CUHK Jockey Club Children Eye Care Programme
CUHK Jockey Club Children Eye Care Programme, formly known as the ‘Hong Kong Children Eye Screening Programme’, was started by the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, CUHK, in March 2015. With the aim to improve children eye care in Hong Kong, the programme provides free and comprehensive eye examinations to children aged 6 to 8 and their families. Educational talks are also held to raise public awareness on children eye health / problems, which are often unnoticed and may develop into irreversible consequences that harm vision.
With the support from Hong Kong Jockey Club, the programme continued in January 2018, offering free and comprehensive eye examinations to children on every Saturday and Sunday. For more information of the programme, you may visit the programme website and Facebook Page.
Starting from January 2018, HSUHK students have been working as volunteers at the Hong Kong Eye Hospital. Volunteers will provide support to the daily operation of the programme on the service day. Major duties of the volunteers are:-
- to act as the volunteer leader, leading a small team of secondary school students to perform the duties;
- to take care of the children during the eye examinations;
- to assist parents to complete the questionnaire; and
- to answer basic enquiries and provide logistic support.
This programme is a year-long volunteer service. By signing up as volunteers, students are required to complete at least 6 service sessions. Students are encouraged to participate regularly in the service after completion of the basic service requirements. As of May 2018, 26 students completed at least 6 service sessions, contributing over 600 service hours in total.