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Fred Hollows anniversary exhibition

Twenty years after Professor Fred Hollows passed away, Bland Shire Library will host a special touring exhibition that celebrates the life and work of the late eye surgeon. It will be on display in the library from September 9 until September 30, 2013.
Gabi Hollows hopes the exhibition will offer the public an opportunity to learn more about Fred’s dream of eradicating avoidable blindness and improving Indigenous health.
“The exhibition gives people the chance to learn more about Fred’s life and the work of The Foundation - which remains extremely important given that he is still a very significant person in Australian history.”
Fred Hollows was a passionate ophthalmologist who became known for his work helping restore the eyesight of countless thousands of people in developing countries and his passionate plight to improve Indigenous health here in Australia. In 1993 he lost his battle with cancer at age 63.
Twenty years later, Fred’s legacy lives on. The Foundation currently works in around 20 countries throughout Africa, South and South East Asia and the Pacific. A significant amount of work is also carried out throughout Indigenous communities in Australia. Over the past five years alone, The Foundation has supported almost one million sight-restoring operations, trained over 31,000 eye health workers including surgeons, provided over $10 million in medical equipment and expanded work in more than 55 Indigenous communities. “The impact of this work has been enormous, but there is still much to do. The health of Indigenous Australians remains at dramatically lower levels than for other Australians, and of the 39 million people who are blind globally, 4 out of 5 people don’t need to be,” Hollows said.

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