Q1. What is the main focus of your charity?: The Fred Hollows Foundation is an international development organisation, focusing on blindness prevention and Australian Indigenous health. We are independent, not-for-profit, politically unaligned and secular.
We see a world where no one is needlessly blind and Indigenous Australians exercise their right to good health.
We are inspired by the life and work of the late Professor Fred Hollows, an internationally acclaimed eye surgeon and an activist for social justice who championed the right of all people to high quality and affordable eye care and good health.
Q2. How important are donations to your charity? The Fred Hollows Foundation cannot restore sight without the generous support of the Australian public and significant partners such as the Australian Government, corporate and private organisations. Without donations, we could not train local eye surgeons, we could not build eye hospitals or provide essential medical equipment and we could not perform sight-restoring surgery. Donations simply make all of this possible – whether it is replacing a cloudy cataract, preventing diabetic retinopathy, or providing antibiotics for Trachoma.
During significant growth, The Foundation has maintained a relatively lean cost/income ratio, with just under 70% of funds going directly to our program work.
By supporting 25000 Spins you will be making a difference the world can see. Thank you!
Q3. What difference will your donation make? This year, the World Health Organisation confirmed that there are 32 million people in the world living with blindness. The Fred Hollows Foundation knows that 4 out of 5 of these people do not need to be blind. If we can get to these people and if we have appropriate resources, The Foundation can eliminate avoidable blindness.
For just $25, sight can be restored. In relation to cataract surgery, a relatively simple operation can take as little as 15minutes.
Gabi Hollows herself says that Fred would be blown away to see what The Foundation has accomplished. Thanks to the generosity of the Australian public The Fred Hollows Foundation is changing lives by giving the gift of sight.