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Fred Hollows Foundation

April 19th, 2012

Hi All,

I just had someone at the door from the Fred Hollows foundation.

For those that don’t know, Fred Hollows was an ophthalmologist who became known for his work in restoring eyesight for countless thousands of people in Australia and many other countries. It has been estimated that more than one million people in the world can see today because of initiatives instigated by Hollows, the most notable example being The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Fred Hollows was a recipient of many awards and honorary doctorates because of his humanitarian work in Australia and overseas but refused the Order of Australia medal in 1985 because of the governments apparent lack of care for the sight of Australian Aboriginies (he accepted a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1991).

Though Fred Hollows passed from this world in 1993, his work continues on through The Fred Hollows Foundation which he founded in 1992 a few months before he lost his own fight with cancer.

75% of blindness in the world is curable. For only $25 The Fred Hollows Foundation can restore the sight of a child, a parent or a farmer that will improve the life of all those around them. Like all charities, that is not where every dollar goes. In 2010 the had to spend a lot on fundraising, you can spread the word and reduce this cost, or at least help the out a little.

Fred Hollows Foundation Statistics for 2010.
For the $35 Million they spent less than $500 000 was spent on Admin in Australia and about three times that overseas. $24M on programs, $2M on education, and $7M on fundraising (ref: 2010 financial report).

For this they performed 195 000 eye treatments and operation, trained almost 13 000 medical and support staff, conducted 1.3M eye screenings, delivered $3.5M in medical equipment and constructed/ renovated 41 medical facilities.

Over the last five years The Foundation has:

  • Performed eye operations and treatments on 784,378 people
  • Supported training for 31,121 medical and support staff
  • Looked into the eyes of 6,614,085 people
  • Provided $10,131,837 of medical equipment
  • Built or upgraded 119 eye health facilities
  • Expanded to work in more than 55 Indigenous communities


That is an awful lot of bang for the buck.

If you can afford it, please consider donating to this very worthy cause. If you cannot, please pass the word on so that the work of Fred Hollows can continue.


Yours in Faith

Rev. Peter Brabyn


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