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YMCA 2016 August Perspective

23-08-2016

主題故事

Theme Story
Step Up for Love
Hong Kong is a hectic, fast-paced city. This creates an environment where people are often too busy either working or sleeping to appreciate the beauty that is present in their surrounding communities. At the same time, there are many people who have been neglected by society who need our care and assistance. To help spread the core messages of Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong’s “LovEquation” campaign – more love and caring, less worries and barriers – the Association has organised a “Step Up for Love Charity Hunt” to be held on 20 November 2016. The aim of the event is to invite youngsters to enjoy their lives and inject positive energy into the community. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Association’s New Territories Centre “Hot Meals for the Elderly” initiative, which provides complimentary meal vouchers for the elderly and low-income families in the district to share our love with these communities.

和平鴿手勢相片 The Step Up for Love Charity Hunt will involve over 300 participants. They will begin their hunt at four locations around Hong Kong and pass through several checkpoints at which they will be required to complete tasks with various themes, including “the heart of Hong Kong”, “caring service”, “natural environment” and “history and culture”. The tasks themselves will include distributing rice bags to people in need, visiting community stores, appreciating the natural environment and several others. These activities will help the participants understand more about the culture of their community and help care for the underprivileged. At the end of the hunt, all participants will gather at the Association’s Bridges Street Centre, a heritage building with over one hundred years of history. All attendees will then hand-make the sign of a peace dove by joining hands, promoting the message of love and peace while getting the whole community involved in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record.

As part of the event, participants will be encouraged to appreciate the heritage of the Sheung Wan District and the Bridges Street Centre. The Association will kick-start this appreciation by holding a “Street Unplugged Music Concert” at the Bridges Street Centre for the first time ever. It is hoped that all participants will enjoy the music and relax, building cohesion and increasing their sense of belonging to the community.

To encourage all citizens to integrate into the community and show how much they care about society, we hope that everyone – volunteer workers, staff, service targets and ordinary people alike, will make the peace dove symbol by joining hands with each other and then taking a snapshot and uploading it to your Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #CYMCA #StepUp4Love. Please remember to make your photo settings public. The photos will then be collected and merged into one large picture which will be displayed at the Bridges Street Centre on the event day. We hope that this photo will feature as many people as possible in order to truly embody the Hong Kong spirit – showing how love and care can pass from generation to generation as we work together to build a harmonious society.

All members aged 16 to 30 are welcome to take part in this unique event. Places are limited, so be sure not to miss the registration deadline of 20 September!

For details and to register please click here
For enquiries please call: 2540 0526
 

 

Upcoming Events
Annual Mini Movie Competition – now open!
Annual Mini Movie photo To encourage young people to pursue their dreams and unleash their full potential, Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, Magna Education Centre and the Hong Kong Micro Movie Institute have co-organised the fourth Annual Mini Movie Competition. The competition is a major event for schools in Hong Kong. Last year, the competition had a fantastic panel of judges, including Mr Yung Chi-Kwong, Director of “Port of Call”, the movie which drew him win the Best Screenplay award at the 34th Hong Kong Film Awards; Mr Tong Kei-ming, a highly-regarded producer; and Mr Ng Chong-chau, a previous winner of the Best Screenplay award. All winning entries were shown at Phoenix Club, UA iSQUARE a total of two times, showcasing the winning entries and allowing the winners to experience the joy of their movies actually hitting the big screen.

This year, the participants are able to choose from one of two themes: either “spread your wings and unleash your potential” or “beautify life”. To help the participants master the skills of filmmaking, the Association will organise a free workshop to be held at the end of October. The competition will be divided into junior, senior and individual groups. Participants can submit their entries either as a team or an individual. The registration and entry submission deadline is 30 December and the results will be announced in January 2017. All interested parties are encouraged to click here for further details and to apply.

For the list of entries from previous years, please visit our “Annual Mini Movie Competition” Facebook page here.

Good luck!
For enquiries, please call 2857 7700 / 9149 1942

 

World YMCA News
Spice Programme 2016 photo
Spice Programme 2016
For the second year in a row, Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong and Just Volunteers partnered to implement the Summer Programme Immersion Camp in English (SPICE programme). This year, we recruited six students from Leeds University in England and twelve students from City University of Hong Kong who planned, designed and developed the programme content and delivered the programme to 200 primary school students from less privileged families living in Tin Shui Wai district over a five week period during the summer.

The SPICE programme aims to develop the confidence and expand the potential of the target students through communicating in English with their peers and instructors during the five week course. Two of the highlights of this year’s programme were the cultural festival events held in July and August at the Association’s Wu Kwai Sha Youth Village, which saw interns from the Global Y Explorers organise a variety of activities designed to share the interns’ culture with the children of the SPICE programme.

The students had the opportunity to interact with native English speakers and become immersed in practicing English in a non-classroom setting. The SPICE programme not only offers learning, but also cultural exchange opportunities for the participants as well as the university students. The Association hopes to continue developing this programme to make an even greater impact in the future.
 
Highlights of our Activities
Training for the Sunlight Little Ironman Triathlon
Sunlight Little Ironman Triathlon 2016 photo This year, our “Sunlight Little Ironman Triathlon 2016” received a great response from the public, with all quotas being filled right after the launch of the promotion. The event’s kick-off and pledge ceremony was successful organised earlier, with all participants pledging to strive their best to join the competition by competing fairly and equally and showcasing their dedication. A total of 55 family teams took part in a training camp held on Sunday 14 August. The teams went through basic training exercises in the three sports of the competition and also rehearsed the inflatable obstacle course section of the event, testing the participants’ limits and encouraging them to provide mutual support to each other. The Sunlight Little Ironman Triathlon will be held on 3 September (Saturday). It is the Association’s hope that all the triathletes, regardless of their age, will enjoy the training, have fun in the competition and show their determination under the sun.

 

Kids Outing with Hang Seng Volunteers
Most of the time, the parents of low-income families have to work extremely hard to make ends meet, and therefore have precious little time left over to go on outings with their children. To help their children experience love, care and the fun of a field trip, Hang Seng Bank, one of the Association’s Y-Care partners, delegated a special team of volunteers to take several children from low income families on a summer holiday outing. During the weekend visit to Noah’s Ark in Ma Wan and Tsing Yi Park, each volunteer took care of a child, visiting the different halls of Noah’s Ark and helping the children learn about renewable energy and the vastness of our universe. The team also visited Tsing Yi Park, helping the kids get in touch with nature and appreciate the wonderful views of the waterfall. All the grown-ups and kids enjoyed themselves fully, and everyone hopes that they will have another opportunity to get together again.

If you or your company would like to get involved in our Y-Care CSR Scheme, please visit here

 

Award-winning Annual Report Design
Award-winning Annual Report Design To publicly showcase our many service achievements, each year the Association puts a lot of effort into designing and publishing our annual report. Our 2014-2015 annual report adopted the themes: “The Fruit of the Spirit” and “Basketball”, with the cover printed with a texture which mimicked the convex surface of a basketball, reminding us that basketballs were invented by the YMCA in 1891 in Massachusetts in the United States. Riding on the strength of this design and our many achievements highlighted within, this year the Association took part in the International ARC Awards for the first time. The awards are globally regarded as the ‘Oscars for Annual Reports’ and we are grateful and honoured to have received the Honors award in the category of Interior Design: Non-Profit Organisation. The receipt of this award shows that our annual report design has reached an international standard. To view our award-wining annual report, please visit:

2014/15Annual Report
 

 

Membership Benefits
Membership Benefits photo There are countless privileges that come with being a Chinese YMCA member! This month, we present a new series of benefits for you.
GIORMANI   NEW

Looking for a brand-new sofa? Then you will find this discount to be “sofantastic”! Giormani is now offering Chinese YMCA members a 5% discount on all regular priced sofas – you won’t want to miss this limited time promotion!

Terms and conditions:

  • Applicable at all Giormani branches in Hong Kong
  • Conditions apply. Please contact staff in stores for more details.
  • If there are any disputes, Giormani reserves the right of final decision.

 

Re:echo   NEW

From today to 28 August, Chinese YMCA membership card holders can enjoy up to almost 50% off selected products at Re:echo. Discounts are applicable at the following three branches:
 

Re:echo
  1. 1/F, 50-56 Pitt Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
    Tel: 2385 1822

  2. Shop UG51,Citywalk, 1 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan, New Territories
    Tel: 2838 1176

  3. B1, 2/F, Chit Wing Building, 2-6 Kau Yuk Rd, Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong
    Tel: 3791 2648

More membership benefits can be found by clicking this link

 

 

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