Search for Those in the Electorate of Cessnock Who Follow in Fred Hollows’ Footsteps

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 The Fred Hollows Foundation is calling for nominations for the inaugural Fred Awards, named after the late, great Professor Fred Hollows, who believed in the everyday humanitarianism of Australians. 

The Fred Awards celebrate people who care for others in a decent, practical, and no-nonsense way, like Fred did and are an expansion of the foundation’s annual humanity award which recognises Australian Year 6 students who follow in Fred’s footsteps. 

Nominations are now open for the awards and the Fred Hollows Foundation is encouraging everyone across Australia to nominate someone who is making a difference in their community. 

“Professor Fred Hollows was a great Australian who led with kindness, compassion, and integrity. Now The Fred Hollows Foundation are searching for someone in the Electorate of Cessnock who embodies these values and makes positive contributions to our community,” said Clayton Barr, MP. 

“Whether it’s the friend who’s constantly taking part in charity challenges, or the local who regularly volunteers in their spare time, people in the Electorate of Cessnock are making a tremendous contribution to our community and the Fred Awards is a great opportunity for them to be recognised.” 

All nominees will receive a certificate and be recognised at a virtual presentation ceremony, hosted by Ambassador to The Foundation, and long friend of Fred Hollows, Ray Martin and Founding Director, Gabi Hollows, AO. 

Award nominees must be an Australian resident, aged 18 years or older, and demonstrate kindness, compassion and integrity. 

“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 Awards are recognising those who are demonstrating this belief in their own lives. 

“I am constantly inspired by the everyday humanitarianism that I see in my community, and I urge people to nominate someone in their area who embodies the values of compassion, integrity and kindness.” 

Nominations are now open and close 11.59pm, Friday 23 July. To nominate someone go to: