Tai O, located at the western outpost of Lantau Island, attracts tourists with its unique water village. However, due to the poor public transport network of the area, most young people move to the urban areas to make a living, leaving Tai O one of the most aged areas in Hong Kong. YWCA has always encouraged companies and organisations to give back to society through voluntary work. Recently, the Association cooperated with the Chevalier Group to organise "Chevalier Group Community Caring Day@Tai O" and inspire their employees to serve as volunteers. Not only did the volunteers assist elderly residents to redecorate the stilt houses, but also visited the grassroots elders and distributed gift bags to spread love to the community.
16 volunteers from the Chevalier Group arrived in Tai O early in the morning and learned about the area and the needs of the residents from the co-workers of the Association's Tai O Community Work Office. After that, the volunteers divided themselves into groups and visited 20 elderly singletons and doubletons living in the district. Apart from giving out goodie bags, they made small talks with the elderly to send love and care.
They were told that a silver coating on the outer walls of the stilt houses helps lower the room temperature in the summer, but it is hard for the elderly to complete the work alone. Therefore, the volunteers rolled up their sleeves and painted the walls immediately. The exterior of the stilt houses was nicely taken care of, and so do the elderly. To deepen the volunteers’ understanding of the living culture of Tai O, the Association arranged a one-hour guided tour for the volunteers before they left the fishing village.