Gabi Hollows

Gabi Hollows – founding director of the Fred Hollows Foundation

Feb 15 • Personal Journeys to Happiness, Social Entrepreneurs, The Brave Discussion Movement • 825 Views • No Comments

” I noticed something else: Gabi’s tone of voice, manner and body language didn’t change, whether she was dealing with the station manager or the oldest, most withered Aborigine in the camp. That kind of innate goodness is rare.” – Professor Fred Hollows

Since 1993 the Fred Hollows Foundation has restored sight to more than a million people and begun work in such nations as North Korea, Rwanda, Lao PDR and Burandi. The Fred Hollows Foundation is inspired by the work of the late Professor Fred Hollows (1929–1993). Fred was an eye doctor, a skilled surgeon of international renown and a social justice activist. Fred was committed to improving the health of Indigenous Australians and to reducing the cost of eye health care and treatment in developing countries.

Gabi HollowsSince Fred’s death in 1993, Gabi Hollows has worked tirelessly to realise her late husband’s dream of blindness prevention in developing countries and improved healthcare for disadvantaged indigenous Australians.

Gabi Hollows, who grew up on an orchard near Gosford joined the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program in 1976. For three years, as part of a team, she visited 465 remote indigenous communities treating trachoma and other conditions.

“It was a tremendous honour and privilege as a middle-class Australian woman to work on this program – It was a shocking, long and hard few years on the road. My passion to walk alongside indigenous Australians as they tackle health problems is as strong today as it was then.”

Extract from The Power of 100 – One Hundred Women who have shaped Australia

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