Sight Restoring Charity Launches Lunchtime Series: FRED Talks | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

Sight Restoring Charity Launches Lunchtime Series: FRED Talks

The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ today announces a new series of lunchtime conversations entitled ‘FRED Talks’. Designed to share stories from theDr Neil Murray, Medical Director at The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ staff and volunteers who carry on the work of the late Professor Fred Hollows, the free series will feature leading experts discussing issues relating to the Pacific, healthcare and international development.

Dr Neil Murray, The Foundation’s Medical Director, will be presenting the first FRED Talk on Friday 7 March at 12.30pm. His colloquial presentation will cover his experiences performing surgery and teaching doctors and nurses in the developing world.

The Foundation’s Executive Director Andrew Bell emphasised that the talks are open for anyone to attend, whether they’re in the sector or are simply interested in learning more about the challenges and opportunities associated with working in developing countries.

“We want to encourage everyone to come along to our Newmarket office, bring their lunch, and hear some incredible stories,” said Bell. “Dr Murray is certain to inspire with tales from a career that’s taken him across the Pacific and put him in contact with a range of patients and cases. This is a rare chance to hear first-hand what it’s like to be teaching and performing surgeries on the front line of international aid.”

In addition to his role as Medical Director for The Foundation, Dr Murray works as an ophthalmologist in Rotorua. He says that he’s eager to share stories about his work with the New Zealand public.  

“The Foundation’s work takes place mostly out in the Pacific in an area that stretches from Kiribati to Timor-Leste,” he said. “I’m always looking for ways to bring some of the inspiration I get from this work into New Zealand. The FRED Talks give us a way to talk about Fred Hollows and his living legacy that we’re actively building on.”

Following each talk will be a Q&A session, with the afternoon wrapping up by 2pm. The FRED Talks will also be filmed and available online.

Anyone interested in attending the inaugural FRED Talk should register online.

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