Bali Eye Clinic: The John Fawcett Foundation
Neville Clare with John Fawcett April 2015
West Perth Rotary Club (WPRC) used a Rotary Foundation Grant in 1990 to set up the Bali Eye Clinic. A mobile eye clinic operating theatre van was fitted out in Perth and delivered by Hercules aeroplane to Bali courtesy of the Royal Australian Air Force. In the next four years, cataract operations were performed to restore sight to over 4000 people.
The program was so successful that it incorporated in 2002 in the name of “The John Fawcett Foundation Inc” thus having the ability to raise funds and offer tax deductibility in its own right. The program acquired several more mobile clinics from Australia and expanded to other Indonesian islands with the assistance of the Indonesian Air Force Hercules arm which transported vehicles. Volunteer specialists from Australia have trained a large number of local medical personnel. To date, from 868349 patients screened, eye drops have been issued to 533212, cataract operations have been performed on 44746, cleft palate operations have been carried out on 3047 with education-children's assistance for 329.
Funding for the project has been an ongoing saga, described in detail here by John Hollingshead
Pat Emery OAM, and John Hollinghead OAM remain active members of the West Perth Rotary club. John was the main driving force behind the original Bali project and Pat is Treasurer of the John Fawcett foundation.