EDITH Schenk has travelled the world, but she has not found anywhere better to live than Port Macquarie.
The Swiss-born manager of The Sunglass Hut at Port Central also says she has the best position in the shopping centre, looking across the plaza to the water, so a lunchtime stroll for the eyewear expert means donning her favourite sunnies from Prada or Ray Ban, which are among the great selection of brands and styles at the recently refurbished Sunglass Hut.
Last July Edith is left her Port Macquarie view to travel to Africa and climb 5895 metre high Mt Kilimanjaro for a truly spectacular view.
She also used African safari holiday to raise money for OneSight Foundation, which aims to provide needy people worldwide with clear vision so they can learn, work and see their loved ones.
OneSight, a worldwide charitable foundation supported by international eyewear manufacturer Luxottica, provides free eye health checks and glasses, runs clinics and trains professionals.
In Australia OneSight clinics improve vision for people in remote and indigenous communities and for people with restricted access to basic eye care services, while also providing free spectacles to victims of natural disasters like floods and bushfires.
Backpacking around the globe, Edith arrived in Australia in 1977 and in Port Macquarie in 1999.
“My son was seven when we moved here – it’s a fantastic place to bring up children,”’ Edith said.
With her son now at university in Sydney, Edith has more time for travel, dog walking and cross stitch.