It was a pleasure for Glaucoma Australia’s CEO, Richard Wylie, to attend the Women in Business and Agriculture SA Inc (WAB) annual general meeting on the 6 August to accept their generous donation of $3840.
“This was a great opportunity to share our vision for a community free of glaucoma blindness and to demonstrate how our awareness initiatives, tailored patient education, support programs and glaucoma research grants are saving the sight of more Australians," Richard Wylie explained.
WAB is a state-wide support and communication network for rural women, especially those interested or involved in primary industries and was formed 105 years ago in Riverton, Barossa Valley. There are 10 branches throughout South Australia, and each year, a project is chosen with the purpose of raising awareness and supporting a worthwhile cause. This year glaucoma was the area of focus and Glaucoma Australia the chosen charity.
Like most community groups, WAB has an aging membership and this year’s topic on glaucoma was a good way to elevate the importance of getting our eyes tested and detecting glaucoma early, particularly in rural and regional areas.
Funds were raised by each branch via social events, raffles and donations from some WAB branch’s general revenue throughout the year.
Glaucoma Australia is grateful for these valuable funds which will be put towards local patient education events and support services to save the sight of more South Australians.