One man’s legacy makes a significant impact

Written by Admin, published on January 27, 2015 Donate Today
John Hacault’s thoughtful gift is helping our partner hospitals reach out and provide eye care to those in need.

John Hacault certainly had a great big heart.

A longtime donor to Operation Eyesight, John passed away in Vancouver in 2013. Thanks to his generous legacy gift, our partner hospitals are able to reach out and give the gift of sight to people in need.

One such partner is Dr. Salins Eye Hospital, located in Bidar, India. Many of the region’s 61 million people lack basic health care, which is why the recent establishment of two vision centres is so important. Located at central village junctions, they are the point of first referral for serious eye problems and a big part of Operation Eyesight’s strategy to eliminate avoidable blindness.

“The legacy gift given to Operation Eyesight by the late John Hacault has been a gift of sight to quite a lot of people in Bidar,” says Kashinath Bhoosnurmath, Operation Eyesight’s Senior Director of International Programs. “He has made a significant difference in the lives of these people.”

John’s legacy has also helped another Operation Eyesight partner – Siliguri Greater Lions Eye Hospital, located in West Bengal State at the base of the Himalaya Mountains. Many people from the neighbouring countries of Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal cross the border to reach the hospital.

“We are grateful to Mr. Hacault, and I am also impressed by his foresight,” adds Kashinath. “Our vision centre is catering to a critical need of the people here. His legacy is making a very real difference!”

We all want to leave a legacy like John Hacault – and you can! You don’t have to be wealthy to make a meaningful impact. Call us toll-free at 1-800-585-8265 or email us at to receive a free Legacy Gift Information Package.

Patients at Dr. Salins Eye Hospital represent a small number of the millions of Indians who lack even basic eye health care.