May is being billed as Helper Appreciation Month, with the goal that eventually the event becomes a self generating, community driven part of the annual calendar, much like Breast Cancer Awareness in October and Men’s Health in November.
According to Steve Chitty of MayHelperAppreciation, the movement is non-political, not a protest and not an opportunity to cast blame. Instead it encourages schools, individuals, families and businesses to acknowledge all that domestic helpers add to our lives and the sacrifices they have made to be here.
“Domestic workers make a tremendous impact on our daily lives,” explains Chitty. “For example, helpers enable many families to bring in double incomes, they free up time by taking so many worries and time consuming tasks off our hands, they provide extra care and support to our kids and elderly, and so on.
“We also know most helpers have made huge sacrifices to work in Hong Kong and daily life can be tinged with a sense of loss and sadness being so far away from their children.”
May has been chosen because it is also host to International Labour Day (May 1), Mother’s Day (second Sunday of May) and United Nations International Day of Families (May 15).
For more information and ideas about how to celebrate, see www.facebook.com/MayHelperAppreciation