Glasses wearers across New Zealand can get their hands on a very special piece of wearable art that both gives back and showcases the work of one of the Pacific’s top artists.
Available in optical or prescription sunglasses styles, the artwork featured on the limited edition glasses is designed by internationally recognised Samoan-New Zealand artist Fatu Feu’u.
Fatu has been pivotal in shaping contemporary Pacific art globally and nurturing a generation of Pacific artists locally, leading to his reputation as the “Father of contemporary Pacific art”. Entitled ‘Palauli’, the artwork, part of the artists Rainforest Series, is about the conservation of the rainforest in Savai’i for future generations.
For each limited edition frame sold, $25 will be donated to The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ to help restore sight to needlessly blind people in the Pacific.
The Fred Hollows Foundations NZ’s Engagement Director, Margi Mellsop, welcomes this latest project. “It’s essential that Pacific island communities have access to good quality eye services,’ says Margi.
“It costs just $25 for a short 20-minute operation to restore someone’s sight and millions of people around the world are blind simply because they don’t have access to eye care services, including in the Pacific where four out of five people who are blind don't need to be. The funds raised through the sale of these limited edition frames will go towards eye health projects in Samoa to help towards our vision of ending avoidable blindness in the Pacific.” Margi adds.
Specsavers NZ Country Director, Brendan Thompson, says we’ve been a proud partner of The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ since 2012 and to date have raised almost $500,000 for The Foundation, with more than $55,000 being donated from the sale of previous limited edition ranges.
“We’re all so excited to not only see these beautiful frames being sold in all Specsavers stores, but also to know that with each pair sold, we can help someone in the Pacific see again. The glasses come just in time for Christmas, making them the number one choice for your Christmas wish list or a perfect gift for a loved one,” adds Brendan.
Priced from $169 for 2 pairs single vision, the limited edition frames are available now exclusively at Specsavers.