Fred Hollows | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

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  • Leading Eye Care Charity Calls on Supporters to Take Extreme Poverty Challenge

    The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ today announced that it will play an active role in Live Below the Line 2013, and called on the NZ public to take up the challenge and help end avoidable blindness.

  • Slideshow: Meet Durkita

  • May Outreach to Tonga a Success

  • Summer 2012: Newsletter

    In this issue: We look at 20 years of Fred's foundation, Roger Dethlef's memories of Fred, a long-term supporter shares Fred's vision, and 'The Price of Sight: The global cost of eliminating avoidable blindness'. > Download The Fred Hollows Foundation Summer 2012 Newsletter below (PDF 2.39MB)

  • 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.

  • 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….”

  • 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.'

  • Research

    Our program approach is based on findings and recommendations from clinical and population-based research and is critically evaluated against clear indicators. Like Fred Hollows, we believe in ‘no survey without service,’ and ensure our research findings translate into tangible outcomes for people who are needlessly blind. Eye health services: quality and access

  • 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.

  • Ending avoidable blindness

    Kiwi eye surgeon and humanitarian Fred Hollows had a vision of ending avoidable blindness. He worked tirelessly to restore sight to the needlessly blind in developing countries and trained hundreds of local eye doctors to do the same. Making Fred’s vision a reality An estimated 39 million people around the world today are blind. But four out of five people who are blind don't have to be, their condition is treatable or preventable.

  • Andrew Bell, Executive Director

    Andrew Bell was appointed Executive Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ in March 2012. In his role, Andrew leads the organisation to achieve its vision of a world where no one is needlessly blind, working closely with staff, supporters and the Board of Trustees to ensure its success.

  • Rotary partnership

“At The Fred Hollows Foundation we share a deep respect for Rotary’s variety of humanitarian service projects around the world and are very proud of our partnership,” says Foundation Founding Director Gabi Hollows. The partnership between The Fred Hollows Foundation and Rotarians ‘Down Under’ was established in 2003, with a shared commitment to eradicating avoidable blindness in the developing world. The Rotarians are big believers in direct action and have long respected the work of Fred Hollows.

  • 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.

  • 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.