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Transforming the City, One Life at a Time 

Scoring Points at the SSP Carnival

For the first time ever, Hope of the City participated in the Sham Shui Po Carnival, held on Nov 21. Nine volunteers from Heartbeat care group were kept on their toes overseeing several ping pong-related games, including a mini-tournament. Some 180 children – a few of them in their 70s! – visited our booth. They had a smashing time on their way to winning a range of cool prizes. In the end, two secondary school boys defeated our champion volunteers at the net to win BoAML Sports Scholarships. A team from J-Life shared our booth and they were constantly busy providing free hand massages and offering counseling to women.

'It was great to play and have fun with the children. Through playing ping pong and other games I got to know their families, their needs and their talents. I particularly enjoyed this carnival because we didn't only play with the children but their families were able to get in contact with Hope and other ministries... whenever they need help, they know there is a group there for them,'  volunteer Matt shared. 
 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Dec 13 North Point
Christmas Season Home Visit
Dec 25 Sham Shui Po
Christmas Party with Children
Jan 16 (various areas)
Mother's Choice Flag Day
Jan 30 Sham Shui Po
IDEAL Birthday Party

Please click here for the full list of volunteer opportunities and registration.
Nov 2015 - Hope of the City Newsletter

Ga Yau, Ga Yau – Island ECC Adds Oil
Pasta, rice, canned goods and lots and lots of oil – 108 bottles of it! That’s what our friends at Island ECC served up over two Sundays, Nov 8 and 15, as Hope of the City held our annual Food Drive on behalf of Feeding Hong Kong.  Besides the 16 donation bins filled to overflowing, several bulk food donations were sent directly to Feeding Hong Kong’s warehouse, bringing this year’s haul to over 700 kgs of food (the equivalent of 1,667 meals), an increase of 57% over what we collected last year. With more than 1.5 million people in our city suffering from food insecurity, every can, bottle and bag counts, so thank you, Island ECC!

Speech Therapy Wraps Up

On Nov 30, our first parent-child speech therapy training programme wound up at the North Point Family Welfare Society. From September through November, six pairs of mothers and children who have speech delay issues attended the 12-session programme, aimed at enhancing parents' communication techniques and their knowledge of child language development. We have been pleased to see that the parents have been actively involved, raising questions and picking up valuable skills from each session.

Lunch with our Buddies

It’s not often that Hong Kong’s street sleepers and cubicle home dwellers get to enjoy lunch in a nice restaurant. That’s why Hope of the City was delighted to sponsor a Christian Concern for the Homeless Association lunch on Nov 11 at Treasure Lake Seafood Restaurant in Central. Sixty two men and families shared lively conversation over delicious plates of dim sum with 27 enthusiastic volunteers from Island ECC’s Men's Fraternity. Group games and table prizes heightened the camaraderie, while volunteers also shared life testimonies to encourage the buddies.

The Doctor is In

Hope of the City had another first in November: the opportunity to offer free mobile medical clinics. Retired physician Dr. James Wong and his wife, with the assistance of a medical student, partnered with us to provide free medical consultations and medication to 26 families at J-Life in Sham Shui Po on Nov 17 and Nov 19, and to 19 seniors from our Ngau Tau Kok Home Visits programme with St. James Settlement on Nov 12 and 26. Many patients expressed how much they appreciated the time and attention that Dr. Wong gave them. Thank you, Dr. and Mrs. Wong!

Holiday Farming

The Chung Yeung Festival is a popular time for family outings. For this year’s festival, on Oct 21, eleven Hope of the City volunteers accompanied 62 parents and kids from Sham Shui Po and 10 leaders from Yan Kei Church on a fun-filled outing to Holiday Farm in Sheung Shui. The families got to try their hand at making crafts from recycled paper, creating picture frames and even baking bread. Hope’s volunteers helped to lead group activities, resulting in much giggling and a great time of family bonding.
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