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YMCA 2016 March

21-03-2016

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Time to Celebrate!
與青年會邁進115載相片Established in 1901, the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong has now been serving the city for 115 years. To celebrate this momentous milestone, the Association hosted our 115th Anniversary Kick-off Ceremony and Parade on 20 March (Sunday). Over 1,500 people, including our Board of Directors, staff members and members of the Association attended this colourful event. The kick-off ceremony marked the start of a series of celebratory events, with many more fantastic activities to come throughout the year.

Ms Florence Hui, SBS, JP, the Under Secretary for Home Affairs, HKSAR; Mr Lau Ming-wai, BBS, JP, Chairman of the Commission on Youth; Professor Roland Chin Tai-hong, BBS, JP, President of Hong Kong Baptist University; and Ms Wong Wan-yiu, former Hong Kong cycling team member, were all invited to officiate at the ceremony.

Dr Frank Cheng Chi-yan, President of the Association, gave a welcoming speech to begin the event. In his speech, he remarked that “In harmony with the Christian spirit of our mission, the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong is committed to serving, not to being served. Serving Hong Kong for over a century has not been an easy task, but it has been extremely rewarding. Today, as we share the joy of our 115th anniversary celebrations, we remind and encourage the young people of this city to volunteer and care for the world around them, in order to help infuse society with their positive energy. The Association’s slogan is truly what we fervently hope to achieve: ‘Fulfilling our mission with love; Uniting people with joy’”.

Ms Florence Hui, SBS, JP, Under Secretary for Home Affairs , HKSAR, also spoke some words of encouragement at the ceremony, highlighting the fact that the YMCA is committed to promoting volunteerism. “Through volunteering and serving people, young people can learn to be more humble, learn how to communicate and work with others, and learn to unleash their minds and care about society, so as to influence others with positive energy. I hope that the spirit of helping each other acts as a seed which pokes up through the ground, grows, and eventually produces a flower and more ‘good seeds’ in the community”.

She continued, “Our young people are the future leaders of our society. Having positive values and staying positive in life are definitely helpful to their growth. In the past, the YMCA has been determined to nurture our youth leaders and encourage them to make use of their spare time and take part in social services. I hope that the YMCA continues to promote volunteerism and remains committed to the furtherance of this concept among the next generation.”

This year’s anniversary parade commenced at Tung Fong Street, adjacent to the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong headquarters. The parade team then headed to Nathan Road, to Canton Road and then to the landmark clock tower by the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. Led by open-top bus, mini cars and a flotilla of 115 bicycles, the parade also included a 1,500-strong performance team drawn from the Association’s various service centres. In high spirits, they happily marched to the clock tower, filling the onlookers with joy and positive energy.

The parade included people from schools, outreach teams, centres for the deaf, the disabled and the elderly, and students and members from every YMCA service centre. They performed dances and marching band songs, and demonstrated their cycling, Tai Chi, taekwondo and many other skills as they marched, prompting the thousands of spectators to stop and take photos. This epic parade was fitting of this milestone anniversary and truly showed the many ways in which the YMCA has grown alongside Hong Kong. The happiness and positivity were both contagious and widespread.

The parade may be finished, but the joy continues – the Association is now organising a Facebook contest for the community. From now until 30 March, anyone can win prizes by using their Facebook page to share exciting parade photos and movies, or by using other creative means to wish the YMCA a happy anniversary by using the hashtag #CYMCA115. The 115 most vibrant Facebook shares will entitle the winners to a HK$25 coffee coupon. To learn more,

please visit our Facebook page:www.facebook.com/chineseymcahk
For the full list of all our 115th anniversary events, please click here:http://www.ymca.org.hk/115

 

 

Upcoming Events
NBA All-Star Dale Ellis Basketball Camp
NBA全明星籃球訓練相片 Have you got any plans for the upcoming four-day Easter holiday? This year, the Association is organising two basketball camps with the renowned Dale Ellis as the coach! Dale Ellis is a retired American professional basketball player – during his career he was selected to play in the NBA All-Star Game and was an NBA three-point shootout winner. He is also a Christian, and evangelism will be integrated into the camp – there’s no doubt this will be the best Easter holiday camp ever, so don’t miss your chance and register now!

NBA All-Star Dale Ellis Basketball Camp
Date: 26-28/03/2016 (From Saturday to Monday)
Time: 09:00-13:00
Venue: 6/F, Kowloon Centre
Target participants: U14 (ages 6 to 14), U18 (ages 15 to 18)
Quota: 30 people per group
Fee: HK$1,680

Dale Ellis Three Point Shot Clinic
Date: 25/03/2016 (Fri)
Time: 09:00-13:00
Venue: 6/F, Kowloon Centre
Target participants: U14 (ages 6 to 14), U18 (ages 15 to 18)
Quota: 30 people in each group
Fee: HK$1,680

Interested parties are urged to visit our Kowloon Centre to register in person.
Enquiries: 2783-3620 (please request to speak with either Mr Lam Chun-man or Mr Sheh Kuen-hung)

 

Colourful Life‧New Mine
Colourful Life‧New Mine photoThe Association has launched this new programme specifically aimed at people aged 40 and above who are planning to retire or retire early, in order to help these individuals find ways to live fulfilling lives and challenge themselves. Several courses will be held between April and June, and they are now open for public registration. These courses include Ukulele, Cooking with Japanese Mama, Healthy Lifestyle and Skin Refining Diet, Canyoning, Walking, Soccer and Pain-relief Stretching. Early bird discounts are available for most courses. please click the link below for more details

 

 

YMCA News from around the world
Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs Executive Committee Meeting 2016
Executive Committee photoThe Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs (APAY) is a federation of 24 national YMCA movements located throughout the Asia Pacific region. First established in 1949 as the Asia Alliance of YMCAs, the Alliance has united more than 1,000 local YMCAs with more than six million members. Throughout the years, the number of local YMCAs and members has increased three-fold with the inclusion of the YMCAs in the Pacific region.

The APAY convenes an Executive Committee Meeting (ECM) once a year, gathering delegates together to discuss the general policies and specific instructions of the council. The Alliance forms committees to conduct specific tasks, and these committees are accountable to the Executive Committee. The present list of Standing Committees is as follows:

-Committee on Mission and Responses
-Youth Participation and Leadership Development
-Gender Equity
-Finance and Administration
-Constitutional Matters
-Golden Anniversary Trust Fund
-Personnel Committee

This year’s ECM was held from 8 – 11 March in Hong Kong. The Chinese YMCA hosted a farewell dinner on the last day of the meeting, offering the delegates an evening of good fellowship. During the reception before the dinner, representatives from the Y’s Men Club International and the YMCA took the opportunity to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for future cooperation. At the dinner itself, the delegates bid farewell to Mr Ron Mell, the National General Secretary of the Australia YMCA, who will soon be retiring from his YMCA duties.

The Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong is currently working in collaboration with more than half of the national and local YMCAs in the Asia Pacific region. Moving forward, we will continue to strengthen these networks and explore new partnerships in order to provide more international exchange opportunities to YMCA members in Hong Kong and overseas. The Chinese YMCA will also keep its commitment to support the development of the younger YMCAs members of the APAY.

 

Activities Highlights
Celebrating the fifth anniversary of Coach Kindle Hopes
fifth anniversary photoWith the full support of our corporate partners, in 2011 the Association developed the “Coach Kindle Hopes” Mountainous Region Mobile Classroom Programme. To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Coach Kindle Hopes, on 27 February the Association organised a large-scale event: a photography exhibition showcasing the highlights of volunteer service achievements over the past five years. We invited the artists Ms Leila Kong and Ms Leanne Ho along to share their volunteer experiences.

“I understand how difficult it was for parents to leave home and travel a long distance to work, leaving their children and aging parents behind as I am a mother too. I feel sad just thinking about it”, shared Leila.

Over the years, three Coach Kindle Hopes missions have travelled over 125,000 kilometres, and given rides to over 2,500 volunteers to remote mountainous areas of Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces. These volunteers have visited and provided assistance to over 75,000 children, sharing their love and care with them and with one another. At the event, we also held an awards presentation ceremony for the “My Mobile Classroom” design competition, while selected outstanding works of art were exhibited. At the same time, a My Mobile Classroom parent/child creation booth was set up, allowing people to create their ideal Coach Kindle Hopes mobile classroom.

To learn more and view highlights from the ceremony, please click here .

 

The “I Pledge” Live Band Festival 2016
The -I Pledge- Live Band Festival 2016 photoJointly organised by the Association and the HKSAR Intellectual Property Department, the "I Pledge" Live Band Festival 2016 was held on 5 March at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza in Tsim Sha Tsui. The event aimed to promote respect for original creativity and encourage people to protect intellectual property. On the event day, more than 30 local bands, including KillerSoap, Supper Moment, Choco and 3 think, performed their original songs live and expressed their enthusiasm for music. The eight-hour outdoor concert attracted countless music lovers and tourists, who stopped by to enjoy themselves, spontaneously erupting into cheers and thunderous applause.

 

Membership Privileges
Membership Privileges photoBeing a YMCA member allows you to enjoy countless membership benefits. This month, we have a number of new membership privileges for you, so please take note – and don’t forget to bring your membership card with you!
 
Madam Tussauds Hong Kong NEW
Purchase group tickets (10 tickets or above), general tickets, or wax sets and receive a special discount! Simply fill in the order form and after confirming your membership you will be able to enjoy the discount. Adult tickets are priced as low as HK$135 (regular price HK$225). Please click here for more details.

 

Membership Privileges photo
Hong Kong Hachiban Limited NEW
Present your valid YMCA membership card and save up to 20 per cent at any Hong Kong Hachiban Limited restaurant.

1. Hachiban Ramen (all items 20% off)
Branch list:
Shatin Branch:
Shop No 3-10, part of Level 3, New Town Plaza Phase III, 2-8 Shatin Centre Street, Shatin, NT.
Causeway Bay Branch:
Shop 1104, 11/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.
Kowloon Bay Branch:
Rm Un5-4, 5/F, Telford Plaza II, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon.
Tseung Kwan O Branch:
Counter I, Shop G50, G/F, PopCorn, 9 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, N.T.

2. Hachiban Menya (all items 20% off)
Branch list:
Causeway Bay Branch:
Counter B-1, Shop B110, Basement 1, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tsim Sha Tsui Branch:
Counter D6, Shop 3001, Level 3, Harbour City, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, N.T.

3. Menza (all items 10% off)
Branch list:
-Mongkok Branch:
Stall No. 8 at Food Opera, Level 3, MOKO, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Mongkok, Kowloon.  

 

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The 3rd Annual Mini-Movie Competition 2015
The 3rd Annual Mini-Movie Competition 2015

 


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