On the eve of ‘World Sight Day’, 13th October 2016, the parish of St Lawrence, along with Fatima parish and the Blind Rehabilitation Centre of Macau, organised ‘World Blind Walk’. The parish priest of St Lawrence Church, Fr Jojo took the initiative to organize this event in relation to the Year of Mercy.
Participants gathered at the rehabilitation centre and were addressed by Mrs Leong, the director of the Center along with those visually impaired. She stressed on the needs of the blind, on how to deal and care for them. Participants then began to head towards the Fatima parish on foot. Some participants, participated in the walk in blindfolds. This initiative was to raise awareness, make them pledge to donate their eyes after death and to experience the lives of the blind. Upon reaching the parish, lunch was served, followed by singing.
World Blind Walk was initially started by ‘The Project Vision’ (TVP). TVP was conceived by Fr George Kannanthanam, a Catholic Priest and social worker from India. It is now one of the largest eye donation campaigns in the world. This event was organised in 55 locations across 5 countries. The walk was conducted in the US, China, Sri Lanka, Nepal and all the major cities in India.