Gabi Hollows, A Living Treasure

Australia has recognised 100 Living Treasures and Gabi Hollows AO is one of them.

Many Australians recognise Gabi as the face of the Fred Hollows Foundation, a Foundation she helped to establish just one year before her husband, Fred Hollows, died.

Gabi O’Sullivan grew up on an orchard on the Central Coast of New South Wales, and had a desire to help people with their vision after having her own eye problems as a young girl. While training to be an orthoptist, she met ophthalmologist Fred, and, in 1976 join the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program. Gabi and Fred travelled to hundreds of remote indigenous communities treating trachoma and other eye conditions.

However Gabi is so much more than the force driving the Foundation. She is also the mother of five, has been recognised by Rotary International with the Paul Harris Fellowship, has been the recipient of an Advance Australia Award for Community Service, and been awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 by the Australian Government.

Gabi Hollows, Living Treasure.

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