Normally at this time of year, many of us are busy making plans to see our family and friends to celebrate the festive season. This Christmas will look a little different thanks to COVID-19, but the team at Macula Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) hope you can still have a joyous holiday period with your loved ones, whether you're catching up in person or online. The pandemic continues to challenge all of us, particularly people living with macular disease.
Macular Disease is the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. Over 1.7million Australians are at risk or living with macular disease. One in seven Australians over the age of 50 have some evidence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and Diabetic Eye Disease is the leading cause of blindness in working Australians.
These are startling statistics, but with your help, Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) is working to reduce the incidence and impact of this disease in Australia
MDFA funds world leading research into macular disease and provides vital support to those living with this life altering disease. With an ageing population and increasing prevalence of macular disease, your support will help change lives for generations to come, and can have a direct impact in so many ways:
Research and Data: Through the generous support of Australians like you, MDFA has been able to fund more than $4.1m in research projects since 2011. Your gift can directly support future research of world-leading Australian researchers who aim to reduce the incidence and impact of macular disease and ultimately, find a cure.
Prevention and early detection: With 8.5m at risk of macular disease, your gift can help reach those at risk through education and campaigns - as early detection saves sight.
Supports and Services: Living with macular disease can be very challenging. Your gift can help us continue to deliver individual support to thousands of Australians and reduce the risk of progressive vision loss.
Advocacy: MDFA works to ensure all Australians can access universal treatment and resources to help them live with macular disease. Your gift can help us raise the united voice of the growing macular disease community to make lasting change for better and fairer access to government support and affordable treatment.
Your gift to MDFA today will fund more vital research to improve the lives of people living with macular disease, and assist in continuing to provide guidance, information, and support to those living with this life-changing disease. Will you please consider sending a gift to MDFA this Festive Season?
To learn how you can support MDFA, please visit our website at www.mdfoundation.com.au or call our Helpline on 1800 111 709. Your support will help all Australians see a better future.