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More than 100 gather for DWC's anniversary party amid gloom

07 October 2019

By Daisy CL Mandap
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DWC members dance the blues away

If they were nervous or worried about the violence that has rocked Hong Kong for the past 18 weekends they didn’t show it. Or, they were just determined to have fun to mark the second year of their online group, Domestic Workers Corner.

More than 100 DWC members led by their founder Rodelia Villar, gathered at Pier 9 in Central earlier today, Oct 7, for their anniversary get-together.
Although the celebration was more subdued than the one they had last year, everyone who came was eager to join in the fun and share stories, including how they managed to still take their days off despite the unrest that has spread across Hong Kong.

Not a few spoke of having to walk across several districts because of the MTR shutdown, or because the bus queue was too long it would take them hours to get back to their employer’s house.
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Co-admins Villar (also founder) and Tuando with the certificates they handed to members

But Rain Tuando,  one of the group’s “admins” (administrators) was lucky enough to have been picked up by her employers in Lai Chi Kok yesterday, after she got stranded when the entire Tsuen Wan line on the MTR was suddenly closed because of an accident. She would have been unable to walk home because her employers live all the way in Tai Wai.

According to Villar, the event could no longer be cancelled because the food had already been ordered and paid for from members’ contribution. She also had certificates made for the occasion, ready to be distributed to those who came.
“Kung sino lang po ang makakarating kasi bayad na lahat,” Villar said. “Kung may matira i- take home na lang.”

But the turnout proved to be a pleasant surprise to her and most people in the group. It seemed everybody was as anxious to dispel the gloom from the long-running protests, as they were in enjoying each other’s company.
But members’ safety was still the group’s priority, so they scheduled the gathering early in the morning so they could all start heading home after lunch. This was uppermost in everyone’s mind even as they played games, danced and did as much merrymaking as they could muster.

Having fun before they start heading back home

Shortly after 2pm, with stomachs full and hearts even fuller, they began to pack away their stuff. Not a few live as far away as Tuen Mun and Tsuen Wan in the New Territories, and Discovery Bay in Lantau, and they were all anxious to be home in case trouble broke out anew, and prevented them from reaching the safety of their employers’ homes.

But at the back of everyone’s mind was the wish that Hong Kong would be peaceful again. The long-running political stalemate has gone on too long, and all they want now is to feel safe again in this, their second home.
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