QI Hong Kong Staff Visits Special Needs Home In Conjunction With Mid-Autumn Festival
This year, the QI Hong Kong staff celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival with 60 special needs elderly members of the Parkside Residence at the St. James’ Settlement on 17 September 2017. The trip saw 12 staff showing care and love for the elders and bringing festive cheer to the home.
Upon arrival, staffs were given a briefing by a St. James Settlement representative. Later, the staff teamed up with elders to participate in group activities such as chicken dance, singing, playing games, enjoying mooncakes, as well as fruits sharing session. It was a fun-filled and enjoyable Sunday afternoon for everyone.
A volunteer, Stephen So, said the experience was an eye opener. “The sharing of life experience by less privileged members of the community reminds us that we are very fortunate and that we should give back to the society.”
Another volunteer, Gary Zhang, said the activity was a humbling experience. “We visit special needs homes like St. James’ Settlement occasionally, while the staff have been taking care of the elders here day in and day out. Their efforts should be appreciated,” he added.
The settlement was founded by the Rt. Rev. Bishop R.O. Hall of the Anglican Church in 1949. Every year, St. James’ Settlement serves more than 3.8 million person-times, and their target beneficiaries include children, teenagers, families, the elderly, and people with disabilities. They provide a broad spectrum of services ranging from community support to residential care.