The generosity of Dubbo residents has enabled the care of a five-year-old child, as well as many more.
In the past year, more than 19 people from the Dubbo region have become regular supporters of The Fred Hollows Foundation.
Founding Director Gabi Hollows said the unwavering support and generosity from Dubbo is inspiring and a reminder of the true-blue Australian spirit that Fred loved so much.
"This certainly is our toughest year; trying to restore sight to people who are needlessly blind during a global pandemic," Ms Hollows said.
One of the patients the Dubbo community helped is five-year-old Night from Kenya who had cataract in both eyes. Before the procedure Night would follow other children to school and be brought back to her mother, otherwise she would fall over.
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Night's life changed the day a community health worker, trained by The Fred Hollows Foundation, visited her village.
"I am overjoyed because deep down I knew we couldn't afford the cost of surgery to have her eyesight restored. I don't have anything to give in return, it's just the happiness that I can portray to show you how grateful I am. Thank you," Night's father Stephen said.
The Fred Hollows Foundation is training local doctors, nurses, community workers and teachers in eye health, in the places where they are most needed.
To donate to the foundation, visit www.hollows.org.