It may be a simple task like typing or reading, but it could help hundreds of blind students fulfil their dreams. Alice Cheung Chi-li of Diocesan Girls School has been doing voluntary work at the the Resources and Education Centre of the Hong Kong Blind Union for four years. She visits the centre twice a month, typing textbooks into the computer for braille translation, reading texts and recording them on tape, and reading newspapers to the blind. 'It is nice to know that we can help. They are very hard-working and optimistic,' the 16-year-old student said. Alice and her two schoolmates, Joyce Lui Hor-yan and Jenny Wong Wai-ping, are among the some 300 voluntary workers at the Resources and Education Centre. The centre provides assistance for students who are seeking school places. It also offers services like supplementary tuition, recording, reading and braille translation. According to Mr Lo Wai-keung, who is in charge of the centre, there are not enough volunteers to help with the work. 'We need a lot of people to help, especially at the end of August when students get their new books. 'If they do not get the material in time for exams, their performance will be affected,' Mr Lo explained. The centre, previously situated in the school district in Kowloon Tong, has been temporarily moved to the union's Oi Man Estate office. It will be moved to Kwun Tong in November. 'We are rather worried because of the loss of voluntary workers as a result of our change of location,' Mr Lo said. 'We used to have a lot of students who came to help during lunch break, after school or even during recess.' Lau Wing-chuen, who has vision problems, said he was able to finish his Social Work studies at the University of Hong Kong because of the help from voluntary workers. 'They have given us a lot of help, providing us with study material on time.' Mr Lau has been suffering from low vision for five years. He can only read with the help of magnifying equipment. 'It would take much more time to read all the books myself. Having voluntary workers read and type for us is a real blessing.' The centre is recruiting voluntary workers. Interested students (Form Five or above) can attend a briefing camp in Lau Fau Shan this weekend during which information and basic training will be given. The cost of the coursse is $50. For details call 2337 2736.