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Warming the Hearts of Elders with CAREnJOY

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Warming the Hearts of Elders with CAREnJOY

17 Feb 2017

HK Electric, together with four District Councils on Hong Kong Island, two Rural Committees on Lamma Island and nine elderly service agencies, launched the third year of the CAREnJOY programme yesterday to promote community support and home electric safety through home visits and social gatherings.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Operations Director of HK Electric, Mr. Francis Cheng, said: “Stepping into a new year, we are pleased to have the Eastern District Council and the YWCA (Sai Wan Ho) formally joining in and complete our target of reaching out to all district councils and elderly centres on Hong Kong and Lamma Island, bringing care to more elders under their service networks.”

Also attending the occasion was the District Social Welfare Officer (Eastern and Wan Chai), Ms. Hannah Yip, who said: “The Social Welfare Department has been encouraging more people from all walks of life to volunteer. I wish to thank HK Electric for actively organising and supporting various volunteer services, and in particular partnering with the local community on this CAREnJOY programme. Their efforts in fostering mutual help among the elderly and urging them to be more outgoing are highly commendable.”

Since its launch in 2015, the CAREnJOY programme has engaged volunteers from HK Electric and elderly ambassadors to pay monthly visits to single elders and help them purchase bulky daily necessities such as rice and oil. Simple electrical inspections are also carried out by HK Electric volunteers.

This year, to address community needs and attract more single elders to come out and socialise, the programme will, apart from regular home visits, be expanded to include electric safety talks and gatherings in all four districts on Hong Kong Island. Games, exercises and performances will be arranged to bring fun and joy to participants. Services for 2017 would commence in March, and is expected to reach out to about 1,500 single elders throughout the year.

Mr. Cheng said, “One of CAREnJOY's major features is our emphasis on community support, and encouraging single elders to reach out for assistance when needed. Last year, our ambassadors helped spread this message and successfully invited 535 single elders to join local elderly centres. This is a demonstration of mutual neighbourhood support and how senior citizens can help serve one another.”

Other officiating guests yesterday were Vice-Chairman of Wan Chai District Council, Chow Kit-bing; Chairman of Community Affairs and Tourism Development Committee, Southern District Council, Lam Yuk-chun; Chairman of Culture, Leisure, Community Building and Services Committee, Eastern District Council, Ting Kong-ho; Chairman of Working Group on Elderly Service, Central & Western District Council, Yeung Hoi-wing; Vice-Chairman of Lamma (South) Rural Committee, Kwok Tam-fook; and Executive Member of Lamma (North) Rural Committee, Wong King-chuen.

Initiated by HK Electric, CAREnJOY is now supported by the Central and Western DC, the Wan Chai DC, Southern DC, Eastern DC, as well as Lamma North and South Rural Committees. The elderly home visits and talks are co-ordinated by nine NGO partners including the Aberdeen Kaifong Association, the Caritas Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Outlying Islands Women's Association Lamma Division, the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited, St James Settlement, the Hong Kong Society for the Aged, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Wan Chai Methodist Centre for the Seniors and YWCA Ming Yue District Elderly Community Centre.

Representatives from four District Councils, nine elderly service agencies on Hong Kong Island and two Lamma Rural Committees join Hannah Yip (L11) and Francis Cheng (L12) in rolling out “CAREnJOY 2017” programme.

Representatives from four District Councils, nine elderly service agencies on Hong Kong Island and two Lamma Rural Committees join Hannah Yip (L11) and Francis Cheng (L12) in rolling out “CAREnJOY 2017” programme.

Mr. Francis Cheng says the “CAREnJOY” programme is expected to reach out to some 1,500 single elders with visits and electric safety talks.

Mr. Francis Cheng says the “CAREnJOY” programme is expected to reach out to some 1,500 single elders with visits and electric safety talks.

More than 30 outstanding CAREnJOY ambassadors receive recognition for having recruited 535 new members to join local elderly centres, connecting them with support networks in the community.

More than 30 outstanding CAREnJOY ambassadors receive recognition for having recruited 535 new members to join local elderly centres, connecting them with support networks in the community.

Chinese dance performance by University of Third Age (U3A) students.

Chinese dance performance by University of Third Age (U3A) students.

TV artistes Uncle Joe and Aunty Lily Leung perform oldies and Cantonese classics.

TV artistes Uncle Joe and Aunty Lily Leung perform oldies and Cantonese classics.

Outstanding Third Age Citizen Mr. Leung Chung-yu (Back row L2) performs with his friends, bringing joy and laughter to the occasion.

Outstanding Third Age Citizen Mr. Leung Chung-yu (Back row L2) performs with his friends, bringing joy and laughter to the occasion.