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YMCA 2018 January Perspective

22-01-2018
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Mini-Movie Portrays An Inclusive Society
Cover storyFor many new immigrants, moving to Hong Kong means having to prioritise family unity over the hardship of saying goodbye to friends, a close neighbourhood and a familiar community. Adapting to a new environment is never easy and the challenges and difficulties faced by new immigrants are often difficult for others to understand. Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong is aiming to change this situation through an innovative social capital project called “From Newer to New”. The project involves elderly Hong Kong residents sharing their stories of adversity and struggle with newly-arrived immigrants in the hopes of helping these new immigrants integrate better into society. By sharing their wisdom and life experience, the elderly participants help newly-arrived families cope with day-to-day problems, livelihood issues and cultural differences, ultimately helping create a more harmonious society. Sponsored by the Community Investment and Inclusion Fund, this programme has been running since 2015, aiming to promote social integration through different types of fun, inspirational and engaging activities.

To illustrate what the From Newer to New programme does and spread the message of the importance of social inclusion, we recently invited a team of volunteers to create a mini-movie called “A New Chapter”, focusing on the lives and challenges faced by newly-arrived families and the older generation.

Ah Yue, the protagonist of the story, moves to Hong Kong to be reunited with her husband. Once here, she stays with his extended family but various cultural differences and hard-to-change habits make it impossible for her to have a harmonious relationship with her mother-in-law. Compounding the problem, her educational and professional qualifications are not recognised in Hong Kong, making it hard for her to find a job. But things eventually take a turn for the better: Ah Yue meets her “guardian angel”, a woman called Lady Sum. This angel not only inspires Ah Yue and gives her a helping hand, she also motivates Ah Yue to work hard and serve society.

We are excited to share this mini-movie with our members and the public. It will be premiering on 3 February at the UA iSQUARE cinema in Tsim Sha Tsui. In addition to the cast and crew, we have also invited Ms Akina Fong Kin Yee to emcee the event and Mr Gill Mohinderpaul Singh (aka Kiu Bobo) – a Hong Kong-born Indian gentleman. Mr Singh, the guest speaker, will discuss some of the challenges he has faced as an ethnic minority in Hong Kong and share some inspirational stories.

All members are welcome to join us for the premiere of A New Chapter. To get your free tickets to this event, please click here or call us at 2781 1411.

A New Chapter Premiere
Date: 3 February, 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 11: 45am – 12:45pm
Venue: House 3, UA iSQUARE cinema
(7/F, iSQUARE, 63 Nathan Road, Tsimshatsui)

Click here to learn more about our “From Newer to New” social capital project

 

What’s News?
Pedal For Love 2018
Pedal For Love 2018 Adults in China’s remote villages who have to leave their hometowns to make a living in other places face a serious problem: the senior citizens and children they leave behind and who need to live alone. Every year, Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong hosts a charity cycle ride to send love and warmth to these “left-behind” children and elderly people in remote mountainous regions. This year’s Pedal For Love event will bring cyclists on a ride through the mountainous areas of Guizhou Province. There, they will learn about the living conditions of families living in poverty and these senior “empty nesters”. Linus Cheng, who completed an epic bike journey from Tai Po to the Cape of Good Hope in Africa, will serve as this year’s ambassador.

The funds raised will be donated to the “ ‘Coach Kindle Hopes’ Mobile Classroom” project, which provides social, health and emotional support to left-behind children in the region.The bicycles used by the participants will also be donated to local students for their daily commutes.

Event: Pedal For Love 2018
Date: 30 March to 5 April, 2018
Registration deadline: 28 January, 2018
Click here to register and for more details.

 

Activities Highlights
YMCA staff commended by Secretary for Home Affairs
YMCA staff commended by Secretary The Secretary for Home Affairs' Commendation Scheme acknowledges ordinary citizens for their long-term dedication to the training and development of youths in the field of community services. Our staff member Mr Protein So, the In-Charge of our’s Hin Keng Centre, was given a certificate in the 2017 Home Affairs' Commendation Scheme in recognition of the enthusiasm with which he has been serving the community.

“So Sir”, as he is affectionately called, humbly attributed the honour to teamwork, saying “I could not have done this on my own, the efforts made by my team were indispensable; and now we are motivated and inspired to do even better.”

So Sir has been a YMCA member for 25 years and has consistently attached great importance to youth outreach services. He recalls, “I have always been driven to help kids who have strayed from the path. I am most impressed by the “Nam Ching Football Team” that was founded years ago – this team was made up of ex-gang members, ex-convicts and ex-drug addicts. These young people turned their lives around through football and through mutual support, and I am so pleased with their positive transformation. They are all grown-ups now, with decent jobs and families.”

So Sir is in good company, joining previous YMCA award winners like Ms Connie Leung Kam Ling, Executive Secretary of Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong; Mr Jim Hui Yik Piu, Coordinating Secretary; Ms Bonnie Au Shuk Ling, Team Leader of the Shatin Youth Outreach Social Work Team; and Mr Bondi Wong Kwok Kee, the In-Charge of our Siu Sai Wan Centre. We hope that the dedicated service of our staff members will continue to be recognised in the future, since such positive affirmations inspire us to work harder and respond better to the needs of the community.
 

 

Harbour Restaurant awarded
Harbour Restaurant awardedThe Harbour Restaurant at our Harbourview hostel recently added another feather to its cap when they won the “U Favorite Buffet Restaurant” award at the U Favorite Food Awards 2017.

The restaurant is currently offering the special “A Bounty of Crab” dinner buffet, featuring an impressive assortment of crab delicacies for only HK$398+ for adults and seniors and HK$330+ for children. Patrons who have their birthdays in January will save an extra $30 per patron per table, so don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a fabulous seafood meal! Terms and conditions apply.

Reservation and enquiries: 3909 9088
Address: 4 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Click here for more details on the buffet

 

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