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ISS-HK gives out over 70,000 face masks to Elderly living alone, Small Group Homes, Foster Families and Ethnic Minorities

Prices of face masks skyrocketed due to scarcity amidst the coronavirus outbreak, and many of the underprivileged may have to reuse their masks as they could not afford to buy more of them, increasing the risks of infection.

International Social Service Hong Kong (ISS-HK) received a generous donation of 75,000 masks, which were sourced and shipped all the way from Brazil by our donor Mr David Mui, MH JP, President of Hong Kong Squash, Mr Kong Ho Pak, Mr Wilfred Wong and Mr Francis Law. Cathay Pacific also kindly sponsored the freight costs of theses supplies. ISS-HK is working hard for service users of various units to get these stock for free as soon as possible. Those who will receive the face masks include elderly living alone, small group homes, foster families, families newly arrived from the mainland, ethnic minorities and non-refoulement claimants.

Some of the face masks have already been delivered to the needy in Nam Cheong Estate and Fu Cheong Estate today by Mr David Mui and volunteers as accompanied by Mr Stephen Yau, Chief Executive of ISS-HK. Donors presented face masks and alcohol hand rubs to elderly living alone and underprivileged families, and had chats to understand how the latter weathered the virus outbreak so far. Service users could not be more happy with the timely gifts.

Ms Lo, who lives alone in Fu Cheong Estate, said, "I have been using the same two masks for the entire month, drying them and using them again and again. These gifts are deeply appreciated." Chief Executive of ISS-HK Mr Stephen Yau said, “The constant shortage of essential supplies like masks and alcohol hand rubs makes them unaffordable to many underprivileged people. Many of them are also clueless of ordering them online. Luckily there are kind-hearted people who understand and attend to these people's needs. A heartfelt gratitude for our generous donors who sourced these masks all the way from Brazil for our service users, and for Cathay Pacific for sponsoring the freight costs.”

To cater for the needs of Hong Kong people being stranded in the Mainland China, ISS-HK launched "Special Services Hotlines for Hong Kongers in Mainland" in mid-February. Registered social workers picked up calls from Hong Kongers and provided assistance, information, emotional support and counselling services as needed.