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DWC stages charity hike for man who has lost a leg

13 November 2018

Members of the Domestic Workers Corner "conquer" Cape D’Aguilar for charity.

Hikers from the Domestic Workers Corner held its second hike for a cause on Sunday, Oct 29, a 9-kilometer hike to Cape D’Aguilar, to raise money to help a 38-year-old man in Quezon who has lost a leg to an infection that has festered for the last five months.

The hike to Cape D’Aguilar, a rocky peninsula called Hok Tsui at the southeast end of Hong Kong Island, attracted 67 administrators and members of DWC, a group that offers helpful activities to fellow OFWs in Hong Kong.
Cape D’Aguilar offers Instagram-worthy scenery.

This time around, the objective of the DWC fundraising was to help the family of 38-year-old Joey Cuarez, from San Francisco, Quezon, whose leg was injured when he fell off a coconut tree in his village.

For the past five months, he has been unable to walk as his injured leg got infected, causing him extreme pain with every step he took. His wound also bled each time he walked, his relatives said.

The infected leg had to be amputated to stop the infection from spreading.

Relatives and friends of Cuarez called the attention of DWC to his plight and the group responded by organizing last Sunday’s hike to Cape D’Aguilar.

The hikers met at 9am at the Shau Kei Wan MTR Station and at 9:15am they took Bus No. 9 to Cape D’Aguilar Road, which serves the Shaw Kei Wan-Shek O route.

The breezy and moderately cool weather was good for the normally three-hour hike.

The hikers got off at the Cape D’Aguilar roundabout overlooking Shek O and from there they made the trek down to the rocky outcrop that is the site of a hilltop lighthouse and the Institute of Marine Science.

The hike provided time for members and admins of DWC to grow their friendship and have much fun taking pictures as they enjoyed the beauty of nature in that place.

They reached the end of the hike at 12 noon, shared lunch at the wave-lashed crags, explored the Crab Cave and went up the lighthouse ground for more picture-taking before taking the bus around 1pm back to MTR station where they parted and went home.

Donations collected during the second hike for a cause amounted $601.00 (P4,000.00)  will be given to Cuarez. The group decided to extend help in a simple way for Cuarez’s medical check-up while his family is trying to apply for medical assistance from government offices.

DWC organizes hikes for a cause for people who approach the group for help - a simple act that gives hope to the beneficiary while energizing the group. - Rodelia Villar

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