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Transforming the City, One Life at a Time 

Feedback on Elderly Outing to Pineapple Farm

There’s a Cantonese expression, ‘pineapple chicken,’ meaning you gain something by tagging along with others. Now I was the one tagging along on this outing. Thank God the weather was fair – no scorching sun, no annoying rain. I was so thrilled by the happy smiling faces and uplifting spirits of the elderly. They took pleasure in simple things like making red bean pudding and planting choy sum seeds. Their contagious joy melted my heart. ΛΛ'
- Sheba K.

'Instagrammable food? ✔

Happy companions?
Fun way to share love?
= Hope of the City outing 👍'
- Terri C.

UPCOMING VOLUNTEER NEEDS for Apr / May

Apr 28 Shek Kip Mei
Mobile Shopping Fair
May 12 The Peak
IDEAL Walkathon
 
Please click here for the full list of volunteer opportunities and registration.

Mar 2018 - Hope of the City Newsletter

Sweet Moments at Pineapple Farm

Did you know that pineapples are grown in Hong Kong? We had no idea, but there are now a group of elderly residents from Ngau Tau Kok who know all about local pineapple farming. They were among the 103 seniors and Hope of the City home visit volunteers who ventured out to Pineapple Farm in Yuen Long on Mar 24. The day’s highlights included a farm tour and making clay-pot pudding, not to mention tucking in to a delicious lunch of pineapple pork rice and pineapple juice. Each senior also planted a pot of choy sum seeds, which they got to take home. The main lesson learned? Like money, pineapples don’t grow on trees!

SSP Xperience for Students

On Feb 2-3, Hope of the City ran a tailor-made SSP Xperience in Sham Shui Po for students, teachers and parents from Hong Kong International School. The 20 participants stayed overnight in SSP as part of the two-day service tour. They visited families living in subdivided homes to share some Chinese New Year goodies, spent time with street sleepers, and hosted a birthday party for 41 intellectually-disabled youths from IDEAL. The highlight for many of the students was a poverty simulation activity, which challenged them to confront the many difficult decisions that those living in poverty face every day .

Spring Cleaning at the Beach

It was perfect weather for a day by the seaside on Mar 10, when 27 parents and kids from the YWCA in SSP visited Stanley Beach. This was more than a play-date, though. This energetic bunch was there for a Beach Clean-up Family Outing. With cotton gloves and garbage bags in hand, they got right to work, scouring the sand for rubbish and recyclables. As it turned out, the beach was quite clean already, but the families enjoyed the bonding time and also learned about sorting rubbish for recycling. Then it was pizza for all before the long ride home.

New School Bags for CNY

Hope of the City was delighted to receive a donation of 210 high-quality school bags from Bank of America Merrill Lynch on Feb 21. Each bag was stuffed with an abundance of school supplies as a special Chinese New Year gift for children from low income families in SSP. Recipients included students from a number of Hope’s partner organizations, namely the YWCA, Yan Kei Church, the Hub HK, J Life, SARDAS and Loving Kids. What a treat to have senior staff from BoAML come down to SSP to hand out some of the bags in person – thank you, BoAML!

 

Family Home Visits Begin!  

On Mar 28, Hope of the City kicked off a new round of family home visits in Sham Shui Po, in cooperation with J-Life. This time round we have 25 Hope volunteers signed up to visit 10 low-income families on a monthly basis, to offer encouragement and build friendships. One of these families lives on a rooftop, where volunteers will be climbing 10 floors of steps to visit them. Of course, we know that won’t stop them, as we’ve seen the dedication of our volunteers, some of whom are returning for their fourth year of visits.
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