An evening of celebration for Orbis Flying Eye Hospital's ASEAN Odyssey

Thursday 8th February, 2018

Date Thursday 8th February, 2018
Location Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore

On 8 February 2018, a warm community of supporters from the aviation, legal, finance and real estate sectors came together to celebrate Orbis's work in Southeast Asia and support the cause of avoidable blindness.

Catch the Orbis Gala Highlights Video here (Credit to Chong Hua from 48kg production)

Wonderful volunteer photographers Tan Mae Shen and Robin Rheaume captured moments from the evening.

Click here to view and download photos

The evening of networking, delectable dinner and performances brought together a warm community of supporters from the aviation, legal, finance and real estate sectors, which contributed to the success of the event.

The event was graced by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mr Bob Ranck, Orbis International's CEO

Mr Alex Hungate, President & CEO of SATS Ltd, addressed the audience as the Title Sponsor of the night. Orbis is heartened by SATS's commitment and partnership to save sight worldwide.

Mr Alex Hungate, President & CEO of SATS Ltd.

Guests were treated to a series of heartwarming performances, starting with the student choir from Lighthouse School. The students are visually impaired but sang with such beautiful voices that touched the hearts of the guests.

Lighthouse School Student Choir

An auction was also held during the dinner, where 11 guests walked away with 13 items.

Silent auction items on display

JR Asia, Orbis's supporter, generously provided wine as gifts to donors. Donors who donated SGD300, SGD400 and SGD500 got a bottle of wine or champange.

Grand Vin De Bourgogne 'Reserve Speciale' Nuits-Saint-Georges 2013 by Pont Des Arts (4th Collection)

The Orbis Singapore team would like to thank all guests for taking time out to join us at the Orbis Gala 2018. It was a memorable evening made possible by supporters, sponsors and volunteers alike and we really appreciate each and every one of you.

We would also like to specially mention these sponsors for their support:

SATS has been feeding and connecting Asia for more than 70 years as Asia's leading ground handler. Today, SATS connects people and cargo seamlessly across 62 cities and 60 airports in the region. Its reputation for service excellence is powered by its innovative use of the latest technology and the passion to delight its customers. At SATS, they believe in helping every individual to reach their full potential. So, they are proud to sponsor Orbis in our work to prevent blindness through education and training.

Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defense, space and security systems, and service provider of aftermarket support. For more than 100 years, Boeing has continued its tradition of aerospace leadership and innovation, expanding its product line and services to meet emerging customer needs. Its broad range of capabilities include creating new, more efficient commercial airplanes; designing, building and integrating military platforms and defense systems; creating advanced technology solutions; and arranging innovative financing and service options. Boeing supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 countries and employs more than 140,000 people around the world.

BOC Aviation is a top tier global aircraft operating leasing company with industry leading financial metrics. They purchase new, fuel-efficient, in-demand aircraft at competitive prices directly from aircraft manufacturers, finance those purchases efficiently, place its aircraft on long-term operating leases with a globally diversified customer base and sell aircraft to maintain a young fleet. It has delivered 24 years of unbroken profitability, have strong credit ratings (A- from both Standard & Poor’s and Fitch) and enjoy strong committed support from its controlling shareholder, Bank of China . BOC Aviation is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and has its headquarters in Singapore with offices in Dublin, London, New York and Tianjin.

Pacific-China Aero Technology Ltd (PCAT) is engaged in aircraft and aircraft training devices sales & leasing, general aviation, aviation training and consulting etc. Large aircraft leased and modified by PCAT are operating in several Chinese airlines, forming a noticeable fleet size. As the sales agent for several well-known aircraft manufacturers, PCAT pioneers in and is acclaimed for introducing those brands into China. PCAT has sent a large number of student pilots overseas for training, and thousands of them are serving in Chinese Airlines now.

Special thanks to the following companies for their generous sponsorship of auction or raffle items:

  • The Auld Alliance
  • Helping Hand Group
  • JR Asia
  • Personal Chef
  • Singapore Airlines
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