With another child somewhere going blind every minute, saving sightless kids really is a battle against time. As a result, we themed our 2013 carnivals “Minute to Fight Darkness”. Held in different areas of Hong Kong over three consecutive weekends starting from mid June, the events were all great successes. In all, over 1,800 merrymakers came along and helped spread the sight-saving message by joining our 60-second challenges. Happily, some 420 attendees pledged to join our monthly donation program. Their kindness will further strengthen ORBIS’ efforts and transform even more needlessly young blind lives!
Whether on stage or off, this year’s carnivals were a riot of fun and color! Apart from volunteer performers who wowed the crowds, some 320 kids went on stage to take part in the “60-minute Challenge Contest”. In the final, audiences roared their support as 15 contestants competed to be the champion. The June 23 Carnival also marked the finale of the “ORBIS Storytelling Contest”. The nine parent-child finalist pairs did their utmost to impress the judges with their truly attention-grabbing tales.
Off stage fun included prized game booths, balloon charity sales, parent-child workshop, eye checks and photo exhibition showing ORBIS Kids Sight Ambassadors Athena Chu and Paul Wong’s recent sight-saving trip to Nepal. The centerpiece this year was a giant time machine where visitors could turn back time and symbolically reverse blind kids’ destinies! Visitors were also invited to pose for souvenir photos at the time machine and enter their snaps for “Most-Liked-Photo Contest”.
Speaking at this year’s carnival kick-off ceremony, Athena Chu shared details of her sight-saving trip to Nepal. ORBIS Sight Stars Sammie Yu, Mag Lam and Hubert Wu were also on hand for the second and closing ceremony. They all appealed to shoppers to join them in supporting ORBIS’ pediatric sight-saving work.
This year’s ORBIS Carnivals could never have been so successful without the tireless support of various companies, organizations, volunteer helpers and performers. Our thanks also go to all those who visited us at the carnival for enabling us to transform the lives of even more needlessly blind children!