Fred Hollows was an inspiration and a visionary. An eye doctor, a skilled surgeon of international renown and a social justice activist, Fred devoted his career to restoring sight to the blind, particularly in parts of the world where eye care was otherwise not accessible.
Just five months before his death, he established The Fred Hollows Foundation to ensure the amazing work he started could carry on without him.
Almost 20 years later, The Foundation, under the guidance of Fred’s widow, Gabi, is carrying on Fred’s incredible legacy and has restored sight to more than a million people worldwide.
“Fred was committed to improving the health of Indigenous Australians and to reducing the cost of eye health care and treatment in developing countries,” said Founding Director Gabi Hollows. “He was incredibly passionate about his work and that passion has lived on in The Foundation. Our vision continues to be for a world where no one is needlessly blind.”
A Visionary Campaign
Specsavers National Eyecare Day - proudly partnering The Fred Hollows Foundation.
As part of Specsavers National Eyecare Day, we are partnering with The Fred Hollows Foundation in support of blindness prevention. Throughout the month of August, we’re collecting gold coin donations in exchange for glasses cleaning and adjustments to support Fred Hollows’ vision – a world in which no person is needlessly blind.
Make a gold coin donation at Specsavers stores in August and help us make a difference.
Specsavers is aiming to raise $50,000 for The Fred Hollows Foundation in the 2012-13 financial year. The funds will be used for The Foundation’s project work in the Pacific region, including life-changing cataract surgery to restore sight to the blind.
Specsavers Managing Director Graeme Edmond said Specsavers was delighted to support such an inspirational organisation.
“Fred Hollows championed the right of all people to high quality and affordable eye care and to good health, and this is a sentiment that absolutely underpins our core values at Specsavers,” he said.
“The Foundation’s work in reducing the cost of cataract operations to as little as $25 has enabled over a million blind people to have their sight restored. That’s over one million genuine miracles that have changed the lives of people who were condemned to a life of darkness and then had the lights switched back on."
Mr Edmond said the partnership offered Specsavers the opportunity to strongly demonstrate its commitment to making high quality eye care affordable to everyone.
“Both Specsavers and The Foundation are all about ensuring that everyone has access to high quality eye care,” Mr Edmond said.“Through this partnership, we will be able to support projects in various disadvantaged regions that allow local resources to maintain and continue delivering benefit to the community.
“Our work in stores is changing lives at home and through our partnerships with The Fred Hollows Foundation, we can now change lives around the world as well.”