Meet the remarkable Australian, Fred Hyde.
Fact: Fred Hyde Schools provide FREE basic education in one of the third world's poorest countries, Bangladesh.
Fred originally hailed from Queensland. He was spending his retirement years away from the golf course and easy life in the sun, teaching us how to stretch foreign aid dollars as far as they will go. All the way to Bangladesh in fact.
In recognition of his tireless work over the years in Bangladesh, Fred was awarded Member of The Order of Australia and Queensland Senior of the Year. Fred Hyde passed away in 2016 and his team of volunteers are carrying on his work.
Where it all started
After military service and a successful career in retailing, Fred was drawn to the Indian Sub Continent region. This is where he became involved in children's charity work and started looking after an orphanage-farm run by an Australian aid agency.
This life-changing experience gave him a special insight into the needs of a child on Bhola Island in Bangladesh. and sparked off an idea - to provide basic education such as reading, writing and maths, for as many local children as possible.
After years of laying the ground work, he established the CO-ID charity for children in 1991 on Bhola Island in Bangladesh, still considered to be one of the third world's poorest countries.
From humble beginnings into an exciting education network
To date, more than 100,000 children have had their education in 52 Fred Hyde primary schools and pre-schools. Fred saw his humble little charity grow into an exciting education and training network unlike any other in the region. His volunteer team is committed to keeping Fred's legacy moving forward.
- Olav Muurlink, Chair
- Shirley Owens, Committee member
- Geraldine O'Neill, Treasurer
- Rod Mulliss, Committee member
- Iqbal Faruque, Head of operations
- Cath Beaumont, Committee member
- Tony Kent, Deputy chair
- Kathy Mullis, Secretary
- Pat O'Leary, Committee member
- Borhan Shafi, Committee member (not pictured)
- Sue Walpole, Committee member (not pictured)
- John Waterhouse, Committee member (not pictured)
- Graham Black, Committee member (not pictured)
- In fond memory this picture also includes Len Willett, now deceased