Aussie generosity keeps Fred's vision alive
Twenty-five years after Fred Hollows was named Australian of the Year, The Fred Hollows Foundation will announce another year of record results at its Annual General Meeting in Sydney tonight.
Despite ongoing cuts to Australian aid, The Foundation’s strong support from the Australian public has driven the record performance.
Foundation CEO Brian Doolan said: “Thanks to the generosity of the Australian people and our partners we continue to push the boundaries to restore sight, performing a record 890,066 eye operations and treatments last year."
With continued growth across all areas of work, The Foundation reported a record number of operations performed, surgeons and health workers trained, medical facilities built or renovated and donations from the Australian public.
In 2015, The Foundation was supported by almost 128,000 Australian donors who contributed about $52 million to continue Fred’s work.
Key results for 2015:
- More than 8 million people across the world were treated with antibiotics for trachoma, an excruciatingly painful eye disease which can cause irreversible blindness;
- More than 64,000 people were trained, from highly-skilled ophthalmologists to nurses, community health workers and teachers;
- 890,066 eye operations and treatments performed;
- 110 medical facilities built, renovated or upgraded;
- $2.4 million worth of medical equipment delivered;
- More than 3.7 million school children and community members received eye health education; The Foundation’s Indigenous Australia Program provided services to more than 15,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Founding Director Gabi Hollows said: “If Fred was alive today, I know he would be blown away by the amount of work that has been done by the Foundation. We have come a long way from meeting round the kitchen table, to working in 24 countries, transforming the lives of millions of people round the world.”
“The heartfelt support of everyday Aussies is incredible and without it The Foundation could not deliver life-changing treatment to those in need. We urge people to dig deep before the end of the financial year to help us keep Fred’s dream alive.”
See our full summary of results and download a copy of the 2015 Annual Report.
(Note that this link will take you to The Foundation's global site and the Annual Report was published in Australia.)