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YMCA 2016 November Perspective

22-11-2016

Theme Story

Theme Story
Rising With Joy:Helping students realise their potential through balloon art
The act of twisting colourful balloons into unique shapes and patterns creates a wonderful atmosphere at parties and brings joy to everyone. But balloon art can do even more – like bring out the potential of students with special educational needs (SEN).

YM Balloon, a social enterprise affiliated with Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, recently launched a pilot scheme offering opportunities to secondary students with SEN, aiming to improve their attention spans, help them with their muscle movements, and strengthen their hand-eye coordination and interpersonal skills. The scheme achieves these aims through workshops which involve detailed explanations from instructors, balloon twisting practice and balloon art decoration exercises. After running several of these workshops, the participating instructors and social workers have reported an increase in the participants’ self-confidence and a rise in their potential.

In view of these positive results, Hang Seng Bank, one of our Y-Care CSR partners, recently offered to support YM Balloon in a brand-new project: the “Hang Seng-Chinese YMCA Balloon Twisting Programme for Special Education Needs Students”. This two-year project is tailor-made for SEN students and will help enhance their attention, perception, movement, hand-eye coordination, self-confidence and interpersonal skills. The project will also help reshape society’s negative perception of SEN students by helping showcase their talents and potential to the public.

In addition to sponsoring the participation of 320 SEN students in this novel balloon art decoration workshop, Hang Seng Bank will also send volunteers to the workshops to help the students as they learn. Two large-scale events will be held at the end of the project, one is for parents’ day or graduation ceremony in school, the other one will be an exhibition for the public to showcase their balloon artwork and further increase public understanding of the capabilities of SEN students.

If your company is interested in organising meaningful and unique corporate volunteer programmes while contributing to making Hong Kong a more caring and inclusive society, we encourage you to join the Association as a Y-Care CSR partner today. Please click here to view further details.

 

Upcoming Events
Prominent figures grouped mini movie jury panel
Prominent figures grouped mini movie jury panel Registration for the YMCA’s Fourth Mini-movie Competition is now open. This annual competition has become an influential academic event, and this year we have invited a special panel of professional judges to help select the winners. The panel includes famous Hong Kong director Mr Sam Tong, winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the Hong Kong Film Awards for 1992’s Cageman; Mr Ng Chong-Chow, winner of the Hong Kong Screenwriters Guild’s Outstanding Screenplay Award; and Mr Felix Chong, Director of the acclaimed Infernal Affairs. Together, these judges will hand-pick the competition’s next champion. In addition to receiving prizes and trophies, every winning film will be shown at the UA iSquare’s Phoenix Club cinema, allowing winners to experience their movies on the big screen. This year’s registration deadline is 30 December, so to all budding movie makers out there: make sure you take advantage of this amazing opportunity!

For further information please click here
Online registration form please click here

 
Sending warmth for Christmas
Sending warmth for Christmas PROTREK, another of the Association’s Y-Care CSR partners, will be sending warmth to elderly people in need in this Christmas. For every purchase of smartwool products worth HK$500 or more at any PROTREK, Haglöf or Check Point Outdoors locations, PROTREK will give a pair of smartwool socks to elderly members of Chinese YMCA and people in need. To send your warmth and love this Christmas, act now!



Click here for further information on the programme

 

 

Global YMCA News
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Creating a bridge across the Pacific
Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong and San Francisco’s Chinatown YMCA have been partner YMCAs for over a decade. Every summer, university student members of both YMCAs join Global Y programmes and travel between Hong Kong and San Francisco, enjoying an incredible and unforgettable international exchange experience.

To further grow and develop this flourishing partnership, this year the two YMCAs have also initiated a simultaneous staff exchange; the goal of which is to provide valuable overseas work opportunities to YMCA staff from both locations. On the exchange, the visiting staffs take on the work duties of their counterparts and receive on-the-job training, while at the same time sharing their own expertise with the host YMCA.

Jessica Chen from San Francisco’s Chinatown YMCA has been with us at Chinese YMCA since October. Most of her time is spent at the Kowloon Centre and the Bridges Street Centre, where she is responsible for school programmes in the local community.

Jessica has been working with the Chinatown YMCA since 2012. During her time there, she has been a coordinator for healthy living activities and newly-arrived Chinese after-school activities. She won the Social Responsibility Award for Youth Service Learning Projects in 2012 and the Employee of the Year Award in 2015.

As this is Jessica’s first time visiting Hong Kong, let’s make sure to welcome her and show her our warm hospitality!

 

Highlights of our Activities
Step Up for Love Charity Hunt photo
Step Up for Love Charity Hunt
The third week of November marks YMCA Peace Week, and this year the Association took the opportunity to host our Step up for Love Charity Hunt, encouraging young people to send love and positive energy to every corner of Hong Kong. Mr Godfrey Leung King-kwok, Acting Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development HKSAR, was invited to serve as the event’s officiating guest, while Miss Angel Wong, a women's gymnastics floor exercise artist, and Mr Gi Ka Man, holder of the record for the Hong Kong half marathon, were the event ambassadors. The 500 participants and honoured guests held their hands together as a sign of peace at the event, holding the pose for two full minutes and setting a Guinness World Record.

A first-ever unplugged music concert also took place outside the Association’s Bridges Street Centre after the charity hunt, with well-known beatbox artist RX Wong Ho-Pong, the New Youth Barbershop, 3 Think, singer-songwriter Kimman Wong, Cherry Fung and Tik Chi sharing their music with the public. Our hope was that the concert would establish a link with the community and helped improve social inclusion for everyone. All proceeds from the event went to our Hot Meals for the Elderly programme operated by Chinese YMCA’s New Territories Service Centre.

Please click here for event snapshot.

 

Elderly Home Visit Project photo
Elderly Home Visit Project
ISI-Dentsu of Hong Kong (iSiD), one of our newest Y-Care CSR partners, sent a team of volunteers to visit elderly people at the Association’s Tin Ping Care and Attention Home for the Elderly. In addition to demonstrating useful and healthy towel exercises to the elderly, the volunteers also played games and gave out prizes on what was a healthy and enjoyable afternoon for all.

 

 

Highlights of Chinese YMCA’s YouTube Channel
Step up for Love Charity Hunt
Step up for Love Charity Hunt video

 


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