Date
13 December 2017
Jeffery Yip (left inset) and June Lee hope to raise HK$600,000 to open a coffee shop with visually impaired staff. Photos: Metro Daily, YouTube
Jeffery Yip (left inset) and June Lee hope to raise HK$600,000 to open a coffee shop with visually impaired staff. Photos: Metro Daily, YouTube

Fund drive aims to open coffee shop with visually impaired staff

Two young entrepreneurs launched an online fund-raising campaign to open a coffee shop with visually impaired staff.

June Lee, 27, and Jeffery Yip, 35, said they want to provide gainful employment to visually impaired individuals, who they believe have the same skills as normal people but have not had an opportunity to prove themselves, Metro Daily reported.

They hope to raise HK$600,000 (US$77,400).

Lee said she has witnessed many instances in which the visually impaired were unfairly treated. This has spurred her to look for ways to help them lead productive lives.

According to the plan, the coffee shop will provide accessibility facilities, ample space and sufficient light to make it easier for visually impaired employees to go about their work.

The coffee shop will also hold free consultation sessions every week for people with financial or emotional issues.

Yip said the coffee shop does not intend to make big profits, but admitted that the amount they have so far raised is still way below the target.

Lee said they are confident of reaching their goal, given the kindness and generosity of Hong Kong people.

As of last year, there were more than 170,000 visually impaired people in the city, or about 2.4 percent of the population.

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