Since he arrived in New Zealand from the UK 45 years ago, Sir Ray Avery's desire to make a difference has seen him dedicate his life to improving the health and living conditions of people in the developing world. First through the Fred Hollows Foundation and then using his own creation, Medicine Mondiale, Sir Ray has brought together his knowledge of science, pharmaceuticals, product design and project management to create technology driven, affordable solutions to the health problems endemic in the developing countries of Africa and Asia. In doing so he has been awarded many honours including New Zealander of the Year in 2010 and being knighted in 2011 for his services to philanthropy.
Throughout his time in New Zealand, Sir Ray has always been a champion for the creativity and innovativeness of Kiwi's, admiring the Kiwi ability to challenge the status quo and to look for new ways of doing things.
Hear Sir Ray speak about why these abilities are so important and about his latest project to raise $4 million to build 2000 LifePod incubators to save a million babies, including his plans for a Live Aid style concert at Eden Park next Waitangi Day.
Please note that part of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Sir Ray Avery Foundation to help with the LifePod fundraising campaign