The Fred Hollows Foundation is saddened by the sudden passing of Indigenous singer/songwriter, Ruby Hunter. Ms Hunter was a great friend of The Foundation through her work promoting health and literacy and her ability to inspire the many people she met on her visits to community.

As part of last year’s Melbourne Writers Festival, Ms Hunter performed at The Songs for Stories concert to raise funds for urgently needed literacy resources in remote Indigenous communities.

Ms Hunter was also a member of the Black Arm Band performing arts group who travelled in partnership with The Foundation to remote areas of northern Australia - to perform and conduct community development workshops promoting positive health messages and celebrating contemporary Indigenous culture through music.

“Many people working at The Foundation knew Ms Hunter very well and our thoughts are with Archie and their family during this time,” The Fred Hollows Foundation’s CEO Brian Doolan said today.

“When I speak with our Indigenous colleagues, they tell me about how magic Ms Hunter’s visits to community were. She lifted everyone’s spirit wherever she went and she was a real inspiration. It is a very sad day indeed and a great loss to our country.”

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