A group of young volunteers visited more than 40 elderly people living alone in a housing estate and cleaned their flats earlier this month. A fleet of buses took around 300 people, carrying bucketloads of brushes and detergents, to Chuk Yuen Estate. Led by 48 fourth and sixth formers, some 240 Form One students from St Bonaventure College took part in the large-scale community service project. 'You are such good kids, I'm sure you'll get top marks in your exams,' one elated elderly woman told students. A majority of the elderly have few friends or family and lead lonely lives. Many who are in their 80s and 90s cannot do the cleaning themselves. 'We often have volunteers visiting the elderly, but rarely on such a large scale,' said Chan Yuk-kuen from the YWCA Choi Wan Social Services Centre, one of the organisers of the visit. 'The idea of getting all Form One students involved in this activity was the school's idea. Few programmes recruit such young volunteers. 'The project has allowed youngsters to experience the lives of one segment of society,' Mr Chan said. Divided into groups of six, the students helped clean the flats, scrubbing floors, toilets, exhaust fans, windows and gates for about an hour. For most of them, it was their first taste of community service and for many elderly, it was the first time they had received such young visitors. Despite being squeezed into their tiny flats by cleaners, the elderly said that they appreciated the students' work and would like them to come again.