On the 12th of February, LSESU HKPASS successfully held our Social Services flagship: 一耆一會: 社會電影院. The event was held for fundraising purposes, and all proceeds, deducting cost, went to Happy Grannies, an organisation that serves the singleton elderly in Hong Kong.
This year, we implemented a new initiative. After much brainstorming and discussion, we decided on a movie screening in London, instead of conducting the usual charity ball or fashion show. We played "Happiness", a touching Hong Kong movie revolving around the unlikely bond between a homeless youth and the solitary landlady who takes him in. No angel himself, the main character's transformation from a selfish, temperamental man to the primary carer of his landlady - soon diagnosed with dementia - feels at once authentic and very poignant. We are delighted that guests not only got the chance to help the singleton elderly in Hong Kong financially through participating in our event, but also actively reflected on the issue after being prompted by the movie.
We also put forth the initiative "One for One" this year. With every movie ticket sold in London, one elder would be brought to see a movie in Hong Kong. Ms Sindy Chow, founder of Happy Grannies, interviewed some of the elderly on the idea and the happy smiles on their faces were very heartwarming. We had served a very meaningful cause indeed.
Aside from the movie screening, we also designed a range of activities to help participants reconnect with our homeland. An experiential game was set up for participants to have a taste of what old age, troubled by diseases, might entail. We also sold minibus plate key chains that reminded participants strongly of life in Hong Kong. All in all, the event proved to be a meaningful endeavour, and provided a valuable chance for participants to connect and contribute to Hong Kong.