When words aren’t enough…

January 17th, 2011 | Posted by greg in Charity | Daily life...

Today, I learned something I didn’t know about Hong Kong: This city is doing a damn good job at hiding from public views the lost souls and tears wandering cage homes and street shelters… How can this city host some of the most expensive flats in the world and yet, hide these away – and still smile to the rest of the world…

Frankly, being enthusiastic about giving bread to charity, talking on radio or tweeting away messages of support was the easy part. Joining the crew of volunteer on a chilly Sunday was very humbling. In the past I joined other charity events, but now I see it with a different perspective. What Giving Bread is doing makes my previous charity events look like “charity-tourism” going places to show face and give ourselves a good pseudo tap on the shoulder saying how much we care… but not really. Going on the field with Celene and the great crew of volunteers was not for the faint hearted – it was a day filled with intense emotion. While giving bread was the main purpose of the day, visiting cage home left me with deep sorrow…

After the cage home, we were wandering the streets and parks of Yau Ma Tei, distributing bread to later visit an elderly estate and a street sleeper shelter. Celene and the team of volunteer were just going anywhere bread would be welcome and trust me, we could have distributed another million bags of bread! We were not always welcome to enter certain premises, but with a bit of insistence, Giving Bread action was very welcome by everyone. Knocking on random doors in an elderly estate was like playing lottery, when someone would open the door: Jackpot! We would be thrilled to be able to give bread.

We saw yet again, how our society is leaving the less fortunate behind and how family values are fading away when a Grand-Ma told us how she was happy to see us, as her family would very seldom come to visit her.

Please visit givingbread.org and join the effort!

The cutest quote of the day was when an elderly asked if the croissant was edible… she thought it was a decorative magnet because it looked so pretty. Again, isn’t that a lesson of humility, reminding us is what world we live?

On the same day, I went for dim sum lunch in a crazy busy shopping mall restaurant and couldn’t eat, I was just staring into space… there, words weren’t enough to describe the feeling…

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11 Responses

  • Celene Loo says:

    I am still emotionally shaken today! And I sobbed last night after Sunday’s visits. It is simply WRONG WRONG WRONG that humans are living in worse conditions than domestic dogs! The actions of Giving Bread are very grassroots. And our love is fearless, radical and rebellious.

  • Saul Karl says:

    It often makes me sad when people waste food. There are many people in the society who can’t even afford a warm meal.

  • Suzanna Chu says:

    Unfortunately this is the really of the world !!! People are too caught up with themselves that they turn a blind eye to the truth around them, including there parents and friends. ” stop a moment each day n do something good to make life sweet”

  • TomEats says:

    Bravo – I am unfortunately in a bad way at work but I hope (for my soul’s sake) that when I finish I can sit down, look at this post again and work out how I can help.

    Bravo again.

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  • Jeremy says:

    Bakers are by far the most hard working and humble, thanks for sharing your story and bread!


  • gregoire says:

    Thank you Karl, Sue, Tom and Jeremy… Really appreciate your comments. It’s touching to have people willing to help! :)

    Check out givingbread.org to find out more information from Celene’s charity.

  • Fina says:


    I hate to see people wasting food. Unfortunately, this is happening everywhere in the world. I think this experience must be share with kids. They don’t believe some people are starving everyday unless they see the scene in person.

    • gregoire says:

      You are right Fina… Information about this should be passed on. Looking at photos is one thing, seeing it for real is something else and is very hard to bear.

      It’s true, many people have mentioned this is happening everywhere around the world. It’s a shame. And I don’t want to file it so easily into a generalized “it’s everywhere…” category. I believe if we all help a little, we might make a difference… :)

  • Celene Loo says:

    Just because pain, suffering, wastage and inhumane inequality happen “everywhere” in the world do NOT make them right and acceptable. Emotions should be fired up. Actions spring to life. Constructive conversations made. No, you should file this NOT under “happen everywhere – be sad for a few days but move on”. File this under “BE ANGRY. CRY. MOVE YOUR ASS”.

    And thanks for contributing in many many ways: baking the bread, volunteering, writing the blogs, being our PR etc. I will file you under “ANGEL” ;-)

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