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Five years with Ming Chung

 

Ming Chung has been supporting The Fred Hollows Foundation since the very beginning. He is now a marketing person for a social enterprise, and he takes his time to travel around schools and corporates with The Fred Hollows Foundation to share with the public his experience of being blind in Hong Kong and the work of The Foundation.

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Questions from kindergarteners impressed Ming most

Before this job, Ming worked at charity The Crossroad Foundation, where he was responsible for hosting a blind experience there. He said, “The Fred Hollows Foundation brought guests to the blind experience from time to time and that’s how we started connecting.”

He likes talking with people and uses social media to share his thoughts. “I learn a lot through sharings.”

Ming especially enjoys sharing with small students. “I remember some of them asked how I took a shower, what do I see in dreams and how I use my ears as my eyes. Those are amazing questions.” 

“When sharing at corporates, we hold blind-folded lunches. Participants will have their eyes covered and look for the utensils. There are some details which I was not aware of before too, like realising I eat this way. I also learn how to express myself better and other new skills. The experiences are interesting to me too.”

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Travelling and good food matters to Ming

Ming was born prematurely and has been blind since birth, but he is no different from any other Hongkongers. He likes great food, hiking, swimming, enjoying movies and travels with his friends during holidays. 

He said there are a lot of difficulties that visually impaired people in Hong Kong have to face. “Many employers are not used to hiring blind people. We are able to go to schools, get into universities but need more time than average people to find a job. The society needs to understand more about the blind.”

While the situation in Hong Kong needs to be improved, the challenges faced by blind people in developing countries are much bigger.  

He said, “Most of the world's population live in remote areas. They are not as well off and fortunate as we are. They need to stay at home all day without the chance to learn using computers or braille. If The Foundation can restore sight for them, they don't have to stay at home and pursue education further away from home. The public’s help to The Foundation is very important in making this happen.”

Ming is the “first generation of partners with The Foundation”, and The Foundation’s work made him realise how lucky he was. There are a lot of people who need our helping hands. Ming hopes that in the future he can work with The Foundation to deliver more talks to schools and corporates. This will not only allow them to better understand the visually impaired in Hong Kong but also the blind around the world.

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