Drive to build up family ties

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 August, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 August, 1998, 12:00am

It is the small things you do and say that show you care about your family.

That's the message of a new year-long campaign aimed at strengthening family ties.

Jointly organised by the Social Welfare Department and Hong Kong Council of Social Services, it hopes to get the public involved in family life education programmes.

Addressing the launch, Director of Social Welfare Andrew Leung Kin-pong said understanding and family support were vital, especially if one had financial or other problems.

He hoped the campaign would lead to happy relationships and encourage communication between children and their parents.

This was underlined by the theme: Care for Your Family - Put Your Care in Words. Kicking off the campaign, pop star Miriam Yeung sang the theme song with a school choir.

An educational puppet show had its premiere, and prizes were presented to the winners of an essay competition.

The puppet show, Lost Son, revolves around a family of dogs.

The 'son' is having problems choosing the right secondary school and the family is anxious over the decline in his examination results.

It also features conflicts between a busy daddy-dog and a hot-tempered mummy-dog.

Organising committee chairman Cecilia Tong Luk See-han said the story reflected the real-life situation of many families, with the show being presented in an amusing and down-to-earth style.

Ms Luk said many people forgot the basic elements of a warm and happy home. She hoped the puppets would inspire them to care for their family.

The roving show will be presented in 13 districts under the auspices of the Social Welfare Department.

Yim So-fan, winner of the essay competition, said communication helped defuse domestic crises.

'Maintaining good and harmoni ous family relationships also helps soothe the daily stress at work.' Runner-up River Wong Sui-ling said the family had a strong impact on a child's growth and personality development. 'Children should be given more opportunities to deal with their own problems and learn to become independent.' The campaign also includes a series of radio and television programmes.