Lend a hand to your city

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 February, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 February, 2011, 12:00am

In Hong Kong, there are a great many people working hard to keep our streets clean. But in many places, for example beaches and parks, there is still a lot of rubbish around - broken umbrellas, slippers, and even used drinks cans.

Luckily, there are people working to help clean these places - they're volunteers.

Beach-cleaning volunteers headed to 150 beaches last year. They collected a total of 36,113 kilograms of rubbish. Without these volunteers, Hong Kong would be an even dirtier, messier city.

I think volunteers are amazing. As well as cleaning the city, they cook food for the elderly, play with children and teach people who haven't had any education.

If there were more volunteers, Hong Kong would be a better place.

Chiu Wai-yin, CNEC Christian College

From the Editor

Thank you, Wai-yin, for your interesting letter. It is easy to complain about Hong Kong's problems. The streets are dirty. Service is bad. Disabled people can't get around easily. But it is also very easy to make a difference - it's just that not many people bother.

Volunteering is a relatively easy way to make a difference. You can find a cause that you believe is very important, and donate as much - or as little - spare time as you want to help that organisation. Even if it's just a few hours every month, your selflessness can make a massive difference to these charities, and in turn, to the city and your own life.

If you're not sure where to start, or don't have a specific group you'd like to help, check out www.volunteering-hk.org and www.handsonhongkong.org for inspiration.

Karly, Deputy Editor