Fred Hollows Humanity Award Recipient

Calendar 22 June 2019

Ss Michael and John’s Primary School Horsham Grade 6 student Ella Officer was a recipient of a Fred Hollows Humanity Award presented on Monday 12th November at a special ceremony in Melbourne. The award recognises Year 6 students who follow in Fred’s footsteps by making a positive difference in their community. As stated by the Fred Hollows Foundation, the award ‘celebrates students who show compassion, integrity and kindness in their everyday lives, just as Fred did’.

Ella was presented a highly commended award after being nominated by Principal Andrea Cox due to her outstanding efforts towards compassionate acts of kindness.  This year, Ella jumped on board with the Lions Recycle for Sight program and initiated the collection of prescription glasses in Horsham. Working in collaboration with Specsavers, 1070 pairs of glasses were donated which equated to a retail value of $212,130. The glasses donated were forwarded through the Lions Club to be distributed to those in need in third world countries. Last year, wanting to make a difference for children battling cancer, Ella raised and donated over $4,000 to the Variety Club of SA and cut her long locks to assist the Wigs for Kids program.

Principal Andrea Cox said she chose to nominate the School Captain to recognise a young person who thoughtfully performs such selfless acts of kindness. ‘These acts come straight from the heart rather than for personal satisfaction and exemplify all the principles of catholic social teaching’, Andrea said.

The entire school community of Ss Michael and John’s Primary Horsham is exceptionally proud of Ella who is a wonderful role model and inspiration to fellow students. The outcome of her nomination was well deserved recognition of a young person that embodies all the values this award celebrates. As Ella humbly accepted her award she told her school community that she simply believes that we should all work hard to take care of each other and be the best that we can be.  Ella said “It’s the little things that can make a big difference”.

It serves as inspiration to all of us that such a young person can understand that human life is sacred and that the dignity of all people is important. Perhaps we can use this example to know that we can all aspire to work towards this moral vision and aim to pursue random acts of kindness.  As Ella importantly  “it’s the little things that can make a big difference”.

Angela Watson – Media and Marketing Officer

Ella with her Father Tim and Mother Rachael


Ella receiving her Highly Commended Fred Hollows Humanity Award from John Brumby – Chair of the Board of the Fred Hollows Foundation


2018 Fred Hollows Humanity Award Recipients