Breakfast Program at Aplichau Kaifong Primary School
Last year, Rotary Club of Hong Kong South (RCHKS) rolled out a Breakfast Project at Aplichau Kaifong Primary School to raise the awareness of a healthy diet and to encourage the students to make having breakfast a habit. The project was confirmed after learning from Ms. Fung Pik Yee, headmistress of the school that 50% of the students there did not have breakfast in the morning. It’s alarming. These students were coming from lower-income families. Although the breakfast expense is not a big sum, the families probably save the money for something else which they believe are more important. This reflects that the families and the students do not know breakfast is a part of a healthy diet or do not really know the benefits of having breakfast. To address this, RCHKS formed a Breakfast Fund and solicited food donation with the help of NGO Foodlink Foundation Limited. Enterprises including Saint Honore and Circle K agreed to help. Individual Rotarians, PP Arthur Lee from Rotary Club of Hong Kong North East, and Rotary Club of Hong Kong North West also donated money to make the campaign sustainable.
About the mechanisms, we bought bread for students at P1 to P3 and got donated bread from the aforesaid NGO and enterprises for P4 to P6 students for all school days. In order to avoid labeling effect, the breakfast was provided to all students but not just the students from lower-income families. The School named this initiative “Good Habit for Daily Food and Drink Programme”. All students were encouraged to talk to their family members about the importance and benefits of having breakfast, the students were requested to report the progress to the School. Apart from being a healthy ambassador, every student was encouraged to take part in community services organized by RCHKS to help the people in need. Last winter, the students joined us in visiting living-alone seniors in Tseung Kwan O.
This year, RCHKS is considering to organize a health talk at the School for the students as well as their family members to further promote a healthy diet.
Local Community Service Chair, 2013 – 2014
Rotary Club of Hong Kong South