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RIP: John Fawcett 1932 2017

Australian Heading Community Project that has Restored Sight to Tens of Thousands of Indonesians Dies in Perth.

(9/10/2017) A legend in his adopted home of Bali where he had a positive impact on the lives of thousands through his sight-restoring work, Australian John Fawcett has died in Australia at age 85.

Working for a period as a ceramicist and a college administrator, Fawcett moved to Bali in 1983, ostensibly to recover from a medical condition that hospitalized him for three years.

Shortly after his arrival, Fawcett, with the assistance of Rotary Australia, set up a cleft lip and cleft palate program in 1989 followed by a revolutionary Mobile Eye Clinic that restored sight through cataract surgery to people living in remote villages starting in 1991

During the course of the of the Foundation’s work in Bali, it has backed numerous educational exchanges between top Australian ophthalmologists and their Indonesian counterparts.

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By the year 2000, the John Fawcett Foundation and Yayasan Kemanusian Indonesia had been established to focus the humanitarian work initiated by Fawcett and was rapidly expanding its assistance to islands beyond Bali. More recently, The John Fawcett Foundation helped fund the Bali Eye Hospital.

The recipient of many awards and honors, the Australian Government bestowed the Order of Australia on Fawcett in 2004 “for service to the community and to international relations over many years through humanitarian projects to improve health and living standards for people in Bali.” Similarly, the Indonesian People acknowledged his good works by awarding a Satyalancana Kebaktian Sosial Award in 2008 for his work in providing free cataract surgery to the poor in Bali and Nusa Tenggara Barat.

It is estimated that the foundations founded by Fawcett helps 20,000 patients annually in Bali and surrounding islands.

The Following short video introduces the work of this humanitarian Australian and the Foundation he founded in Bali.


John Fawcett was a remarkable man who had the vision to restore vision for an almost countless number of Indonesians. May his critically important work survive him for generations to come.

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