Volunteers from different backgrounds share their experiences and explain why they continue to volunteer.
Yangzhou, Jiangsu, December, 2014
My wife, Bonnie and I never dreamt of visiting Yangzhou, least of all in the depth of winter as non-medical volunteers in an eye camp.
Yet we were there witnessing the uncontrolled joy and gratitude that poured out from the elderly who had the cataract operations, since many of them were really nervous and uptight beforehand. All noted the wonderful work of our team of eye doctors, whose selfless dedication and professionalism won praises and admiration.
I was also pleased to witness the unity displayed by everyone involved in the camp. Despite the camp taking place over four action packed days and sleep being a rare commodity, there was neither grumbling nor discord.
I helped with the patient registration process and like all other non-medical volunteers, I also helped to comfort patients. The time spent interacting with the patients was special to me. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve in this meaningful and rewarding work.
A lasting memory.