CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 13 October 2018

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Spring is in the charity air

HONG KONG (SE): Caritas held its annual Spring Reception at the Community Hall on Caine Road on February 26, as a gesture of thanks to benefactors and volunteers who have supported its work over the past 12 months.

In an afternoon that highlighted the value of involvement in the grassroots of society, a volunteer, Charles Wong, told the Sunday Examiner that he has found that doing volunteer work with Caritas not only allows him to assist people in need, but also brings great personal fulfillment to himself.

“I work for a bank,” he explained. “Even though the bank supports the work of Caritas financially, it does not stop there, but also encourages its employees to get involved.”

He said that apart from the personal satisfaction of being part of something bigger than himself, he has discovered that it has been an experience that has helped him both in his own life and his professional career.

“I discovered it is a practical way to keep contact with levels of society that I otherwise would not have access to,” he said. “It helps me to get a perspective on the society in which I live and work, and also helps me professionally in my everyday work.”

Caritas sees itself as a community organisation and making space for anyone in society to be involved in supporting those who need a helping hand is the key to its success as a charitable society.

The secret is giving people an opportunity to be involved, which both alerts them to the difficulties that do exist in society, as well as helping to share wealth and talent in a practical manner.

The chairperson of Caritas, Father John Baptist Tsang Hing-mun, thanked those who attended for their support over the past 12 months and the self-development philosophy of Caritas was demonstrated by students with special needs from the Sing Wah School.

A group from the The Little Flower’s Catholic Primary School performed dragon and lion dances, the LM Band of Caritas Lok Mo Integrated Vocational Training Centre also perfomed, while a group from the Caritas Pelletier School performed dances from the Yunnan area, demonstrating why they have become a highly decorated group in various competitions around Hong Kong.

 

Caritas prides itself in being an organisation that brings all echelons of society together for the benefit of the whole community.

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