Where: Hong Kong Red Cross Headquarters, 33 Harcourt Road, Wan Chai What: Established in 1950, the Hong Kong Red Cross is now a branch of the Red Cross Society of China advocating a spirit of humanity and serving vulnerable groups. The organisation has Youth Uniformed Units that teach students aged eight or above health and life-saving skills to prepare them for social services. How: Call the Youth & Volunteer Service Department on 2802 0021 or visit www.redcross.org.hk . There is a wide variety of projects such as the Good Helpers Volunteer Service that assists physically disabled students, or Serve Sick Children that involves telling stories in English, Cantonese or Putonghua to children at hospitals. Teen volunteer: Kyle Fu Kai-ho, 18, is a seventh-former at Pui Ching Middle School. He is currently the Head Section Leader of his youth unit and has been serving at the Hong Kong Red Cross for over six years. 'Many young people think that doing volunteer work is a waste of time because it can't earn them money. But volunteer work has other benefits, like teaching you about things in life that you can't learn in books. There are many courses at the Hong Kong Red Cross. I have learnt things like first aid, nursing and basic information about Aids. From Form Two to Form Five, I helped my unit to hold interest classes at social centres promoting knowledge about healthy eating habits and lifestyles to primary kids. This experience helped me learn about how children think. Children always want to win as they are afraid of losing face. So we always arrange competitive games in the classes to get them actively involved. I also visited elderly people in To Kwa Wan last year. It is an old district and many elderly people there are bored. They really enjoyed talking to us. I think it is important to let them know that young people do care about them. It was an eye-opening experience for me. Young people sometimes laugh at elderly people for their poor level of education. But they are rich in life experiences and have a lot to teach us. I would like to be involved with mentally-disabled children in the future because they are still being discriminated against in Hong Kong. It is the same situation with Aids patients. Studying science or arts subjects at school cannot teach you about life. You can learn a great deal more by doing social service.'