We knit for the happiness of others!
We aim to help alleviate the problem of loneliness and solitude amongst the elderly. We hope that through this project, elderly citizens can enjoy our company and essentially feel as if they had a “second family”. Additionally, we also hope to raise awareness on the importance of mental well-being amongst the elderly and show how the simplest activities can still help alleviate feelings of loneliness.
The results of the 2016 Population By-census showed that more than 150,000 (or 16% of the total population) elderly people are living in solitude in Hong Kong
The ‘Hong Kong Populations Projects 2015-2064’ estimates that the number of elderly people will reach 2.58 million by 2064
It was found that chronic loneliness can shorten life expectancy just as much as smoking can
We're planning on working with the elderly, teaching them how to use technology and also knitting with them. If we can't do in-person knitting sessions as we intended on doing, our team will create care packages to send to the elderly that would incorporate small, hand-made, knitted products to keep within the theme our original idea. Additionally, we are considering the possibility of doing online knitting sessions, selling our knitted products and/or raising awareness through our website and Instagram page.
There are 3 possible ways you could help support us: volunteering (helping us make knitted products or joining our knitting sessions), donating to our cause, or helping us spread our message by advocating! Another way to help support us and keep updated is to follow our Instagram page!
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