At the event, we invited Julian, a visually impaired trainer at Dialogue In The Dark, and his team for a sharing session with 40 staff at Philip Morris Asia’s Hong Kong office. Julian generously shared his life story and introduced his special companion, Storm the guide dog, to the participants.
During the one-hour session, Julian shared his personal experiences as a guide dog owner and his everyday moments with Storm. He walked us through the duties and training process of guide dogs and gave everyone a lesson on how we, as individuals, may help and guide visually impaired people outside. In the latter part of the session, participants were introduced to Braille, the writing system used by visually impaired people. By learning the basics, everyone can make a step towards a more inclusive world.
Fun fact about guide dogs
Do you know? Guide dogs are named alphabetically based on the year they graduate from training school. As such, guide dogs that graduate in the same year have names starting with the same letter!
This event is part of Bowtie’s 12-week wellness programme specially designed for Philip Morris Asia Limited. We are working together to create a happy and healthy work environment and cultivate a positive corporate culture for their team.
Last but not least, let us extend our gratitude to Julian, Storm and the Dialogue In The Dark team for their support. We would also like to thank everyone from Philip Morris for participating. We hope that this sharing session can enable a better understanding of the life of the visually impaired and bring everyone’s attention to vision health. It is time to open up for a more diverse and inclusive workplace culture.
We look forward to holding more meaningful wellness activities with our corporate partners in the future!
Philip Morris Asia Limited (PMAL) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Philip Morris International. PMAL is currently staffed with more than 300 employees in their Hong Kong headquarters. The Philip Morris company values the personal development of their employees and has been accredited as a Global Top Employer by the Top Employers Institute year after year.
Founded in 2010, Dialogue In The Dark (HK) Foundation is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion in society. As a non-profit charity, Dialogue In The Dark organises experiential learning activities to engage the general public and promote a diverse, inclusive and equal community.