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Fred Hollows award seeks compassionate youngsters

14 July 2016

Nominations have opened for the first Fred Hollows Humanity Award in Victoria and Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh is encouraging locals to get involved.

Professor Fred Hollows dedicated his life to helping others, saving the sight of disadvantaged people around the world.

The Fred Hollows Foundation is keeping Fred’s vision alive through an award which recognises Year 6 students who follow in Fred’s footsteps by showing care and compassion for others.

“There is no act of kindness too small. Whether it is volunteering, fundraising for a good cause or helping others, local children are making a positive difference in our community,” Mr Walsh said.

“This award is a great opportunity for their work to be recognised.”

The Fred Hollows Humanity Award has opened for the first time in Victoria after successfully running in the Australian Capital Territory since 2012 and in New South Wales since last year.

The Foundation’s founding director Gabi Hollows said: “Fred used to say that the basic attribute of mankind was our ability to look after each other. The Fred Hollows Humanity Award will recognise students in Victoria who have reflected this value in their own lives.”

All nominees will be recognised at a presentation ceremony where the 2016 Victoria Junior Ambassador will be announced.

This ambassador will be able to extend their humanity by allocating $5000 donated by Specsavers to one of The Fred Hollows Foundation’s programs to end avoidable blindness.

“I urge parents, teachers and other community members to nominate Year 6 students in the area and showcase the community spirit of our region,” Mr Walsh said.

 To learn more about the award, or to nominate a young person visit by 21 August.


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