Cel­e­brat­ing Fred’s legacy


Palmer­ston North Boys’ High School has been praised for keep­ing the name and legacy of renowned eye doc­tor Fred Hol­lows alive.

The thanks came from Fred Hol­lows Foun­da­tion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor An­drew Bell, while at­tend­ing the the school’s Fred Hol­lows Day event in Oc­to­ber.

An old boy of the school, Hol­lows, a renowned oph­thal­mol­o­gist, ded­i­cated his life to im­prov- ing the eye health of Aus­tralian Abo­rig­i­nal and Pasi­fika peo­ple.

This year marked the 25th an­niver­sary of the foun­da­tion set up to con­tinue the oph­thal­mol­o­gist’s sight-sav­ing work. Hol­low’s brother Monty, 92, his niece Natasha and nephew Ja­son also at­tended the cel­e­bra­tions.

Bell said it was im­por­tant to say thank you to Boys’ High for its fundrais­ing and aware­ness ef­forts, and also to St Peter’s Col­lege, an­other city school com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the work of the foun­da­tion. ‘‘Part of the prob­lem we have is pass­ing on the knowl­edge of Fred to fol­low­ing gen­er­a­tions, and we are grate­ful to Boys’ High and to St Peter’s for con­tin­u­ing that.’’

He said peo­ple who live in Ta¯karo’s Hol­lows Cres, for in­stance, may not even be aware that the street was named for Fred.

Boys’ High pre­fect Michael Ioane said Hol­lows, who died in 1993 from can­cer aged 63, con­tin­ued to have a big im­pact on the lives of Pa­cific peo­ple. ‘‘It has been es­ti­mated that more than one mil­lion peo­ple in the world can see to­day be­cause of what Fred Hol­lows did,’’ Ioane said.

Ioane said twice-weekly fundrais­ing lunchtime sausage siz­zles had proved pop­u­lar dur­ing the past two terms, while teams reg­is­tered for the Fred Hol­lows Day fundrais­ing bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment. The boys also got to ne­go­ti­ate an ob­sta­cle course while wear­ing cataract glasses.

Stu­dent Oliver Burgess-Hight said the glasses gave an im­pres­sion of what it was like to have cataracts. ‘‘It com­pletely blurs the vi­sion. You can make out shapes, but all the de­tail is gone,’’ he said.

City Coun­cil plan­ner Kee­gan Aplin-Thane said plans for a com­mem­o­ra­tive Hol­lows mu­ral were well ad­vanced.

Artist Owen Dip­pie had been com­mis­sioned for the project, which could start next year on Fe­bru­ary 10 - the 25th an­niver­sary of Hol­lows’ death.


Palmer­ston North Boys’ High stu­dents Nathan Pear­son and and Da­nial Van der Veen with Fred Hol­lows cataract masks.

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