
0402 286 887