The Voluntary Locomotive (Hong Kong)
Carson Lai is from the IT industry. He is a talkative and passionate
sunny guy. Influenced by his father, who was a CSA member,
Carson joined Junior CSA and cultivated a spirit of helping himself
and the others.
Carson sees that many Hong Kong people want to be volunteers.
Just they don't have the cohesion and don't know the way. After he
joined "Famine 30" in 2007, he coordinated with some like-minded
friends and setup the "Carson and Friends Volunteer Group".
The members are mostly young people, like Carson, they do voluntary
work at leisure time. Since then, Carson and the group members
participate in various volunteer services.
Over the past three years, Carson's volunteer group has
participated in the "World Vision's Charity Barefoot Walk",
"Hans Christian Andersen Reading Scheme", and etc. Since 2009,
Carson and the volunteers go to the Chuk Yuen Estate Community
Centre every Saturday, to read stories through games for the children
who are from grassroots families and lack caring. Carson would take
special care to the children who had unpleasant experience.
He believes that joy can be contagious and can change people.
Whenever there are any problems encountered in the volunteer
services, Carson will come forward and will take the lead without hesitation.
And members crowned him the "Locomotive" title. Carson describes he
drives the volunteer train. The members are compartments, parts, fuels, etc.
They complement each other so that they can carry more volunteers.
He does not expect to reach any great goal. He just wants to influence
more people and pass the torch.
Although no one knows how many people would get on the train,
one thing is for sure, that this train carries so much fun and laughter.
It rides on the track and marches forward.
Tag: Carson and Friends, Hans Andersen Grou
Unabandoned Love (Vietnam)
Sunny and several volunteers went to Hochiminh City, Vietnam
in January 2011 to team up with a Catholic Church to distribute basic
necessities to the needy. They went to the market to buy rice, noodles,
sugar and other necessities and packed these items into lucky bags,
which were then delivered to leprosy patients, disabled patients, chronic
patients and the elderly.
Sunny was born in Hong Kong and raised in Venezuela. He returned
to the city in 1997 and lived a busy life - like every typical Hong Kong citizen.
Five years ago, setbacks in life made him frustrated. He failed to sleep
properly and decided to fill his life with meaning by doing volunteer service.
He first volunteered as a counsellor in a voluntary organization to provide
counselling service and spiritual support to suicidal people. He then kept on
volunteering in all kinds of service for more than one year, with a record of
serving in seven different organizations at the same time.
To further his volunteer experience, Sunny even quit his job in 2007
to serve outside Hong Kong. Having worked in the Missionaries of Charity
in India, Thailand and Cambodia to take care of the dying and HIV orphans,
he came back with a determination to establish his own charity organization.
In order to help people freely, he decided to help the needy by
distributing lucky bags. First he looks for patrons to provide him with
materials and gathers volunteers to pack them into lucky bags. Then he
contacts other voluntary organizations to find suitable recipients and
delivers the bags to them himself.
Having met different kinds of recipients, Sunny points out that his
priority should be given to those who are abandoned, e.g. street sleepers,
elderly who live alone and the destitutes. He holds that those who are
abandoned by society are the poorest.
In the past two years, Sunny furthered his project to help people
outside Hong Kong. His lucky bags have reached up to 13 countries.
It is his wish to give material as well as emotional support to the people
Tag: leprosy, disabled, elderly, Sunny