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!
The fourth Asia Pacific conference On AIDS and Co-infections will be held from 27 to 29 June. 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. Members of SAC can enjoy a 25% discount on registration fees.
Recommended HIV/AIDS Strategies for Hong Kong (2017-2021) has included male to female transgender people (TG) in the key population for further strengthening in HIV/AIDS prevention. At present, there is still a shortage of local HIV/AIDS prevention and support services for TG and HIV testing rate among TG is still low. Therefore, further promotion of HIV/AIDS education to this population is necessary. The Society for AIDS Care and the Transgender Resource Center have started a joint pilot project on HIV/AIDS prevention and testing support service for TG in March this year to promote preventive education on HIV/AIDS and sexual transmitted infection (STI) for TG and their sex partners through online outreach and workshops. Free HIV antibody and syphilis testing service is also provided to encourage them to conduct regular tests. Through this joint project, we hope their awareness on HIV/AIDS and STI prevention can be enhanced. Furthermore, the testing service can identify infected people as soon as possible and link for treatment to achieve the goal “Treatment as Prevention”.
We had a rice dumplings making session with Morgan Stanley volunteers at The Society for AIDS Care Day Center to welcome the Tuen Ng Festival on 24 May. Our HIV/AIDS patient members and Morgan Stanley volunteers gave efforts and helped each other during the session; finally they made 400 rice dumplings just within a few hours. They had the tasteful dumplings together and appreciated so much for their cooperation. The rice dumplings made were also given to other patient members to share the delicious festive food.
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 11 May, SAC nurses shared the experiences on support and care for members during terminal stage in their lives including the companionship with members to live through with dignity and bereavement support for care givers. Participants realized the importance of well prepare for death related issues and actively asked questions about various handling matters in the talk.
SAC Centre celebrating member’s birthday between April and June on 11 May. The members were so excited to participate in the event games and sent blessings to the birthday stars in the party. The party was a good time for members to meet up. Everyone enjoyed the snacks prepared by the center, talked and laughed, and had a beautiful weekend.