During Week 7, (2 – 6 September 2019) we will be highlighting various aspects of service learning initiatives AISHK offers to students to get involved in making a difference within the Hong Kong community.
The theme of the week will be “Make a Difference Today.” There will be a series of activities highlighting awareness of the incidence of poverty today. In Hong Kong, it is estimated we throw away 3,400 tonnes of food every day, whilst 1 million people live in poverty struggling to afford three nutritious meals a day.
Many of those living under the poverty line are school children. Hong Kong’s local schools will be returning to school on Monday 2 September. To tie in with this, and in conjunction with charity Feeding Hong Kong, AISHK will be hosting a food drive from Monday 2 September to Friday 20 September 2019, which will specifically target the following healthy food items:
- UHT Long-Life Milk
- Cereals (Unflavoured and unsweetened cereals are the preferred option)
- Rice (Brown, Red, White and Wild rice)
- Noodles (Non-instant/non-fried noodles)
- Cooking Oils (Corn and Canola preferred)
Feeding Hong Kong is Hong Kong’s sole accredited member of the Global Food Banking Network (GFN). In Hong Kong, it works with a network of charity partners at the frontline of hunger relief, including shelters for the homeless, children’s homes, senior day centres, refugee and migrant worker support centres and other non-profit organisations that provide food to those most in need. Therefore, all food donated will be distributed back to those most in need in Hong Kong.
On Tuesday 3 September, the YES Club (Youths Experiencing Service) will assist at the China Coast Community Home and Food Angel as part of their weekly community service initiatives. The China Coast Community is a unique care and attention home in Hong Kong as it provides residential care for English speaking elderly persons (who will have spent a significant period of their lives in Hong Kong) regardless of their financial circumstances. Food Angel rescues edible surplus food from sectors of the food industry in Hong Kong that would otherwise be disposed of waste. The rescued food is then redistributed to serve the underprivileged communities in Hong Kong.
On Wednesday 4 September, AISHK will host our annual Community Service Expo in the Auditorium from 11.00 am – 2.00 pm. Many non-profit organisations and NGOs will be in attendance and students will have the opportunity to learn about these organisations and to see how they can get further involved in helping to Make a Difference Today. Students from the Primary Division are warmly invited to visit from 11.00 am, if time permits. The Community Service Expo has been arranged through the enterprise and work of our YES Club (Youths Experiencing Service) leaders. The YES Club continues to grow from strength to strength and is a shining beacon of student initiative and leadership.
On Friday 6 September, Secondary students will be assisting with ImpactHK. They will be cooking and distributing food alongside members of ImpactHK in Sham Shui Po.
Paul McGunnigle | Head of Community Service