Equal Opportunities Commission


E-news Issue 184


Time to turn compassion into action at Serve-a-thon 2018

We talk of the disadvantaged, we hear about the underprivileged, but do we ever reach out to try and make a difference? Organised by HandsOn Hong Kong and supported by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, the annual one-week Serve-a-thon gathers individuals and groups from schools, corporates, NGOs and the Government to roll up their sleeves and serve those living on the margins of society. The festival is running from 5 – 13 May this year and comprises volunteering sessions such as helping ethnic minority children with their homework, playing games with students with intellectual disabilities, hosting cooking class for the elderly, and hiking with our city’s refugees and asylum seekers.

Last year saw the inaugural edition of Serve-a-thon, which mobilised the local community to devote over 2,700 hours of their time to support more than 15,000 people in need.