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Let the Retirees Shine

23 Apr 2015

Eleven local retirees won the applause from HK Electric and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) today (23 April 2015) at an award presentation ceremony where they were named "Outstanding Third Age Citizens" for their dedication to lifelong learning, leading a healthy lifestyle and serving the community. The award scheme is organised biennially to recognise outstanding senior citizens in town.

The awardees come from all walks of life and share the same passion for learning, as well as passing on their experiences and knowledge to others. Some of the awardees are getting more involved in community affairs by voicing out views and making suggestions to district organisations and to the Government to address the needs of the elderly and the community at large.

This year's winners are:

  • Ms. Wong Yan-ying (an advocate of lifelong learning, who keeps learning and teaching at the age of over 80)
  • Ms. Chau Sau-ling (a physical education inspector who has become an award-winning lawn bowls player after retirement)
  • Ms. Esther Lee Pui-ching (a housewife with a passion to serving others through charity work)
  • Mr. Chan Wan-mow (a bus driver dedicated to serving older persons in need after retirement and addressing the needs of senior citizens )
  • Mr. Vincent Chan Ching-yeung (a worker in marble manufacturing, who has become a guardian angel to persons with disabilities after retirement)
  • Mr. Leung Chung-yu (a senior firefighter who leverages on his expertise and promote fire prevention in the community)
  • Mr. Leung Yun-keung (a retail salesperson before retirement who has become a passionate U3A leader promoting lifelong learning and volunteerism)
  • Ms. Tong Kit-ha (a toy-packaging worker who pursued university studies after retirement and completed with good academic results)
  • Mr. Lau Chi-keung (a company director before retirement who remains an optimist even when he was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment)
  • Mr. Abraham Poon Shue-yan, (a merchant before retirement who has become a keen advocate of Chinese traditions, culture and ethics)
  • Ms. Edith Kwan Ngan-Hing (an IT professional who uses her expertise to help stroke patients)

(Details on the awardees are in the Appendix.)

Speaking at today's presentation ceremony, Managing Director of HK Electric, Mr. Wan Chi-tin said: "We are glad that we could pay tribute to these role models through the award scheme. I am particularly impressed by their passion to learn, the strong desire to succeed, and the positive attitude taken in the face of adversities."

"I am also pleased to note that more local retirees are getting actively engaged in community affairs, offering their expertise and knowledge to make Hong Kong a better place in which to live, learn and enjoy," he added.

He also pointed out that since the award was launched in 2009, a total of 36 awardees have been recognized for setting good examples of active aging. This year, on top of the 11 awardees, nine merit winners were also honoured.

The occasion also marked the ninth completion ceremony of the U3A (University of 3rd Age) Network with student representatives receiving certificates from Dr. Leong Che-hung. More than 60 U3A students performed a choral rendition with adapted lyrics of the renowned Cantonese song "Under the Lion Rock" highlighting their commitment to learning and to participating further in local community affairs.

Chief Executive of HKCSS, Mr. Chua Hoi-wai, said: "With the aging population in Hong Kong, HKCSS has been proactively advocating an age-friendly social environment. We will continue to work with our counterparts and partners in building public awareness on engaging senior citizens in social participation and community issues"

Entering its tenth year, the U3A Network comprises 47 self-learning centres under 16 social service organisations that had run about 4,000 courses since 2006, providing more than 60,000 learning opportunities for senior citizens.

More than 600 guests, awardees and U3A students attended today's ceremony. Other officiating guests include the President of the City University of Hong Kong, Professor Way Kuo; the Chairman of the Elderly Commission, Professor Alfred Chan; Outstanding Young Person and media veteran Ms. Candy Chea Shuk-mui; a former ambassador of the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation, Ms. Wendy Yu Man-sze; Ms. Cecilla Li Yuen-wah, Assistant Director (Elderly) of Social Welfare Department and Director of Operations of HK Electric, Mr. Yuen Sui-see.

The U3A Network is sponsored by the HK Electric Centenary Trust and administered by HKCSS. Elderly service agencies receive funding to operate self-learning centres that provide courses conducted by the elderly for the elderly. For more details on the U3A, visit www.u3a.org.hk or contact HKCSS at 2876 2427.

More than 60 U3A student representatives from 26 self-learning centres perform a choral rendition highlighting their commitment to learning and participating in local community affairs.

More than 60 U3A student representatives from 26 self-learning centres perform a choral rendition highlighting their commitment to learning and participating in local community affairs.

Mr. Wan Chi-tin is glad that HK Electric could pay tribute to these role models through the award scheme.

Mr. Wan Chi-tin is glad that HK Electric could pay tribute to these role models through the award scheme.

Mr. Chua Hoi-wai said HKCSS would continue to engage senior citizens in social participation and community issues.

Mr. Chua Hoi-wai said HKCSS would continue to engage senior citizens in social participation and community issues.

Dr. Leong Che-hung (R7) pictured with U3A student representatives after the completion ceremony.

Dr. Leong Che-hung (R7) pictured with U3A student representatives after the completion ceremony.

Presenting guests pictured with 11 Outstanding Third Age Citizens.(Front row from left: Ms. Cecilla Li Yuen-wah, Professor Way Kuo, Professor Alfred Chan, Ms. Candy Chea Shuk-mui, Dr. Leong Che-hung,Mr. Wan Chi-tin, Mr. Chua Hoi-wai, Ms. Wendy Yu Man-sze and Mr. Yuen Sui-see) (Back row from left: Ms. Esther Lee Pui-ching, Ms. Edith Kwan Ngan-hing, Ms. Wong Yan-ying, Mr. Chan Wan-mow, Ms. Tong Kit-ha, Ms. Chau Sau-ling, Mr. Vincent Chan Ching-yeung,Mr. Abraham Poon Shue-yan, Mr. Leung Chung-yu, Mr. Leung Yun-keung and Mr. Lau Chi-keung)

Presenting guests pictured with 11 Outstanding Third Age Citizens. (Front row from left: Ms. Cecilla Li Yuen-wah, Professor Way Kuo, Professor Alfred Chan, Ms. Candy Chea Shuk-mui, Dr. Leong Che-hung, Mr. Wan Chi-tin, Mr. Chua Hoi-wai, Ms. Wendy Yu Man-sze and Mr. Yuen Sui-see) (Back row from left: Ms. Esther Lee Pui-ching, Ms. Edith Kwan Ngan-hing, Ms. Wong Yan-ying, Mr. Chan Wan-mow, Ms. Tong Kit-ha, Ms. Chau Sau-ling, Mr. Vincent Chan Ching-yeung, Mr. Abraham Poon Shue-yan, Mr. Leung Chung-yu, Mr. Leung Yun-keung and Mr. Lau Chi-keung)