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YMCA 2016 April

22-04-2016

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115th Anniversary Best Wishes Collection
From the very beginning, Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong’s founding mission has been to serve the Hong Kong community. This year, the Association is celebrating the 115th anniversary of our establishment in Hong Kong. The overwhelming support we have received from the Hong Kong community has renewed our drive and spirit and we are now harnessing this power to take a step forward and continuously improve our Chinese YMCA service offerings. Throughout this happy and meaningful year, we will continue to share our anniversary joy and celebrate the achievements we have made throughout the decades.

This month, Chinese YMCA is launching our “Best Wishes Collection” project. The project aims to collect your views and impressions about Chinese YMCA, along with your opinions about our activities, and your encouragements to our staffs. The hope is that all these good wishes, important pieces of feedback and words of encouragement will motivate us and help us further tailor our activities and programmes to serve the community even more effectively.

Last month, Chinese YMCA held the kick-off ceremony for our 115th anniversary celebrations, marking the start of a series of celebratory events with many more fantastic activities to come throughout the year. Naturally, the Best Wishes Collection is an important part of these celebrations, and alongside the feedback and encouragement, we welcome your anniversary wishes as well! The Association’s 25 service centres and our website have set up a “Wall of Benediction”, and we welcome everyone who would like to post their greetings and blessings. This month, the theme of the Wall is “Happy Birthday to Chinese YMCA. The theme will be renewed every month, so check back frequently.

The two individuals who write the most sincere and most creative greetings will be selected to receive a complimentary lunch buffet voucher for two (a value of HK$400). Their submissions will be displayed on our website and shared with the public, so don’t hesitate – send us your best greetings today!

Chinese YMCA’s 115th anniversary website:www.ymca.org.hk/115
 
Upcoming Events
Let your light shine on the people you care about
Let your light shine on the people you care about photoEarlier this year, the tragic suicides of several young Hongkongers sparked a strong reaction from and great soul searching within society. These tragedies have led to people from all sectors of society becoming aware of the various mental health problems that exist throughout our community.

To help provide a path forward out of the darkness, the Association is initiating the “Shining Others“ programme: encourage everyone to wear purple gem badges distributed by Chinese YMCA. These badges remind people to care about their own emotions and mental health and those of the people around them, and to extend their love, care and a helping hand to anyone who feels lost or in doubt. The programme’s slogan – “let your light shine on the people you care about” – indicates our hopes that everyone will participate and through communication and appreciation, reach out and help people with emotional problems while advocating positive thinking and a positive attitude.

The Association sincerely invites everyone from across society to get involved and pick up a badge at any one of the Association’s 31 units. Please – tell everyone you know about how important it is to treasure life and care about the people around us!

For more details and list of centres offering badges, please visit:www.ymca.org.hk/shiningothers
 

 

Chinese YMCA Activity Highlights
Parent-Child Free Fun Day
Parent-Child Free Fun Day photoOn 17 April, Chinese YMCA organised “Parent-Child Free Fun Day” for families. Fourteen of the Association’s service centres provided a wide variety of parent-child activities. There were both active and passive recreational activities, including cake baking, eco-soap and glass pot-making along with a bouncy castle, ropes course and bubble soccer. All of these activities were open to the public.

This happy event received an overwhelming response and the event day itself was full of laughter and energy.

The activity quotas were full within three days of the event being announced. We highly appreciate the support and apologise for the inconvenience and disappointment caused to those who could not join in. However, there are plenty of other fun events coming up soon, so please stay tuned – we hope to see you next time!

 

Spring City Cycling 2016
Spring City Cycling 2016 photoIt’s hard to imagine that a family in a drought-stricken part of the Kunming area of China’s Yunnan Province only has access to a single pail of water a day; while here in water-rich Hong Kong we can sit back and relax and enjoy as much water as we want. In Kunming, families have to carefully conserve their pail of water, using it to first rinse their rice and vegetables, then using that water to wash themselves before finally giving it to their pigs. Work to build water reservoirs is underway, but in the meantime issues around water and irrigation are constant sources of stress for the residents.

To help bring some relief to the area and assist with development at the local level, Chinese YMCA held the “Spring City Cycling 2016” event between 25 and 31 March. Ms Wong Wan-yiu, a former Hong Kong cycling team member, and Killer Soap band members were our special guests for the event. Alongside 115 volunteers from both Hong Kong and mainland China, our guests visited residents and helped them to built reservoirs and water cellars for their homes. Funds raised from the cycling event will be used to help build water cellars in several remote mountainous communities of Kunming.

For more information or to make a donation to the Kunming residents, please contact us at 2705 2725.

 

Being Safe, Playing Smart
Being Safe, Playing Smart photo Everyone needs to learn more about the safety of products designed for kids – not only parents, but children as well. For example, children should know that the edges of pool floatation devices can cut them, and that toy sunglasses may not actually protect children’s eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. It makes sense: the end users of the products need to be aware of vital safety information like this.

On 30 March, the Association held a seminar called “Be Safe, Play Smart”. Through discussions, games and balloon twisting activities, the seminar taught children to be proactive and learn more about toy safety before playing with toys or using equipment. The 21 children who attended not only learned a lot, they also had fun!

 

Membership Privileges
Membership Privileges photoChinese YMCA members can enjoy a number of discounts on products and services. This month, we present a range of membership benefits for your consideration. When taking advantage of these deals, don’t forget to bring your membership card with you!
Tai O Heritage Hotel NEW
The former Tai O Police Station, one of Hong Kong’s most beautiful heritage buildings, was revitalised a few years ago and converted into what is now the Tai O Heritage Hotel. The hotel includes nine colonial-style rooms with sea views and a roof-top restaurant, with surrounding cannons, searchlight and guard towers that have all been lovingly restored. Chinese YMCA members can enjoy a 10% discount when they reserve a guest room, and enjoy their stay by relaxing in the vintage architectural charm of the late 19th century. Guests are also eligible for a discount on dinner (HK$400 for two people), which they can enjoy while taking in the spectacular view of this historic fishing village.

Address: Shek Tsai Po Street, Tai O, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands
Website: www.taioheritagehotel.com
Chinese YMCA members should make a reservation by calling 2985 8383 or emailing info@taioheritagehotel.com

 

Witalia46 NEW
Membership Privileges photoWitalia46 is a specialty shop which offers leather shoes for men. Situated in the trendy hub of Causeway Bay, the shop is now offering a 15% discount to Chinese YMCA members. Gentlemen are welcome to visit their Facebook page to browse their latest collection.

Address: 14/F, Nam Hing Fong, 39 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Enquiry: 5509 6255 (Mr Cheung)

 

 

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