As a core team member, I had to join multiple outreach sessions without having a fixed duty, therefore I got the chance to observe different volunteers.
I witnessed many of them transforming from shy, quiet people during training sessions (or even the first few outreach sessions) into talkative, caring individuals throughout the journey in CU CHAMPION.
They were also more willing to talk to one another, often not from the same major, when they were relatively free. I think it is a really good opportunity to encourage mutual understanding among professions.
- Man Shing Hin, Pharmacy Student
This was my first exposure to a long-term summer volunteering program, which was an eye-opening experience.
I was responsible for the health summary station, in which I had to summarize health check data and provide brief counseling services to the elderly. The position seemed unimportant but actually I also had to double-check the data sheets of each elderly to make sure nothing was missed out or mistaken. I realized that I will involve in the healthcare service sector soon; one day I would certainly be checking patients' forms and data, collaborating with colleagues to minimize human mistakes.
What is more, I would be serving 40-50 patients in an afternoon just like what I did during the service program. I believe it was a good opportunity for me to expose to clinically-related environments and real life situations, thus understand the proper attitude and communication strategies that I should adopt in order to become a better medical practitioner.
- Leung Yiu Joe, Medicine Student
This outreach program is rewarding as there were many opportunities to explore more about different aspects of community and geriatric healthcare. In the beginning, I thought that community and geriatric healthcare was simply about reducing the number of elderly people with chronic illnesses.
Afterwards I realized that this is just only part of the picture. The outreach sessions enabled me to collaborate with schoolmates from different professions such as medicine, pharmacy and social work.
By working with them, I observed that in order to achieve better health, many measures need to be taken on top of individuals living with healthy habits. I truly believe that this experience enabled every participant to prepare themselves for their future career through dedicating themselves for better community health.
- Law Kar Lun, Nursing Student
People often stereotype elderly people suffering from chronic illnesses as physically incapable, unhappy and isolated individuals. But with constant care and enough attention, these old people can also lead happy and fruitful lives. In my outreach experience, they often surprised me with witty answers as I conducted health screening questionnaires.
It was also interesting to listen to them as they shared their stories in life. I guess people have such stereotypes because they haven't devoted enough time for the elderly. Actually, with a little more patience and understanding, they are more than willing to share with us about themselves. This is when we should take the opportunity to empower them with the ability to take charge of their own health. All members of the healthcare team play an essential role in it.
- Wong Hoi Chun, Pharmacy Student
I recognized that many elderly people had various chronic diseases. Common ones included high blood pressure, osteoporosis and visual problems, which forced them to lead a healthy lifestyle in order to extend their lifespan. Most of them exercised regularly, avoided sweet, oily and salty food, and quit drinking and smoking so as to avoid those aging-associated diseases.
Their determination and perseverance reminded me that as a future doctor, I should also reflect on my own lifestyle so as to become a role model for my own patients.
- Wong Tsz Him, Medicine Student
This is my second year joining CU CHAMPION, and I chose to be a participant in order to have a more in-depth understanding of the elderly’s situation. Every elderly person came with his or her own stories. They tended to disclose personal information to a person just-met, only because they believed that we went for good.
During conversations, it was easy to discover that many of them lived alone without any support from family or neighbors. Though several elderly people lived with their children, the young ones were too busy earning a living.
This reminded me to show adequate care and concern to my parents as time passes by. We should praise them for their goodness; those who do so will definitely see the most beautiful smile in the world.
- Wong Tsz Yan, Chinese Medicine Student
As a Social Work student who had little contact with the elderly, I decided to join CU CHAMPION as a mentor. The most rewarding experience in the program was the witnessing the smiling faces of the elderly participants.
I was delighted that I was able to contribute in improving others' lives.
In addition to serving the elderly, mentors were required to lead a group of secondary school students. It was an opportunity for me to know and understand them. It broadened my horizon by knowing what they had in their minds on various issues. At the same time, I could answer their questions on future studies. I encourage those who are interested in serving people to join this program - you will definitely gain a lot from it.
- Hui Chi Wai, Social Work Student
The Champ program gives me a chance to know the detail of different healthcare professions, making me understand my interested field of study. Although I realize healthcare work may not be suitable for me, I am thankful that this program makes me figure out my future dream job.
During the program, I have met some friends who dreamt to join in healthcare field. They are friendly and willing to help each other. In the outreach, I can use different equipment such as blood pressure meter, basic electrocardiogram monitor and blood glucose meter. They seem quite easy to operate but if I had made some mistakes, elderly would wonder about the accuracy of their health result. If someone asked if I regret to join CU Champ, I will resoundingly say no.
- Shum Pui Lam, High-school Student
During this programme, I have learned a lot of medical and practical knowledge such as social skills. Through communicating with strangers, I gradually find interacting with people comfortable, which is not an introvert like me would usually feel. This programme taught me valuable lessons, and I am sure that I will forever cherish these memories.
- Chan Wai Yan, High-school Student
"Very appreciate the team work and attitude of the student volunteers!"
-Caritas Elderly Center - Lei Muk Shue
“We look forward to holding health checkups like this, which draw participants’ attention to their health.”
-The Salvation Army Yaumatei Multi-Service Centre for Senior Citizens
“We would like to thank the student volunteers who helped out on that day. Some volunteers helped escorting immobilized elderly people to our centre.”
-S.K.H. Tseung Kwan O Elderly Services Building
“All outreach team members were engaged in their work and courteous towards the elderly. They detailedly and patiently answered questions raised by service users.”
-SAGE Eastern District Elderly Community Centre
To me, Champ 2017 is really a very meaningful activity. It makes me feel great when I know that I also have the ability to help others. The 3 outreach activities provide me a chance to help the elderly to understand the health condition. I am glad that I have learned about different knowledge from several aspects. It is such a memorable experience to me as they surely will be useful to me in the future.
- Lam Pui Ka, High-school Student
“We highly appreciate the volunteers, who are passionate, patient and responsible. We also had good communication with the people-in-charge, smoothening the flow of the service.”
-Hong Kong Housing Authority, Aging-in-Place Scheme – Lai Tak Tsuen
“The activity was meaningful, and we look forward to more co-operation in the future.”
-Wah Fu Centre for Senior Citizens
“We give our highest appreciation towards the friendliness, sincerity and passion of the students.”
-ELCHK Ma On Shan District Elderly Community Centre
“We sincerely thank the School for arranging this activity, as well as colleagues-in-charge and student volunteers for taking the time to come. The elderlies profusely praised the volunteers for being attentive, patient and detailed explaining.! The activity raised their health awareness and attention to preventing falls.”
-ELCHK Sheen Hok Charitable Foundation Kwan Shon Hing Yu Chui Neighborhood Elderly Centre