(Hong Kong – December 16, 2017) Formed by childhood cancer survivors, Little Life Warrior Choir (LLWS Choir) sang various Christmas carols at different paediatric wards of Prince of Wales Hospital (PWH) this morning and sent their best holiday wishes to children staying at the hospital, filling the hospital with much warmth. Also attending the activity included Ms. Winnie Ng Wing-mui, Chairman of the Hospital Governing Committee of PWH, Dr. Alan So King Woon, Chief of Service of Department of Paediatrics of PWH, Dr. Li Chi Kong, Chief, Division of Haematology/Oncology/BMT of PWH, Dr. Vincent Lee, Associate Consultant of PWH and Prof. Anthony Wu Ting Yuk, Hong Kong member of the National Committee of the CPPCC Standing Committee.
The activity started at about 10am at the children’s cancer ward, with around 30 LLWS Choir members, Winnie Ng, Alan So, Dr. Li, Vincent Lee and Anthony Wu singing Christmas carols such as, “Away in a Manger”, “Jingle Bells”. The guests then visited the ward to distribute Christmas gifts as well as greet and encourage the inpatients. Anthony Wu even posed as Santa Claus to sing and take photos with the children, filling the wards with Christmas atmosphere. The group continued their christmas caroling at the new block of PWH and other paediatric wards. Some other visitors were also attracted by the performance.
The christmas caroling did not only encourage hospitalised children but also frontline medical staff at paediatric wards. Ms. Leung Mei-po, an advanced practice nurse working at the children’s cancer ward said, “We are facing great pressure at work. A group of choir members coming to sing carols allow us to put aside our heavy work temporarialy and enjoy this joyful moment.”
Having supported the LLWS Choir and the caroling activity for four consecutive years, Winnie Ng also thought that patients and medical staff were touched by the activity. She added, “the little warriors of the Choir are all energetic. Singing at the hospital is an encouragement not only to the little warriors themselves but also to medical staff and other inpatients. ”
Alan So, who took part in the caroling at the hospital for the first time, supported the event and concurred, “these little warriors have undergone great challenges in their lives. Having overcome the difficulties, they are now coming back to sing carols to other inpatients who are struggling with their illnesses. They are setting good examples, giving hopes and bringing positive messages to inpatients. Meanwhile, with a group of old friends coming back for a visit, medical staff can see the meaning of their work.”
Also bearing the post of Honorary Patron of Little Life Warrior Society (LLWS), Anthony Wu has joined the christmas caroling for five years to send blessings to child patients with LLWS Choir despite his busy schedule. Posed as Santa Claus, Anthony said, “I have been supporting and participating in LLWS’s activities for more than ten years. Every Christmas, I will join their meaningful caroling if I am available to bring happiness to hospitalised children during festive season and let them know that there is love in the world. I would like to send my special thanks to my friend Albert Yeung this year for his generous donation of HK$800,000 to LLWS. With the donation, more child patients will benefit and they will be provided with better support in their battle against cancer.”
The Christmas Caroling was held by Little Life Warrior Society. The activity has been held for five consecutive years at PWH. Every year, LLWS assembles childhood cancer survivors from LLWS Choir to visit different children’s wards at PWH to sing Christmas carols, hoping to encourage and send blessings to in-patients through music and bring hope to them.
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