ABOUT 100 Lingnan University students participated in a community service day, bringing love and joy to elderly residents in public housing estates in the New Territories. The student volunteers, who were divided into 17 teams, visited 20 elderly people in Tuen Mun, Yuen Long and Tin Shui Wai. They helped clean the elderly's homes in preparation for the Year of the Pig. At the opening ceremony of the community service day last month, Lingnan president Edward Chen Kwan-yiu wrote short poems to express his goodwill towards the elderly residents. The students gave the elderly the poems during their visit. Professor Chen urged students to take part in more voluntary work and be an active member of the community. William Tang Wai-chung, who visited senior citizens in Yau Oi Estate, Tuen Mun, was impressed by their attitude. 'I thought that I would have a lot of cleaning to do. But their homes were so clean that we didn't have to do anything,' said the Year Three social science student. 'Although they live on their own, they take very good care of themselves and lead an independent life.' But the elderly were lonely, Mr Tang said. 'They were so happy to see us and kept talking the whole day. We didn't need to respond all the time. They just needed someone to listen to them,' he said. For Year One student Logan Fong Chun-yun, the visit was an eye-opening experience. 'I've always thought that elderly people are long-winded and old-fashioned. Before the visit, I was worried that I wouldn't have much to say to them. But they were very nice and eager to share their stories with us,' said Mr Fong, who is majoring in English education. 'They might talk about the same things over and over again. But they were sincere and enthusiastic and wanted to be friends with us. I will definitely set aside more time to visit the elderly in future.'