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CERA honours eye health campaigner

image-tools (28)This month, CERA farewells Lions Eye Donation Service Chair David Welsh AM.

David also chaired the Lions Eye Health Program and was a founding member on the CERA Board of Directors between 1996 and 2007. His retirement concludes over 20 years of service to vision related causes.

Established in 1991, the Lions Eye Donation Service provides donor corneas to patients who have sight-threatening conditions and require a corneal transplant.

CERA founder Professor Hugh Taylor said that during his 20 year tenure, David had shown exceptional commitment to CERA and the Service.

“As an astute solicitor, David brought invaluable legal expertise and wisdom to his positions. He was always ready to provide advice and never failed to answer a call for help,” Professor Taylor said.

“Since its inception, the Service has helped to restore the sight of thousands of Australians.”

“Today, it supplies eye tissue for around 500 transplants annually and recently celebrated its 10,000th corneal donation.  All of this has been achieved without any government funding.”

“David leaves the Service in a very strong position to continue its vital work.”

Through the Victorian Lions Foundation, David has helped to raise more than $3 million to support CERA and the University of Melbourne Department of Ophthalmology.

David is approaching nearly 50 years of Lions Club service. In 2008 he was honoured with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the community and vision-related causes.