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YMCA 2016 October Perspective

28-10-2016

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Theme Story
Chinese YMCA Headquarters Unveils a Brand-new Look For Our 115th Anniversary
To commemorate the 115th anniversary of Chinese YMCA, this year we are inviting all of Hong Kong to celebrate with us in a huge variety of ways. Together, these celebrations demonstrate our vitality, our determination and Chinese YMCA’s commitment to the unending pursuit of excellence and innovation.

To give structure to these celebrations, Chinese YMCA headquarters building in Yau Ma Tei unveiled a brand new look earlier this month – a red and blue ribbon painted on the façade of the building which is broken up into 66 colour blocks. These symbolize the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. The width of each colour block was devised according to the relative length of each Bible book, with the ribbon beginning near the junction of Waterloo Road and Nathan Road with a colour block representing the Book of Genesis. The ribbon is a visual representation of our aim to develop the Christian character and cultivate a Christian spirit of service among the young people of our city.

115周年會慶論壇相片We also held a number of activities in October to celebrate this momentous anniversary, with over 600 local and overseas members of Chinese YMCA invited to take part in these events. Ms Florence Hui, SBS, JP, Under Secretary for Home Affairs and Professor Lui Tai Lok, Vice President (Research and Development) of the Education University of Hong Kong, both participated in our 115th Anniversary Symposium, sharing their thoughts on the trends and developments that have been recently made in volunteer work around the world.115周年會慶論壇相片
 
A thanksgiving service was held on the same day as the symposium, with more than 300 participants attending, including the Right Reverend Andrew Chan, Bishop of the Diocese of Western Kowloon Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui. A thanksgiving dinner was also held at the Cruise Terminal for guests and senior staff members. The guests included Ms Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, GBM, GBS, JP, Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong SAR Government. The presence of these prominent guests made the evening both solemn and wonderful.
 
程序服務工獎勵計劃頒章禮相片We also held 115th Anniversary Volunteer Service Award Scheme Presentation Ceremony to recognize the achievements made by our volunteers over the past year. An open day was also held at our Wu Kwai Sha Youth Village, 115 Anniversary Uniform Groups Parade was also presented on the occasion. Mr Simon Peh Yun-lu, the Commissioner of the ICAC, served as the officiating guest and greatly enjoyed the performance alongside the crowd. The public were also given free access to the village’s facilities for free and encouraged to take part in the anniversary celebrations.

全城‧傳承115相片 Serving the people of Hong Kong is the first and most important mission of Chinese YMCA. In light of this, it is only natural that we share our anniversary joy with the wider community. In addition to giving out coupons to our members who wrote the most creative greetings during our “Best Wishes Collection” project launched in April; two other fun events took place in October. The first was our “115 Years – The YMCApp Quiz”, a four-week long interactive quiz which saw members get a chance to win a HK$50 coffee coupon by downloading the YMCApp, logging in and answering questions about Chinese YMCA over the years. The second activity was our “Pass Love On”, which was held at Kowloon Tong MTR station. Magnetic stickers with paintings of Chinese YMCA Bridges Street Centre and our Waterloo Road Headquarters building were given out to the public for free. Those who correctly answered the question on the back of the sticker got the chance to win a free meal at the Cityview or the Harbourview. The winners’ list have been announced, please check our 115th website for the result.

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to a number of Hong Kong businesses for their steadfast support, including Tom Lee Music, the venue sponsor for the production of our 115th anniversary video; the magicians from Magic Kingdom; and Anton Wong(RX), Beatbox for his wonderful performance at our thanksgiving dinner. We are also extremely grateful for the countless contributions we’ve received from our members, volunteers, our service recipients and the wider community. Your support will help us grow and develop as we continue to carry out our mission in the Christian spirit of “to serve, not be served”. For further details on our anniversary celebrations, please visit: http://www.ymca.org.hk/115/

 

Upcoming Events
Run for love and care 3.0
螢光夜跑相片Have you thought about joining a race dressed as Santa Claus and helping vulnerable people this winter? No? Well why not try it this year! 2016 marks the third edition of our ‘Run for Love and Care' event. Sponsored by HSBC, this year’s event will take place on 17 December, a Saturday. Runners will wear fluorescent t-shirts, visit and send gifts to people in need. To bring more fun, we will be holding a costume design competition this year; each team will provide a t-shirt design on the theme of ‘love’ and ‘sunshine’; and three best teams will receive a prize. For further details, please contact Natalie Lee on 2617 7233.

 

 

Global YMCA News
世界青年會相片The 22nd Six YMCAs Conference and a 115th anniversary thanksgiving dinner with a Brazilian touch!
Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong was honoured and delighted to welcome friends and colleagues from all over the world to take part in two important international events held earlier this month in Hong Kong – the 22nd Six YMCAs Conference and our 115th anniversary celebration, all held between 11 and 16 October.
The theme of the conference was both broad and topical: “In Response to the Emerging Trends in Volunteerism: Making a Difference”. Twenty-seven delegates from the Six YMCAs Network – the YMCA of Honolulu, the Metropolitan YMCA of Singapore, the Osaka YMCA, the Seoul YMCA, the Taipei YMCA and Chinese YMCA – all came together to share their experiences and discuss new trends in volunteerism; specifically how these new trends are providing opportunities for each YMCA to develop and manage their existing volunteer programmes and integrate them into the YMCA movement. One of the highlights of the conference was the keynote speech given by Dr David Palmer, Head of the Department of Sociology at Hong Kong University, on the topic of Spiritual Capital and the Sustainable Mobilization and Empowerment of Volunteers.
After the close of conference, many overseas guests began arriving in Hong Kong, joining us to celebrate our 115 years of dedicated service to the local and international community.
世界青年會相片 We have also invited over 600 local and overseas guests to participate in the Thanksgiving Dinner, which was enhanced by plenty of local and international performances designed to representing how Chinese YMCA’s services expand far beyond the local community. The final performance of the evening was given by a renowned artist, Ms Dora Bueno from Brazil, who came to us with the help from the São Paulo YMCA, one of Chinese YMCA’s many international partners. It was a true privilege to have Ms Bueno end the thanksgiving dinner on such a high note, adding a touch of the exotic and joyful Brazilian art and music to this special evening.

 

Highlights of our Activities
Chinese YMCA teen programmes: butterfly watching
「環保TEEN空」-童。賞蝶-相片 One of our corporate partnership, Daikin HK, invited several young Chinese YMCA members to enjoy a butterfly watching activity in Shing Mun Country Park. Guided by a professional ecology docent, the participants enjoyed a wonderful day learning about the many types of wildlife at the park. Through the activity, both adults and children managed to forge a closer relationship with nature and learned much more about butterflies and their ecosystems.
Sharing love through mooncakes
Milton Exhibits Group, another of our long-standing corporate partners, played an important role in our ‘Give Love through Mooncakes’ mid-autumn charity event, jointly organized by Chinese YMCA’s Shatin Youth Outreach Social Work team and Chinese YMCA’s Hin Keng Centre. Volunteers from Milton Exhibits Group visited YM CAfé to learn about the production of a special low-sugar yam mooncake. After helping make some of these mooncakes, the team then helped distribute them to elderly people living alone. The volunteers greatly enjoyed their day, in particular the time they spent with the elderly.

 

Membership Benefits
會友優惠相片Members of Chinese YMCA have access to a wide range of benefits – here’s a sample of what’s new this month!
Two Girls  NEW
A brand with a history of well over 100 years, your parents – even your grandparents would certainly have purchased Two Girls’ “big four ” products, like body spray, body lotion, and body powder. Still going strong today, our members are now eligible to receive 12% off on your purchase of any regular-priced Two Girls products. What’s more, purchases of regular-priced items totalling over HKD 500 will receive 20% off discount.
These offers apply to Two Girls shops in two locations:
Causeway Bay: Shop No. 283, Causeway Place, 2-10 Great George Street, Causeway Bay
Peak Galleria: Shop No. 10, Level 1, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road
Terms and conditions:
  • Members must present their original membership cards prior to payment
  • The offer applies to regular-priced items only and is not applicable to fixed-priced, special-priced, consignment, promotional, festive and designated items (unless otherwise specified)
  • The offer remains valid until 31 December 2016
For further details and other membership benefits, please visit: http://www.ymca.org.hk/member-privileges

 

Highlights of Chinese YMCA’s YouTube Channel
YMVolunteer’s Voice
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