GLADSTONE’S GENEROSITY HELPS RESTORE SIGHT IN RECORD NUMBERS

GLADSTONE’S GENEROSITY HELPS RESTORE SIGHT IN RECORD NUMBERS

The Fred Hollows Foundation has thanked the people of Gladstone, whose generosity helped deliver 929,106 eye operations and treatments in 2018.

Over the 2018 financial year, the Gladstone community donated more than $10,000 which helped toward The Fred Hollows Foundation training 59,207 eye surgeons, nurses, community health workers and teachers to continue Fred’s legacy of restoring sight for the world’s poorest people.

One of the patients Gladstone people helped was eight-year-old Samuel from rural Kenya. Samuel is one of more than 8,000 children in Kenya who are needlessly blind and was among those who received sight-saving surgery thanks to The Foundation. Samuel had previously relied on his twin brother John his entire life.

John took care of Samuel to keep him safe each day. He would walk with Samuel hand-in-hand as they walked to school each day and sat next to him in class to write notes so his brother wouldn’t fall behind.

Gabi Hollows, Founding Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation, thanked the community for its continued support. “I would like to thank each and every person who has helped us change the lives of many millions of the world’s poorest people who are living with avoidable blindness,” Gabi Hollows said.