World Retina Day 2008

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Saturday, 27th September 2008

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is the leading cause of YOUTH BLINDNESS.

1 in 3,000 BABIES are BORN WITH RP.


RP is second only to Diabetes as a cause of blindness in the working-age population.

Results look promising with totally blind young adults being able to read part of an eye chart and negotiate an obstacle course.

Please BUY an OWL BADGE for $2.00 or a MINI TORCH for $4.00
They are available from:
HCF BRANCHES (throughout September)

OR PLEASE BUY SOME BEAUTIFUL YATES COSMOS ‘BRIGHT EYES’ SEEDS AVAILABLE AT ALL YATES SEED OUTLETS – 40 cents from every packet of Cosmos ‘Bright Eyes’ goes to Retina Australia

Observe this day with many thousands of Australians who are loosing their sight due to inherited retinal eye diseases like Retinitis Pigmentosa and related conditions like Macular Degeneration, Usher Syndrome and Stargardt Disease.

The aim of Retina Australia is:-
To raise funds for research; to raise awareness and to provide information and support for people affected by inherited retinal eye disease.

For further information please contact Graeme Banks, President (available for interviews, as is our Patron Don Bur)
Telephone: (02) 9686 3119 or toll free 1800 998 870
Fax: 9686 3303
Email: [email protected]
All donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible.

Cosmos Bright Eyes

Yates Seed of the Month for September 2008 is
Cosmos Bright Eyes, a cheery summer flower that
will bring extra brightness into the lives of the many
Australians and their families who are affected by
degenerative retinal disorders that lead to loss of

Yates Cosmos Bright Eyes would be worth
growing just for its warm, summery colours of
orange, yellow and scarlet, but this seed packet has
an even more important role – its sale helps raise
funds for Retina Australia, the support organisation
that is committed to finding the cause and promoting
prevention and treatment of degenerative disorders
of the retina.

For every packet of Cosmos Bright Eyes seeds
that’s sold, Yates donates 40c to Retina Australia.
These funds support the activities of Retina
Australia, helping the organisation to fulfill its
mission (visit for
more information).  Since this packet was first
introduced Yates has donated more than $80,000 to Retina Australia.

Cosmos Bright Eyes is an easy-to-grow summer annual.  Start seeds in trays of Yates Seed
Raising Mix or sow direct where the plants are to grow and flower.  Bright Eyes, with its
cheerful, semi-double blooms in popular warm colours, can be grown in all parts of Australia.
Why not fill a large pot with Cosmos Bright Eyes and move it to a prominent part of the garden
when it’s in full flower?

The last Saturday of September is World Retina Day, a perfect time for sowing Yates Cosmos
Bright Eyes.

For more information please contact Judy Horton (02)97949481 or
[email protected]