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Outstanding Third Age Citizens Award 2013 Open for Nomination

20 Dec 2012

Outstanding Third Age Citizens Award 2013 Open for Nomination

Hong Kong's expanding retired population has much to contribute, as active retirees continue enriching themselves and those around them through lifelong learning, leading a happy and healthy life as well as serving the community.

To recognise the achievements of these retirees, HK Electric and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) are inviting nominations for the 3rd "Outstanding Third Age Citizens Award".

Nomination is now open until 31 January 2013 to all aged 50 or above who have retired from work or other family responsibilities. Nominees must show that they have attained remarkable achievements after retirement under three criteria:

  • Pursuing lifelong learning and knowledge sharing;
  • Enjoying and promoting a balanced and healthy lifestyle; and
  • Active participation in social services, voluntary and charity work.

"This biennial award scheme is by far the only platform in Hong Kong that recognises outstanding retirees. Since its inception in 2009, we have commended 24 remarkable senior citizens who, despite their diverse background and education levels, share the same enthusiasm and passion in pursuing their dreams while sharing their experience and knowledge with others in the community," HK Electric's General Manager (Public Affairs), Ms. Mimi Yeung, said.

She pointed out that as more senior citizens chose to retire earlier than required, "this younger group with better health and higher education is an invaluable asset of the community. We hope this award scheme will help encourage and inspire more of them to continue contributing to society in their third age."

Nominees and their proposers are required to send in submissions to the Award Secretariat on or before end January 2013. Short-listed candidates may be called to attend an interview. Ten awardees will then be selected and will receive a trophy each, a certificate of recognition and a $5,000 scholarship. Proposers will receive a certificate of recognition and $1,000 in cash. Awardees will also be invited to join the U3A Network of Hong Kong to help promote lifelong learning and community service.

Chief Officer of HKCSS' Elderly Service, Ms. Grace Chan, said: "Retirees nowadays remain passionate about learning, sharing their experience and serving the community,  just as world champion cyclist Wong Kam-po, one of our adjudicators this year, has never stopped stretching himself with new knowledge and skills, while doing his utmost to share his experience with junior teammates and the younger generation."

The adjudication panel also includes Chairman of the Elderly Commission, Professor Alfred Chan Cheung-ming; President of the City University of Hong Kong, Professor Way Kuo; former chairperson of the Women's Commission, Ms. Sophia Kao Ching-chi; Managing Director of HK Electric, Mr. Tso Kai-sum; and Chief Executive of HKCSS, Ms. Christine Fang.

Results of the award scheme will be announced in April 2013. For enquiries or further details, visit www.hkelectric.com or contact the Award Secretariat on 2876-2446, or email el@hkcss.org.hk.