Lovingly Made Mooncakes Bring Extra Cheer to the Elderly
Mr. Daniel Lo (last row, far right), Co-Founder and Chairman of Run to Your Home, smiles with the volunteers in a group photo at H.K.S.K.H. Lok Man Alice Kwok Integrated Service Centre in To Kwa Wan
Run to Your Home, a registered charitable organisation founded by CUHK EMBA alumni, provides regular opportunities for volunteers to contribute to society, especially during festival seasons. To celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival this year, the NGO partnered with Star Chef Management School and Joyful and Health Chinese Medicine Centre Ltd to deliver specially made gifts of mooncakes and teas to the elderly.
On 6 September, children and parents learnt how to make mooncakes with a special filling of red bean paste and tangerine peel at Star Chef Management School. They made 100 mooncakes in only three hours! These were packed and delivered as quickly as possible on 7 September, so the elderly could enjoy freshly made mooncakes with rose and camomile tea.
More than 40 enthusiastic volunteers joined the visit that day, ten of whom were new to the group. These ten volunteers were retirees with plenty of social service experience, which they shared with the others in the briefing session. They gave useful tips on how to start a dialogue with the elderly and how to comfort them when they’re feeling unhappy. After the briefing, the volunteers took the gifts to distribute in three elderly community centres: the H.K.S.K.H Chuk Yuen Canon Martin District Elderly Community Centre in Wong Tai Sin, the H.K.S.K.H. Lok Man Alice Kwok Integrated Service Centre in To Kwa Wan, and the Caritas Cheng Shing Fung District Elderly Centre in Sham Shui Po. The elderly were delighted to receive the thoughtful gifts and enjoyed sharing their stories with their visitors, who gave their full attention with love and care.
Established by CUHK EMBA alumni in 2011, Run to Your Home is a social enterprise that aims to strengthen social cohesion and spread positive energy in the community. Mr. Daniel Lo, Co-Founder, Chairman and 2010 EMBA graduate, said, “It touched me to see our volunteers fully devoted to learning and making mooncakes together for the elderly. I hope our small gesture will give the elderly a nice Mid-Autumn Festival memory to enjoy. In future, we will continue serving the needy in society, to accomplish our mission of making Hong Kong a better place for all.”
An EMBA alumni volunteer pairs with a kid to make mooncakes for the elderly
Delicious mooncakes are made with love to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with the elderly
Kids and parents join EMBA alumni to visit the H.K.S.K.H Chuk Yuen Canon Martin District Elderly Community Centre in Wong Tai Sin