Three Hong Kong International Students organized a "Dinner in the Dark" event aimed at both spreading the eyecare message and raising funds for ORBIS. All participants at the dinner were blindfolded and escorted to their tables where they struggled to eat while the event's MC asked them to share their thoughts about temporarily 'losing' their sight.
Blindfolded participants experienced the enormous challenges even simple tasks pose for the blind.
Participants needed to use their other senses to co-operate with their fellow diners.
Before the dinner, the MC led everyone in playing games and experiencing life without vision. Participants also co-operated with their fellow party goers in trying to complete basic tasks such as drawing pictures.
Drawing blindfolded is not easy!
Most diners found that eating while blind was incredibly difficult.
At the post-games dinner, blindfolded diners found they could not control their utensils and quickly began using their hands to eat! By the end of the evening, everyone truly understood the troubles and difficulties blind people must face every day.
After dinner, participants removed their masks and enjoyed a wonderful evening of singing and dancing from their schoolmates.
If you cannot see, how can you fully enjoy a stage show?
The dinner demonstrated how even simple acts we sighted people take for granted can be extraordinarily challenging for the blind. Our thanks go to the HKIS students, parents and staff for being so supportive of such a unique charity initiative, all proceeds from which are now helping us help the sightless.