Appreciate Life Project

 Appreciate life – Social actions :

  • The core value and theme of social action:

Our core value is “demonstrating potential”. Every person and every life has a different background and their own lifestyle, the society may use different values ​​to measure us, but we always adhere to a belief: everyone has his unique place and difference. It deserves us  (including young children, disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities, etc.) to help others to discover and develop their potential, which became a social action. Sometimes, we forget our belief because of the pressure of life and the eyes and criticisms of others, but as long as we re-use the simple actions-listening and moving, these simple actions can find the way to appreciate life, to achieve the effect of appreciating life. 

 

  • Social Activities –  2018/19 Hope Cooperation Project with 寰宇:

“Appreciate Life Project” is sponsored by the Jackie Chan Foundation and 寰宇 hopes to cooperate with “The Coaching Dot”.

This is the first time in Hong Kong that professionally trained visually impaired coaches enter primary schools to provide brand-new student development services. Activities include three themes; “Appreciation of Life Lectures”, “Happy Communication Workshops” and “One-on-One Coaching”. To inspire the growth mindset of local high school students (grades 4-6) and their parents, and produce positive attitudes, self-improvement in adversity, and enjoyable communication. The benefits contribute to the 6 visually impaired coaches, 525 elementary school students, 2 parents, and 4 social welfare agency managers/directors. Additionally,  this process has been filmed and broadcast on YouTube.

 

  • Appreciate life lecture:

In the past year, a total of 460 pupils from the Catholic Baitian Primary School and the Chinese Christian Church Jidao Primary School participated in our “Appreciation of Life Lectures”. The topics of the lectures were “Dialogues on Life” and “Explanation of What We Think “. On-site transcripts and subsequent feedback from teachers include:

In front of more than 80 fifth-grade students, a deputy principal, and four teachers, Coach Hao Zai started his talk with confidence. He started with a question: “Students with one ear raise your hand.” He had already begun to invest and began to doubt whether he should raise his hand. Coach Hao Zai asked again: “Students with two ears raise your hand” The audience immediately became enthusiastic, everyone raised their hands, and the teacher immediately wanted to join the order management. The coach asked students with three years to raise their hand and the whole crowd suddenly laughed… and so the speech began. Every student was moved by Coach Hao Zai’s anti-cancer life story, and they calmed down and focused on his speech. At the end, the coach asked if any students wanted to ask questions. Two students raised their hands immediately. He invited the first one to the stage. He asked the Coach how much vision he had left and what motivates him to be a Coach. In return, the coach asked why he needs courage to ask questions and said that the student should not be afraid to ask questions.

Finally, Coach Bonnie asked the students to close their ears with their hands, meditate five times and think of one word in response to the coach’s speech. Students said “good” “strength”, “ear”. The vice-principal said “Positive, interactive, and students were highly engaged.”

Coach Hao Zai’s speech was titled “The Dialogue of Life” and hoped to motivate the primary school students that the focus is on “Feeling with Heart and Listening with Heart”. In the process of participating, the elementary school students have already experienced “feeling with heart and listening with heart” when they were engaged in listening to Hao Tsai’s stories, otherwise, they will not respond to questions. I also look back from time to time to observe the expressions of the primary school students. They really were really engaged in the story of Coach Hao Zai. It seems that when listening to Hao Tsai, their eyes were in a real moment of “appreciating life”.

The lecture at Baitian Catholic Primary School was attended by about 300 fifth and sixth-grade students. The theme was “Dialogues in Life”. After the completion, Director Chen Jingyi’s response was: “Usually, students in Primary Five and Primary Six will respond indifferently to speeches, but today students have an enthusiastic interactive response and participation. I think it’s because Hao Zai coach’s speech is interesting to them. In addition, there is a moving point, so the students are very enthusiastic to ask questions, and some of them are unexpected, and it is a very good lecture overall.” The pupils also bravely expressed in front of many classmates and teachers, the following questions are excerpted:

 

  1. Has Coach Hao Zai ever thought of suicide during the hardships of the brain surgery?
  2. Do you think suicide is stupid?

 

  1. Happy communication workshop:

Pak Tin Catholic Primary School a total of 36 grade five or six students and they participated in two lectures about “Pleasant Communication Workshop”, two-day workshop. The content was the same, but student participation had come from two grades. Nevertheless , they were enjoying every aspect of the workshop. They listened attentively and from their laughter and their reactions it was felt that the “stop, listening, asking workshop” allows them to enter a deeper thinking space. In addition to learning to listen, we can hear from the students responses that they were able to deeply understand. The response was “Respect for life!”, which far exceeded our expectations. Perhaps in the future we can do more similar workshops and more such charity projects. Let more students get unexpected opportunities. This is the vision of our social enterprise!

Elementary school students learn how to “stop”, “listen” and “ask” for two hours a week.

Video: https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3JSLMj2k5I&t=46s