The fourth Asia Pacific Conference on AIDS and Co-infections (APACC) was held from 27 to 29 June at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The conference aims to promote dissemination and successful translation of new knowledge regarding HIV and co-infections while facilitating a neutral, scientific knowledge exchange. We are honored to be one of their supporting organizations for the fourth consecutive year. Our Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Alice Chan, is pleased to receive a certificate of appreciation from Dr. Patrick Chung-Ki Li, co-chairs of APACC 2019 for our continued contribution. In addition, we have set up a booth at the venue to introduce our services and activities. Our professional team also attended the latest researches on HIV/AIDS presented by scholars at the conference.
The Society for AIDS Care was sponsored by M·A·C Cosmetics’ charitable campaign VIVA GLAM to launch the “Care and Support; Walk Together” Fabric Art Creation Exhibition from 8 June to 9 Jun at Domain Mall, Yau Tong. The exhibition exhibited fabric artworks handmade by people living with HIV/ AIDS (PLHIV), by using simple sewing, patchwork and cross-stitch techniques. The artwork enabled them to bring their creativity in full and helped to build up their self- confidence during the process. Also, a supportive peer network was developed through collective creations. The exhibition attracted many people to view our exhibits and learn more about our services. We hope that the public will be able to join together with PLHIV by appreciating their talents and understand their feelings. We hope to join hands with the public to achieve zero discrimination towards PLHIV.
We have participated in the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Charity Sales, organized by Foodlink on 7th May. A charity sale booth was set up to introduce our direct patient care and rehabilitation services. Many office staff showed their support and purchased products handmade by our members. Applause for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Hong Kong!
High blood sugar, high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure (Three Highs) are the common problems faced by most urbanites nowadays. Together with the aging population, “Three Highs” has now become a common chronic illness. With the advancement of HIV treatment, the number of elderly infected people has increased. Due to personal infection status, life status, life styles and eating habits, it is also common for people living with HIV have “Three Highs”. On 20 July 2019, we were honored to invite the registered dietitian from Mannings to share diet tips on ‘Three Highs” with our members and discuss with them about their doubts on the topic. Through this health talk, SAC hopes to encourage members to pay attention to personal health and live a happy life. A birthday party was also held at SAC center to celebrate the birthday stars between July and September. In addition to participating in games and sharing snacks at the birthday party, it is more important to have a good opportunity for the members to gather together and care each other.
SAC Centre aims to enhance patient member’s living skills through various training and volunteers services and further develop mutual support network through helping each other in the community. In order to encourage more patient members to participate in the volunteers programme, our social worker specifically designs training sessions and an evaluation mechanism to assess their performance. In the volunteering sharing session on 17 July, our patient members shared their experiences and expressed that they can contribute their talents to center and community through participating diversified volunteer services. Certificates of excellence were given out as an appreciation for their efforts and we had a discussion on the future development of volunteer service.
As sponsored by Apple Daily Charitable Foundation, ‘From Death to Life- Life Ambassador Project’ has been launched from January 2019 with a series talks, workshops and visits for our members to learn more about hospice and funeral services, preparing their own plans as well as consolidating the importance and good moments in their lives. On 29 June 2019, we were pleased to invite Mr. Pasu Ng to share his experience in life and death education. Mr. Ng is the caretaker of “Silent Teachers” Program and the dissecting laboratory manager in the Faculty of Medicine in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Mr. Ng shared with our members the current arrangements for setting up advance directives in Hong Kong and some special burying forms in local and foreign cities, such as tree burials. SAC members showed interest and learnt a lot in the talk.