Joint Peace Promotion Project of Area 6 of RID3450
Contributed by Frank Chan, Assistant Governor of Area 6 & Francis Chan, President of Rotary Club of New Territories and Kelvin Huang, President of Rotary Club of Mandarin Hong Kong
Ethnic minorities, refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong need practical life assistance and spiritual care
In recent years, more and more groups are facing emotional and mental health problems. Although there have been various kinds of support for different ethnic groups from the government and private sector, there is still a group of ethnic minorities, including asylum seekers and refugees, who have come to Hong Kong for different reasons and need further support and attention. They bear trauma ranging from war to leaving their homes. At the same time, they have to adapt to the cultural differences for living in Hong Kong and the lack of support in life, which puts them under great pressure physically and mentally. In 2019, there were about 260,000 ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, of which 15,000 were refugees and asylum seekers, mainly from Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Africa, the Philippines, Syria and other places. In addition to practical life assistance, spiritual care, companionship and education are very important to them.
Area 6 of Rotary International District 3450 supports and sponsors the interracial spiritual care radio program “LemonAid”
In order to extend the care to ethnic minorities and refugee groups, Rotary Clubs in Area 6 of Rotary International 3450, led by Assistant Governor Frank Chan, supported and sponsored the BlessVision Foundation to launch an interracial spiritual care radio program called “LemonAid”. Through the sharing of stories about their arrival in Hong Kong and the challenges and experiences of living in Hong Kong by ethnic minorities, asylum seekers and refugees, it is hoped that spiritual care can be provided to relevant people. At the same time, it is hoped that a culture of inter-racial inclusiveness could be established to connect different races with love and care. The radio program “LemonAid” was broadcast on Commercial Radio AM864 (10pm-10:30pm) every Thursday night from 29 October, 2020. (Program replay link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLT_SmIep8NkUirHnvALEjZ16u-tCr1BTu)
The sponsoring Rotary Clubs of Area 6 of Rotary International District 3450 include Rotary Club of New Territories, Rotary Club of Tsuen Wan, Rotary Club of Shatin, Rotary Club of Kwai Chung, Rotary Club of Tai Po, Rotary Club of Hong Kong Sunrise, Rotary Club of Mandarin Hong Kong and Rotary Club of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
PEOPLE of ACTION – District Governor Dr. Eric Chak, and Past President of Rotary Club of New Territories, Dr. Issac Yip, were interviewed in the interracial spiritual care radio program “LemonAid”
Special thanks to DG Dr. Eric Chak and Dr. Issac Yip, Past President of Rotary Club of New Territories, for being interviewed and participating in the recording of the interracial spiritual care radio program “LemonAid”.
District Governor Dr. Eric Chak also served as a guest host for the interracial spiritual care radio program “LemonAid”. He shared his philanthropic work with Rotary and also interviewed a 12-year-old girl Nadya who is the second generation of ethnic minority and was born and raised in Hong Kong. She has shared her story and dreams during her up bringing. (Program replay link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejwk-l5giAE&list=PLT_SmIep8NkUirHnvALEjZ16u-tCr1BTu&index=4)。
Dr. Issac Yip, Past President of Rotary Club of the New Territories and a psychiatrist, also accepted an interview with the interracial spiritual care radio program “LemonAid” to explain what mental illness is and how to reduce stress. (Program replay link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzIx4zHmbQg&list=PLT_SmIep8NkUirHnvALEjZ16u-tCr1BTu&index=7)。
Thanks to PDG Peter Pang for his advice when coordinating the event, as well as Past President Frederick Ng and Lanche Yeung from Rotary Club of Mandarin Hong Kong for assisting in communicating with the BlessVision Foundation.
The BlessVision Foundation has committed to caring for the soul through the media. In the past 4 years, caring was provided to families in need of spiritual and emotional needs through radio programs “ 點算幸福 Count Your Blessings”, community film broadcasts, large-scale music and creative activities, spiritual journeys, art and music therapy, hotline services and volunteer visits. “ 點算幸福 Count Your Blessings” is a program run by the BlessVision Foundation on Commercial Radio for more than two years. Every Monday evening, from 10:30 to 11:00, the program has served groups with emotional needs with hotline support. During the epidemic, nearly a thousand people received anti-epidemic supplies and spiritual support.
近年，愈來愈多群體面對情緒及精神健康的問題。雖然從政府到民間，已有各種針對不同族群的支援，但仍有一班少數族裔、包括因不同原因來港避難的尋求庇護者及難民，他們 除了要承受因戰爭及離開家園帶來的創傷，更同時要適應香港生活的文化差異及生活支援 不足，讓他們的身心靈承受極大壓力。2019年，本港少數族裔約 26萬人，當中15,000位為 難民及尋求庇護者，他們主要來自巴基斯坦、印度、尼泊爾、斯里蘭卡、非洲、菲律賓及 敍利亞等地。 除了實際的生活援助，心靈關顧，陪伴及教育，對他們十分重要。
為了讓關顧能夠延續到少數族裔及難民的群體，國際扶輪3450地區第六地域的扶輪社在助理區總監陳俊禾帶領下支持及贊助了幸福傳聲基金會開展跨種族心靈關顧電台節目 “LemonAid” ， 通過由少數族裔，尋求庇護者、難民分享他們來港的故事以及在港生活 的挑戰與經歷，為相關人士提供心靈關顧，同時建立跨種族共融文化，以愛連結不同種族。電台節目 “LemonAid” 於2020年10月29日起逢星期四晚在商業電台 AM864 (10pm-10:30pm) 推放心靈節目。(節目重温連結 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLT_SmIep8NkUirHnvALEjZ16u-tCr1BTu)
PEOPLE of ACTION – 國際扶輪3450地區總監翟慶聰醫生及新界扶輪社前社長葉沛霖醫生接受訪問親身參與錄製跨種族心靈關顧電台節目 “LemonAid”
國際扶輪3450地區總監翟慶聰醫生更擔任跨種族心靈關顧電台節目 “LemonAid”的客席嘉賓主持 ，一方面分享他與扶輪推動慈善的工作，更於節目中訪問了一位在香港土生土長的少數族裔第二代12歲女生Nadya，以分享她在成長期間的故事及夢想！節目重温連結: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejwk-l5giAE&list=PLT_SmIep8NkUirHnvALEjZ16u-tCr1BTu&index=4。
新界扶輪社前社長葉沛霖為精神科專科醫生，也接受了跨種族心靈關顧電台節目 “LemonAid”訪問，講解何謂精神病以及減壓良方。節目重温連結: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzIx4zHmbQg&list=PLT_SmIep8NkUirHnvALEjZ16u-tCr1BTu&index=7。
幸福傳聲基金會一直致力以媒體關顧心靈，過去4 年，透過電台節目《點算幸福》、社區電影播放、 大型音樂及創作活動、心靈之旅、藝術及音樂治療，熱線服務及義工探訪關顧心靈及情緒 有需要的家庭。 《點算幸福》是本會在商業電台一個持續了2年的節目，逢星期一晚 10:30-11:00，配合熱線，服務有情緒需要群體，疫情期間，有近千人因這時段得到抗疫物 資及心靈的支援。