Happy birthday Lions Eye Donation Service!

July 2021 marks the Lions Eye Donation Service’s 30th birthday.

Such a milestone birthday deserves a celebration, so LEDS held a small get together of current and past team members, supporters and colleagues who have helped LEDS grow into one of Australia’s largest providers of donated eye tissue for transplant and medical research.


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Since it opened in July 1991, the Lions Eye Donation Service (LEDS) has helped restore the sight of more than 10,000 people undergoing corneal transplant.

Today we celebrated 30 years of giving sight with a small gathering, sharing research achievements, important breakthroughs, the support of the Lions clubs – and, of course, acknowledged the incredible generosity of eye donors.

Dr Graeme Pollock OAM and Heather Machin cut the LEDS 30th birthday cake.
The current team of Terry Couper, Prue Armstrong, Dr Graeme Pollock, Dr Prema Finn, Heather Machin and corneal researcher Dr Karl Brown with Lions Club member and LEDS Committee Chair Alf Hawken (centre).
CERA Managing Director Professor Keith Martin kicks off the proceedings.
Dr Graeme Pollock OAM talks through the important work of LEDS.
Alf Hawken (Lions Club member and LEDS Committee Chair) talks about Lions’ invaluable support for the eye bank, eye donation and eye research.
Founder and former Managing Director of CERA, Melbourne Laureate Professor Hugh R Taylor AC.
Brendon Gardner (Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital CEO), Dr Graeme Pollock, Tony Holland (DonateLife Victoria General Manager), Professor Keith Martin, Alf Hawken and Associate Professor Peter van Wijngaarden.

Photography by Rodney Dekker.

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