The Cathay Pacific Wheelchair Bank
Set up in 1996 – Cathay Pacific’s 50th anniversary year – the Wheelchair Bank aims to raise funds to purchase specially adapted wheelchairs for children with neuromuscular diseases. To date, more than HK$9.5 million have been donated to the Wheelchair Bank. From 1999 onwards, an average of one month’s proceeds from Cathay Pacific’s “Change for Good” inflight fundraising programme is allocated to the bank each year.
Since 1989, Cathay Pacific has been a major sponsor of ORBIS which owns the world’s only flying eye hospital. The airline provides free and discounted air travel for ORBIS personnel, enabling eye-care professionals to join the Flying Eye Hospital before it departs to remote places in Africa and developing countries such as China, India and Bangladesh, and to conduct capacity building programme in raising eye-care standard.
Hong Kong Society for the Blind
Since 2004, Cathay Pacific has been a sponsor of the Hong Kong Society for the Blind which provides comprehensive services for an estimated 75,000 blind and visually impaired people in Hong Kong.