Students rally support against SARS
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"Care, support, and encouragement are the three salient features of our project. Amid the economic hard times and the threat of SARS, we want to make people aware of the contributions of doctors, nurses, and cleaners in protecting our lives. We also urge people to be sympathetic to the
The team's high spirits were bolstered by the rounds of applause they received from passers-by. "Instead of staying home, we opted to do something positive, especially when many people are so depressed," Mr Wun said. More than 3,000 greeting cards had been filled in by the end of the day.
"I'm very impressed to see a group of young people taking the initiative in organizing this event. We really need such an occasion to express our heartfelt thanks to the people who have helped to fight against SARS during the past month," said Ms Li, a passer-by who jotted down "Never Give Up" on a greeting card.
"We hope this first move will prompt people to care more about our community," Mr Wun said, adding that since the SARS outbreak he has shown more concern and care for the health of his family members. He said the two-week suspension of classes had been a good time for him to reflect on the SARS outbreak and what he, as a social work student, could do for society. "The threat posed by the virus has brought about something positive: people have come to treasure their relationships with family members and friends. However, more has to be done.We hope to make use of this opportunity to encourage Hong Kong people to care more about others and make a concerted effort in re-building confidence," he said.
The public venture in Mongkok is only a start. The "City Care" voluntary team will send the thank-you notes to the Queen Mary and Prince of Wales Hospitals. Mr Wun also plans to work with social welfare organizations and organize educational campaigns in housing estates, handing out information on the disease and the precautionary measures which can be taken, and promoting a caring attitude towards SARS patients.
On 14-15 April, the team set up a booth in CityU's