Mr Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, Chairman of the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong (BPA) and Mr Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung, BPA Vice Chairman, today (December 23) paid a visit to Wo Che Estate in Shatin to check on the well-being of the elderly and to help spread the holiday cheer in anticipation of Christmas and the New Year. They were joined by BPA Shatin District Councilor, Mr Mok Kam-kwai, and BPA District Development Officers, Mr Lee Tak-wah and Mr Tony Chau Ping-him. In addition to warm winter wishes, they also gave away goodie bags containing a scarf and a hand warmer to elderly residents.
This year, the BPA has organised a group of volunteers especially to make hand-knit scarves for distribution to the elderly. Watching the volunteers knit prompted Mr Andrew Leung, who is veteran of the textile trade, to share a personal tidbit about himself: He learned to knit a scarf when taking a specialized course on knitwear in university and has a thorough understanding of the techniques and processes involved. He believed that the elderly recipients would be deeply appreciative of the scarves, which are all knitted individually with tender loving care.
After they had finished distributing the goodie bags at the Shatin Branch, members of the BPA “Share the Warmth” team visited a group of elderly residents on the housing estate to hand-deliver the gifts. Mr Jeffrey Lam also taught the elderly about the different ways to tie a scarf. He said, “Over the last few months, Hong Kong has wasted too much time on disputes. We need to spend more time to care about the elderly and those around us.”
The senior citizens who met with Leung and Mr Lam were thankful for their gifts. During a visit to the home of Uncle Lee, he and his wife gave the BPA “Share the Warmth” team a hearty welcome and proceeded to share family photos while speaking tirelessly about their grandson and granddaughter.
This winter, BPA District Councilors and members will be distributing close to 3,000 scarves to the elderly community. There will be a further series of community caring programmes organised by the BPA including a drive before the Chinese New Year to spring clean the homes of the elderly and to repair small electrical appliances. We strive to uphold the motto of “professionalism improves livelihood” in the community and to enhance the quality of life for our citizens.