Touring display helps follow Fred’s journey

TWENTY one years after Professor Fred Hollows passed away, Orange City Library is hosting a touring display that celebrates the life and work of the late eye surgeon.

The display, 20 Years in Fred’s Footsteps, started on Monday and helps tell the story of the difference he made to so many lives.

Professor Hollows’ widow Gabi Hollows said she hopes the exhibition will offer the public an opportunity to learn more about Fred’s dream of eradicating blindness and improving Indigenous health.

“The display 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 significant person in history,” she said.

Mr Hollows was a passionate ophthalmologist who became known for his work helping restore the eyesight of thousands of people in developing countries. He also had a passionate plight to improve Indigenous health in Australia.

In 1993 he lost his battle with cancer at 63 but his legacy lives on.

Over the past five years alone, The Foundation has supported almost one million sight-restoring operations. They have also 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.

For more information visit www.hollows.org.au or call 1800 352 352.

Entry to 20 Years in Fred’s Footsteps is free.

The display will be on show until Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

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