AccorHotels has successfully raised over CNY 3.2 million in its three-year Stay for Brightness corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme in partnership with Orbis in Greater China. This sum includes cash donations and in-kind contributions, which exceeded the original target.

The funds are being used to support Orbis’ sight saving projects for underprivileged children in China across four provinces of Heilongjiang, Gansu, Shanxi and Guangdong.

  • In Guangdong, the funds raised were used to purchase three Fundus Fluorescein Angiography machines to help three county hospitals to enhance their ophthalmological services.
  • Close to 50 underprivileged children received subsidised eye surgeries including in Gansu and Shanxi.
  • Over 330 doctors underwent paediatric ophthalmology training in Shanxi and Heilongjiang eye hospitals.
  • Around 300 children received free spectacles in Heilongjiang and basic eye-training was provided to over 1,000 parents and teachers.

“The successful partnership with Orbis over the last three years reinforces our continuing commitment to corporate social responsibility,” said Michel Molliet, COO of AccorHotels Greater China. “I’m pleased with the combined efforts and synergy from the various hotel teams in raising awareness of the widespread eye problems in rural areas and more importantly, reaching out to help underprivileged children in the local communities where we operate.”

The programme united local communities with support from more than 23,000 AccorHotels employees across the Greater China network.

George Smith, Director of Orbis North Asia, said, “Orbis is extremely grateful for the tremendous support from AccorHotels. The cash donations from throughout China have allowed us to significantly expand our sight saving work. In addition the savings we realized partnering with AccorHotels for conferences, visits to our projects and for our three-week Flying Eye Hospital programme allowed us to further advance our work. It has been an honour to work with such a well-respected group.”

Sight saving projects and eye surgeries bring more than physical benefits to patients and families. Let’s hear what some of the beneficiaries say.

Brother and sister Lu Yaoguang and Lu Jiangyin of Wangjiagou Village, Taiyou Township, Wuxiang County, Changzhi City, Shanxi Province, were diagnosed with congenital cataract in both eyes. Early in 2016 they underwent phacoemulsification surgery. Their parents were delighted with the results, said, *“Our children used to bump into things when they move around, but now they see clearly. We would like to thank the sponsors for providing all the medical support for our kids and are grateful for the charitable offerings under the programme.” *

Dr Tongzin Wei of Shanxi Provincial Eye Hospital who received training in Ptosis (drooping of the upper eyelid) said “Thanks to Orbis and its partner AccorHotels. The training taught me a great deal about the theory of Ptosis and also gave me opportunities to participate in hands-on surgery which greatly improved my skillset!”

AccorHotels and Orbis have worked in partnership together over the last three years with various key fundraising activities that include charity walks, golf open tournaments, annual charity sales bazaar and fundraising events such as Darkness To Go charity dinner and the recent For Their Eyes Only charity ride.