Transforming the City, One Life at a Time 

Feedback on the Big Wheel Outing

' Emotional weather rollercoaster, but God pulled through in the end with amazing sunshine. Always have faith. It was a blessing to share this joy together. We took so many nice photos today, but this one really fully encapsulates the spirit of our whole team.' 
– Becky T

‘I feel so happy!  I’ve never been on a big wheel in my life. I love it!'
– Si Bak Bak

‘I’m glad they let my wheelchair into the cabin on the ride. The harbour view is so beautiful.’
– Wong Por Por

UPCOMING VOLUNTEER NEEDS (for Aug & Sept / on-going )

Aug 26 Shek Kip Mei
Mobile Shopping Fair
Sept 2017 to Feb 2018 Ngau Tau Kok 
Elderly Home Visit
Sept 17 Quarry Bay
Hope of the City Orientation

Please click here for the full list of volunteer opportunities and registration.

July 2017 - Hope of the City Newsletter

Big Smiles on the Big Wheel

On June 24, with storm clouds looming, 39 Hope of the City volunteers set off on an outing to Central with 72 seniors from our Ngau Tau Kok Elderly Home Visit program. Many of the elderly hadn't set foot in Central for over 30 years and they were amazed at the soaring office towers everywhere. During lunch at City Hall, they highly praised the dim sum, but as we headed over for a ride on the Big Wheel, several said they were too afraid to try it. Coaxed into giving it a go, they ended up really enjoying the experience. The day was a great bonding time between the volunteers and the elderly, with no shortage of chatting and laughter. Thanks to St James’ Settlement for helping to make this event happen.

Home Visits Make a Difference

As our Family Home Visits program with J-Life ended for the season in June, we invited one of our long-time volunteers, Ming, to share about her experience visiting Ah Fung’s family: ‘Ah Fung had lots of health struggles and I’m glad she trusted me to take her to a doctor. She was really worried about not being able to continue looking after her daughter, but the consultation revealed that most of her problems were psychosomatic, caused by anxiety. When the doctor encouraged her to put her trust in the Lord, she wept. I was so touched. Later, Ah Fung smiled and told me she felt relieved. I know her problems are not yet solved, but she’s open to a new perspective. Through my visits all these years, I’ve learned that I can’t help with many of the problems these families face, but I can be there to love and support them.’

Summer Fun Day

As the school summer holiday began, 23 children from Hope of the City’s afterschool English classes at the YWCA were chosen to join a Summer Fun Day on July 15, organised by BofAML. Thirteen bank volunteers enthusiastically led a slew of lively games, including charades. Then each child was given a large sketch book and colored markers to draw their plans for how they wanted to spend their summer, which they later presented to the group. The children headed home with their minds full of summer holiday ideas and their stomachs filled with pizza and chicken wings.

Career Day Earns Interest

Every year, Bank of America Merryll Lynch holds a Career Day for secondary students from low-income families at their Cheung Kong Centre headquarters. This year, 21 students from China Holiness College in Sham Shui Po took part in the June 30 event. In the past, we noted that the students were hesitant to interact with the bank staff because of their limited English skills. To improve things, we arranged several targeted-English prep sessions before the day and, as a result, this years’ batch of students were much quicker in connecting with the 33 bank volunteers who took them around the various departments and shared their career experiences. It was great to see the students’ attentiveness during the vision map talk, and several were able to maturely present their own action plans for their future.

Healthcare Fair for the Elderly

More than 100 elderly people from Ngau Tau Kok took the opportunity to receive free health checks at our first Healthcare Fair on July 22. Eight different booths were set up, each with nurses and specialists on hand to offer everything from blood sugar and cholesterol testing, to spine and foot check-ups , to blood pressure and heart checks. Each participant left the fair with a bag of healthy eats prepared by St James' Settlement, who organised the event. Special thanks to the 50 Hope of the City volunteers who escorted the elderly to and from the event, and kept things moving smoothly.
Mailing Address:
Hope of the City Foundation 
8/F, 633 King's Road
Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
+852 3470 3000

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