Surf Life Saving Australia Nippers Program 

Rolfe Eyecare Plus is a sponsor of the important grassroots Nippers program that is offered to young Australian children. This is an invaluable organization as it not only encourages children to be active but increases their safety around water and particularly in surf conditions. Many of these children grow up to become valuable adult members of SLSA who commit their spare time to keep beachgoers safe at our beaches throughout summer.

Great Lakes Education Fund

Rolfe Eyecare Plus is a proud sponsor of this great organization that supports children from our local regional area with study grants to help them further their study beyond school. Not only do we support this group with donations but we provide mentorship to students to help them manage the difficulty of studying away from home. Last year our support has helped Mckelty Searle complete a year of her studies towards being an occupational therapist. We wish Mckelty and all the other students GLEF help a rewarding and successful future.

This year we are sponsoring Mia to help her on her way to achieving a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences. See a copy of the GLEF article below. If you would like to donate to GLEF click on the following link and donate to a “local CEF foundation” then click on Great Lakes.

Student profile – Mia and sponsor Eyecare Plus Forster

Mia enjoyed all aspects of Biology while at school and this coupled with her interest in helping others through work in a medical field, led her to choose a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Newcastle University.

“I would like to make a difference within the community, either by medical research or by directly helping patients,” she explains.

“I am planning to work in a medical research centre or with patients with chronic diseases like cancer.”

Mia’s extra-curricuar interests at school included being a member of a local soccer team, school athletics and the school cross country team.

At the same time, Mia worked hard on her studies achieving a Great Lakes Learning Community Academic Excellence Certificate.

When asked what will make it hard for her to achieve her goals Mia says, “I will need to work part-time to support myself which may interfere with my full time studies.”

Like all students leaving home and setting up in a new environment Mia lists relocation costs, accommodation costs, living expenses and textbooks as imminent financial outgoings.

“In order to try to finance these costs I will be applying for both scholarships and Youth Allowance. If this is not sufficient I will need to work part time to support myself.”

Six months on…

At the conclusion of her first semester at university, Mia reflects on her first few months.

“At the beginning of the year I was accepted to study at the University of Newcastle and my boyfriend and I found a flat to rent in the nearby suburb of New Lambton.

“I enjoy all the individual courses of my degree, especially ‘Introduction to Professional Skills of Biomedical Science’.

“This course introduced me to laboratory skills and gave me a better idea of what it will be like to work in research,” Mia tells us.

“A course I struggled with was Chemistry as I did not study it at school and so was slightly disadvantaged. However, I feel confident that I will get a good result for my final exam.

“All my results will be released in two weeks. I am looking forward to getting results and then continuing my studies in Semester 2.

“My scholarship from GLEF helped me pay my half of the bond for my flat. This was a big portion of my expenses moving out of home for the first time. The money I received helped me take away the stress of trying to afford everything at once,” she says.

Mia is sponsored by Eyecare Plus Forster.

Dale Rolfe from Eyecare Plus Forster has a long record in supporting local students through scholarships for the optometry cadetship program he started in 1996.

On board with GLEF in 2017 he is now supporting his second local student as a GLEF Community Partner. Thank you Dale!

Optometry Giving Sight

The Vision

A world where avoidable blindness and vision loss due simply to the lack of a pair of eyeglasses no longer threaten the quality-of-life and future livelihood of children and adults because there is universal access to quality vision and eye care services for all those in need.

The Mission

Sight is the most treasured of our five senses. We see the world and its myriad colours and shapes through the windows of our eyes. We learn with them. We laugh with them. We communicate with them. We provide for our families with them. We see our loved ones with them.

Sight can make the difference between a life of poverty and a life of opportunity.

670 million people are blind or vision impaired simply because they cannot get the glasses they need. Optometry Giving Sight funds the solution – an eye exam and a pair of glasses. Delivered through sustainable primary eye care programs, we can give sight to millions in need.

Click here for more info or to make a donation to this very worthy cause.