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Ray Avery

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Emily Harman

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Ray Avery How did Ray Avery overcome the challenges of his childhood? Ray was born in England in the year of 1947 His parents
Cyril William
Raymond John Avery
and Annie Bailey, were
abusive towards Ray
and often physically
and verbally
abused him. Ray was
sent to stay with
relatives when at a young age so he
rarely saw his
parents. His mother gave him concussion and Ray was taken to hospital. It was decided that it was unsafe for him to live with his parents so he lived in an orphanage. Ray was abused in the orphanages and often escaped. Foster homes also provided a bad home for Ray He escaped to live under a bridge at the age of 12 where he stayed for 8 months Ray was injured
and was travelling by
train to the hospital when he accidentally fell asleep. He was found by the guards and taken to the hospital. The only record of Ray was at the local school that he occasionally attended. The caretaker, Jack Wise looked after him and found a caring foster home for Ray. Ray relied heavily on the generosity of others to overcome the challenges of his childhood What awards has Ray Avery received as a result of his inventions and organizations? Ray began by starting the Kaizen group which sets up pharmaceuticals throughout the world to produce drugs so they are available to the poorest of the poor. Ray was then approached by Sir Fred Hallows to design and build a building for manufacturing interocular lenses. These return sight to those with cataract blindness. When Fred passed away, Ray promised to build the plant. There was a lack of resources in Eritrea, Africa and it all seemed too hard. But Ray realized that if anyone, he was the one for the job. As a child he had survived with very little, he had done it all before. They completed the plant to international standards but Ray was not happy with the lenses. He bought in some equipment and designed a new way of making the lenses They helped 30 million people throughout the world. The lenses are now exported throughout the world providing 13% of the world market. They then built a factory in Nepal. Ray decided that he had done all that he could for the Fred Hallows foundation and wanted to begin to develop products that would change the world and save millions of lives Its a virtual company that Ray runs from his garage. He is the link between about 20 people who work for free to help in designing products to solve major health problems in the developing world. His ideas for inventions come from personal experiences. He makes things to meet the needs of the people, he doesn't make the people suit the things. Ray believes that some aid organizations are doing more harm than good by not testing their products before giving them to those in poor countries. This often causes sickness and death. Generic lens manufacturers have collapsed the price of lenses from over US$300 in 1992 to around US$6 today. As a result, cataract surgery is now available to the poorest of the poor around the world. An estimated 30 million people by 2020 will benefit from Mr Avery's development of interocular lenses, implanted into the eyes of those suffering cataract blindness Ray has developed the Acuset, IV Flow Controller. Unlike roller-clamp devices still commonly used in the developing world, the Acuset is easy to use, even by untrained operators. It allows fine control and precision of flow rates, eliminating the accidental harm, and in some cases death, caused by incorrect drug doses. Infant Nutrition: Medicine Mondiale is developing a range of nutritional productions for the treatment of dehydration and protein-energy malnutrition. These are designed to combat acute diarrhoea, which is the leading cause of death in infants under two years of age in the developing world. The same technology will be used in a range of products targeted at endurance athletes in the developed world. These products will be manufactured in Nepal. Ray has also developed a Liferaft incubator – a much more affordable option to what is already available. Ray Avery has received awards including:

2008, Rotary Paul Harris Medal
2008, Innovator Award
2008, Bayer Research and Development Innovator Award, Acuset flow controller
2009, World Class New Zealand Award for Biotechnology What drove Ray Avery to become a scientist and what did his life include? Ray had an interest in science from a young age Jack Wise included Ray in a horticulture and science course During the course Ray learnt many practical things and started many small businesses. The course opened his eyes to the world of science. One thing led to another and Jack suggested for Ray to take a job at Wye College. Ray had a fantastic time. Mr Avery received his Masters in chemistry and biochemistry. He had always thought that when he had everything he would be happy. But when Ray had all that he could ever want, he realized that he was not happy. Ray decided to travel He took a tour bus from London to Kathmandu It was Ray's first time to another country and his first exposure to different cultures and to poverty. He then travelled from Kathmandu to Australia and then to New Zealand. Ray worked at Auckland University Medical School. He then worked for Sir Graeme Douglas. Having two best friends commit suicide made Ray really want to do something with his life. 2010 TBWA Distribution Award
2010, KiwiBank New Zealander of the Year, for designing technology used to produce low-cost interocular lenses
2010, Sir Peter Blake Leadership Medal
2011, Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur Award
2011, Readers Digest New Zealand's Most Trusted Person
2011, Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to philanthropy
Social Innovation Award And.......... Additional information I believe that Ray Avery is incredibly passionate, is a true leader, is committed to improving the lives of others and embodies the true kiwi spirit. Ray sees problems as opportunities to help those who are unable to help themselves. Ray enjoyed helping others but was missing love from his life. In a meeting in Nepal, a woman walked in and she was the one. They are now married and have children Ray's biography Rebel with a Cause, finishes with: To all those dreamers out there, to all the crazy ones: trust me. One man can change the world, and I invite you to join me on a journey to make it better than we found it. Poem in back of Ray Avery's Biography, Rebel with a Cause:
Here's to the crazy ones.
The misfits.
The rebels,
the troublemakers
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently
They're not fond of rules
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them,
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They invent. They imagine. They heal, they explore, they create.
They inspire. They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song thats never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
We make tools for these kinds of people.
While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.
- Steve Jobs Ray is one of four authors who have written, The Power of Us, a book celebrating famous and not so famous talented New Zealanders His previous
project inspired him to
set up Medicine Mondiale
- French for medicine. He
wanted it to be different to other aid organisations and believed that more science was needed to solve the health
care problems in the
developing world. Avery, R (2010). Ray Avery, Rebal with a Cause. Auckland, N.Z.: Random House New Zealand Ltd.
Wikipedia. (2013) Ray Avery, scientist. Retrieved March 8, 2013, from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Avery_(scientist)
Stuff. (2010). Ray Avery: New Zealander of the Year. Retrived March 8, 2013 from: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3290820/Ray-Avery-New-Zealander-of-the-Year)
Medicine Mondiale. (2010). About Medicine Mondiale. Retrived March 12, 2013 from: http://www.medicinemondiale.org/about-us.html
TVNZ. (2012). Breakfast Paper Plus: Sir Ray Avery. Retrived March 12, 2013 from: http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/paper-plus-sir-ray-avery-video-5208250
TVNZ. (2010). New Zealander of the Year Knighted. Retrived March 12, 2013 from: http://tvnz.co.nz/health-news/new-zealander-year-knighted-3989519/video?vid=3348385
TVNZ. (2010). New Zealander of the Year Knighted. Retrived March 12, 2013 from: http://tvnz.co.nz/health-news/new-zealander-year-knighted-3989519/video Bibliography:
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