The LumoHawk Foundation is a non-profit charity organisation which supports the educational needs, and at times the sporting needs too, of previously disadvantaged children and their communities in South Africa. In doing so, the Foundation aspires to give opportunity and hope to the leaders of tomorrow.
Although the fundraising began back 2010, the actual LumoHawk Foundation was only formalised in 2013 by Joel Stransky to raise funds for underprivileged children, with a focus on educational and sporting needs. Through his dedicated efforts and the unbelievable generosity of many sponsors and athletes, the Foundation continues to grow from strength to strength.
Vision 2020 Initiative
It is estimated that as many as 20% of under privileged children in South Africa have eye sight issues. Often, these children battle at school not because of a learning disability, but because they can’t see. The LumoHawk Foundation has a ‘vision’ to test the eye sight of 1 000 000 children over the next 3 years and to provide glasses to all of those in need!
In our efforts to achieve Madiba’s legacy of educating our nation, by assisting the children with sight issues, we need to raise 3 million rand per annum!
As part of the fundraising program and to create awareness for Vision2020, Joel Stransky embarked on the “Big 5 Challenge”, which included participating in, and completing, the Absa Cape Epic, the full Iron Man, the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon, a 8km sea swim crossing from Robben Island to Blouberg, and the Comrades Marathon. This was completed successfully by both Joel and by long term supporter of the foundation, Greg Imbriolo, who did his version of the Big 5, substituting the Swiss Epic in for the Cape Epic.
Screening and testing was initially done In conjunction with the optometry faculty of the University of Johannesburg, headed by Professor Anthony Carlson, and is now done by optometrists and locums making use of our newly acquired equipment, courtesy of Genop Healthcare, an Adcock Ingram Company. John Weir and his company, Focus Optical, are providing glasses, at cost, to each child in need.