With honour, Eagles soar into adversity and rise above the challenge.
Eagles House Leader
Fred Hollows was an ophthalmologist and founder of the Fred Hollows Foundation which has helped 2.5 million people in 25 countries restore their sight. He was a humanitarian who donated time, money and expertise to reduce eye disease and avoidable blindness in some of the world’s poorest communities.
A huge supporter of Indigenous Australians and ‘closing the gap’ in health, Fred Hallows played a large role in reducing eye disease in Indigenous communities here in Australia.
“I believe the basic attribute of mankind is to look after each other.”
John Flynn served as a minister in rural Victoria in the early 1900s and established a number of bush hospitals. He realised that many still could not access the services of the hospitals so founded the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This service pioneered new technology developed for combat in WWI by applying it to domestic health services.
Today, on average, the RFDS travels 73,500kms and helps more than 800 patients. John Flynn is commemorated on our $20 note.
“Do not ask for tasks equal to your powers; ask for powers equal to your tasks.”
At 16 years old, Cathy Freeman became the first Indigenous person to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal (1990 – 4x100m relay). She was the second Indigenous person to win an Olympic gold medal (2000 – 400m) and the 8th fastest woman ever recorded in the 400m race.
Cathy Freeman won Australian of the Year 1998 and was inducted into Australian Sport Hall of Fame in 2005. Since leaving sport she has established the Cathy Freeman Foundation which works towards ‘closing the gap’ in education in four remote Indigenous communities.
“You got to try and reach for the stars or try and achieve the unreachable.”