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Age is never a limit to learning, nor to bringing positive changes to oneself and society, as evidenced by the top 10 Smart Power Ambassadors recognised today (17 April) for their efforts in promoting energy efficiency and spreading green messages in the community.
The 10 awardees were selected out of the more than 130 retirees who participated in the Smart Power Ambassadors Training programme last year. Their year-long training, engineered towards environmental education for senior citizens, was first launched in 2018 by HK Electric and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) under their University of 3rd Age (U3A) Network, a self-initiated learning platform for local retirees.
Speaking at the annual U3A Completion Ceremony, Managing Director of HK Electric, Mr. Wan Chi-tin, said, "The training incorporated green education with life-long learning and volunteerism advocated by the U3A. With this training, we hope U3A students would be more knowledgeable about the impact of global warming, energy efficiency, green electricity generation and low-carbon living and exercise wiser choices in their action.”
"We are glad that more than 130 U3A students signed up for the training last year, with 54 completing all the courses. What impressed us the most is that they tried to live up to what they had learned by leading a greener life and encouraging others to do so.”
Since completing their training late last year, the ambassadors conducted about 70 sharing sessions for some 1,600 attendees from all walks of life. The top 10 ambassadors, ranging in age from 65 to 80, come from eight self-learning centres of the U3A network. Apart from initiating personal changes on energy consumption, some have actively encouraged others to conduct energy audits to improve energy efficiency at home and for communal installations in buildings.
Some of these ambassadors demonstrated their creativity in promoting green messages through drama, rap song, video interview, action cards, and DIY green corner. They also made good use of opportunities offered by their elderly centres in conducting sharing sessions during regular meetings, birthday parties, carnivals or during visits to elderly homes and schools to spread what they had learned on green living.
Inspired by the enthusiasm shown by the top 10 ambassadors, Chairman of the Elderly Commission, Dr. Lam Ching-choi, who also officiated at today's function, said: "This training programme has successfully empowered our senior citizens to become green agents who brought about positive changes to society. I hope they would continue to apply what they have learned to drive changes, and I am sure their passion will convince many others to join in.”
Mr. Wan added that based on the success of the training last year, the U3A would continue to host the Smart Power Ambassadors Training every two years. "For 2019, we will arrange refresher course and invite the ambassadors to serve as guides at our new Smart Power Gallery and to take up other green tasks, such as promoting our Smart Power Services, to make Hong Kong greener and smarter,”he explained.
About 400 U3A students attended today's ceremony. The U3A learning platform, which comprises a network of 51 elderly centres under 16 elderly service organisations, offered 980 classes last year, providing more than 16,000 learning opportunities for local senior citizens. Besides new courses such as Zentangle and Virtual Reality (VR), elderly-related courses such as prevention of Dementia, Gerontech, and financial knowledge also proved popular.
Acting Chief Executive of the HKCSS, Mr. Cliff Choi, said in his concluding speech that, "We are glad to have rolled out the debut Smart Power Ambassadors Training Programme last year. With HK Electric's corporate expertise in green power generation, plus HKCSS' networks and experiences, we have drawn our senior citizens' attention to global warming, and encouraged them to combat climate change by adjusting their own habits and initiating changes in their community.”
The U3A project is supported by the HK Electric Centenary Trust and co-ordinated by HKCSS. Elderly service agencies receive funding to run self-learning centres that provide courses conducted by the elderly for the elderly. Since its inception 13 years ago, more than 7,300 such courses had been arranged, providing more than 120,000 learning opportunities for local retirees. For more details on U3A, visit www.u3a.org.hk, or contact HKCSS at 2864 2951.
Top 10 Smart Power Ambassadors
Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Western District Elderly Community Centre
Adapted a Chinese classic (Three Smiles for Tang Bohu 唐伯虎點秋香) into a modern drama highlighting the green and safe use of electricity; and helped upgrade her building's communal installations with energy efficient equipment.
Christian and Missionary Alliance Church Union Hong Kong Ltd. Riviera Gardens Elderly Learning Centre
Uploaded onto the social media a rap song and a Cantonese pop song with lyrics that promoted green messages. Also created a DIY corner in the elderly centre that featured green news and information on green living.
Energy Efficiency KOLs
Sheng Kung Hui Holy Nativity Church Social Service Centre
Promoted HK Electric's Smart Power Services to building owners by producing a video interview with a successful applicant on past funding experience. On a personal basis, she reduced her electricity consumption after completing the training.
Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Wilson T S Wang District Elderly Community Centre
Encouraged family and friends to conduct energy audits at home and for their buildings to understand their electricity consumption pattern and identify rooms to improve.
Hong Kong Caritas District Elderly Centre - Yuen Long
Winner of the "Outstanding Third Age Citizen" Award in 2009.
Hosted the most numbers of talks and sharing sessions among the top 10 ambassadors with some 180 attendees, and supplemented his sharing with self-designed teaching materials, games and props.
Hong Kong Caritas Sha Tin Elderly Centre
Winner of the "Outstanding Third Age Citizen" Award in 2015.
Eager to promote HK Electric's Smart Power Services for the community such as energy audits, Care Fund, Feed-in Tariff (FiT) Scheme, etc.
Low Carbon Heroes
Pok Oi Hospital Mrs. Wong Tung Yuen District Elderly Community Centre
Put into practice what she had learned to save on energy by developing new habits, using more energy efficient appliances, and setting up a curtain damper for better air-conditioning in the living room area.
Encouraged the elderly to establish good green habits by producing action cards to take home and serve as reminders.
Yu Nuowan and Tam Shut-fun
Hong Kong Young Women's Christian Association Ellen Li District Elderly Community Centre
Self-driven green enthusiasts who designed and set up a booth in a green carnival to promote global warming, offering interactive games and green living tips.
Top 10 Smart Power Ambassadors pictured with their star tutors and the officiating guests including Dr. Lam Ching-choi (front row centre); Mr. Cliff Choi (front L3) and Mr. Wan Chi-tin (front R3).
Mr. Wan Chi-tin says U3A will continue to host the Smart Power Ambassadors Training once every two years, and will arrange refresher course for current ambassadors this year.
Dr. Lam Ching-choi hopes that the ambassadors will continue to apply what they have learned to drive changes and convince others to join in.
With HK Electric's corporate expertise in green power generation, plus HKCSS' networks and experiences, Mr. Cliff Choi says that the U3A is spreading green messages and bringing positive changes to society.
One of the winners, Chiu Yin-yee adapted a Chinese opera into a modern drama highlighting the green and safe use of electricity.
"Energy Efficiency KOLs" Tsoi Po-luk (left) and Chan Sui-kan produced a video to promote energy efficiency for buildings.
"Environmental Advocates" Yu Nuo-kwan (R2) and Tam Shut-fun (L1) designed a game booth in a green carnival to promote environmental protection.
Vice Chairman of Green Power, Dr. Man Chi-sum (L1), and Deputy Chief Executive of The Conservancy Association, Mr. Rico Wong (R1) presenting awards to “Low Carbon Heroes" Cheung Kwok-fung (L2) and Lee Wan-ying.
Founder and Executive Director of The Green Earth, Mr. Edwin Lau (L1), and Vy Ek-chin, Assistant Director/Electricity & Energy Efficiency of EMSD (R1) presenting awards to "Energy Efficiency KOLs" Tsoi Po-luk (L2) and Chan Sui-kan.
Mr. Cliff Choi (R1) and Chief Executive of World Green Organisation, Dr. William Yu (L1) presenting awards to the "Creative Duo" Chiu Yin-yee (R2) and Tam Koon-ming.
Mr. Wan Chi-tin (centre) presenting awards to "Green Commissioners" Yip Pang-wai (right) and Leung Yun-keung.
Dr. Lam Ching-choi (centre) presenting awards to "Environmental Advocates" Yu Nuo-kwan (left) and Tam Shut-fun.
Dr. Lam Ching-choi officiating at the completion ceremony and congratulating students for their achievements.
Officiating guests in a group photo with more than 300 U3A students.