Hong Kong News

Nonpartisan, Noncommercial, unconstrained.
Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Hong Kong Volunteer Award recognizes outstanding volunteers and organizations that care for society

The Home and Youth Affairs Bureau and the Agency for Volunteer Service have first co-organized the territory-wide Hong Kong Volunteer Award (HKV-Award) this year to recognize the contributions and achievements of outstanding volunteers, youth volunteers and volunteer groups, corporations, organizations from different sectors, housing estates and schools, and cross-sectoral partnership projects. The award presentation ceremony was held on 10 December at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The Award echoes the direction of Hong Kong government’s policy in motivating more people, particularly the youth, to participate in volunteering and care for the under-privileged, and in uniting the power from the community to build a caring and inclusive society. The ceremony gathered eminent guests from government and business sectors as well as academia, to serve as judges and committee members. As a widely-recognised, impactful, and credible volunteer award, the scheme received an overwhelming number of nominations, with wide support from different sectors and industries.

Honorable guests included Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Chan Kwok-ki, Permanent Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs, Ms Shirley Lam, Under Secretary for Housing, Mr Victor Tai, Director of Home Affairs, Mrs Alice Cheung, and Chairman of the Agency for Volunteer Service, Ms Melissa Kaye Pang, as they witnessed the presentation of over 8,0000 awards, including Outstanding Volunteer/Group, Outstanding Youth Volunteer/Group, Outstanding Corporate/Non-commercial Organization, Outstanding Collaboration Project, Heroic Volunteer Award, Volunteer Hours Award, Individual Volunteer Hours Award, Long Service Award, Outstanding Caring Estate and Outstanding Caring School, and more.

“Volunteers are dedicated to serving the community in a selfless way. Showing care to others, they demonstrate the virtue of humanity and play an important role in building a harmonious society. Creating role models to the public, the awardees will surely help inspire more people to become volunteers,” says Melissa Pang, Chairman of Agency for Volunteer Service at the ceremony. “AVS will continue to work together with various sectors to further promote volunteering and to build a caring society.”

The ceremony highlighted a few exceptional volunteer acts. Ng Yuk Lan, winner of the Heroic Volunteer Award, is a regular blood donor who enrolled for bone marrow donation to a stranger two years ago. Knowing that her bone marrow was a complete match to a patient suffering from acute leukemia, she decided to donate her bone marrow with no hesitation, generously giving the patient a new lease of life. Her selfless spirit has inspired many of her colleagues in the Customs Department to donate blood with more enthusiasm.

Firefighter Lee Ho Yin, another winner of the same award, saved an old man’s life one day when he found him passed out on the street. By immediately performing CPR on him, Lee sustained the old man’s breathing until paramedics arrived to take him to hospital.

The youngest among all awardees is 13-year-old secondary school student Clarisse Poon, one of the winners of the Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award who set up a volunteer group called Light Their Rights to provide help to those in need. The passionate heart to serve the poor on a sustainable and long-term basis propelled Clarisse to organize volunteer activities, such as free language and debate classes, drama training and public speaking training, and distribute aid packages for homeless people on a regular basis. The organization has recruited over 100 youth volunteers and served over 600 underprivileged people.

Another awardee of the Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award, CUHK student Michael Chan, has suffered from brain cancer and facial paralysis since young, Feeling deeply with his past experience, he founded the volunteer group Companion HK in 2020 to provide a platform in the hope of gradually changing the public’s stigmatized view on mental disorders.

Kiang Lok Man, winner of the Outstanding Volunteer award, was once a troubled teen having to deal with his dad’s crippling debt problems, his parent’s divorce, drug abuse and congenital language impairment. He eventually recovered and became healthy again by receiving care and assistance from various volunteers during his darkest hours. Understanding the obstacles and challenges drug addicts and their families face, he is now committed to actively volunteering for drug rehabilitation services, and supports the hearing-impaired and educational initiatives.

The awardee list also includes non-profit organizations like The Samaritans that offered psychological counseling and 24-hour hotlines and email services to people affected by the pandemic. Also, the Caring School Award was presented to 106 schools and the Outstanding Caring School Award was presented to 10 schools in recognition of their effort to encourage and nurture their students to help the underprivileged in the community. There are 370 estates awarded as the Caring Estate and 10 estates are awarded as the Outstanding Caring Estate.
Newsletter

Related Articles

Hong Kong News
0:00
0:00
Close
It's always the people with the dirty hands pointing their fingers
Paper straws found to contain long-lasting and potentially toxic chemicals - study
FTX's Bankman-Fried headed for jail after judge revokes bail
Blackrock gets half a trillion dollar deal to rebuild Ukraine
Steve Jobs' Son Launches Venture Capital Firm With $200 Million For Cancer Treatments
Google reshuffles Assistant unit, lays off some staffers, to 'supercharge' products with A.I.
End of Viagra? FDA approved a gel against erectile dysfunction
UK sanctions Russians judges over dual British national Kara-Murza's trial
US restricts visa-free travel for Hungarian passport holders because of security concerns
America's First New Nuclear Reactor in Nearly Seven Years Begins Operations
Southeast Asia moves closer to economic unity with new regional payments system
Political leader from South Africa, Julius Malema, led violent racist chants at a massive rally on Saturday
Today Hunter Biden’s best friend and business associate, Devon Archer, testified that Joe Biden met in Georgetown with Russian Moscow Mayor's Wife Yelena Baturina who later paid Hunter Biden $3.5 million in so called “consulting fees”
'I am not your servant': IndiGo crew member, passenger get into row over airline meal
Singapore Carries Out First Execution of a Woman in Two Decades Amid Capital Punishment Debate
Spanish Citizenship Granted to Iranian chess player who removed hijab
US Senate Republican Mitch McConnell freezes up, leaves press conference
Speaker McCarthy says the United States House of Representatives is getting ready to impeach Joe Biden.
San Francisco car crash
This camera man is a genius
3D ad in front of Burj Khalifa
Next level gaming
BMW driver…
Google testing journalism AI. We are doing it already 2 years, and without Google biased propoganda and manipulated censorship
Unlike illegal imigrants coming by boats - US Citizens Will Need Visa To Travel To Europe in 2024
Musk announces Twitter name and logo change to X.com
The politician and the journalist lost control and started fighting on live broadcast.
The future of sports
Unveiling the Black Hole: The Mysterious Fate of EU's Aid to Ukraine
Farewell to a Music Titan: Tony Bennett, Renowned Jazz and Pop Vocalist, Passes Away at 96
Alarming Behavior Among Florida's Sharks Raises Concerns Over Possible Cocaine Exposure
Transgender Exclusion in Miss Italy Stirs Controversy Amidst Changing Global Beauty Pageant Landscape
Joe Biden admitted, in his own words, that he delivered what he promised in exchange for the $10 million bribe he received from the Ukraine Oil Company.
TikTok Takes On Spotify And Apple, Launches Own Music Service
Global Trend: Using Anti-Fake News Laws as Censorship Tools - A Deep Dive into Tunisia's Scenario
Arresting Putin During South African Visit Would Equate to War Declaration, Asserts President Ramaphosa
Hacktivist Collective Anonymous Launches 'Project Disclosure' to Unearth Information on UFOs and ETIs
Typo sends millions of US military emails to Russian ally Mali
Server Arrested For Theft After Refusing To Pay A Table's $100 Restaurant Bill When They Dined & Dashed
The Changing Face of Europe: How Mass Migration is Reshaping the Political Landscape
China Urges EU to Clarify Strategic Partnership Amid Trade Tensions
The Last Pour: Anchor Brewing, America's Pioneer Craft Brewer, Closes After 127 Years
Democracy not: EU's Digital Commissioner Considers Shutting Down Social Media Platforms Amid Social Unrest
Sarah Silverman and Renowned Authors Lodge Copyright Infringement Case Against OpenAI and Meta
Why Do Tech Executives Support Kennedy Jr.?
The New York Times Announces Closure of its Sports Section in Favor of The Athletic
BBC Anchor Huw Edwards Hospitalized Amid Child Sex Abuse Allegations, Family Confirms
Florida Attorney General requests Meta CEO's testimony on company's platforms' alleged facilitation of illicit activities
The Distorted Mirror of actual approval ratings: Examining the True Threat to Democracy Beyond the Persona of Putin
40,000 child slaves in Congo are forced to work in cobalt mines so we can drive electric cars.
×