Volunteers from different backgrounds share their experiences and explain why they continue to volunteer.
Yantian, Guangzhou, October, 2015
It was my first service trip to China, and I visited Yee Hong Heights, a well-managed elderly home supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club and operated by The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation. I was very glad to be part of the Mighty Oaks’ team, to share joy and laughter with the elderly in a morning performance of song and dance. I was touched by the emcee’s comment that we were there to show our love. I totally agree that the elderly had contributed to society when they were young and they deserve our honor and love. It was a very heart-warming experience.
I am equally touched by the vision and mission of Mighty Oaks and admire the leaders and medical team to train Chinese doctors and staff to better manage swallowing difficulties. I had a grandparent who had suffered from a stroke, so I understand the pain of not being able to swallow and the pain caused by use of a feeding tube. Through this training, I hope that many more healthcare workers can help the elderly to retrain their muscles to swallow