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Balloon twisting team visits Taiwan
Balloon twisting team visits Taiwan
Date:08/2019
Balloon twisting team visits TaiwanThe Hang Seng YMCA Balloon Twisting Programme has been running for three years now, with over 400 students with special educational needs having benefited from the programme so far. Earlier this month, a team of five boys and three girls went to Taiwan to take part in the Taiwan International Balloon Art Competition. Although our team had to face a number of strong competitors, they were able to rise to the challenge. The team was satisfied with their best performance award, and they look forward to having more overseas exchange opportunities.
Rainbow Drawing
“Rainbow Drawing” parent-child workshop
Date:08/2019
To give parents more opportunities to interact with their children and create memories, we joined hands with Giormani, one of our Y-Care CSR partners, and an illustrator called Moontasy. Together, they ran a white T-shirt design project with a group of families. Both parents and children were fully engaged in the graphic design exercise, with the event allowing volunteers to gain a greater understanding of the needs of low-income families. Everyone enjoyed the process, and the participating families couldn’t wait to wear their custom T-shirts. They also expressed an interest in joining any future workshops.
Balloon twisting programme brings joy to all
Balloon twisting programme brings joy to all
Date: 08/2019
Balloon twisting programmeThe Hang Seng – YMCA Balloon Twisting Programme for Special Educational Needs Students 2018-2020 recently entered its third year, and so far over 400 students with special educational needs from primary and secondary schools have benefited from the programme. In a new twist, this August, students from the programme will participate in the International Balloon Art Competition held in Taiwan. This competition is not only fun and empowering; we hope that the participants will learn skills that will help them integrate into the community.

Meanwhile, a team of 13 primary students was invited to a Hang Seng Bank staff event, communicating with the public through a workshop and balloon art demonstrations and building their social skills at the same time. What’s more, these students and a team of Hang Seng Bank volunteers will also take part in the “Hang Seng-YMCA Balloon Twisting Programme Community Exhibition Day” which was held in Phase II of the Fortune Mall in Tin Shui Wai on 2 August. The event featured games booths, free balloons and a balloon twisting workshop.
YMCA Y-Care partner awarded for serving the needy
YMCA Y-Care partner awarded for serving the needy
Date: 07/2019
Our Y-Care Bronze partner Hong Kong Hachiban Limited has been working with us to serve the needy in the community since 2016. This year, their efforts were rewarded when they received a Community Caring Shop designation from the Community Caring Shop Recognition Scheme Awards 2018-19, presented by the Social Welfare Department. Hong Kong Hachiban Limited was commended specifically for their active participation in volunteer services.
Introducing our CSR initiatives to the world
Introducing our CSR initiatives to the world
Date: 05/2019
At the Caring Company Partnership Expo 2019, held on the 20 May at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, we introduced our two leading-edge CSR initiatives to the companies in attendance: YM Balloon, our Y-Care CSR scheme, and our new Sport-Friendly Action initiative, which promotes health and well-being in the workplace.

We hope to introduce our services to more companies at similar expos and shows in the future, as we work to join hands with companies and organizations to improve care for the disadvantaged in society and safeguard the health of employees and managers in every sector.
Sunlight Unplug Day & Camp
Sunlight Unplug Day & Camp
Date: 04/2019
To underline the importance of spending quality time with our families, we held a two-day event called the “Sunlight Unplug Day and Camp”. Put on with the generous sponsorship of the Sunlight REIT, the event’s goal was to promote family harmony by improving interaction between family members and promoting mutual understanding, while also encouraging everyone to cut down on their use of smartphones.

Part one of this event, the Sunlight Unplug Camp, was held on 13 April. First, clinical psychologist Ho Nim Chee Annie shared some tips on improving parent-child communication with the participants. She encouraged parents to help their children develop self-control instead of simply stopping them from using their phones. This reduces conflict and helps kids gain important skills. The event also featured a “five senses experience” which aimed to strengthen family bonds through playing with the concepts of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
Flower-making activity helps love bloom
Flower-making activity helps love bloom
Date: 03/2019
Our Y-Care corporate partners, Shenwan Hongyuen (H.K.) Limited, dispatched a team of corporate volunteers to visit the YMCA Home of Love – Yung Shing Hostel. There, the volunteers created beautiful gelatine art flowers with the residents and played games with them, spending a happy afternoon with each other. After the visit, the volunteers had a better appreciation of how to communicate with intellectually disabled people. The volunteers are looking forward to bringing more happiness to them in the future!
Walking Football Fun Day
Walking Football Fun Day
Date: 02/2019
The AXA Hong Kong–YMCA Walking Football Fun Day 2019 was held on February and was a big win with everyone who attended. Two Liverpool FC legends, Bruce Grobbelaar and Patrik Berger, along with retired football player Leslie George Santos and actor Edwin Siu Ching Nam, played a friendly walking football match to demonstrate their skills in this new sport.

Even the rain didn’t dampen the participants’ enthusiasm on the day – in addition to taking pictures with the two Liverpool FC legends, members of the public enjoyed themselves with a first-hand glimpse of the pleasure and fun of walking football at games booths and by watching live demonstrations of the sport.
Festive greetings for seniors from Dah Sing Bank volunteers
Festive greetings for seniors from Dah Sing Bank volunteers
Date: 01/2019
Just before the arrival of the Chinese New Year, our Y-Care Corporate Partner Dah Sing Bank dispatched a team of corporate volunteers to our Chai Wan Centre to learn how to prepare some traditional foods for the festival. These volunteers then visited elderly people living alone in the district, bringing with them festive gifts and the treats they had made. During the visits, the seniors shared their stories of Chinese New Year customs with the volunteers, and the volunteers helped them decorate their apartments in return.