Empowerment Market - Rethink Poverty

November 4, 2022

Thank God it's Friday!

And thanks @dswigle for creating #MarketFriday. A community that aims to share different markets and cultures across the globe as we go places, do things, and buy merchandise. The rules are pretty simple. Just to go to a market, take photos, then post an interesting story about that market to this community. That's all. So let's start the #MarketFriday.


I once shared here about a small market in Central Pier where less CO2 emission products can be bought. This market aims to "encourage people to buy local organic produce as a pledge to reduce CO2 emissions and live a healthier life."
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It was an interesting market where the local farmers of Hong Kong are the beneficiaries of this event which happens only every Sunday.


I was in Central again one Sunday, and I came across another market with interesting spots to capture.

Are you familiar with Oxfam?

It is a non-profit organization that assists the less fortunate by providing programs to alleviate poverty. And I'm sure there are Oxfam offices in other parts of the world.

I became intrigued by this board while wandering around a certain market. When one of the young volunteers approached me, I was taking a photo and reading the information posted on it.

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I listened intently to the young volunteer's explanation. That's when I found out that Oxfam was organizing an event called Rethink Poverty - Together Empower..

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The volunteer invited me to join their mission of assisting the unfortunate people of Hong Kong, particularly the elderly living on the streets. As he stated, "those are the safest way to send donations directly to the organization rather than handing it to anyone else from the group, as it may just go to other hands." That made sense to him. There were a variety of volunteers in the booth from different races, not just Chinese.

I have a soft spot in my heart for the poor elderly, especially those who live on the streets. In fact, as part of my Christmas giveaway held on another platform, I gave a Christmas gift to an elderly woman on a street in Kowloon City last Christmas. My friends from that platform were undoubtedly aware of the event. Additionally, assisting and taking care of elderly has been my work since 2015.

I promised to send some donations once I received my salary this month because I had the QR codes.

The theme of Oxfam's Rethink Poverty event was "Together Empower." The event took place in Central Main Market from the 18th to the 22nd of October. They hope to instill in the public the value of empowerment in the fight against poverty. They also invite others to join the mission and participate in this event. They actually have posted about this event on their website, which you can find here.

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A few booths were selling environmentally friendly products, handicrafts, souvenirs, and gift items, as part of the Oxfam event. All proceeds will go to beneficiaries, the poor community of Hong Kong.

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This was a great initiative of Oxfam that also raised awareness in the public about poverty and how togetherness can alleviate the cases and bring about change. In case you want to donate something to Oxfam, here are the QR codes. You can verify them first anyway before sending donations, or directly visit the website for more information.

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This was the lobby where Oxfam booths were located. Those traditional red lanterns in circular design look amazing. Can you count how many lanterns are there?

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After checking the Oxfam booths, I had a chance to visit some events on the other side.

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There was an ongoing Oktoberfest on the dining ground of the market.

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Various challenges, such as pushing beer and ring toss challenges, are available at each booth. I was hesitant to participate because I was alone. Furthermore, playing the challenges with a partner is more enjoyable.

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On the center stage was a local band singing, old, classic, and even new songs. You would definitely jive along with the beat of their music.

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It was my first time visiting this part of Central, and I was stunned by the number of different bars on the dining ground.

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Not just bars are in the place, but also different cafes, pastry shops, and restaurants serving different cuisines.

A shop for German Bavarian cuisines in this place.
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Of course, some Chinese restaurants serve traditional food and delicacies.
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Without a doubt, this location is dedicated to glorious food, drinks, and some sweets for your sweet tooth. I'd like to return one of these days to eat at one of the local cafes.

That concludes my #MarketFriday for today. Advance happy weekend everyone.

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Wow , it seems intresting!
The place looks so beautiful!

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These are really amazing shots girl... You are doing well 🥰❤️

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Yes, I know of the Christmas gift you gave to the old woman and I am sure you are looking forward to donating more gifts this year too. May God help you.
I kept counting the lanterns but so confusing and making my eyes blur as they are too many 😂

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That is a perfect place to treat your friend or a member of the family. There are a lot of stores, shops, and restaurant to choose from. Thus, I am deeply moved about the donation and good samaritan movement of that organization. I hope they collect enough money to support the unprivilege. !PIZZA

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It's done. Last October 22... I even think of volunteering there. Just to do something good and different in my life .

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I love the hand-made crafts jane. Surely if I happen to visit there, my way of helping is to buy those crafts. What a great act of generosity for poverty.

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That day, I have no extra cash so I didn't buy.. Then only when I wrote this I find out that the event ended last 22.. Sayang. Hndi ako nkabili.. Donate nlng kapag may pera

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When I read Oxfam, the thing I remembered is oxtail. Na miss ko lang ang kare-kare hahaha. Masaya sana diyan sa Octoberfest, kaso di naman ako umiinom ng beer. Maganda lang manuod ng live bands.

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That is a great initiative, and indeed there are many ways that one can help those in need. It is just the awareness that is missing sometimes...

Hey, that live music must have been fun to listen to :)

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Yes.. People just need to be reminded and encouraged because we are being blinded by too much comfort and blessings we are receiving...

I actually have a short video for this. But no time to edit..hehe.. Thanks !LADY

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Hello! Hello! Market Friday is running so late this week, I was under the weather a bit and I will be out of town late tomorrow evening. I apologize for the delay in answering and I hope you know how much I appreciate the great participation. I will be busy while I am gone, so I put #MarketFriday on Vacation for this week and next. You are welcome to participate, a lot of people do, but, I might not be able to comment all as my time is not my own for this time. I will probably upvote all when I get the time, but, I wanted to be fair and let you know.

I try to let people know how much I appreciate their participation in #MarketFriday! Even though I get many on a weekly basis, each one is read and enjoyed. Last week, I learned about a traditional wedding ceremony that follows Jewish laws and traditions. Interestingly enough, it was not in the post but in the comments between us discussing the post. Interaction. It was written by @tali72 who is a transplant to Israel. I enjoy learning about the world and how it is to live in your corner of it, and if there are solutions to making it better in any way. I find it interesting to compare, not by the world's standards, but, by how we find the quality of our life with different indicators than the world does. It is not always about the wealth in money, sometimes money means very little when there is no value behind it. You cannot buy health although you can take care of what you have. Being educated isn't always about schooling, but acquiring knowledge and using it for the better good and happiness of the society you are living in. It is with great pleasure that I read through this and all of the posts, with these thoughts in mind.

Don't miss the small things in your life, they usually make no noise but can be indicators of bigger things. I enjoy learning more about you and hope you feel the same, that is why I find it important to take the time to read a couple of #MarketFriday posts and leave a genuine comment. It is important for a community to do this, learning about others, and getting to know each other. The fun is in getting to know people and making a positive contribution to community life. All this fun and money too. What is not to love? That is one of the reasons I joined Hive. How about you? :) I leave you with the guidelines. I hope you are having an amazing week!


Fridays are all about the #MarketFriday Challenge! Looking to take part in it? Here is how:


Rules of the Road to Join #MarketFriday!


  1. Go to the market, or anywhere that you pay money for a service. It can be a movie, an auction, or even a museum. Wherever money is exchanged for a service or product.
    Take pictures! Be creative!
  2. Tell us a little bit about the market or the event. What brought you there? What did you buy? How much did it cost? Was it expensive? Did it go up or down? A scroll of pictures with few words doesn't usually work.
  3. Post the pictures. Of course, you should tell a little bit about the ones you post, it is too difficult to guess about some.
  4. Use the MarketFriday Community Platform to post (#hive-196308) This is not required but appreciated.
    PLEASE Drop the link into the MarketFriday comment section so I can find it!!
  5. Following me and reblogging the post would be appreciated, but not a rule, more vision for more views on the #MarketFriday posts!
    7. You must put #MarketFriday by @dswigle somewhere on your post.

As always, please remember! #MarketFriday loves you!

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