Foundation offers chance to follow Fred Hollows' footsteps
THE Fred Hollows Foundation is calling for nominations for the Fred Hollows Humanity Award, which recognises Year Six students who demonstrate compassion, integrity and kindness towards others.
Parents, teachers, principals and members of communities around the country can nominate a child who is making a difference at www.hollows.org/humanityaward before September 10.
Since 2012, the Fred Hollows Humanity Award has recognised more than 750 students who follow in Fred's footsteps by making a positive difference in the lives of others. This year the award has expanded nationwide.
"Fred used to say the basic attribute of mankind is to look after each other," said Gabi Hollows, Founding Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation.
"He would be so proud to know the Fred Hollows Humanity Award is recognising students who are demonstrating this belief in their own lives.
"I am constantly inspired by the actions of award recipients and I urge people to nominate a Year Six student in their area who embodies the values of compassion, integrity and kindness."
Among the New South Wales students to already be nominated are Nellie Browne from St. Mary's Primary School and Hayden Innes from Orange Public School.
Nellie was nominated for her efforts to highlight the plight of refugees through a school lunch initiative. Hayden was nominated for delivering over 100 gifts to residents in his community who would not otherwise have received a gift on Christmas Day.
All nominees will receive a certificate and be recognised at a presentation ceremony later in the year.
A New South Wales Junior Ambassador will also be recognised and will be able to extend their humanity by allocating $5,000, donated by the award's charity partner Specsavers, to one of The Foundation's programs to end avoidable blindness.
Last year's Junior Ambassadors chose to support The Foundation's work in Cambodia, Kenya and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia.
*Media release from the Fred Hollows Foundation