This year, we celebrate 25 years of not holding back, a phrase we use to describe our vision for The Foundation, Fred never held back and neither do we. To commemorate, we're proud to launch the Future Fund to take Fred’s vison into the next 25 years.
The Future Fund isn't an endowment fund or a capital fund. It's about identifying and funding significant projects that will build long-term sustainability for eye care in the Pacific. It's also about working with our community of donors, agencies, governments and health professionals so there’s no holding back when it comes to getting the job done. Just like Fred.
“It’s obscene to let people go blind when they don’t need to.” - Professor Fred Hollows
Infrastructure development has always been an integral part of building a modern eye care service. Many donors will recall our early appeals funded the building of intraocular lens factories in Eritrea and Nepal. At the time both were revolutionary in their design and audacious in their objectives, and both have succeeded beyond the most generous predictions. More recently, having a regional focus and building a state of the art facility, The Regional Eye Centre in Solomon Islands was the most effective way to make a lasting impact.
“In the Pacific, from the Pacific, for the Pacific’ is how I would like to sum up what we aim to achieve." - Craig Fisher, The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ Board Chair
As well as backing significant projects like these, the Future Fund will secure essential equipment and training to empower our Pacific Leaders to restore sight in the region.
The first project to benefit from the Future Fund will be the 2018 upgrade and extension of the Port Vila National Eye Centre in Vanuatu. This centre, along with the return of a Foundation-trained eye specialist, will eventually increase Vanuatu’s surgery capacity from 200 to 800 each year, meeting the country’s needs estimated by the World Health Organisation. Building on our past experiences in designing and building national tertiary eye clinics we're happy once again to partner with the New Zealand government in the Pacific to deliver another major health infrastructure project.
Together, we can help to end avoidable blindness in Vanuatu. Thousands of people will gain access to high quality eye care with improved facilities in the country with your support.