Kyle Hui: Humanitarian work is not about feeling good that we contributed, but standing in other people’s shoes and growing together.
Kyle Hui, a third-year medical student at the University of Hong Kong, is an enthusiastic volunteer. In high school, he organised STEM workshops for underprivileged children and helped construct an eco-bungalow in Laos to boost tourism. Joining a community service society in the medical school, he also took part in various of volunteering activities such as organising health checks and health education sessions for refugees and domestic workers, visiting the homeless and patients with dementia, as well as creating a documentary to raise awareness on organ donation. Kyle believes studying hard is just as important as reaching out to communities.
With an ever-growing desire to make a positive impact in people’s lives, he decided to volunteer for GX Foundation to better understand the medical needs of underprivileged families in Hong Kong. “From my previous social services experiences, I realised that humanitarian work is not about feeling good that we contributed, but standing in other people’s shoes and growing together.”
“When I first stumbled upon the Cataract Blindness Elimination Program run by GX, I was drawn to it, particularly GX’s aim of cooperating with local health leaders and disseminating health education to under-resourced countries such as Cambodia, which match with my personal goals.” He appreciates the chances of being involved in planning and evaluation of projects. This provides him valuable opportunities to explore various possibilities of public health service delivery while putting his skillset into real life application.
In the future, he hopes to become a surgeon and participate in medical missions to under-resourced countries. “Realising how lucky we are in Hong Kong, I think it is only fair to share the medical knowledge and resources we have with communities beyond ourselves.”