The Tweed Heads Library is hosting a touring exhibition which celebrates the life and work of the late Professor Fred Hollows, from 17 February to 3 March.

In Fred’s Footsteps uses pictures and stories to outline the life and achievements of Fred Hollows and the continuing work of The Fred Hollows Foundation.
 
Fred Hollows was a passionate ophthalmologist who became known for his work helping restore the eyesight of thousands of people in developing countries and his drive to improve Indigenous health here in Australia. He lost his battle with cancer in 1993 aged 63.

Since 1992 The Fred Hollows Foundation has worked in collaboration with local blindness prevention and other health organisations in more than 38 countries throughout Africa, South and South-East
Asia, Australia and the Pacific.

Fred Hollow’s widow Gabi Hollows hopes the exhibition will offer locals a chance to learn more about Fred’s dream of eradicating avoidable blindness and improving Indigenous health.

“The exhibition gives people the chance to learn more about Fred’s life and the work of the Foundation, which I think is extremely important given that he remains a very significant person in Australian history,” Ms Hollows said.

“So far the impact of this work has been enormous, but there is still much to do. The health of Indigenous Australians remains at dramatically lower levels than for other Australians, and of the 45 million people who are blind globally, three out of four people don’t need to be blind.”

Following its display at the Tweed Heads Library, the exhibition will continue to tour regional and metropolitan libraries in NSW throughout 2010.

The Tweed Heads Library is located in the Tweed Heads Civic Centre in Brett Street. Library opening hours are Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 5pm, Friday 9.30am to 7pm and Saturday 9.30am to noon.

For more information about The Fred Hollows Foundation visit the website www.hollows.org.au

PICTURE: The late Fred Hollows treating young patients (Credit: Michael Amendolia).