Lung Cheung Integrated Social Service Centre of the Association launched a programme last September in Wong Tai Sin, embracing an inclusive society where all individuals can share community resources in a fair way. The programme ended with a carnival last month.
The programme recruited a group of volunteers who were devoted to serve the community and provided trainings on music, shooting, and darts. The volunteers enhanced their professionalism, learnt to be a coach, and shared their skills and techniques with the underprivileged in the community, including physically handicapped persons, people from low-income families, and elders.
Darts is generally a young fashion. Yet, the volunteers received darts training witnessed how energetic elders could be when they taught the senior women throwing darts in the community centre. An old woman who lost her right arm left a very strong impression on one of the volunteers, “she is willing to rise to challenges and learn new things, regardless of her physical disability.” Another trainee who took music classes agreed that the learning process was exhausting, but he learnt not to give up and the happiness of being able to play a song at last was overwhelming. Both service users and volunteers enjoyed a good time with satisfaction.
A carnival was held in January, for service users and participating volunteers to share their experience. Together with ballet, magic show, taekwondo, and band performance, there were game booths for the public to join and have fun.
The whole programme involved over 3,000 people, providing opportunity for people living in Wong Tai Sin to know each other and share their wisdom. The Association was grateful for the funding from Wong Tai Sin District Council, and the support from Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Wong Tai Sin District Elderly Community Centre, St Bonaventure College & High School, and CCC Kei Heep Secondary School.