People share their volunteering experience Angela Liu Pui-lan is a volunteer at Lifeline Express, a custom-built eye hospital train that provides free operations for poverty-stricken cataract patients living in remote areas of mainland China. She performs clerical duties at the organisation's Kwun Tong office twice a week, usually sending out letters, pamphlets and helping to run the office. 'I have been a volunteer for eight years, and I enjoy my work. I find it meaningful. I won't stop working for them,' said the 57-year-old. Lifeline Express, a non-governmental charity organisation, has three eye hospital trains in operation. They perform more than 10,000 free operations a year. By the end of last year, more than 74,000 cataract patients have had their eyesight restored by the organisation since it began operating in 1997. It normally costs about HK$2,000 to restore the eyesight of patient with cataracts. Although Ms Liu does not work on the front line, she is nevertheless an important part of the team. 'We have five full-time staff and I am the only volunteer at our office, although we have many other volunteers. They don't really have enough manpower at our office so that's why I have volunteered. Right now, I am helping them to recruit volunteers for the flag day on July 19. I am sending out promotion letters to schools, hoping that their students will help to sell flags to the public. 'My two sons have grown up and have already finished university. The founding chairman of Lifeline Express Nellie Fong Wong Kut-man is one of my best friends. She encouraged me to be a volunteer. 'Sometimes I would help Lifeline Express do some outdoor fund-raising events. For the flag day, we need several thousand volunteers. We are helping poor people in China by offering them free surgery and we focus on the remote areas in China such as Xinjiang, Shanxi and Shandong,' she said. Ms Liu said she found it encouraging that people sometimes wrote to the organisation expressing their admiration and offering words of encouragement. 'Quite often we get letters from all sorts of people telling us to continue our good work. It makes me proud to be working for Lifeline Express,' she said. The organisation aims to establish 10 microscopic eye surgery training centres in the major underdeveloped cities in China by July. Ms Liu said she hoped that more people would donate money towards helping the poor so that the organisation could help reduce disability-induced poverty.