Professor Fred Hollows 

Fred Cover       Title:"Professor Fred Hollows"

ISBN: 9781921042751

Author:Hazel Edwards

Illustrator: Pat Reynolds

Publisher;  New Frontier  

E-book:  (coming)

 

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‘Fred Hollows’ sounds like a place rather than a person, but now many places are named in honour of this eye doctor who took risks on behalf of others.

Even as a small boy growing up with his brothers in rural New Zealand, Fred wanted to make a difference.  He was an ideas person with a ‘can do’ attitude.

He became an eye doctor. He was passionate about treating preventable and curable eye diseases amongst the poorest people in Asia, Africa and the Australian outback. His dream was to restore sight to those who could least afford or access health care.

He started travelling hospitals on wheels, trained staff and worked with locals to develop lens factories and eye clinics.

Now there is the Fred Hollows Foundation, and other medical staff continue his work in outback communities, in Australia and overseas. Gabi Hollows, his wife continues their partnership to improve health in remote areas.

As a surgeon, operating on the eye, is a risky operation. Fred had the skill to remove cataracts, which are growths in the eye, blocking sight. But he also inspired others and was involved with indigenous medical services.

Professor Frederick Cossom Hollows was a man who received many awards before and after his death, but his greatest achievement was giving ‘vision’ to more than one million people around the world. He died in 1993.

 Bourke in outback NSW has a memorial on Fred’s grave, as this place had special significance for him.

And many bus stops carry his message.

 

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The Aussie Heroes Series

The Aussie Heroes series introduces junior readers to heroes who have made an important contribution to Australian society.

What Makes a Hero? Discussion Activity Use these points to discuss your heroes, Fred Hollows and Weary Dunlop.

New Frontier books in the Aussie Heroes series include Dame Nellie Melba, Sir Edward Weary Dunlop  and Mary Mac Killop. You can download a sample chapter from the Dame Nellie Melba book, here.
 
A number of classroom projects are suggested fred hollows project_& activity ideas.pdf 
 
Hazel's Guest blog :hints on writing and researching history for kids, in non boring ways, especially related to Fred Hollows & Weary Dunlop.
 
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Educational Resources for Teachers

Premiers' Reading Challenge

Hazel's books are  listed as approved reading on Premier's Reading Challenges throughout Australia:

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Reviews and Feedback

  • ' Fred Hollows' in junior history books recommended by mylittlebookcase 
  •  ABC radio Canberra reviewed by Deb Abela
  •  Aussie Reviews excellent addition to school libraries
  •  Dee White Kids' Book Capers  meticulously researched...very accessible'
  •  Readplus 'recommended 
  •  Herald Sun review April 28, 2012: "Fred Hollows was an amazing man who stopped thousands of people from going blind. Hollows believed blindness was linked to poverty, so he came up with a way to make sure eye check-ups and and operations were not expensive in remote Australian,Asian and African communities. This story about Fred Hollows is part of the Aussie Heroes series.I recommend it for mid to late primary school students." Verdict: Incredible.
  •  Buzz Words 'encourage children to dream big'.
  • Kids' Book Review Fred Hollows.pdf 'encouraged to work hard to make a difference,as Fred did.'

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