The Fred Hollows Foundation is an international development organisation that has already restored sight to more than two million people across 25 countries around the world.
We focus on blindness prevention and improving Australian Indigenous eye health. We are independent, non-profit, politically unaligned and secular.
Our work is inspired by the late Professor Fred Hollows (1929-1993). Fred was an eye doctor, skilled surgeon of international renown and a social justice activist who championed the right of all people to high quality affordable eye care and to good health.
Because of Fred's pioneering work, we can now restore sight for as little as $25. The creation of low-cost intraocular lenses to tackle cataracts in the 1980's revolutionised sight-restoring surgery.
The impact of restoring someone's sight is enormous. It changes lives. It opens opportunities. Children can experience childhood, mothers and fathers can provide for their families and elderly people can pass on their wisdom and experience.
The social and economic benefits of eliminating blindness are now known. For every $1 invested in preventing someone from going blind, at least $4 is returned. Adults can return to work and children can get an education.
By mobilising ordinary Australians we've raised the funds to reduce avoidable blindness. Just like Fred did, these individual donations are improve people's lives in places like Kenya, Cambodia and Ethiopia.
But there remains so much more to do. Donate now to help Fred's work live on.