Glenorchy drive provides sight

7 July 2020|Lifestyle| Off Comments off on Glenorchy drive provides sight|

THE Glenorchy community has demonstrated its continued generosity to The Fred Hollows Foundation, with more than 23 people from Hobart’s northern suburbs having become regular supporters of The Foundation.

The Fred Hollows Founding director Gabi Hollow said the support and generosity from Hobart northern suburbs was inspiring and a reminder of the ‘true-blue’ Australian spirit that Fred Hollows loved so much.

“I know that this is undoubtedly a challenging time for many of our supporters,” Ms Hollows said.

“This certainly is our toughest year – trying to restore sight to people who are needlessly blind during a global pandemic.

“To see the Glenorchy region’s continued generosity warms my heart and reminds me of the true, altruistic Australian spirit that has kept The Foundation alive for 27 years.

“Thank you, Glenorchy municipality for continuing The Foundation’s work and keeping Fred’s dream alive.”

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Foundation began contributing to local responses across the world through redirecting resources to fight the pandemic.

Many health care workers who usually focus on eye care have been using their medical expertise on the frontlines, such as nurses in our eye hospitals in the Philippines and Kenya.

One of the patients that the Glenorchy area has helped was five-year-old Night from Kenya, whose parents, Deborah and Stephen, discovered she had cataract in both her eyes.

Night was desperate to go to school with the other children as she wanted to become a teacher, but her condition stopped her.

“Night follows the other children to school and I have to bring her back because when she goes, she falls over,” Deborah said.

Their lives changed when a community health worker trained by The Fred Hollows Foundation visited their village and said Night could get help.

After a five-hour journey, Night and Stephen arrived at the Sabatia Eye Hospital.

When the quick and simple procedure was completed, Night’s eye patches were lifted and, much to her delight, she could see again.

Stephen said he was grateful of The Fred Hollows Foundation and the Glenorchy community in helping his daughter see again.

“I am overjoyed because deep down I knew we couldn’t afford the cost of surgery to have her eyesight restored,” he said.

“Because of The Fred Hollows Foundation, my daughter is able to see and she is so happy.

“I don’t have anything to give in return, it’s just the happiness that I can portray to show how grateful I am.”

Without better funding and access to eye care services, the number of people who are blind is set to triple from 36 million to 115 million over the next 30 years.

To combat this, The Fred Hollows Foundation is training local doctors, nurses, community workers and teachers in eye health in the places where they are most needed.

To help The Fred Hollows Foundation continue its work, donate at, phone 1800 352 352 or text your name to 0457 555 755.

Caption: Deborah and Stephen with their daughter Night (centre).

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