Link Vision: Our story
Link Vision, originally named Aid for the Blind, was founded in 1968 by Reverend Elsie Dodd and her husband Gordon Dodd to help people with Low and No vision lead more independent lives. Elsie still has a very active interest in the charity she established so many years ago.
Their mission then was simple, to improve working conditions and provide affordable self-contained living accommodation.
Over the past 50 years, this mission has gone from strength to strength thanks to the support of many and our outlook for the next 50 years looks brighter than ever.
We are best known for our Accommodation Complex in Fairfield which offers fully self-contained units where people with Low or No Vision and other disabilities live independently in a safe, harmonious and inclusive environment. Our complex is mostly full and demand is high which is why we strive towards expanding our unit complexes into more areas.
Our Computer Club employs five qualified mentors, reaching over 120 children with low or no vision. Our mentors teach essential computer keyboard and program skills, as well as a myriad of other life skills. Service is provided free of charge in-school, and grew 5-fold between 2017 and 2019. Demand is exceptionally high as we have found relevance of the program to other disability categories, particularly Autism and Intellectual Disability.
There are enormous opportunities to grow both service offerings exponentially with the correct funding models and right assistance.
Link Vision currently has Op Shops located strategically in South East Queensland. Op Shops are stocked from donations obtained via our donation bins, over the counter at our shops, and we also operate a collection service.
All goods donated are sorted at our major warehouse facility in Geebung.
In addition, we have established a market for donated goods in selected areas of the South Pacific region and are now an active exporter.
About Link VisionThis video was filmed at our accommodation complex in Fairfield, our warehouse at Kedron, our Geebung Op Shop, and at Mt Gravatt State School. Many of the people in the video have Low or No Vision. We are very grateful to all those who gave their time and made it possible – our residents, staff, volunteers, board members, education mentors, Mt Gravatt State School, our beautiful student and her parents, and of course, our film maker Adam, who gave up so much of his time.
To provide good quality, affordable residential accommodation for people with low or no vision and to advocate for better educational and vocational opportunities for children and adults with low or no vision.
We are a self-funded charity who needs your help to achieve the highest possible expectations for meaningful employment and future opportunities for people with low and no vision.
The more of you who join our vision the stronger we can become to achieve these goals that are affordable and readily available to all persons with low and no vision. Link Vision is asking for your interest and involvement to better the lives and futures of people with low or no vision by raising their expectations for the future.
Our organisation is based heavily on support from volunteers, without whom we simply could not do what we do.
Link Vision does not receive formal Government funding is always open to new funding opportunities in order to continue to grow our service offerings.
Have you ever wondered how you could support a charitable organisation? There is so much the general public can do to help us reach our goals:
- Donating some quality goods that we can resell
- Volunteering in our Op Shops
- Volunteering in our warehouse
- Helping out with gardening and general maintenance
- Assisting in our growing number of public events
- Helping with our social media
- Assisting with other promotional activities
- Helping us with fundraising by hosting a fundraiser or donating directly
- Become a Link Vision member for just $5.50 per year
We appreciate all and any help. Find out more about how you can help here.
Meet Our People
Terry has been CEO since 2012 and prior to that was a Management Committee member. He has extensive senior management experience in Transport, Materials Handling and Logistics sectors throughout Australia. He has also successfully operated his own PR business, his specialty being Business Building. He has previously been involved with Rotary International and Ronald McDonald Charities. Amongst other qualifications, Terry has a Diploma in Advanced Management. Terry is also Vice Chairman of NACRO (National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations), and serves as Treasurer of the Queensland White Cane Committee.
Tracy has over 25 years of retail experience and is responsible for Link Vision’s Retail and Wholesale sales, including management of our “Op Shops” and warehouse operation.
Tracy is also responsible for the overall management of Link Vision in the absence of the CEO. She has been with Link Vision for 10 years, and during that time developed a very successful export business, the proceeds from which fund the Computer Club. There have been 3 generations of Tracy’s family, all very dedicated to Link Vision’s Mission.
Meet Our Committee
Luke has extensive experience from 20 years of owning and managing successful businesses in both consultancy and retail. He was Director of an IT and consultancy business for 13 years.
He currently owns and is Managing Director of a retail watch sales and repair business with four locations in Brisbane and Sydney. With annual revenue growth of 20% per annum for the last 7 years, Luke has been focused on developing and growing the business to become Australia’s largest retailer of new and vintage watches. He manages a staff of over 30 and oversees all financial advisory, accounting, marketing, administrative and HR functions.
Luke has successfully navigated challenges with low vision and forging a successful business career. He has a deep understanding of the challenges facing people with low or no vision.
Ordinary Committee Member
Annie has worked as General Manager in the not for profit sector for both national and state-based organisations. During her contract with Guide Dogs Queensland, she had the privilege of interacting directly with people living with low or no vision who helped her understand what was needed as support.
Annie previously had senior roles with Coles Supermarkets, Flight Centre, and time in financial services. She also started up the Organ & Tissue Authority to help increase the Australian rates of organ donation. This diverse experience has given her a very strong business and governance background and an ability to work across all sectors with all types of people.
She would be delighted to have the opportunity to offer her skills and business experience as a member of the Management Committee.
Chris became a member of Link Vision in 2018.
He states his enthusiasm for joining the Board is to provide management insight and experience to Link Vision. He has been blind in one eye since birth, however, nothing has prevented him from living, having a career, and doing the things necessary to operate several successful businesses.
Chris’s career across various industries, including, Food, Retail, Telecommunications and Government has enabled him to gain knowledge and experience. He has subsequently owned several businesses for the last 15 years. During this time he has developed plans for each business, then implemented them, resulting in the renovation of the business operation to a level where it has been sold.
During the last 3 years he has been a Licenced Business Broker, working on helping others with the Sale of their business.
Also, during this period, Chris has been the Treasurer of a NFP Board that has needed guidance with respect to Governance Standards necessary for the financial operation of the business.
Ordinary Committee Member
Yogesh has been a Committee member since 2011.
He is Financial Controller of a steel supply company in Brisbane and was Treasurer of Link Vision for 3 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with double majors in Accounting and Economics and Diploma in Accounting. He also holds a Certificate IV in Occupational Health Safety in Australia.
Yogesh has over 20 years’ expertise in the Banking sector in Customer Service, Finance and Planning, Risk Management, Management Information Systems (MIS), Information Technology, Audit and Compliance, Process implementation and documentation and Workplace Health and Safety.
Yogesh is heavily involved in community work and also supports various soccer clubs and religious organisations.
Licia joined the Management Committee in 2016 and is the current Treasurer.
She has worked in both Public and Private sectors for both large and small organisations in several industries including manufacturing and mining. She also has prior experience as Treasurer with a Not for Profit.
Licia believes to succeed in any business venture, it is important to understand the financial data and to be able to analyse the data to proactively manage the business.
Licia has a Bachelor of Commerce Accounting, is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and is a registered Tax Agent.
She has also been very active in contributing to Link Vision events.
Ordinary Committee Member
David has been a member of the Management Committee since 2014.
He is a Board Director, Executive and Project Director with over 25 years’ experience working with senior leaders in global & national companies to deliver profit and organisational improvements.
He is a Company Director on Boards in the Commercial and Not for Profit sectors. David is Director with the Project Management Institute Qld (PMIQ) and commercial firms. He works with businesses providing advice in strategy, start up, growth and capital raises. David has worked with global consulting companies and delivered company-wide initiatives across multi-sectors in Health, Disability, Aged Care, Government, Financial Services, Mining, Oil & Gas, Utilities and Transport.
Meet Our Patron
Ray Hadley OAM
Ray Hadley works tirelessly to bring his listeners an informative and entertaining Morning Show from Monday to Friday. He has rated number one in Sydney since 2004, and is now heard every weekday morning on 4BC in Brisbane and dozens of network stations right across Australia. On Saturdays, during the NRL season, his Continuous Call Team remains unbeaten since 1992, and has continued to dominate the ratings since joining 2GB in 2002.
Ray has won 31 Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs), recognising everything from his sports presenting skills – including NRL Grand Finals and the Olympics to his ongoing success commenting on news and current affairs to a national audience. In 2017 he was inducted to the ACRA Hall of Fame. Ray is the most awarded broadcaster in the history of the ACRAs.
Ray has been an advocate for Link Vision for several years lending his support and offering invaluable exposure for the organisation. He is known for his generousity and we are proud to have him as our Patron.