(Hong Kong．24 November 2017) The Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) Annual Meeting 2017 was held today, at which new HKRC Chairman Mrs Ivy Wu chaired the Meeting, and introduced the“5-Year Strategic Plan 2017-2022”. Highlights of our works and developments in the past year were also presented. The HKRC provided a variety of local and overseas services with the total number of beneficiaries over 11 million, including disaster relief, post-disaster support and disaster preparedness services in 27 countries and regions; offered local disaster relief and psychological support services during emergencies and crisis; Blood Transfusion Service collected over 250,000 units of blood; organized about 1,300 first aid and healthcare courses for general public and vulnerable groups; offered patient concern services, elderly chronic diseases management and community visits; handled 914 tracing requests for separated family members with a success rate of 44% this year; volunteers provided over 550,000 hours of service in 2016; provided about 1,300 diversified training programmes for youth members; and provided whole-person education to students in our three special schools and hospital school of 18 public hospitals.
The HKRC has achieved several service milestones in the year 2016/17, including the 65th anniversary of the tracing service, which is the longest service ever provided in the HKRC history. Embracing the humanitarian spirit, the HKRC started to help those in need to reestablish contact with their missing family members. The longest period of separation recorded among our successful cases was 74 years. Moreover, the HKRC youth uniform group, Red Cross Youth (RCY), is celebrating its 60th anniversary in the year. The RCY with over 12,000 members is implemented through uniform groups, which targeted primary and secondary schools, striving to encourage youth participation in humanitarian service and serve voluntarily for the causes of humanity.
This year, the HKRC launched the “5-Year Strategic Plan 2017-2022” with three strategic aims which are “save and protect lives in crises and emergencies”, “strengthen community resilience” and “promote humanitarian values and humanitarian agenda”. We expect to achieve the aims by service and education, in the hope that Hong Kong will become a safer and more resilient community to urban crises. To achieve this goal and to serve more people in need for the causes of humanity, the HKRC relies on the continuous support from all council members, committee members, staff, volunteers, donors, blood donors, partners, relevant government departments and various sectors in society.
To express our profound appreciation, the HKRC presented over 160 awards and badges to individuals, organizations or corporations for their outstanding or long service and ardent support for the HKRC in the meeting.
Full version of the HKRC Annual Report 2016/17 is now available at:
(From right) HKRC Hon Treasurer Mr Horace Chau; new Deputy Chairman Dr Lau Chor Chiu; new Chairman Mrs Ivy Wu; new Deputy Chairman Mr Philip Tsai and Secretary General Ms Bonnie So co-host the HKRC Annual Meeting 2017.
Over 800 members demonstrate the humanitarian strength of RCY to the public at the “RCY 60th Anniversary Parade Carnival”.
Reunited family share their story at the 65th anniversary event of Hong Kong Red Cross tracing service. The service handled 914 tracing requests for separated family members with a success rate of 44% this year.
About the Hong Kong Red Cross
Established in 1950, the Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and the world’s humanitarian network operating in 190 countries. We dedicate ourselves to protecting human life, caring for the health of the vulnerable and respecting human dignity by mobilizing people to serve for the causes of humanity. The HKRC services include blood transfusion service, bone marrow and cord blood donation, disaster relief and preparedness, first aid and health training, youth and volunteer programmes, tracing, psychological support, community care and patient concern services, special education and rehabilitation services. For details, please visit www.redcross.org.hk.
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