A Date with Old Friends 一「耆」一會

Collaborator: Mong Kok Kai Fong Association Ltd. Chan Hing Social Service Centre

Date 19 April 2014 (Sat);
27 April 2014 (Sun); &
3 May 2014 (Sat)
Location Mongkok & HKUST Campus
No. of Volunteers Participated (Person-time) 23
No. of Service Recipients 40

Mrs Choi Ma Oi Kuen Public Service Leadership Program Award (PSL) is a yearlong development program aims at developing students' leadership skills and sense of social commitment through trainings and leading of social service projects of their own. 

One of the Public Service Leaders (PSLs) partnered with the Mong Kok Kai Fong Association Ltd. Chan Hing Social Service Centre to serve the elders residing in the Tai Kok Tsui area. The idea of this project is to arouse our attention to the contribution by the elders during their golden age and to express a positive recognition of the old friends’ ability via three different “dates” with various activities during the project. The social project aims at building a strong bonding between HKUST students and the old friends, thus creating joyfulness for all of them to enjoy.

During the project, our students accompanied the old friends to tackle different challenges including playing team building games, group-drawing, learning some simple magic tricks and some outdoors activities. The programme ended by a joint‐effort day trip planned by the old friends and the students. The old friends led the students to visit their neighborhood and shared history and stories about the neighborhood. Students could get to know more about the lives of their old friends and enabled the elders to gain satisfaction and happiness for being an experienced friend of the youngsters. On the same day, the students also took their turn to lead their old friends to visit HKUST, which is an eye-opener to the old friends as well. After the programme, our volunteers learnt to communicate with the old friends effectively and had a new perspective from a different angle about being “old".

 
Getting to know each other through drawings
 
Show your talents!
     
 
Our "old" friends touring the volunteers around Tai Kok Tsui area
 
Visiting HKUST campus