二十年的馬拉松參與

DSC_5882 resized樂施會每年都會舉辦「樂施音樂馬拉松」,希望透過這大型音樂活動,能籌得款項支持我們的扶貧發展、倡議及救災工作。「2016樂施音樂馬拉松」已於4月16及17日舉行,並吸引逾2,300名參加者以接力形式,分別在全港五個大型商場表演音樂,向大眾宣揚扶貧訊息。樂藝坊是其中一個參與演出的隊伍。

令孩子明白「施比受更有福」的道理,以行動支持貧窮人,是多麼有意義的一件事。

圖/文:伍詠詩 樂藝坊音樂總監

樂藝坊的宗旨是讓每位學生都能夠享受音樂,同時亦把音樂的真、善、美帶給其他人,所以樂施會一年一度的音樂馬拉松就是一固好機會,讓學生和老師把心意表達出來。

DSC_5924 resized我們參加了樂施音樂馬拉松已接近廿年,每年由聖誕假期就開始商討音樂會的表演內容,務求用輕鬆活潑的演繹方法,吸引觀眾駐足欣賞。讓觀眾在欣賞音樂之餘,亦有機會了解樂施會的扶貧工作,日後就會捐出款項,幫助貧窮國家有需要的人。

二十年來,我們曾經透過音樂話劇、舞蹈、唱歌、樂器演奏帶出「施比受更有福」的信息,在練習的過程中,學生們除了投入綵排之外,更了解到自己身處舒適、安穩的地

2005年的音樂話劇

2005年的音樂話劇

方,享有良好的生活環境,不是必然。樂藝坊的老師都會跟孩子說,應該學懂感恩和回饋。有份參與音樂馬拉松演出的學生,由準備、綵排、修改、設計道具和服裝等都很用心去做,在當下的香港,小學和中學生能抽空去做幫助別人的事,是很難得的。而他們透過演出,更能體會到一分耕耘 一分收穫的道理,

他們在籌款的過程中,每位都親自向親朋好友宣傳樂施會的籌款目的,讓親友可以感受到他們認真的態度,從而落力支持樂施會的活動,令捐款可以積少成多。透過樂施音樂馬拉松,家長可以見到子女的努力成果,把平日學到的音樂技巧帶到舞台上。這不但有助學生增加自信,更讓他們學懂團結精神。

在2009年的演出中,扮演小動物的學生唱歌表演

在2009年的演出中,扮演小動物的學生唱歌表演

我常想,幸福並非必然,我們有機會學習音樂的人,總希望可以透過音樂感染身邊的人,令他們明白「施比受更有福」的道理,以行動支持貧窮人。而能讓參與演出的孩子從小就明白這道理,是多麼有意義的一件事。

 

 

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伍詠詩,樂藝坊音樂總監,一直相信音樂可以帶來改變,為世間帶來歡樂。除了熱愛音樂外,平日亦喜歡製作甜品,亦是希望把歡樂帶給身邊的朋友。

關懷貧窮讀書會

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記最近參加過最有意思的活動:關懷貧窮讀書會(綠腳丫X樂施會)

能夠讓小孩體驗貧窮的活動不多,這個非常推介。

先聽了《紙箱裡的人》的故事,故事中的男孩由害怕紙箱裡的人,到嘗試為他做點甚麼。但好像,始終不能讓他離開紙箱,甚至不曾從階梯上站起來,到底怎樣才能讓他有點不再一樣?

workshop bed child接著是多個場境體驗,由私樓、到農村、到劏房/籠屋、寮屋、紙皮箱。在每個場境都要工作,任務當然不一樣。看見紙箱,笑說昂藏六呎的爸爸抽到紙箱怎辦?還好,爸爸和昊昊(細孖)抽到劏房/籠屋,他們的任務是上螺絲帽。這任務我認為昊昊應該覺得挺有趣的,而且這任務沒有瞓紙箱的辛苦,但也能有體驗。不過昊昊只上了幾粒就開始叫悶,還偷走到隔離床位,結果要主持人長頸鹿叔叔(Kenny Or)出招召回,他問昊昊想喝點甚麼。昊說要綠茶,然後告訴他要努力工作賺錢才能買綠茶。我在另一處聽著,心想:孩子,你真幸福,如果你要這樣過活,這麼勞碌得來的錢,你會捨得用來得買綠茶嗎?

我呢?精彩!幸運之神讓晞晞(大孖)抽到私樓,他的任務是抄A-Z。想深一層,生於安逸的孩子,其實生活也挺無聊,抄A-Z,為的是甚麼?明天活得更好,但今天呢?不過,這麼堅離地的問題已經不容我再思想。因為⋯⋯命運弄人,又是長頸鹿叔叔的一句,我們便破產了,成了紙箱裡的人。

當下我只擔心晞晞會發脾氣。還好,他很平靜,但我就得好好想想如何讓他安然渡過這個體驗活動。很久沒有這樣的思考和體驗貧窮,是離開教會事奉崗位、當了全職媽媽後的第一次。原來思考的方向真的很不一樣,如果我們家真的一夜間一無所有,甚至要瞓紙箱,這個媽媽如何面對孩子,我們的日子會如何?

workshop box坦白說一入紙箱我已經想哭了。雖然我沒有爸爸的六呎高,但要擠進紙箱,腳還是伸不直,我整個人基本是動不了,還要連晞晞也擠進來,而且重點是我必須讓晞晞有足夠空間,讓他舒適一點。當然最後他還是覺得很擠。我和晞晞的任務是把短短的棉繩接成可用的長棉繩。天啊!我接條再長的繩頂多能解決我當下的一個小問題,但不可能讓我離開紙箱。這樣的生活,盼望到底在哪呢?

在紙箱最大的發現,晞晞真的很厲害,他竟沒有試圖離開紙箱,而且很努力接繩。我問他如果我們變了紙箱裡的人,怎麼辦?他說:「我唔想,好迫。」但他的適應力和樂天知命比我想像要強,他甚至沒有問活動何時完。從和他的對話中,我知道他真的又長大了。

活動的體驗當然不會這樣簡單,突然傳來天災的消息,各人都要逃亡。可憐孩子們都把帶來最珍貴的東西留下了,連剛才努力的成果都化為烏有。一如所料,昊昊為了他的最珍貴東西大哭起來。世上面對天災、人禍,失去最珍貴的東西的人何其多?

一番體驗過後,我們再讀《最美的禮物》一書,和孩子思想能給面對困苦、貧窮的人一份怎樣的—最美的禮物。

或許,這樣的一個活動,孩子能體會的還不多,但作為一個切入點,也如我一直所認為,綠腳丫最巨大的力量,就是讓家長變得不一樣,引發家長繼續和孩子探索、思考不同課題。活動完結了,我還是一直在問為甚麼會有貧窮?對貧窮人甚麼才是最美的禮物?一個我已經很久沒有好好思考的議題;一個值得我們不斷尋問的問題;一個我們該好好回應的課題⋯⋯

特別鳴謝長頸鹿叔叔拍了幾張靚相,記下這難得的體驗。

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全天候陪伴大孖、細孖、細細佬的媽媽,和孩子一起探索、體驗、 遊歷,期望給孩子一個不枉過的童年。

From ‘Trial’walker to ‘Trail’walker

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High on team spirit at the starting point. | Credit: Wai

By: Louisa Wong, Assistant Programme Officer (Oxfam Hong Kong)

Before I joined the Oxfamily, I read about Oxfam Trailwalker in South China Morning Post’s article titled ‘Nepalese team bid for Oxfam Trailwalker glory’. It said, ‘4,800 people in 1,200 teams completed the gruelling 100-kilometre mountain race to raise funds for the poor’. To me, words like ‘100 km’ and ‘gruelling mountain race’ sounded like a somewhat fearful undertaking. To swap my heels for hiking boots and finish the MacLehose Trail is just like running a marathon to me – I’m not sure if it is my cup of tea!

As I am a spontaneous decision maker, like last year, I had decided to cycle around Taiwan island and bought the air ticket just a week before departure. In July, when my event team colleague told me that there was still a spot left in Oxfam’s internal Trailwalker team, the spontaneous me said, ‘Why not give it a try?’ Without taking a second thought, or having found any teammates, I quickly replied my colleague’s email telling them to count me in and started to look for comrades. After a few weeks, three ad-hoc teammates came onboard: Annie from Beijing, and Wai and David two ex-trailwalkers from Hong Kong who are hiking fanatics. The challenging point was we hadn’t met each other, but we decided to take on this challenge of going through trails in the mountains for two days and two nights together.

People around me found it, again, a bit outrageous that I was taking up a physical challenge like this. Yes, it definitely is; but if you walk the 100 km as a team, you come to share each others’ pains and worries, and everyone’s joys are multiplied too! While training on the relatively hilly sections, I felt that I was a Trialwalker and struggled to complete the trails – both in terms of time and dealing with the physical challenges. Having suffered from muscle pains and sore knees after a couple of weekends of training, my body warned me of my limits. Pushed by my teammates, whose strategy was to focus on practising the toughest treks, we were pessimistic about setting a higher target. The big day eventually and finally came! We only met our teammate Annie who flew in from Beijing the night before; cheering with cans of cokes in our hands, we crossed our fingers for good weather and good luck (in retrospect, this might be a sign of insufficient preparedness). Although we had never practised as a whole team, and two of us experienced a knee and back injury during the race, at last our team finished the trail in 39 hours and became real Trailwalkers!

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Hill after hill, walkers kept walking towards the goal. | Credit: Wai

This painful but cheerful trailwalking experience actually taught me a bit about the essence of development work and project management: First, it’s true that things always progress slowly (especially when you are progressing slowly with an average speed of 3km/hr and fighting against heavy eyelids at night). Second, risks and crises will always pop up out of nowhere (e.g. foot injures, muscle pains, tempers from groaning teammates, time lags because of procrastination and not wanting to walk after having a sumptuous meal prepared by our support team). But if you have sets of clearly defined goals (e.g. to finish the race as a team in 40 hours); a good attitude to mange risks ‒ to put aside your personal goals and make plans based on the weakest walker in your team; are well-planned and have good monitoring tools (GPS system to keep track of your performance, have somebody to keep you awake when you are practically sleepwalking at night and when you walk off track); and most importantly, the right project team members and partners (of course, the countless event volunteers, support teams and my fellow walkers who were willing to give me their shoulders to cry and lean on) and sufficient financial commitment from donors (colleagues and friends who I raised funds from), step by step you will reach your final destination and deliver a good project that helps fight against poverty and inequality!

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The beautiful scenery at Tai Mo Shan was the most rewarding gift after dragging my tired body for 30 hours. | Credit: Louisa

Louisa Woprofile picng – Assistant Programme Officer of Oxfam Hong Kong’s DPR Korea country programme. She joined the Oxfamily in Feb 2015. With a background in sustainable farming systems and an interest in ecological farming, her work focuses on food security projects in rural communities.

 

音樂‧扶貧‧馬拉松

new asia  2樂施會每年都主辦的大型音樂籌款活動「樂施音樂馬拉松」,讓演出者透過音樂和歌聲,向大眾宣揚扶貧訊息,更為樂施會在世界各地的工作籌款。今年的「樂施音樂馬拉松」已於四月十八及十九日舉行,今期的樂施網誌邀請到兩位參與演出的學生及一位家長,分享她們對音樂及扶貧的看法。 emily OXFAM2 rev

用音樂來喚醒大眾

三年前,老師邀請我參加音樂馬拉松。起初我不知道這活動能幫助多少貧窮人士,反正有機會在商場公開表演就好了。可是,參加了數年,我愈發現這活動的意義── 除了可以訓練自己的演奏技巧、臨場表演,更重要的是喚醒大眾關注貧困人士。

音樂馬拉松的意義不單是在人面前演奏,表現自己的音樂造詣,反而是透過我們的音樂,告訴市民,我們各人都可為貧窮出一分力。曾經有一個片段讓我非常感動,當我們學校表演前我曾擔心會沒有人留意我們。不過,當時有一名小孩和他爸媽靜心欣賞表演,之後小孩熱切地表示長大後也要參加,讓我感到很欣慰。雖然參加音樂馬拉松不代表我們已經親自探訪發展中國家,慰問當地有需要的人。但是,我相信我們透過音樂去喚醒人們的意識,是同樣有意義的事。音樂,無分國度,也沒有邊界,任何人都可以分享音樂。我們都是地球村村民,幫助其他有需要的村民是刻不容緩的。無論相隔多遠,只要有心,貧窮孩子總能感受我們的關心。

emily OXFAM1 rev全球有數以億計的人活在貧窮線下,當中不乏兒童。在香港,我們衣食無憂,有父母關心照顧,生活情況普遍比生活在貧窮中的兒童好得多。或許我們可以做的不多,但是「星星之火,可以燎原」。我希望能繼續參加音樂馬拉松,支持窮困兒童。正如一場「馬拉松」長跑比賽,耐力是最重要的;滅貧工作同樣也是一場「馬拉松」,需要持久進行,盼望大家都能攜手,為達到滅貧這目標而努力! 

何恩霖(中四)
聖公會莫壽增會督中學

A little bit goes a long way

 Lois, 2nd from left, playing recorders with her schoolmates.


Lois, 2nd from left, playing recorders with her schoolmates.

I am glad to have had the opportunity to participate in the Oxfam Musical Marathon this year. This was my second time participating. Our school has participated in this event for many years and it has become one of our regular school events. This event can catch people’s attention because it is held in different malls and can raise public awareness about the needs of people around the world. Besides, the Oxfam Musical Marathon also provides music lovers with a chance to share their music and passion with the public and fellow performers. My classmates and I also learned a lot about the needs of people in Nepal .This greatly motivated me to participate in the event.

This year’s performance was a nice experience as the audience was supportive, which encouraged us a lot. Apart from this, I also learned how to organize a program with my schoolmates. It was hard to organize rehearsals as everyone was busy. From this experience, I learned that communication and responsibility are important elements for success.

Lois pix 2In our world, there are plenty of people living in poverty – a lot more than people would imagine. Some of them live very far away from us in places where they lack clean water, food and many other basic needs. We may not be able to help them directly, but fortunately, there are different organizations in the world that are helping them to improve their living standards. We can support these organizations by donating money and promoting them through different events to raise public awareness. Even a little money can make a difference in their lives. The more money we raise, the more people we can help. I hope I can join the Oxfam Musical Marathon again next time to ask for more support from the public by sharing our music, so as to give more support to people living in poverty.

Leong Lok Yau Lois
St. Catharine’s School for Girls, Kwun Tong

把愛承傳下去

new asia 3今年有幸得到母校新亞中學音樂老師劉老師之邀請,參與「二零一五樂施音樂馬拉松」。是次參與演出的其實是我們一班來自不同屆別畢業生的子女。看著一群充滿自信的小孩在台上揮灑自如,感覺很奇妙,在想小時候的我們又是何模樣。

當大人們拿著智能手機紀錄孩子們趣緻一刻時,可有想過其實地球的另一端,卻有一群正受著死亡威脅、糧食不足、食水污染、營養不良之苦的人呢? 對他們而言,一粒米、一滴水也是奢侈。

現代的城巿人太富足了,特別是小孩子,受盡寵愛,甚麼也不缺,根本沒有機會付出,既然我們擁有幫助別人的能力和機會,就是一個很好的身教和學習。教育我們的下一代,要懂得感恩,接受和付出,能夠付出的人是幸福的。今次參與樂施音樂馬拉松,作為舊生和家長的我,除了是為了支持母校外,更是希望我們的下一代,能夠把愛承傳下去,團結更多人發揮助人力量,將來能夠以愛和關懷去改善大環境。

新亞中學校友李福慧

A Walk through Two Worlds

by John Sayer

In February, I took part in Oxfam Trailwalker India. We walked the 100km through dozens of south Indian villages to raise money for the work of Oxfam India.

The villages contained the usual mixture of houses ranging from rainbow-painted palaces to huts made of little more than palm leaves and earth.

Along the way, we chatted with our co-walkers. Caring and committed people, willing to do something to help others, they came from India’s cities and included corporate lawyers, army officers, IT and media workers as well as staff from adventure and trekking companies.

The local Trailwalkers were very much like us – the twelve participants in the four teams who journeyed to India from Hong Kong for the event. They were wearing smart sportswear from international brands, and carried all the hi-tech equipment to help them finish the long and grueling walk.

It confirmed the view that there are two worlds in India. Despite the headlines of India’s new silicon valley and world-beating multinational corporations, the country is also home to more of the world’s poor people than any other country in the world, some 35% of those below the World Bank’s international poverty line of US$1.25 a day. China follows with 16% of those below the line. So together, these two countries alone account for the majority of poverty in the world today.

And yet we are watching these two giants, emerging economies with anticipation, predicting a multi polar world and the rise of the Asian Century.

In fact, the rapid growth of emerging economies like India and China has to be attributed at least in part to this very gap between rich and poor people. The army of low-wage migrant workers enables basic services, construction and other essential elements of growth to be carried out more cheaply here than in the more developed economies. The legions of village women working as domestic servants in middle-class households free up an entire generation of educated women to contribute to economic growth.

For all of us committed to doing something about poverty, it seems that more than ever before, the task is one of working for a more even distribution of the fruits of economic growth, and a fairer access to those opportunities that lead to secure and decent livelihoods. So the role for organisations like Oxfam should be more and more related to advocacy which ensures government policies and business practices incentivise the hard work of poor people rather than privilege the rich.

Government budgets in India and China are growing along with the economy. For a fair and stable society, these budgets must be directed towards equal opportunities, effective education and health care for all, action to ensure companies offer living wages and safe working conditions, and fiscal measures which ensure poorer people get a fair return for their hard work.

In addition to Oxfam projects intended to make people more economically productive and self-sufficient, we also strive to increase people’s capacity to organise collectively to market their produce, to articulate their needs to the authorities, to make their views and opinions count in society. We can only really ‘help people to help themselves’ if our work contributes to an increase in people’s self-confidence and social capacity, as well as their productivity.

As we walked through village after village, we saw the farmers walking their cattle out to the fields in the mists of dawn, and then home again at dusk. We saw some children on their way to and from school, and others barefoot in the fields. Many of these people are still waiting to experience the economic miracle of India.

 

John Sayer is Director General of Oxfam Hong Kong. His service with the agency began in 1991, as Programme Director for Oxfam Hong Kong. He has also served as Executive Director of Oxfam International.