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2019 In a nutshell

The LumoHawk Foundation embarked on its Vision 2020 initiative almost one year ago and what an amazing year it has been! In a year filled with learning and ‘growing pains’, some mistakes and some revelations, we continue to feel exceptionally privileged to be part of a journey that has changed the lives of over 400 children who received brand new, custom made spectacles. 400 South Africans, future leaders and captains of industry, whose lives have changed and improved forever.

We have had many incredible partners over the past year without whom none of this would have been possible. Pivotal Data remain the backbone of our existence, providing administrative assistance, financial support and the inspiration required to continue on a daily basis!

The Genop Healthcare Group have provided us with the highest quality eye screening and testing equipment available. This has enabled to us to speed up our screening processes and to reach far more children than was possible before. We remain incredibly grateful to Genop for all their guidance, their expertise and the time they have spent teaching us about the eye-testing process and the equipment.

We are also privileged to have built a partnership with some incredible ophthalmologists at VisionMed in Northcliff, Johannesburg. This group of doctors has provided children who require more extensive treatment the opportunity to come through and be treated at no additional charge. We have been overwhelmed at this kind gesture and look forward to continuing our relationship with them next year.

Fury Ford Motor Group have amazingly and kindly sponsored our transport requirements, including 1 full time vehicle for events and testing, and assistance when needed to transport students and optometrists to testing venues.

Overall, it has been a privilege to be part of something so much bigger than ourselves – over 4000 children screened, over 1000 children tested and more than 400 children provided with quality glasses. It is not possible without the support of all our sponsors and supporters to whom we say a massive THANK YOU!

We now look forward to 2020, filled with hope and excitement at all that is to come! Team work truly makes the dreamwork! #strongertogether

Vision 2020

It is estimated that as many as 20% of under privileged children in South Africa have eye sight issues. Often, these children battle at school not because of a learning disability, but because they can’t see. The LumoHawk Foundation has a ‘vision’ to test the eye sight of 1 000 000 children over the next 3 years and to provide glasses to all of those in need!

In our efforts to achieve Madiba’s legacy of educating our nation, by assisting the children with sight issues, we need to raise 3 million rand per annum!

As part of the fundraising program and to create awareness for Vision2020, Joel Stransky embarked on the “Big 5 Challenge”, which included participating in, and completing, the Absa Cape Epic, the full Iron Man, the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon, a 8km sea swim crossing from Robben Island to Blouberg, and the Comrades Marathon. This was completed successfully by both Joel and by long term supporter of the foundation, Greg Imbriolo, who did his version of the Big 5, substituting the Swiss Epic in for the Cape Epic.

Screening and testing was initially done In conjunction with the optometry faculty of the University of Johannesburg, headed by Professor Anthony Carlson, and is now done by optometrists and locums making use of our newly acquired equipment, courtesy of Genop Healthcare, an Adcock Ingram Company. John Weir and his company, Focus Optical, are providing glasses, at cost, to each child in need.

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Hermanus Rainbow Trust

The Hermanus Rainbow Trust, registered as a Non-Profit Organisation in 1999, provides comprehensive community and social development services and support to orphans, vulnerable children and disadvantaged families, in the four main impoverished communities of the Overstrand. This support includes providing 200 children with two meals a day, as well as after-school activities, clothes, books, educational toys and psycho-social support and counselling.

In addition, they sponsor 106 disadvantaged children with uniforms, enabling them to go to local schools, educare centres and after-school care, and to receive psycho-social support and counselling. They also provide support, lifestyle, parenting and child development skills to 400 disadvantaged families.

Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy

This mountain bike academy not only gives aspiring young cyclists an opportunity to ride in the safe Northern Farms environment, but also encourages them from an educational perspective by offering extra maths and English tuition after all rides. The children enjoy a healthy, balanced experience and this approach is delivering positive results. The children are achieving better results in their school subjects and one or two very talented young riders have come to the fore.

There are plans to build a BMX track which will cater for a larger group of promising cyclists and learners. The LumoHawk Foundation is in the process of donating a number of bicycles and will also provide bursaries for two young schoolgirls who have shown incredible courage and ability.

An educational outreach programme is being planned at one of the Diepsloot schools, which we hope will increase the awareness of our efforts and encourage support from the greater Diepsloot community.

LumoHawk Foundation, Tertiary Education Bursary

The LumoHawk Foundation pays all costs for a young cancer survivor from Alexandra Township to attend Boston Advertising College.

Past projects have included:
– Paying school fees for a number of children from orphanages.
– Buying necessities for these orphanages.
– Buying a wheelchair for an injured rugby player.
– Moving a school classroom that housed handicapped children to a more appropriate position.

Thank you to our sponsors