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YMCA 2016 September Perspective

23-09-2016

Theme Story

Theme Story
Chinese YMCA: A legacy spanning over a century
This year marks the 115th year that Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong has been serving the people of Hong Kong. Over the last 115 years, our mission and purpose have remained steadfast and unchanged. We are overjoyed that we have the opportunity to celebrate this anniversary. Next month, to commemorate and rejoice at this milestone and to increase public awareness and understanding of Chinese YMCA’s mission and services, a series of celebration events will be taking place.

Produced as part of our anniversary and adhering to the anniversary theme – “fulfilling our mission with love and uniting people with joy” – we are producing a book called YM Volunteers' Voice. Extracts from this book have already been posted on Facebook. This publication features the fascinating stories of selected Chinese YMCA staffs and volunteers, as well as kind words about volunteer work from a number of celebrities, including Shirley Loo, Lau Ming Wai and Matthew Cheung. As soon as the book is launched, even more fabulous content will be posted at our 115th website.

As part of our anniversary, we are exploring the perspectives of volunteers from around the world, inviting YMCA representatives from Singapore, Osaka, Seoul, Taipei and Hawaii to Hong Kong for the Six YMCAs Conference next month. In addition, our 115thAnniversary Symposium, focusing on new trends and patterns in volunteerism will be held on 14 October. Prominent guests at the symposium will include Ms Florence Hui, SBS, JP, Under Secretary for Home Affairs; Prof Lui Tai Lok, Vice President (Research and Development) of the Education University of Hong Kong; Ms Sonya Fock, founder of i-Action; and Mr Peter Chan, Chairperson of the Youth Participation and Leadership Development (YPLD) Committee of the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs. Members of the social service sector, the education sector and tertiary students are also welcome to join the symposium, spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first served basis only. For more details about the symposium and to register, please click here.

Our headquarter located at Waterloo Road YMT will get a new look in October. From 12 October onwards, a two-week long promotional campaign for our Love Equation initiative will take place at Kowloon Tong MTR station. During the campaign, magnetic stickers with photos of Chinese YMCA Bridges Street Centre and the Waterloo Road Centre will be posted on a banner and will be given to the public for free. A quiz will also be held, with the winners being given the opportunity to enjoy free meals at the Cityview and the Harbourview. Finally, an open day will be held at our Wu Kwai Sha Youth Village on 16 October, with both members and the public are being invited to all the village’s facilities for free on that day. For details of further anniversary-related events, please visit Chinese YMCA’s 115th anniversary celebration page here.

 

Upcoming Events
Project of Joy
Project of Joy photo “Project of Joy” is a programme which provides various sports and interest activities to Chinese YMCA members over the age of 40. A series of social services events is featured this October. These events will include visiting groups of vulnerable people and ethnic minority cultural

exchange activity. Members and retirees will also be encouraged to participate in volunteer work and environmental protection activities like food recycling and glass container recycling, allowing the participants to explore themes: the needs of vulnerable groups, sustainable development and world peace. These events will begin on 20 October. For further details and to register, please click here.
Youth creating their own path of light
The Fourth Hong Kong Secondary School Mini-Movie Competition is a collaborative project between Chinese YMCA, Magna Education Centre and the Hong Kong Micro Movie Institute. Registration for this exciting competition is now open! The themes for this years’s competition are “Spread Your Wings” and “A Beautiful Life” and participants can choose one of these themes. In late October, a mini-movie workshop will be organised for all participants, teaching them mini-movie making technique. This competition features three categories including junior high students, upper-secondary school students and individuals.

For registration details, please follow this link
If you have further enquiries, please call: 2857 7700 / or 9149 1942
Learning “All About Us” through film
Learning “All About Us” through film “All About Us” is a creative filmmaking project for ethnic minority youths organised under the Hong Kong Arts Centre’s flagship “ifva” programme. Chinese YMCA is honoured to be the project’s promotion and venue partner this year, with the project taking place from late October to early December. Events associated with the ifva will include creative training camps and short film production course. The Association is eagerly anticipating the ethnic minority youths can share their story and feelings through photography, film production and performance. The registration deadline is 3 October; for details, please follow this link

 

 

Global YMCA News
Spice Programme 2016 photo
Stephen Curry’s Hong Kong Tour
Stephen Curry is the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the second straight season, and is universally hailed as “The point guard”. He visited Hong Kong for the first time in early October! Our Chinese YMCA basketball team members and coaches are honored to be invited to join the event and have a chance to talk with him.There is a long-standing and inseparable relationship between the game of basketball and Chinese YMCA, a relationship which many people are still unaware of: Dr James Naismith, director of the Massachusetts YMCA in the US, invented basketball in 1891. Chinese YMCA is grateful to both Dr Naismith and Mr Stephen Curry for helping introduce the youth of Hong Kong to the great sport of basketball and for continuing to develop the sport in 2016.

 

Highlights of our Activities
Little Ironman 2016 photo
Little Ironman 2016: another success!
The Sunlight Little Ironman Triathlon 2016 was successfully held at Wu Kwai Sha Youth Village recently. Over 200 adult and child entrants competed against each other in parent-child groups, taking home various awards and prizes. Thanks to the wonderful weather and the heroic efforts of the participants, the event was a success once again. We hope that all our “Little Ironmen” will maintain the determination and perseverance they found through this competition, and we look forward to another thrilling edition of the event in 2017!

To view highlights of the Sunlight Little Ironman Triathlon and the awards presentation ceremony, please click here. To access a full list of the winners and their finishing times, please log into this page.

 

Membership Benefits
Membership Benefits photo Members of Chinese YMCA have access to a wide range of benefits – here’s a sample of what’s new this month!
Crystal Jade Xiao Long Bao   NEW
You now have a new option for lunch and tea in Mong Kok. Chinese YMCA members are entitled to enjoy 10% off at Crystal Jade Xiao Long Bao from now; please read the following terms and conditions carefully.
  • 10% off the main course menu, Sundays to
  • Fridays (except public holidays), 11:30 to 17:30
Terms and conditions:
  • This offer is valid only at the King Wah Centre branch of Crystal Jade Xiao Long Bao.
  • This offer cannot be used for set meals or in conjunction with any other discount.
  • This offer is valid for dine in only and service charges are excluded.
  • Not valid on Saturdays, public holidays or the day before public holidays.
For other member privileges, please visit here.

 

Highlights of Chinese YMCA’s YouTube Channel
Sunlight Little Ironman Triathlon 2016
Sunlight Little Ironman Triathlon 2016 video

 


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