Charity Spotlight: Learning from the Elders

It all started at the Dale Carnegie office. Myself and a social worker from Mission to New Arrivals met at the training office to get some feedback on our speeches for the HandsOn Black and White Ball. Little did I know, I was going to meet the sweetest lady ever. Her positive, kind nature is infectious and enchanting. I have pretty good intuition when it comes to people, and with her, we clicked right away. She invited me to her charity where I learned how to make Zongzi, which will be distributed to the elderly in the community.

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I have met so many wonderful people in HK who has showed me that being kind, humble, down to earth and understanding are qualities far superior than being incredibly rich and intelligent. I admire people who care about more than just themselves and their family, people who care about strangers. People who care about society.

Mission to New Arrivals is a charity helping new arrivals integrate into Hong Kong society. Their Fanling location is nestled within a small village close to many neighboring elderly and immigrants. The charity also supports a community farm which is maintained by the elderly farmers. One of the most important roles of the elderly is to pass their knowledge to the younger generations. They teach farming, cooking and on that special day I visited, they taught the youngins’ how to make Zongzi. I’ve always wanted to learn how to make them!

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On Saturday, May 24th we were invited to give a nutrition talk to over 60 seniors. Shirley, a Registered Dietitian gave a very informative talk about how to lower the three-highs and to increase fiber. The top three causes of death in HK are cancer, pneumonia and heart disease for 2013. Evidence is overwhelming that heart disease and some cancers can be prevented and even reversed with proper nutrition. We know that the oldest groups of people in the world eat predominately a plant-based diet rich in vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and sea vegetables with small amounts of lean meats, seafood, dairy, and processed food. It’s really a no brainer. I don’t need to read any more studies to convince me otherwise.

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