About Fred | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

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  • Fred, Gabi & family

    Fred met Gabi while she was training in orthoptics in the early 1970s. A few years later they were working together at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, where he was head of the ophthalmology department and she was the senior orthoptist.

  • Young Fred Hollows

    Kiwi eye surgeon Fred Hollows was born in Dunedin on April 9th, 1929. Fred's father, Joseph Hollows, worked for the railways as an engine driver and met Fred's mother Clarice at the railway junction in Ohakune. The second of four boys, Fred spent the first seven years of his life in Dunedin where he attended North East Valley Primary School. His memories of Dunedin were that it was a 'cold, hard place.'

  • Recognition and awards

    Professor Fred Hollows believed in “equity between people” and was committed to ending avoidable blindness. It goes without saying that he was a remarkable character. Thanks to his hard work and vision, more than one million people around the world can see today. 1981 Advance Australia Award for Aboriginal eye care (Advance Australia Foundation)

  • Farewell Fred

    “Fred was many things to many people – a husband, a father, a friend, a skilled ophthalmologist and for a few politicians and bureaucrats, an irritating thorn in their side. But above all else he was a humanitarian, which made him a terrific doctor. He truly believed it was the role of a doctor to serve, to help those in need,” says Gabi  Hollows.

  • The Foundation

    Fred and his wife Gabi set up The Fred Hollows Foundation in 1992 while sitting around their dining room table with a group of friends and supporters. Today, The Fred Hollows Foundation continues to be inspired by Fred’s lifelong commitment to ending avoidable blindness in developing countries.

  • Overseas

    "I believe that my view of what a redeemed 'social condition' is has been consistent - equity between people - and I've tried always to work to that end."  Not long after he moved to Australia in 1965, Fred visited a number of Aboriginal communities and was shocked by the deplorable standards of eye health. He was especially concerned with the high number of Aborigines who had trachoma, an infectious eye disease that is normally only found in developing countries.