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The Salvation Army Reunion Dinner with 100 Solitary Elders
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On the Chinese New Year’s Eve, a family reunion dinner is particularly important to the Chinese elderly as it represents completeness and blessing to the family. However, for the singleton elderly, hidden elders and those living with their spouse, this seems to be an unreachable dream. In order to cheer them up, The Salvation Army held a reunion dinner with 100 service users from seven Salvation Army elderly service units at our Yaumatei Multi-service Centre for Senior Citizens today (CNY’s Eve, 7 February 2016). We are honoured to have the Under Secretary for Labour and Welfare Mr Stephen Sui, JP, to be the officiating guest.
 
Seven Salvation Army elderly centres are serving elderly living in Yau Tsim Mong, Chuk Yuen, Tai Wo Hau, Tai Hang Tung, Tai Po and Aberdeen districts. Some of the service users are singleton elderly, hidden elders and those living with their spouses who have weak family support network. The Army received positive response from the reunion dinner participants last year, so this year we invited 100 elders from different districts to gather in one place, enjoying a heart-warming moment with their fellows and Salvation Army staff in this special occasion.
 
Mr Stephen Sui, our officiating guest, took part in the games with the elderly and staff. Then all participants enjoyed a rich meal and sweet dumplings together. After the laughter and joy, each elder received a gift sack sponsored by The Bank of East Asia, Limited. Through holding this reunion dinner, The Salvation Army hopes to promote the spirit of caring for elderly in the community. It is important for each of us to respect and care for the elders in need.
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Mr Stephen Sui, JP, Under S...
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