YES, All donations to Eyes For Africa in Australia are tax deductible.
EFA is proud to deliver free of charge cataract surgery to disadvantaged men, women and children living in remote rural communities who are unable to access eye surgery due to lack of ophthalmic surgeons, lack of money, lack of transport over very rugged and often mountainous terrain etc, and will therefore remain blind. Due to the remoteness, the cost of each cataract surgery is around $AUS50. However, for each trip the costs of the surgery can be quite varied depending on internal transport, wages and supplies needed.To date, EFA has performed 3,000 cataract surgeries in remote rural Ethiopia.
All donations are spent on the ground in Ethiopia, restoring sight to as many people as possible who live in remote rural areas and therefore have no access to eye surgery and who would therefore remain blind. No one in Australia benefits from donations made to EFA - no salaries are paid and EFA maintains absolute minimum administration costs (eg. Telephone and stationery). EFA is proud to deliver free-of-charge cataract surgery to disadvantaged men, women and children living in remote rural communities who are unable to access eye surgery due to the scarcity of ophthalmic surgeons, the lack of money, and the lack of transport over very rugged and often mountainous terrain, etc. The cost of each cataract surgery, approximately $AUS50, varies with each trip and is calculated by the cost of internal transport due to remoteness, wages paid to local Ethiopian staff to assist the Australian Team, and the amount of medical/surgical supplies required. All international EFA volunteers fully self-fund their own airfares, food and accommodation.
The foundation was established by Julie Tyers OAM in March 2007. It is a charitable trust registered with the Australian Taxation Office, with Julie Tyers as its sole trustee and its main driving force. Julie is an Ophthalmic Nurse with over 40 years experience with the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne and now lives in Brisbane working in Ophthalmic Day Surgery. In recognition of her work, Julie received the Deakin University Leadership in Nursing Award 2007, the OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) in 2018, and the Internal Women's Day award in 2019 (presented by Danielle Green MP). Julie is assisted in the running of the Foundation by a dedicated group of volunteers, headed by the committee of management.