Hollows Family | 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….”

  • 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.'

  • 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.

  • 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.