It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of John Fawcett, a long-time friend and colleague of Helena College.
John founded the John Fawcett Foundation in 2000, after moving to Bali and recognising the pressing need for humanitarian projects, particularly ones addressing medical problems. Today the Foundation has programmes for sight restoration and blindness prevention, prosthetic eyes and children’s corrective surgery. The programmes are offered free to people from poor backgrounds.
Helena College has had an ongoing relationship with the John Fawcett Foundation for over 21 years. Each year two Balinese students attend the College for Term Four, as part of the Students-in-Residence programme, facilitated by the Foundation.
The most recent students, I Nengah Budi Artawan and I Dewa Made Aditya Premana Putra returned to their families in December, enriched by their experience and better equipped for their future.
Our community has been enriched by our association with John Fawcett, his Foundation and the legacy of the Balinese students who have shared their culture, language and lives with us.
Instead of flowers, the College has made a donation to the Foundation so that John’s work can continue into the future. Should anyone wish to donate, please click here.