Optometrist, Peter Hong from Newport was recognised for his voluntary Optometry work abroad by being awarded with an MBE and was published on the Queen’s New Years Honours List.
Peter opened his own practice “Peter Hong Opticians” in 1985 and has been going strong for 30 years. As well as running his practice Peter regularly teaches at Cardiff University.
When receiving the award Peter said, “I’m extremely humbled and surprised”. The Optometrist has helped organise multiple charity projects in countries like Malawi, Romania and Moldova. Peter also said, “It’s been great to know that the work has been recognised but this has always been about team effort.”
Peter went on to say that he began working in Romania close to 20 years ago, When in Romania he organised charity projects with one of his friends, Dave Phillips. It was almost 15 years ago when the Optometrist became an associate tutor at Cardiff University in their school of Optometry sector. Then it was just over 6 years ago when Peter began working in Malawi and Moldova where he was working alongside Andrew Waboso and both of Andrews charities, Onani Eye Foundation and Sight 2020 Direct.
In the summer just gone 8 Optometry students volunteered to go to Malawi and teach in a Ophthalmology Hospital and a Refraction Clinic. Because of this and other projects that have gone on, over 20,000 people’s lives have been improved due to dispensed spectacles. The volunteers that went were not only Optometrists, they were colleagues, students, friends and family members.
Peter Hong said, “I’m proud of them all, In particular we should recognise the fund raising efforts of all the Cardiff students who over the years have raised so much money and thank Dave Phillips, Master of logistics and planning who made so many of the projects in Romania and Moldova run so smoothly.”
Peter finished by saying, “Truly a team effort, I’ve been blessed to know them all and proud to call them friends.”