Mum's the word: a chance to help out the underprivileged

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 May, 2008, 12:00am

Madre, mama, mutter. The mother theme appears throughout our language, for example, Mother Earth, mother ship, that's a mother of a bar bill ... mothers create this psychological bond, they listen, they care, they make great pizza. Which is why most Italian men still live with them.

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother, said that know-it-all - I'm sorry, philosopher - Oprah Winfrey. Our mums mean different things to us. So, to celebrate the coming Mother's Day, here are a couple of events dedicated to mums in Hong Kong.

Heena M Fine Arts Gallery is raising money until Sunday for the Women's Foundation Hong Kong, which helps provide education for underprivileged girls. 'Part of the proceeds are going to the foundation,' said Heena Mir, 'because it is good to see something being done for the girls in our world'. There are paintings by Indian artists (the one pictured is Chandra Mukhi - meaning 'Moon Face' - by Sumana Duy Nath) and other gifts, including silver, Persian carpets and Turkish ceramics (phone: 2810 0036).

And The Chippy - a fish and chips shop/restaurant in Wellington Street - says all mums and pregnant people will receive a free pickled egg on Sunday. Men are already up in arms about this sexist advertising campaign (phone: 2523 1618).

And the last few words on mothers from Author Unknown: a Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.