(Hong Kong‧7 October 2017) Co-organized by the Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) and Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), the Hong Kong Humanity Award was first launched in 2007. The very first award of its kind in Hong Kong to advocate for humanitarian actions, the Award aims to disseminate the universal value of humanity and motivate all sectors of society to carry forward such spirit, through paying tribute to people dedicated to humanitarian deeds. The recipients of the Hong Kong Humanity Award 2017 are announced today. Seven recipients of the Hong Kong Humanity Award and one recipient of Hong Kong Humanity Youth Power, of different backgrounds, live up to and put into practice the spirit of humanity.
The Hong Kong Humanity Award marks ten years with the theme of this year “A Decade of Humanity- Growing in Strength”, hoping to gather the strength and resources of the society to spread out and live out the spirit of humanity. Awardees from past years gathered in the hall of the ceremony to showcase the collective power of humanity. Addressing at the ceremony, Mrs Ivy Wu, JP, Chairman of the HKRC, said “I am glad to witness this precious moment of the 10th anniversary of the Hong Kong Humanity Award together with awardees from past years, who exemplified that the spirit of humanity can be practiced in different areas and roles.” She applauded the awardees of this year for applying their expertise and experience to assist people in need in Hong Kong and all over the world. At the same time, their enthusiasm has influenced their peers and others to take part in benevolent causes, enabling humanitarian services to reach out further.
Ms Lisa Liu Lai-yee, Deputy Director of Broadcasting (Programmes) pointed out that RTHK has been striving to disseminate humanitarian spirit for years. Through Hong Kong Humanity Award, we can pay tribute to people who take part in good deeds which aim to save life, care for the vulnerable and respect human dignity, so as to promote a loving and helping community. She congrates the awardees who set good examples to everybody, showing that all of us can give love and hope to people in predicament.
Awardees of the Hong Kong Humanity Award 2017
Dr Chow Sik-kuen－A plastic and reconstructive surgeon, providing medical service for patients with cleft lip or cleft palate in different provinces in mainland China, Indonesia and Madagascar, for 22 years since 1995.
Dr Law Sheung-wai－An orthopedic surgeon, travelled to the mainland every week to offer clinical consultations and rehabilitative treatments, in the ensuing five months of Sichuan earthquake in 2008; still visiting Chengdu every half a year currently, to follow up on the rehabilitation progress of his medical service recipients.
Mr Walter Leung Wai-yin－A senior nurse, actively participating in overseas relief operations including flooding, typhoon, earthquake and Ebola outbreak since 2010; also engaged in long term poverty alleviation efforts, such as carrying out health promotion and disease prevention project within the slum areas of Manila, the Philippines. Walter just departed to Bangladesh in Septemebr to provide medical services to people suffered from flooding.
Mr Howard Ling ho-wan－Facilitating the developments of social enterprises over the years, helping many non-profit organizations to set up more than 30 social enterprises, which hired over hundreds of the handicapped, including those with visual and hearing impairments, physical handicaps and autism.
Mr Robert Wong Kin-ming－An architect, believes that building design can improve the living environment and people can be brought closer together through architecture, therefore advocates a “community participation” architectural concept to involve service stakeholders in the entire design and construction process, ensuring the architectural projects are humanized and tailored to users’ needs. He mobilizes volunteers to build schools together with local community in developing countries over the years.
Mr Chris Yeung Wai-kei & Mrs Lydia Yeung Mak Yin-fung－Emigrated to the United States in 1998, where they lived a life of stability and comfort; on a journey to mainland China to visit an orphanage in 2005, they felt the yearnings of the abandoned children for family and love, and therefore resigned from his job thereafter and took their three young children to settle in Nanning City, Guangxi, to embark on humanitarian work in the service of handicapped orphans and children with cerebral palsy.
Awardees of the Hong Kong Humanity Youth Power 2017
Ms Michelle Siu Hoi-yan－Had her eyeballs removed in a cancer surgery when she was three months old. Gifted with a singing voice despite visual impairment, she is capable of moving people around her and encouraging people facing hardship.
In the past decade, 63 recipients have been commended. All their stories of humanity are inspirational. The book Hong Kong Humanity Award 10th anniversary book - "Humanity for all", which collected touching stories from awardees over the decade, is launched on the date of the ceremony, with the hope to encourage more people to join the humanitarian work.
Selection Panel: Disseminate Humanity with Action
The Selection Panel of this year is chaired by The Hon Mr Justice Patrick Chan (Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal). Other panel members are: Ms Lisa LIU Lai-yee (Deputy Director of Broadcasting (Programmes), Radio Television Hong Kong), Mr Kennedy LIU Tat-yin (Vice-Chairperson of Executive Committee, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service), Professor LUI Tai-lok (Vice President (Research and Development) of The Education University of Hong Kong), Ms Christina LEE (Head of Individual Philanthropy Services, Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Hong Kong Branch), Professor Edward NG Yan-yung (The awardee of the Hong Kong Humanity Award 2010) and Mr Jimmy YUEN (Director of the Hong Kong Red Cross). The Panel unanimously believes that the eight awardees are exemplary models of humanity. They not only use their experiences and capabilities to help people in need, but also inspire others to join their humanitarian forces.
Six groups of awardees of the Hong Kong Humanity Award 2017 (from left): Dr Law Sheung-wai, Mr Howard Ling ho-wan, Mr Robert Wong Kin-ming, Dr Chow Sik-kuen, Mr Chris Yeung Wai-kei & Mrs Lydia Yeung Mak Yin-fung ,and awardees of the Hong Kong Humanity Youth Power 2017 Ms Michelle Siu Hoi-yan
Ms Ivy Wu, JP, Chairman of the HKRC, members of the Selection Panel and awardees of the Hong Kong Humanity Award 2017
Ms Ivy Wu, JP, Chairman of the HKRC, members of the Selection Panel, awardees and nominators of the Hong Kong Humanity Award 2017, and awardees from previous years
(From Left) The Hon Mr Justice Patrick Chan (Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal), Ms Ivy Wu, JP, Chairman of the HKRC, Ms Lisa Liu Lai-yee, Deputy Director of Broadcasting (Programmes), Chairman of the Selection Panel of this year award together with Mr Jonathan Cheng, volunteer representative from the visit team of the Award, kicks off the award presentation ceremony
Ms Lam Kam-ching (awardee of the year 2015), Dr Wu Kit-ying Kitty (awardee of the year 2009), Mr Ko Chi-kin Derek (awardee of the year 2012) , Professor Edward Ng (awardee of the year 2010) together with Mr Wong Ka-ning Raymond and Mrs Wong Ho Shuk-ying Viola (awardee of the year 2014) recommend the book Hong Kong Humanity Award 10th anniversary book - "Humanity for all", which collected touching stories from awardees over the decade