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YMCA 2018 April Perspective

25-04-2018

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Cycling For Love 2018
“Cycling for Love” is an annual charity cycle ride held by Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong. This year, a team of 65 volunteers set out in late March, rode through mountainous areas of Guizhou Province and finished their demanding ride at the beginning of April. In addition to delivering love and warmth to people in this remote mountainous region, at the end of the ride, the bicycles ridden were donated to students who will now be using them to commute to school. The funds raised would be used to support the “’Coach Kindle Hopes’ Mobile Classroom” project, which provides social, health and emotional support to left-behind children and senior “empty nesters” in the province.

Cycling For Love 2018 In previous editions of the ride, guests joined the cycling team and took part in goodwill exercises and activities like building water cellars in remote communities. This year, Mr Linus Cheng, an athlete who completed an epic 25,000 km bicycle journey from Tai Po to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa last year, served as our event ambassador. Being a “lone bike ranger” for almost two years, Linus described his experience on the Guizhou ride as “amazing” – not only did he have the chance to participate in volunteer services, he also took part in sightseeing and tree planting sessions. For him, this was “a remarkable journey full of love and laughter”.

The team began its marathon six-day and five-night ride in Huishui County, Guizhou Province, where volunteers first visited low-income families area and then helped to plant seedlings of the valuable medicinal tree Gleditsia sinensis (Chinese Honey Locust). The aim of planting these seedlings was to help the local villagers to become self reliant and increase their income to meet basic expenses. The volunteers visited a local primary school, spent time and played games with the children during a short gathering which was filled with lots of warmth and love.

The cycling team also visited several of Guizhou’s scenic spots, including the ancient city of Qing-yan and the stunning “Maple Leaf Road” – these breaks gave the team some time to relax amid their tight cycling itinerary. The volunteers were warmly received by the Bouyei ethnic minority group when visited their village, with the villagers offering our volunteers tasty traditional treats. Finally, at the end of the ride, our volunteers donated all the bicycles ridden during the trip to the students of Guizhou Lushan Middle School for use in their daily commutes between home and school.

We sincerely hopes that this year’s Cycling for Love ride, with its comination of volunteering, tree planting, home visits and sightseeing was as unforgettable for the participants as it was for the recipients of their love and care.

 

What's New?
CYMCASS becomes HK's first Google Reference School
CYMCASS becomes HK’s first Google Reference SchoolCongratulations to Chinese YMCA Secondary School! The school has just become Hong Kong’s first Google Reference School, an honour which recognises their commitment to keeping pace with the times and promoting Google’s cloud devices to its teachers and students through the application of G Suite. A long-term aim of Chinese YMCA Secondary School is to develop an e-learning platform for students that integrates with the philosophy of using “Google For Education” while offering training to teachers at the same time. This innovative and forward-looking approach to education has made our school Hong Kong’s first – and Asia’s eighth – Google Reference School. It is also only the second school in the world at which all teachers have obtained Google Education certification.

Congratulations once again to Chinese YMCA Secondary School for this awesome recognition, and for starting a new chapter in our history!

 

All-around Disaster Relief Robot Design Competition
All-around Disaster Relief Robot Design Competition To enhance the creative thinking of children in our city, Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, in collaboration with the Hong Kong division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Hong Kong Internet and eCommerce Association, recently announced the “2018 All-around Disaster Relief Robot Painting and Eco-friendly 3D Model Design Competition”. With the ultimate aim being to nuture the creative thinking of children in our city, the event organisers also hope to raise their awareness of STEM and encourage them to contribute their new-found knowledge to society.

For more details on the competition and to register, please follow this link (Chinese only): click here

 

Mapperthon community action
Mapperthon community action Do you usually have plans on Saturdays? If not – you do now! Join us and take part in the YMCA’s Mapperthon community action activities – you can choose from taspony, street training, cricket and cycling. Not only will you burn off some calories – we will then convert those calories into daily necessities to help those in need! Make your weekend more meaningful and click here to learn more about Mapperthon now!

 

 

 

Highlights of our Activities
Walking Football Kick-off Ceremony
Walking Football Kick-off CeremonyChinese YMCA of Hong Kong recently joined hands with AXA Hong Kong to launch the Walking Football 2018-2020 project, a two-year programme which will see the creation of Hong Kong’s first Walking Football League, aimed at people aged 50 or above. The kick-off ceremony was held at Plaza Hollywood in early April with a number of special guests in attendance, including Mr Dwight Yorke, a former striker for Manchester United; famous local singer Mr Hubert Wu; Hong Kong Movie Star Sports Association Football Team player Dr Law Ka Ying, MH; former Hong Kong footballer Mr Poon Man Tik; and Mr Chung Chi Kwong, a well-known football commentator.

These special guests demonstrated their walking football skills, led practice exercises and shared their thoughts on this emerging sport with the 200 audience members in a lively, fun and engaging ceremony. We hope that this successful launch will allow us to promote the new sport of walking football and its many benefits to everyone in Hong Kong. For more details on the sport and Hong Kong’s brand-new Walking Football League, please click here.

 

Mini-Movie Competition Award Ceremony
Mini-Movie Competition Award Ceremony Jointly organised by Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, Magna Education Centre and the Hong Kong Micro Movie Institute, the Fifth Hong Kong Secondary School Mini-Movie Competition came to a successful conclusion last month. The awards ceremony was held at the end of March, with several prestigious special guests in attendance who shared their thoughts about new media and creativity: Mr Terry Tong Kei Ming, renowned Hong Kong film Producer and Director; Mr John Chong, Producer of the Infernal Affairs movie; Mr Barry Chung Man Keung, famous Hong Kong film Producer; Mr Henry Chung Yau Tim, renowned Hong Kong cinematographer; and Mr Eric Kwok, a rising movie star and music producer.

Apart from prizes and trophies worth HK$70,000, this year, each winning film was shown at the UA iSQUARE’s Phoenix Club cinema on 21 April 2018. What’s more – 2018’s winning mini-movie will be recommended to several international film festivals; and the winning student movie-makers will have the opportunity to exchange views with two talented directors: Mr Wong Chun and Mr Derek Tsang. Finally, the winners of the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards in each category will also participate in a four-day, three-night movie exchange tour in Taiwan.

 

Global YMCA Update
Bringing Chinese Cuisine to Germany

 

Global YMCA Update For the past two years, Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong has been partnering with the Professional College of Nutrition and Hotel Business of Nuremberg to provide international practicum opportunities to various promising students.

This year, we were delighted to welcome Ana Corona and Linda Roessler to Hong Kong. Staying throughout the month of March, Ana and Linda were the fourth batch of students coming to The Harbourview for this one-of-a-kind international exchange programme.

Their stay was a unique and life-changing experience for them, on both a personal and a professional level. For a start, this was the first time either of them had visited Asia and, guided by local friends made during their time here, they both got to experience Hong Kong’s culture, local food and rich traditions. It was also a month filled with new knowledge about Chinese cuisine, as they gained valuable exposure to this world of culinary delights through working and interacting with staff in the kitchen of The Harbourview.

We are committed to expanding our international partnerships with overseas organizations in the future – it is our aim to provide even more exchange opportunities and promote the notion of global citizenship to people in different communities all over the world.

 

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