Volunteer Stories

HandsOn Hong Kong is able to serve our nonprofit partners and the wider community due to the excellent support of our volunteers and volunteer leaders. They come from different walks of life and have their own reasons for wanting to help, but they share the same ultimate goal: to make Hong Kong a better place for all. Here are stories and experiences of some of our most dedicated volunteers.

Sugar Li

"I am surprised about how much the kids remember me. They remember everything I told them and they only see the good side of the world. They teach me to be more positive."

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Diana Choi

Diana Choi is the volunteer leader for our weekly program at the Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge, which brings together female volunteers and migrant workers to make handicrafts. Diane has been involved in community service since high school and believes the benefits are numerous, ranging from developing teamwork skills to the satisfaction of seeing someone smile. During her time at Bethune House she has learned that "human affections and respect can transcend language and cultural barriers". Thank you Diana!

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Harry Fung

Medical student Harry Fung was featured as the January 2017 star volunteer. He is driven to serve even while he’s busy studying because he wants to make a difference now, rather than waiting until he graduates. Harry puts his academic skillset to excellent use by volunteering as a tutor to ethnic minority students. He loves to see his students’ confidence grow, and their school marks improve, but his biggest sense of satisfaction comes from seeing that his students regard him as a friend and look forward to seeing him each visit.

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Anne Wong

"Volunteering with HandsOn Hong Kong is a precious opportunity to broaden one's life experience and exposure, to grow and improve wellness. When you think you are helping others, you are actually helping your own self."

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Amy Chin

"Just bring a big heart and big smile to every voluntary gig you go to. Sometimes you think you are the one helping the underprivileged, you never know if they are helping you too!"

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Jack Yip

"HandsOn Hong Kong cooperates with many companies. It is a well-developed charity, where you can show your talents and help the needy in Hong Kong."

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Mozart Chan

"Because of the platform, volunteers can have the choice to participate in different types of activities and this is something unique and valuable HandsOn offers."

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Rebecca Ng

"The impact of volunteering on my own life is that it really reminds me of how fortunate I am to be able to give and serve. I have a lot to be thankful for."

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Liat Hoffmann

"I am very fortunate to have the life I have but unfortunately not everyone is as fortunate as I am. So I believe it is important for me to give back."

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Yu Lik Cheung

"I feel that the impact on my own life has been as big as, if not bigger than, the impact on the well-being of the people we serve."

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Clara Tang

"It's going to be a wonderful experience and you will also benefit from the program you participated in--act now and mark your diary."

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Bianca Yip

"Regardless of how small your effort may seem, your contribution can make a huge difference in the beneficiary's life as long as you are determined and wholehearted. Do what you can, and keep up the good work!"

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Jack Hung

"Take the initiative to explore the types of activities you are interested in by joining different programmes if you have not made up your mind yet."

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Emma Ngai

"Signing up for volunteering with HandsOn Hong Kong is easy and does not require any training. All we need to do is to spend few hours of spare time to help others and it will help the society to grow."

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Alice Chiu

"Volunteering is so reciprocal. No matter whether we are volunteers or service recipients, we all benefit from personal development through the process of give and take. It also demonstrates the importance of 'influencing life with life' in volunteering."

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Lovelyn Padernal

"I always believed that if you cannot afford to donate money, then donate your time."

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Matthew Au

"We don't always realize that a lot of things we take for granted in our daily lives are actually quite difficult for some to enjoy, and volunteering makes me better appreciate what I have."

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Brian Kwok

"You can experience life through volunteering with HandsOn HOng KOng. It's a platform that matches 'volunteering organisation' and volunteers on an event-by-event basis. And with so many 'volunteering organisation' and events to offer, volunteers could really experience another's life, such as that of the hearing impaired, ethnic minorities and children who live in poverty."

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Rebecca Yang

"Find projects that you would be excited to participate in, and commit to projects you have signed up for. Sometimes volunteers take attendance lightly, cancelling last minute or failing to show up. But remember this: your presence really makes a difference! It might feel like a hassle making your way over to the project site, but the feeling you'll have after you participate will make it all worth it!"

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Eva Kwok

"Volunteering side by side with like-minded individuals, reaching out to those in need - the spiritual satisfaction I get is indescribable."

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Vanessa Lee

"Although many of us might have busy work schedules, but taking a few hours or a day to volunteer can just make your life so meaningful."

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Lesley Sze

"I think the impact of doing volunteer work is always two-way. I do not only pass on what I know and share with the beneficiaries, the beneficiaries also share with me their positive energies and inspire me a lot through their unique way of thinking and way of facing whatever that happen in their life."

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Carmen Lai

"As a Psychology graduate, I have great interest in understanding about human mind and behaviour. Volunteering is one of the best ways to meet people from all walks of life and learn more about our community."

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Carol Assang

"My name is Carol and I volunteer for the simple reason that it makes me happy."

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Roy Tang

"We are all a part of our community, naturally, there is a sense of responsibility to contribute."

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Bernie Lo

"When I was an AMS member, I had a simple thought that whenever I have spare time I would like to help the needy one in person."

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Alain Costeroste

"With my wife, we have been sponsoring a kid for more than 10 years in Philippines... I think it is great to support financially but it is even greater if you can give more than that, like giving your time and obviously meeting the people on a regular basis."

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James Man

"I used to participate regularly in a computer skills teaching class for asylum seekers... It was extremely satisfying to see the computer skills students go from not knowing how to double click a mouse to sending emails and connecting with their loved ones back home."

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Naomi Young

"I do know that what I do means that people with very little money get a good, fresh, tasty, hot meal for lunch or dinner."

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Matthew Yeung

"After helping the needy, I can have a greater sense of satisfaction."

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