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Famine Lunch 2018-2019

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With God’s blessing, the annual Famine Lunch was held successfully on 13 March 2019 by the Catholic Society. This meaningful Lenten activity aims at inspiring students to develop empathy and practise almsgiving. Over 600 teachers and students partook in the Famine Lunch this year and each of them donated thirty dollars, symbolising the donation of their lunch money. Participants received a bun of bread with a box of drink for lunch to have a taste of fasting. The total proceeds amounted to $43,000 and were donated to the Pei Ho (Ming Gor) Charity Foundation Limited (北河(明哥)慈善有限公司), a non-profit organisation committed to give a helping hand to the underprivileged in Hong Kong and encourage the public to engage in more voluntary work.

During the Famine Lunch, our guest speaker Ming Gor shared his journey of helping the poor. He is a humble restaurant owner in Shum Shui Po famous for his acts of kindness — giving out free lunch boxes to the needy. Despite the hardship in 2011 when the minimum wage law was introduced, he insisted not to increase the price of the food in his restaurant and he continued the charity service of distributing lunch boxes to the people in need. He emphasised that trying his best to help the poor was far more important than the amount of money he earned. Apart from distributing lunch boxes, Ming Gor never ceases to help the disadvantaged, even on Sunday and public holiday. As all government departments and many other NGOs will not open on these days, many poor people may not have a proper meal for the whole day. In light of this, Ming Gor keeps his restaurant open the whole year, offering free and inexpensive meals for the poor as well as the grassroots. Upon the end of the sharing, Ming Gor encouraged all Holy Familians to study hard and endeavour to take part in more social services. Love and care for others will definitely help more people in need in our society.

Ming Gor’s good deeds are exemplifying God’s love in our daily life. “You must love your neighbour as yourself,” Jesus Christ said. “In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.” Let us learn to be as selfless as Ming Gor to share our love to the people around us, especially the poor and suffering.

This year, S2A and S2D got the “Good Samaritan Award” for their meritorious performances of having collected the greatest donations while the “United in Love Award” went to S1A, S1B, S1C, S1D, S2A, S2B, S2C, S2D, S3A, S3B, S3C, S3D, S4A, S4B, S4C, S4D, S5A, S5B, S5C and S5D for their full participation.

Catherine Jum (4B)

 

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