Tough life fails to deter children

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 September, 2008, 12:00am

With the start of a new academic year, RTHK has re-launched a TV programme which portrays the lives and struggles of local students.

The show, which revolves around the adventures of children from disadvantaged families who pursue their goals against all odds, can provide inspiration for young viewers.

The seven-part series was launched in July and suspended to make way for the Olympics.

It explores various problems affecting children whose parents are facing financial difficulties due to unemployment or other reasons.

Despite the gloomy outlook, the children are resilient and try their best to overcome their difficulties.

In The Wind Blows - the sixth episode to be broadcast this Sunday - Cheuk Cheuk, 10, comes from a family who receive CSSA (Comprehensive Social Security Assistance). In spite of his humble origins, he resolves to study hard and earn enough money to support his family.

The last episode, Father's Gift, focuses on five children living in Tin Shui Wai. They seek pleasure and excitement through a treasure-hunting expedition in an old school in the New Territories town.

Lo Chi-wa, who directed and wrote the script for The Wind Blows, was impressed by the children's determination.

'It's actually a true story based on the experience of a Primary Six student I met through a social worker. Unlike other children who often get upset over their family situation, this boy is resilient and optimistic,' said the RTHK producer.

The Wind Blows will be shown at 7pm on TVB Jade this Sunday. Father's Gift will be broadcast on September 21