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YMCA 2016 February

25-02-2016

Theme Story

Theme Story
Mini Movie Competition winners awarded
Mini movies are unique works of art which showcase an artist’s creativity and personal style, through a camera instead of a pen! Aiming to encourage youngsters to pursue their dreams and unleash their creative potential, earlier this year Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, Magna Education Centre and the Hong Kong Micro Movie Institute co-organised the third annual Mini Movie Competition. There were three competition groups: Individual, Senior Secondary and Junior Secondary. The final jury panel, made up of a group of prominent figures, carefully selected the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for each of the groups, presenting them at a ceremony held on 31 January. All of the winning entries were premiered during the ceremony, allowing the winners and their friends and family to share in the glory and the excitement.
Unleashing creativity through film
This year, the themes of the competition were chosen as “Boundless Creativity” and “The Most Unforgettable Story”. Nearly 70 entries were received and viewed by the jury, which included Mr Yung Chi-Kwong, Director of “Port of Call”; Mr John Chong, Producer of “Infernal Affairs”; Mr Ng Chong-Chau, winner of the Best Screenplay award at the Hong Kong Film Awards; Mr Tong Kei-ming, a highly-regarded ex-TVB producer; and Mr Chung Yau-tim, winner of the Best Cinematographer award at the Golden Bauhinia Awards. The jury carefully selected 25 winners from among the many entries. Mr Philip Boon, the Association’s Social Services Committee Chairman said during the ceremony, “This year, we received a lot of entries, 20 per cent more than last year. The quality of students' work is also higher at the same time. In this digital generation, we hope to inspire teenagers to use their unlimited imaginations, and promote their holistic growth and artistic appreciation through this competition”.

Mr Lee Kin-hang, one of the contestants, chose “the Most Unforgettable Story” as his theme, presenting the stressful lives of Hong Kong teens in his entry called “Skylight”. His work earned Bronze awards for the Best Director and the Best Cinematographer in the Individual category. The Gold award winner in the Senior Secondary category was Lok Sin Tong Leung Chik Wai Memorial School. Their entry “Listen to the Breeze” focused on the topic of suicidal thoughts, encouraging people to stay strong when facing obstacles in their lives. CNEC Christian College won the Gold Award in the Junior Secondary category, with their entry “Same Old Same Old” elaborating on the contradictions that exist between teachers and students.
Praiseworthy topic selection and techniques
Praiseworthy topic selection and techniquesMr Ma Fung-Kwok, SBS, JP, a Legislative Councillor and officiating guest, praised the winning students for their excellent topic selection, their filming techniques and the complexity of their stories. Mr Yung Chi-Kwong, one of the judges, said that he “appreciated the tremendous creativity of the entries”.

All winning entries will be shown at UA Cinema iSQUARE on 20 and 27 February. The YMCA congratulates all the winners of this year’s competition. And, if you were not selected as a winner this time, don’t be disappointed; instead, continue to explore your potential, try again and do even better next time!

Please visit the Secondary School Mini Movie Competition Facebook page to view the selected and winning entries!

 

Coming Event
“Coach Kindle Hopes” Fifth Anniversary
Coach Kindle Hopes” Fifth Anniversary photoThere is an old proverb which the Association hopes to bring to life: “May the aged have the appropriate last years, may those in their prime have the appropriate employment, and may the young have the appropriate growth and development”. To realise this proverb, the Association developed the “Coach Kindle Hopes” Mountainous Region Mobile Classroom Programme in 2011. With the generous sponsorship of Dah Chong Hong Holdings Limited and the Classic Car Club of Hong Kong (1989) Limited, Coach Kindle Hopes seeks to provide social interaction, emotional consultation and other caring services for “left behind” children and elderly people in rural China. The programme also provides job assistance for local women.

Time flies, and this year marks the fifth anniversary of Coach Kindle Hopes. To help promote volunteerism and the message of “life affects life”, programme staff organised a “My Mobile Classroom” design competition, which saw 3,000 minibus models sent to secondary, primary schools and kindergartens around Hong Kong. The idea was that young people would use their creativity to draw their ideal “Coach Kindle Hopes Mountainous Region Mobile Classroom” journey on the models or on construction paper. Ultimately, we hoped that this creative outlet would help the participants understand the importance of helping people in need and become more willing to help others.

The results of the competition will be announced at an awards ceremony on 27 February at 2 p.m., at The Citywalk in Tsuen Wan. Artists Ms Leila Kong, Ms Leanne Ho and supporting partners will be invited to attend and present awards. Selected artworks, together with the blessings of all the Hong Kong people, will be sent by our volunteers to abandoned children living in remote mountainous regions. The event will also have “My Mobile Classroom” parent/child creation booths and children’s bouncy games. All ages are welcome to join in this fun event, so make sure not to miss it!

To learn more about the Coach Kindle Hopes programme, please click here.

 

YMCA News from around the world
Global Y - International Youth Exchange
Global Y - International Youth Exchange photoThis year, the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong is celebrating our 115th year of serving people in local and global communities. Joining us in these celebrations are our members and our valued partner YMCAs from around the world. Over the last decade, the Global Y initiative has been a valuable and successful platform, providing international exchange and learning opportunities for youth and creating a bridge which has brought together YMCA members from 119 countries.

In 2003, the Global Y Trainee programme was launched to provide overseas summer internships for Hong Kong university students. This year, the Association is introducing the Global Y Young Professionals, a new initiative which provides working and training opportunities to overseas young adults, allowing them to explore the Hong Kong professional working lifestyle and giving them a full cultural experience to promote both their professional and holistic growth.

Looking ahead, the Association is striving to continue strengthening the YMCA’s international service by cultivating the notion of global citizenship and developing a deeper understanding of global cultures in our youth leaders. The Association’s International and Mainland Affairs Section will further develop existing Global Y projects, and at the same time expand our international network and collaborate with worldwide YMCAs to design and implement services that are globally related and locally relevant.

 

Activity Highlight
Gathering the power of family       Embracing the circle of life
Gathering the power of family  Embracing the circle of life ophoto Family harmony is one of the cornerstones of a peaceful society. To boost positive energy among families, the Association organised a unique Boost Positive Energy: Embrace the Circle of Life Party. Through parent/child cooking, balloon twisting, cupcake making and other fun activities, children got the chance to show their skills to their parents and create happiness for the whole family.

The event also saw Mr Eddie Au, a veteran media personality, share his journey of faith. Principal Mr Lee Fu-Shing talked about relationship reconciliation and the gospel messages of the Association’s Love Equation. He also discussed his parenting experiences with the audience. A specially-made short video was shown in the party, containing “love messages” from each participating family, filling the atmosphere with warmth and love.

 

Member Benefits
We proudly present the Association’s latest beauty, well-being and electronic appliance merchant discounts. We hope these offers will help you kick off a healthy and fruitful Lunar New Year!
Beautiful Life Limited NEW
Member Benefits ophotoEnjoy 50% off each therapy, including facials and our pre-natal care series. To learn more about the products, please click here.

Address:
Jordon branch:
9th Floor, Pearl Oriental Tower, 225, Nathan Road Jordan, Kowloon
Tel: 3586 9891

Causeway Bay branch:
Suite A, 2/F, Cleveland Mansion, 5-7 Cleveland Street, Causeway Bay
Tel: 3106 8022
 
Pedorthic Centres NEW NEW
Enjoy 10% off any purchase of pedorthic services. Please click here to view the product list.
* Please call to reserve a foot assessment, prescription foot orthoses and treatment.

Address:
Causeway Bay Branch
Room 505, 5/F., Capitol Centre, 5-19 Jardine's Bazaar, Causeway Bay
Tel: 2332 9375

Wanchai Branch
Room 1101, Methodist House,36 Hennessy Rd, Wanchai
Tel: 2522 9673

Tsim Sha Tsui Branch
9/F, Eastern Flower Centre, 22-24 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 3576 3639

Jordan Branch
Medimart, G/F., 14-16 Jordan Road
Tel: 2375 2022

Wong Tai Sin Branch
Happy Walking, Shop G06H, Multi-Storey Commercial/Car Park Accommodation, Temple Mall North, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon
Tel: 3586 0950

Tseung Kwan O Branch
Medimart, Shop No. G8, G/F, Maritime Bay Shopping Centre, Tseung Kwan O
Tel: 3194 6398

Tuen Mun Branch
Happy Walking, Shop A209, Level 2, Zone A, H.A.N.D.S, On Ting Estate, Tuen Mun
Tel: 2808 1601
 
Home Appliance Users’ Association Ltd. NEW
Receive a complimentary gift with the purchase of specific products. To learn more, please click here.

Address:
14/F, Chung Kiu Commercial Bldg., 47-51 Shan Tung St., Mongkok, Kowloon




Terms and conditions for all offers:
- Members must present their membership cards to enjoy these discounts.
- These discounts cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions and customers may not obtain any additional discounts.
- In the event of any dispute, the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong and the merchants involved reserve the right to make the final decision.
 

 

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