News

He's saved the world

Fred Hyde can’t understand why there is a civic afternoon tea for him on June 28, because what he does is “ordinary”. Not quite, Mr Hyde.
Fred Hyde can’t understand why there is a civic afternoon tea for him on June 28, because what he does is “ordinary”. Not quite, Mr Hyde. Georja Ryan

IF FRED Hyde is busy saving the world at age 92, then what's your excuse?

Mr Hyde has been at the helm of Co-operation in Development for 22 years, building schools and educating children in Bhola Island, Bangladesh.

He has not only changed the lives of thousands of Bangladeshis, but started something that will continue to change the world - as long as someone else is almost ready to take the reins.

"If you can find a young man, the job would suit someone about 65 who is retiring and wants something to do, then I could (slow down)," Mr Hyde said.

But this generous man with a heart of gold is not passing the baton just yet, even if he won't be flitting off to Bangladesh in the future.

"Someone has to do it. I can't just walk away," Mr Hyde said.

"It's given me a very interesting old age, that's for sure."

Before his work with CO-ID, Mr Hyde spent 10 years running an orphanage in the same area.

He said his time in Bangladesh had been the most rewarding experience.

"One thing I have found is that you have to say no more often than you can say yes," Mr Hyde said.

"You have to be very practical. The needs of so many people are so great that you can't meet them all."

The CO-ID team is now planning an office building in Bhola Island, and plans to build brick walls 1m high around the bottom of all current classrooms to stop the rusting of the current galvanised iron.

Southern Downs Mayor Peter Blundell said a civic afternoon tea will be held on June 28 to honour the work of Mr Hyde.

Afternoon tea

The civic afternoon tea will be held at the Warwick Hotel on June 28 and is invitation only.

Topics:  education, fred hyde




Daffodil Day work emergency puts Kylie in charge

FAMILY VALUES: Kylie Cameron and her mum and dad, Karen and John Cameron, at the Daffodil Day stall at Bunnings, South Grafton, on Friday.

Family bands together to keep Daffodil Day booth going.

VIDEO: Meet the Candidates in Maclean

KAREN TOMS: Says being a councillor for eight years has been a tough gig. She is worried about council's debt and financial sustainability. As a councillor she says she approaches spending with the thought, what if it was my money.Photo Tim Howard / Daily Examiner

What do the council candidates stand for?

Who is fit to lead the Clarence?

Mayor Richie Williamson

Meet the candiates in Maclean.

Latest deals and offers

Kanye West gets 'free reign' at VMAs

Kanye West has been let off the leash for the VMAs

Robbie Williams sings at manager's funeral

Robbie Williams and Lamar sang at the funeral of their manager

Courtney Stodden gets Reborn Doll

Courtney Stodden is trying to get over her recent miscarriage

Kate McKinnon 'destitute' before SNL

Kate McKinnon says she can't do anything but act

FBI investigating Leslie Jones website hack

The FBI are investigating Leslie Jones' personal website hack

Katy Perry: 'I stay normal with therapy'

Katy Perry says she relies on therapy to help her 'stay normal'

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m