Orbis Walk for Sight 2019

8 Feb


With spring warming the earth and flowers beginning to bloom, March is the ideal time for a family picnic. So, it is time to put down your phones and let nature’s glorious blues and greens revitalize your eyes while you savor shared moments in the countryside, and help fundraise for a great cause!

Incredibly, 2019 marks the 20th anniversary since Orbis’ first-ever Walk for Sight. Orbis invites you to join them in helping the world’s needlessly blind and to see the day’s event filled with nature’s beauty, the simplicity of happiness, and the vibrant colors their “Indiana’s Adventure” theme will provide.

Date: Sunday, 10 March 2019

Time: 9:30am to 3:00pm

Place: The walk will begin and end at the Hong Kong International School (HKIS) in Tai Tam Country Park

Route: 6km and 10km walk in the Tai Tam Country Park

Shuttle Service: Free round-trip buses to the park will run from Central Pier No.8 from 8:00am to 8:45am; and the buses from the park to Central Pier No.8 will run from 12nn to 3:00pm

Carnival: Relax with a tasty sandwich box, snack and drinks in the countryside, enjoy stage performances, blindfold experience and games after your walk!

Application Deadline : 5p.m. 21 February 2019 (Thursday)
To register, please follow this link.

For more information, please email info.hk@orbis.org or call 2595 0263

About Orbis: Orbis is the result of a unique and lasting alliance forged between the medical and aviation industries. In the 1970s, leaders of these two industries came together to create the plan that led to the foundation of Orbis. They knew that the high costs of tuition, international travel and accommodations prevented most doctors and nurses in low-income countries from participating in overseas training programs. Even when they could afford to study abroad, their opportunity for direct clinical experience was limited because strict licensing laws often prevented them from performing surgery.

The solution was a mobile teaching hospital. With a fully equipped hospital on board an airplane, doctors trained in the latest ophthalmic techniques, including pediatric ophthalmology, could bring their surgical knowledge and skills to doctors in low-income countries through hands-on training and lectures. A grant from USAID and funds from private donors enabled Orbis to successfully convert a DC-8 plane into a fully functional teaching eye hospital. As replacement parts for the original DC-8 plane became more difficult and expensive to obtain, it became clear that a newer, larger aircraft was needed. In 1992, after a major fundraising appeal, Orbis purchased a wide-body DC-10 to replace the DC-8. Within two years, Orbis had converted the plane into an eye surgery hospital.

Orbis set up office in Hong Kong in 1985. Today, the office has a staff of some 45 whose main goal is to prevent blindness worldwide by raising funds and increasing awareness of eye health issues. Recent years have seen the office recruiting numerous local ophthalmologists to Orbis’ global sight-saving team. Their role is to visit developing countries where they teach their skills to local counterparts who then share their newfound abilities with their colleagues.

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