FAQ's When was Tasmanian Eye Institute established and why? Tasmanian Eye Institute was established in 2008 by Professor Brendan Vote along with his wife Michelle with the view to provide Research, Education and Services to the community in the area of ophthalmology. Who we are What percentage of my donation goes to administration fees and how much to the cause? The founders of the charity Professor Brendan Vote and his wife Michelle cover all administrative costs through their private donations. This means 100% of your donation goes to Research, Education and Services. What do you do with my personal information? Your personal information is not shared with any third parties however you may choose to receive newsletters and correspondence from Tasmanian Eye Institute. Donate How can I volunteer? You can contact us to discuss this further. We also have suggestions on fundraising ideas and events on our website. Ways to fundraise Where does my money go? 100% of your donation goes to our fundraising causes; our major fundraising cause is to develop the first dedicated ophthalmic gene therapy centre in Australia. Alternatively when you make a donation you are able to select which cause your donation will support. Donate How do I make a bequest? Simply complete our bequest form, Tasmanian_Eye_Institute_Bequest.pdf We also suggest you make your wishes regarding this known to your loved ones and also your qualified legal advisor. Leave a legacy Who is helped by my donation? Your donations help people in low socio economic areas globally, nationally and locally. We have provided glasses to Outback Australia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Vanuatu and India. Donations will also support your local community through education of the medical community and members of the public. The difference we make Can you tell me your short term and long term goals? Our short-term goal is to enable the establishment of a dedicated ophthalmic gene therapy centre located in Hobart, Australia. Long term we would like to have an impact on global blindness, giving sight back to those that are needlessly blind through lack of resources. Research is an integral part of any medical speciality, Ophthalmology included. Without research, there would not be new treatment options available for any diseases. Here at Tasmanian Eye Institute, we pride ourselves on our involvement in worldwide clinical trials as well as local studies, doing our part for the ophthalmic industry. Gene therapy How do I claim my donation through tax? All donations over $2.00 are fully tax deductable via the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Simply present either your receipt or a copy of your bank statement when submitting your annual income tax return.