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YMCA 2016 December Perspective

20-12-2016

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Theme Story
Last Call for Would-Be Movie Makers!
The impressive camera features on today’s smartphones help young people express themselves and stay in touch with their friends by making fun and creative video clips. Of course, most people who make these clips would find it difficult to imagine that these mini-movies might be watched by acclaimed directors and winners of Hong Kong Film Awards, or even be shown at the cinema! But now this dream is within reach, thanks to a collaborative project between Chinese YMCA, Magna Education Centre and the Hong Kong Micro Movie Institute. The 4th Hong Kong Secondary School Mini-Movie Competition is allowing young people to fully demonstrate their creativity and potential, roaming free with a camera as they pursue their dreams and improve their movie-making skills.

In last year’s competition, for the first time, the winning films were shown at the UA iSQUARE’s Phoenix Club cinema; with the winners able to experience watching their movies on the big screen with their families and friends, helping them gain public recognition and encouragement. The winner of the Gold Award in the Junior High category in last year’s competition was a student at CNEC Christian College. The student had this to say: “Winning the gold award was very encouraging, I learned a lot from the judges. This has helped me greatly in improving my filming and acting techniques, as well as the overall quality of my films.”

Philip Yung was one of the jury members at last year’s competition, and he was very impressed with the quality of the work he judged – he thought the students’ work was bold and creative and addressed a wide range of themes. He felt that the participants showed excellent judgement in their selection of topics and their filming techniques, as well as in the presentation and story depth. Mr Yung added that “As long young people are free to select interesting topics to shoot in their daily lives, all they need is a smartphone to film on. These phones provide a platform for young people to share their work and organize mini-movie competitions which youth promote creativity and accelerate the development of the Hong Kong movie industry.” As Philip Yung said, We hope that the Hong Kong Secondary School Mini-Movie Competition will continue to increase young people’s interest in film production, cultivate talent for the movie sector and help young people to find their goals.

This year, offering the participants even more room for creativity, the fourth competition will feature two themes – “spread your wings and unleash your potential” and “beautiful life.” The organisers have also invited a special panel of prominent judges to decide on the winners, including renowned 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.

In addition to receiving prizes and trophies worth HK$70,000, every winning film will again be shown at the UA iSQUARE’s Phoenix Club cinema, allowing the winners to experience their movies on the big screen with their friends and families. This year’s registration deadline is 18 January 2017, so please be sure to take advantage of this amazing opportunity!

For more information on the competition, please click here
Click here for online registration.

 

Upcoming Events
Spring City Cycling 2017
Spring City Cycling 2017photoFor almost 20 years now, since 1997, Chinese YMCA has been organizing cycling fundraising events for financially challenged students in the mainland China, raising money to provide support for their education and livelihood. In 2014, this initiative was renamed “Spring City Cycling”, extending its mission to include the improvement of water-related ecosystems in mountainous areas of Kunming in Yunnan Province.

The next edition of this important initiative, Spring City Cycling 2017, will take place from 14 to 20 April 2017 in Kunming. The 145 km ride will begin in Kunming and travel via Dianchi and Dongchuan to Hong Tudi. Along the way, the riders will visit low-income families, sending them blessings and helping them to build reservoirs and water cellars. Chinese YMCA members over 16 years of age are welcome to take part, but be aware that places are limited. If you want to make next Easter even more meaningful, make sure you register by 13 January 2017!

For further information, please visit

 

 

Global YMCA News
Developing international experience with the Victoria YMCA
Global YMCA News photo Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong and Australia’s Victoria YMCA have been working closely for over four years now. During this time, both YMCAs have embarked on several projects together, working side by side, learning from each other and enjoying continued growth.

In the summer of 2015, as part of the Global Y Explorers programme, Chinese YMCA welcomed two staff from the Victoria YMCA to Hong Kong. As a result of their positive experiences, three more staffs came to Hong Kong this summer and spent six weeks leading and participating in various youth programmes with YMCA members.

To allow staff from both YMCAs to continue to benefit from these programmes and expand their international horizons, Chinese YMCA has assigned Mr Beta Poon, the Centre In-Charge at Tuen Mun Centre to visit Victoria YMCA this December. There, he will be observing and learning about best practices in a number of service areas including child care, early learning and community development. After returning to Hong Kong, Beta will share the knowledge and experience he gained during this exchange with his colleagues. Our hope is that his experiences will lead to the initiation of even more new and exciting programmes for our Chinese YMCA members.

Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong is committed to expanding its international connections in order to provide our staff with invaluable professional development opportunities and unique international exposure that will equip them with the latest and greatest skills and the motivation to put those skills into service for the betterment of the community.

 

Highlights of our Activities
Joyful “Poon Choi” Feast photo
Joyful “Poon Choi” Feast
The winter solstice is quickly approaching, and for many families, this is the time when the whole family gets together to enjoy a delicious Poon Choi dinner! Recently, Chinese YMCA and Joy to the World jointly organized a Poon Choi feast at our Yau Ma Tei headquarters. Over 500 senior members were invited, filling up 42 tables. Dr Ko Wing Man, BBS, JP, the HKSAR government’s Secretary for Food and Health, was invited to deliver a speech, with the evening also featuring entertainment and performances by local singers and artists.
Fragrant flowers pass on love
Beginning in July of this year, TÜV Rheinland, one of our Y-Care CSR partners, has been sending a team of volunteers to participate in the Association’s unique “Fragrant Flower Passing On Love Campaign”. The campaign sees textile waste like buttons, ribbons and other manufacturing material donated by the company reused and recycled into hair accessories, fragrance bags, mini-planters and other items. Volunteers also share tips on how to make these handmade crafts with participating low-income families. The handmade crafts jointly made by the families and volunteers are then given to the elderly as gifts, allowing them to experience warmth, love and neighbourly care.
Robot-dogs show students the wonders of STEM
Amazing STEM photo Roche Pharmaceuticals, another Y-Care CSR partners, recently sent a team of volunteers to Chinese YMCA Primary School armed with material to create some 60 robot dogs. In addition to demonstrating how to build these amazing robot dogs to 110 Primary Four students, the volunteers also teamed up with the students in robot dog competitions like “straight line walking” and ball games. All the participants enjoyed an afternoon full of fun and education!

If your company is interested in becoming one of our Y-Care CSR partners, please navigate here!

 

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

 


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