The fred hollows foundation

Mission

Fred Hollows (1929–1993) was an Australian philanthropist and ophthalmologist who became known for restoring sight to thousands of people in developing countries and his passionate fight to improve the health of Indigenous Australians living in remote communities.

The aim of the Foundation is to carry on the Fred Hollows legacy of delivering sight-saving care to those most in need. His vision was for a world where no-one was needlessly blind. The foundation does incredible work in remote areas where people do not have access to basic cataract removal and other eye surgeries.

To find out more about the work the Foundation does, or to donate to the cause, visit their website here

NEWINGTON’S INVOLVEMENT

Manton and Metcalfe Houses both support The Fred Hollows Foundation and activities are organised to raise awareness and funds for the Foundation.

Senior boys organise different activities annually, with initiatives being largely student-driven and so changing year-to-year. Highlights in recent years include mufti days, a photography competition and an indoor football competition in which the boys paid to play a world cup football tournament on X-boxes.  House chapel services also contribute to the funds raised for the foundation.

EVENTS

In Term 2 2015, Manton House organised a “Cataract Dodgeball Tournament” to raise awareness for their House charity, the Fred Hollows Foundation.

Boys from across all year groups vied for the chance to compete in the Final Dodgeball match, but it was the Year 11 team, The Flying Nadinians, who had the honour of facing off against the teacher team captained by none other than Manton Head of House Mr Mark Case.

In order to mimic what it would be like to play dodgeball with cataracts, all competitors wore special glasses that distorted their eyesight making it difficult to see.

In the Grand Final, both teams took to the New Gym where a packed audience enthusiastically cheered on the competitors. Before long dodgeballs were flying through the air and after an intense half hour of dodges, dips, dives and ducks, the Year 11 team won in fine fashion winning the Silver Wrench award.