Over the past three decades, ORBIS has been saving sight and creating numerous touching stories of life transformation of blind children. To ensure even more local youngsters are aware of pediatric blindness issues worldwide, we recently held our first-ever “ORBIS Storytelling Contest”. Parent-child pairs were invited to recite stories of how ORBIS and its volunteers had transformed the lives of blind children in real life. The exercise not only helped stimulate children's creativity and improve their oral presentation skills, but also enhance parent-child relationships, with different generations joining hands to share love and transform even more needlessly young blind lives.
Launched in April, the Contest proved to be so successful that it attracted over 100 entries. Our judging panel selected the nine best parent-child pairs from the first round to compete for the champion during the event’s June 23 final at the ORBIS Kids Sight Carnival at Sunshine City Plaza, Ma On Shan. In addition to reputable local educator and storyteller, Ms. Joyce Choi, judges who generously donated their time included 2012 Hong Kong Spirit Ambassador Michelle Siu, representatives of the event’s supporting media “Baby Kingdom” and “FAM”. All finalist pairs then did their best to recount life affirming tales that not only grabbed the attention of the judges but also wowed carnival attendees. Their performance onstage also helped spread ORBIS’ sight-saving message. After a long wait and deliberation from judges, the winners were finally chosen:
Champion: Sherri Cheng (aged 4) and father
1st runner up: Ng Yui Chit (aged 4) and father
2nd runner up: Belle Ngan (aged 8) and mother
"The Best Self-Created Story”: Fu Hoi Chung (aged 8) and mother
Our thanks go to all those whose support ensured this meaningful event was such a success. We sincerely hope still more parents and children will join next year’s contest. Together, we look forward to sharing the sight-saving message and ensuring brighter futures for needlessly blind children everywhere!
The award-winning parent-child pair with their fellow finalists and event judges.
Judges applaued eacg parent-child pair for their excellent performance.