Foundation gives chance to follow in Fred Hollows' footsteps

The late Fred Hollows at work in Hanoi in 1992.
The late Fred Hollows at work in Hanoi in 1992. Contributed

THE Fred Hollows Foundation is calling for nominations for the Fred Hollows Humanity Award, which recognises year six students who demonstrate compassion, integrity and kindness towards others.

Parents, teachers, principals and members of communities around the country can nominate a child who is making a difference at before September 10.

Since 2012, the Fred Hollows Humanity Award has recognised more than 750 students who follow in Fred's footsteps by making a positive difference in the lives of others. This year the award has expanded nationwide.

"Fred used to say the basic attribute of mankind is to look after each other," said Gabi Hollows, Founding Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation.

"He would be so proud to know the Fred Hollows Humanity Award is recognising students who are demonstrating this belief in their own lives.

Professor Fred Hollows examines a patient while Dr Sanduk Ruit watches on.
Professor Fred Hollows examines a patient while Dr Sanduk Ruit watches on. Courtesy Of The Fred Hollows Foundation

"I am constantly inspired by the actions of award recipients and I urge people to nominate a Year Six student in their area who embodies the values of compassion, integrity and kindness."

Among the Queensland students to already be nominated is Kyla Shanks from Annandale Christian College, in Townsville.

Kyla was nominated by her teacher, Vanessa Dunbar, for always being on the lookout for students needing assistance. She also volunteers her time to help raise money for Hummingbird House, Queensland's only children's hospice, and advocates for protecting the environment and honouring our veterans.

All nominees will receive a certificate and be recognised at a presentation ceremony later in the year.

A Queensland Junior Ambassador will also be recognised and will be able to extend their humanity by allocating $5,000, donated by the award's charity partner Specsavers, to one of The Foundation's programs to end avoidable blindness. Last year's Junior Ambassadors chose to support The Foundation's work in Cambodia, Kenya and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia.

*Media release from the Fred Hollows Foundation

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