Search for Year 6 Students in the Cessnock Electorate Who are Inspired by Fred Hollows’ Philosophy

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The Fred Hollows Foundation is calling for nominations for the annual Fred Hollows Humanity Award, which recognises Year 6 students who show compassion, integrity and kindness in their everyday lives.

Since 2012, the Fred Hollows Humanity Award has recognised more than 1,300 students across Australia, who follow in Fred’s footsteps by making a positive difference in the lives of others.

“There are no acts of kindness too small, whether it is helping someone in need, volunteering or fundraising for a good cause. Children in the Electorate of Cessnock are making a tremendous contribution to our community and the Fred Hollows Humanity Award is a great opportunity for them to be recognised”, State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock, Mr Clayton Barr said.

“I urge parents, teachers and other community members to nominate Year 6 students who demonstrate compassion, integrity and kindness towards others,” said Mr Barr.

Previous year’s nominees included a boy from NSW who initiated fundraising activities to support the students of a penpal School in Kenya, a girl from the NT who participated in the Leukaemia Foundation’s ‘World’s Greatest Shave’ and a girl from TAS for making and selling friendship bands to raise over $1,000 for a local fundraiser.

Gabi Hollows, Founding Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation said “Fred used to say the basic attribute of mankind is to look after each other.  He would be so proud to know The Fred Hollows Humanity Award is recognising students who are demonstrating this belief in their own lives”.

All nominees will receive a certificate and be recognised at a presentation ceremony later in the year.  Each state and territory will also recognise a Junior Ambassador who 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.

Nominations close on Friday 13 September 2019.

To learn more about the Award, or to nominate a young person in the Cessnock Electorate, visit