April 15, 2016 - HelpMeSee is proud to announce the addition of Mark Cheung as Managing Director of our Hong Kong office. In this role, he will be responsible for fundraising efforts in Hong Kong and lead partnerships with foundations and corporations committed to ending cataract blindness in Asia and worldwide.
"Mark brings years of successful non-profit leadership to our team. His experience and energy will play a crucial role in our growth within Hong Kong and across East Asia," said Jacob Mohan Thazhathu, President & CEO of HelpMeSee.
Most recently, Mark was Resource Development Director of Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong, responsible for partnerships with corporations and philanthropists. Previously, Mark was Fundraising Director of Plan International Hong Kong, where he led collaborations with major foundations, corporations, banks and generous individuals to support Plan’s mission to help children in developing countries. Prior to Plan, Mark was the Fundraising Manager at Enlighten for Epilepsy, where he worked closely with the CEO to advance the NGO’s mission to serve families affected by epilepsy in Hong Kong.
"Cataract is an eye condition which can affect every one of us if not looked after and treated properly. Unfortunately, throughout the developing world, cataracts are untreated because of lack of access to trained specialists. Cataract blindness afflicts 20 million people in the developing world. I am excited to be part of the HelpMeSee global campaign team to train tens of thousands cataract specialists throughout the developing world to bring sight to the cataract blind and relief to their families," said Mark Cheung, Managing Director of HelpMeSee Hong Kong.
"I am determined to raise public awareness and funding to end blindness caused by cataract especially in Hong Kong, mainland China and throughout the Far East."
Mark will work closely with the entire international development team to build support for HelpMeSee’s campaign to end cataract blindness worldwide.
HelpMeSee is the global campaign to end cataract blindness, the leading cause of blindness worldwide. HelpMeSee intends to make the sight-restoring surgery available to millions of poor through scaling training to the necessary number of MSICS specialists recruited from within their communities and financial support. HelpMeSee is pioneering a virtual reality surgical simulator and training program to be implemented worldwide, adapted from extensive experience in simulator-based aviation training. Since 2012, the campaign has supported over 241,000 surgeries through 242 partnerships across India, Nepal, China, Vietnam, Madagascar, Togo, Sierra Leone, Peru and The Gambia.