Freddie's Force

Briony is a mother of five children and also a primary school teacher. Her youngest child, Freddie, was diagnosed with aniridia which affects the development of the iris and anterior segment dysgenesis at just two weeks of age.  

Last year Briony together with 23 of their friends and family created a 100K Your Way team called “Freddie’s Force” raised more than $10,000 to help people like Freddie, who are blind or have low vision, stay independently mobile. 

Freddie has recently turned one year old and with further functional eye assessments, Freddie has been classified as legally blind.

Briony reflects on the impact of Vision Australia over the past year, "Without their support, the whole process would be much more stressful. From home visits to functional assessments and access to resources, Vision Australia has been amazing and reassuring not just for us but the entire family” she says.

Freddie’s Force are back to take on another 100K and raise even more to help people who are blind or have low vision stay independently mobile.

"Our whole family could get involved, the kids loved going for walks or rides with us. It was truly touching that everyone got together and walked for our baby Freddie!" Briony explains.

Woman stands next to man while holding a baby, with 3 young girls and a young boy standing in front of them, all smiling and posing for the camera
Image of Vision Australia client Freddie wearing sunglasses and clapping his hands
Vision Australia client Freddie being held by his mum wearing a Vision Australia Cap

 About Vision Australia 

Vision Australia is a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia. We work in partnership with Australians who are blind or have low vision to help them achieve the possibilities they choose in life.

We support more than 25,500 people of all ages and life stages, and circumstances. We do this through 35 Vision Australia centres in Victoria, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia; and through outreach programs in the Northern Territory and Tasmania.

We are a not-for-profit organisation and a major participant and partner in the international blindness community.

You can read more about Vision Australia on the website here.