A total of 21 volunteers from QI Hong Kong represented RYTHM Foundation to participate in World Vision Hong Kong’s 180 Expedition; a real-life simulation to raise funds to support the affected South Sudanese families and children.
The simulation was to give participants a feel of the conflicts in South Sudan that is ongoing since 2013, that has forced millions of people into internal displacement. Due to the conflict, livelihoods have been destroyed; families have been forced to flee their homes.
Our volunteers assisted the organiser in setting up a series of challenging refugee simulation activities, including food hunting, building shelters and overcoming barriers. The volunteers were also divided into three groups to guide the expedition participants to complete their task successfully.
A volunteer, Thomas Lam said it was an eye-opener to see the stimulation and get a feel of what it would be like for those affected. “The experience makes us appreciate our lives, the peace and freedom that we have even more,” he added.
Another volunteer, Malou Caluza said the experience of volunteering at the event was truly a reminder to appreciate the life we have. “It is a blessing to be able to do our part and help those affected in the conflict especially the children and families,” she added.
The fund raised from the event will go to support World Vision’s integrated health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects in South Sudan, to assist the children and families in need.