Simon Wong Kwok-ching, the Salvation Army's director for public relations, will fly to Beijing today on the first leg of his trip to Zhangjiakou area where 50 people were killed and more than 11,000 injured in an earthquake. He will be taking boxes of relief items collected from the public in the past two days. These include clothes, tents, blankets and food, and will be the first relief from Hong Kong for the victims. Mr Wong, 38, has been working for the Salvation Army for 15 years. He lives in Sha Tin with his wife and two children. What's on your mind? The victims in Hebei province. We have been busy appealing to the public to donate, collect and pack relief items for the victims. We are doing our best. We hope to fly the items to Hebei as soon as possible. The victims need clothes and food urgently. We originally planned to send the first relief items to Beijing on Friday, but now with the help from Dragonair and the Hong Kong Post Office, we can fly them earlier. How have people reacted to the appeal? It is much better than we expected. We have received about $200,000 in cash donations. I am going to bring the money to Beijing and see what other medicines and items we need to buy. Things in China are cheaper than in Hong Kong. We have also collected 200 boxes of relief items - mainly garments, blankets, tents and food. People are very generous. An old man, I guess about 80, brought two big bags of clothes from his Yuen Long home to our Yau Ma Tei office. Travelling on public transport, it's quite a long journey for such an old man. We were all moved. A factory owner also donated about 400 wool garments. He's a poor man. His factory is going to shut down because of economic downturn. What will you do after you arrive in Beijing? A colleague has already arrived there. We will go to the disaster area and see which places need help first. Are you well-prepared as the temperature there is freezing? I am used to difficult trips as our organisation has experience in helping victims of natural disasters. The weather will be cold, but I will bring enough clothes, including a wool scarf knitted by my wife, to keep me warm. I will bring back the latest information and I hope people will support us by donating.