'Stories Among Us' brings tales of elderly Hongkongers to the public

Paul Spangfort interviews Lee She-yuen for the project, which also documents the life stories of Chan Sau-yee; So Woon; and Mrs Mak. Photos: Long Guan, Paul Spangfort, Geena Yip, Claudia Cheung, Haylie Ho

When Paul Spangfort and a group of teenage volunteers walked into the lounge at an elderly centre in Sheung Wan, a cheerful old man stood up and welcomed them with a song, setting his own lyrics to the tune of Happy Birthday.

Monday, 2 December, 2013, 12:16pm

Volunteer inspired to help more newly arrived migrant families

Volunteer Tiffany Lau with one of the new arrivals she is helping. Photo: Nora Tam

Tiffany Lau Nga-yee did not know what to think when she began volunteering last year for Against Child Abuse's programme to help newly arrived families adjust to life in Hong Kong.

26 May 2013 - 8:18am

Pay it forward: Raising children who are 'bucket fillers'

Pay it forward: Raising children who are 'bucket fillers'

March was volunteer month in my family. It started with flag day, standing outside a shopping centre in Causeway Bay, soliciting donations for the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation.

7 May 2013 - 11:41am

Care in the community

Chinese University students on an I-CARE visit to a site in rural China.

During the eight weeks Eliz Wong spent working for a charity in Inner Mongolia last summer, the Chinese University student witnessed first-hand how NGOs empower and support disadvantaged women.

29 Apr 2013 - 9:31am

Volunteers rush to aid quake victims in Lushan but end up clogging roads

Residents of Longmen collect fresh water from a supply station. Photo: AFP

Volunteers have rushed to the quake-hit county of Lushan to donate supplies, lend a helping hand and do whatever good they can, despite calls by authorities not to come.

22 Apr 2013 - 7:54am 1 comment

How Hong Kong youths are touring the 'real' China

From left to right, Service Corps volunteers Ivy Cheuk Hiu-wai, Joanne Wong Yi-sin and Adam Fok Tsz-nam. Photo: SCMP

Wujiang in Shaoguan city is just a stone’s throw away from Hong Kong but living conditions there may be outside the average Hongkonger’s comfort zone.

Roads in the northern Guangdong village, if any, are muddy and potholed. Wild ducks can be seen swimming in the puddles. Pollution is so bad no one dares to drink, cook or bathe with tap water.

20 Apr 2013 - 12:19pm

Charity begins at home

Kelven Lee, his wife Chan Lai-ying and their son Ronald with a souvenir which praises their volunteer work. Photo: Nora Tam

Wayne Chau Pui-por struggled when he moved to Hong Kong from Guangxi when he was 13. He didn't speak Cantonese and often encountered discrimination as a new immigrant

3 Feb 2013 - 3:58pm

Letters to the Editor, January 15, 2013

Catholic devotees with a statue of Jesus in Manila. Photo: AFP

Education has failed to stop the killing

On a recent visit to Lei Yue Mun, I was shocked to find one seafood stall with two agitated and very juvenile blacktip reef sharks swimming in their own tank.

This display was a first for me.

15 Jan 2013 - 3:41am 6 comments

Beijing's homeless get touch of warmth

Warm bedding is a godsend to homeless people in Beijing grappling with the coldest winter in almost 30 years. Photo: SMP

When Dong Meihua and other volunteers for the homeless arrived at the Yongdingmen long-haul bus station in Beijing carrying quilts, overcoats and snacks on Monday, they were quickly surrounded by some 30 grateful faces.

13 Jan 2013 - 4:45am

Knitting lessons give grandmother a boost

There are few better examples of the health benefits of volunteering than Leung Fong - who is still teaching knitting at the age of 86, six years after having a cardiac pacemaker fitted.

For the past four years she has been teaching more than 100 elderly people how to knit at the West Garden Social Centre for the Elderly as part of a scheme set up by the Agency for Volunteer Service.

8 Jan 2013 - 6:04am

Balloon artist helps convince Hongkongers to give something back

Odie Chan took up balloon art through volunteering for NGOs, which he has been involved in for more than 20 years. Photo: Jonathan Wong

When you see Odie Chan Kam-fai contort a strip of green balloon into the shape of ET, with the cute alien dancing Gangnam style, you'll be desperate to learn his secret. And that's exactly what Chan wants. He's happy to teach you his balloon artistry for free - in the hopes that you'll use your new skill to help others.

8 Jan 2013 - 6:22am

China Digest, December 6, 2012

Since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, more than 1.7 million volunteers have been registered to help maintain social stability in the capital, Xinhua reports.

6 Dec 2012 - 4:04am

Helping others experience nature a thrill for all ages

Five years ago, the only bird Emily Kwan Wing-lam could recognise was a sparrow. But now, when a spotted dove appears outside her classroom, she can name it, and tell her classmates all about it.

Kwan, who will turn 13 next month, is one of the youngest volunteers at the Hong Kong Wetland Park in Tin Shui Wai.

25 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Voluntary work is good for you

In Hong Kong most people are only concerned with their own welfare and care little about others.

That's why so many get left behind, like the people who live in Tin Shui Wai.

They need care, not just compassion.

Society can help them.

Volunteers can visit families who have difficulties and offer them support.

5 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Have your say

Consider the other side of the story

I'm writing in response to the letter 'The right to weapons' (Young Post, December 21).

The writer seems to overlook North Korea's reasons for conducting nuclear tests. North Korea is not a rich country.

8 May 2015 - 12:15pm