The Fred Hollows Foundation is deeply saddened by the passing of one of its most generous and visionary supporters, Charles ‘Chuck’ Feeney.  

Chuck, who died at the age of 92 earlier this month, gave away his entire multi-billion dollar fortune to various causes around the world through The Atlantic Philanthropies, the foundation he established in 1982. 

He was a staunch supporter of The Fred Hollows Foundation, donating an astonishing 6 million USD to our work in Vietnam.  

His generous contribution helped establish vision health centres in five central provinces in the late 2000s, including Phu Yen Eye Hospital. 

The Atlantic Philanthropies grants also strengthened training capacity at the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology, enabling thousands of people to access quality eye care and support The Foundation’s sight-restoring work. 

In 2005, Chuck also provided almost 5 million USD to help The Foundation open the Sobana Eye Centre in South Africa. 

In Vietnam, Atlantic Philanthropies provided more than 500 million USD to build hospitals and universities and strengthen community health centres, including an Ophthalmology Center at Hue Central Hospital, and Da Nang Eye Hospital, a long-term partner of The Fred Hollows Foundation. 

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 Phuong Anh (The Fred Hollows Foundation staff member), Chris Oechsli (president and CEO of The Atlantic Philanthropies), Dr Phuc Huynh (The Fred Hollows Foundation Vietnam Country Director), Bob Matousek (friend of Chuck), Chuck Feeney, Dr Pham Binh (Director of Da Nang Eye Hospital) and Dr Le Nhan Phuong (Vietnam Executive Director of Atlantic Philanthropies).

Dr Phuc Huynh Tan, The Foundation’s Cluster Director in Vietnam, said Chuck’s legacy would live on for generations. 

“Chuck was a remarkable man who touched the lives of so many people with his generosity and vision,” Dr Huynh said. 

“He had a keen interest in the projects he was investing in, and I had the pleasure of demonstrating and explaining cataract surgery to him in operating theatres on a number of occasions when he visited Vietnam. 

“Thanks to his support, we have trained hundreds of eye health workers, equipped facilities with modern technology, and provided affordable and accessible eye care services to thousands of people in Vietnam.  

“The training he helped strengthen means his impact will be felt for decades. It’s an astonishing legacy that is worthy of such a great man. 

“He was a true friend and partner of The Fred Hollows Foundation, and we will always be grateful for his trust and confidence in our work,” Dr Huynh said. 

The Fred Hollows Foundation extends its heartfelt condolences to Chuck’s family and friends, and joins the global community in celebrating his remarkable life and achievements. 

Cover photo credit: The Fred Hollows Foundation