Australia | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

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  • The eye doctor

    Fred once said, “I studied medicine so I could help others – set a leg or whatever – and it’s given me a great deal of satisfaction.” But setting legs was not what Professor Fred Hollows ended up doing. After graduating from medical school, Fred became a Resident at Auckland Public Hospital. The first job he had was in general surgery and the senior surgical tutor said to him, “Hollows, you’re the house surgeon here now….you’ve got an easy job. All you have to do is know everything about these patients every time I show up….”

  • Keeping Fred's dream alive

    Kiwi eye surgeon Fred Hollows had a vision of a world where no one is needlessly blind. He was driven by a deeply held conviction that everyone has the right to sight no matter who they are or where they live.

  • 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.

  • Gabi Hollows, Founding Director

    Gabi has been a driving force behind The Fred Hollows Foundation since she and Fred established it around their dinner table almost 20 years ago. She is the public face of The Foundation, a founding director, and patron of The Fred Hollows Foundation Miracle Club.

  • The Foundation and our achievements

    Like Fred, we have a vision of a world where no one is needlessly blind.