Narbethong Special School Student Receives Fred Hollows Humanity Award

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Dominic Doyle, a student from the Narbethong Special School in Woolloongabba has been recognised for his compassion, integrity, and kindness at the 2021 Fred Hollows Humanity Award. 


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Juliana Dwyer, Dominic’s teacher, nominated him for being a wonderful role model. Ms Dwyer believes Dominic is a very worthy recipient of the award as he is a wonderful advocate and educator for the blind community.

Dominic is completely blind and according to his teacher, he is a Braille user who loves all forms of accessible technology.

“Dominic leaves our school for high school next year and we are incredibly proud of the wonderful and kind person he has grown into,” Ms Dwyer said.

The Humanity Award, held in a virtual ceremony in 2021, also acknowledged more than 200 students from across the nation for their kindness, compassion, and integrity.

Gabi Hollows, founding director of the The Fred Hollows Foundation congratulated the students, adding that the past 18 months have been tough for everyone, but especially for them whose schooling was interrupted by the pandemic.


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“I’m so glad that today we could celebrate your altruism and the differences you’re all making in your communities,” she said.

“It’s incredibly humbling to read about what you’ve all been doing, and I know that Fred himself would be so proud of the young humanitarians who have been honoured today,” Ms Hollows said.

About The Humanity Award

The Fred Hollows Foundation, through the Humanity Award, acknowledges Year 6 students who follow in Fred’s footsteps by demonstrating humanitarian values towards others.

Teachers, principals, parents and members of the community can nominate any Year 6 student who shows kindness, compassion and integrity in their everyday life.

Each year the foundation selects one outstanding nominee from each state and territory to become a Junior Ambassador for The Foundation. However, all students who are nominated will be recognised with a certificate.

The Fred Hollows Foundation usually hosts one ceremony in each state and territory of Australia, however, in 2020, they hosted a virtual ceremony because of the Covid-19 pandemic.