Entertainers tackle water supply mission to Gansu region
It's easy to take for granted the comforts and indulgences of Hong Kong, but a group of entertainers took an eye-opening trip last week to a poor and dry area of Gansu province in the northwest. Actresses Anita Yuen Wing-yee, Christine Ng Wing-mei, pop idol Alex Fong Lik-sun and former Miss Hong Kong Lelia Chow Mei-fung joined the Lotus Light Charity Society to visit a remote village whose residents have to walk hours every day, summer and winter, to fetch water back for everyday use.
The trip was documented for an upcoming TVB Jade programme to raise money to build water storage in the mountainous region.
'Although I am very touched by the poor people living in the worst of conditions, this trip has also made me realise the importance of health,' Ng said, noting the shortage of medical facilities in the area.
Yuen, who has travelled to the region in past trips, came away more positive. 'This being the third time I've visited the area, I am very happy and thankful for the fulfilling experience because I can really see the difference we've made. Some of the living conditions of the really poor families have now improved.'
PR queen Chow, despite her penchant for nice material things, took her teenage son and daughter on the trip so they could develop an appreciation of their own good fortune. 'I hope they will learn to treasure how lucky they are.'
The charity's telethon show is on April 22 and 29 at 11pm. The group's website is www.lotuslight.org.hk.