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Outstanding Retirees Getting Younger

20 Apr 2017

Twelve retirees won the applause of HK Electric and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) today (20 April 2017) when they were named  "Outstanding Third Age Citizens  for their dedication to lifelong learning, leading a healthy lifestyle and for serving the community. The award scheme is organised biennially to recognise outstanding senior citizens in Hong Kong.

Aged between 63 and 87, the awardees come from all walks of life and share the same passion for continuous learning, as well as the desire to pass on their experiences and knowledge to others in promoting elderly-friendliness, community harmony, women’s rights and cultural heritage, etc. This year, five of the awardees are aged under 70, showing that there are more younger retirees committed to serving society.

Speaking at today's presentation ceremony, Managing Director of HK Electric, Mr. Wan Chi-tin, said, Over the years, the number of younger retirees is steadily increasing among our winners. This pool of talents -- who continue to serve the community after their retirement -- has become strong support for Hong Kong's aging population.

"In fact, I am most impressed by the perseverance and determination of all our winners, who, regardless of age, insist on lifelong learning and sharing, as well as keeping fit and energetic. More importantly, they all have dedicated themselves to serving with their unique background and expertise in various positions, exercising their influence for better rights and care for the elderly, teenagers, the disabled, the physically ill, and the community at large."

This year's winners are:

• Mr. Li Ping-sum – An Information Officer and a lifelong learning enthusiast;

• Mr. Tsui Yan-chu – An Assistant Correctional Services Officer who is keen on elderly care;

• Mr. Ma Kwok-hing – A Senior Correctional Services Officer who has dedicated himself to life-saving volunteering;

• Mr. Chan Lai-cheung – An Education Inspector with a passion for promoting traditional folk craft for lion dance;

• Ms. Chan Lai-yin – A role model mother devoted to family duties and community services;

• Mr. Chui Wing-po – A Technical Officer who enjoys training teenagers and nurturing communal support;

• Mr. Yip Wing-tong – A Chief Correctional Services Officer who enhances public awareness of keeping liver healthy and contributing to patient-based hospital care;

• Ms. Tsang Kwan – A hawker and long serving health ambassador with a passion for learning;

• Mr. Chiu Shing-kau – A Station Sergeant who is an advocate for a barrier-free and age-friendly Southern District on Hong Kong Island;

• Ms. Cheng Chui-ying – A  "Rouliqiu"  master who is keen to promote the sports in Hong Kong;

• Ms. Kwan Wei-yin - A secondary school principal who sets her heart on education, elderly care and women's rights; and

• Mr. Kwan Lai-keung – A chef with an interest in lifelong learning and community service.

(Refer to Appendix for details on awardees)

Today's occasion also marked the eleventh completion ceremony of the U3A (University of 3rd Age) Network with student representatives receiving certificates from the Vice-President (Student and Global Affairs) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Professor Angelina Yuen Tsang Woon-ki.

Chief Executive of HKCSS, Mr. Chua Hoi-wai, said, Retirees nowadays are both knowledgeable and full of energy, allowing them to pursue their interests while contributing to society. U3A provides an excellent platform for them to do so together and even with greater impacts. We hope the awardees would set good examples and encourage more retirees to follow their footpaths."

Entering its 12th year, the U3A Network comprises 48 self-learning centres that have run more than 5,500 courses since 2006, and has provided close to 100,000 learning opportunities for senior citizens.

More than 600 guests, awardees and U3A students attended today's ceremony, which was held at the Heung Yee Kuk Building in Shatin. Other officiating guests, who were also this year's award adjudicators, included the Chairman of the Elderly Commission, Dr. Lam Ching-choi; Outstanding Young Person and media veteran Ms. Candy Chea Shuk-mui; Associate Professor, Department of Physical Education, Mr. Lobo Louie Hung-tak of the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Operations Director of HK Electric, Mr. Francis Cheng Cho-ying.

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 http://www.u3a.org.hk/or contact HKCSS at 2876 2427. Details of the awardees are available at www.hkelectric.com/award.

“Rouliqiu” performance by U3A students kick starts today’s 5th Outstanding Third Age Citizens Award cum U3A Completion Ceremony.

"Rouliqiu" performance by U3A students kick starts today's 5th Outstanding Third Age Citizens Award cum U3A Completion Ceremony.

Guests could not wait to try out the “Rouliqiu” exercise.

Guests could not wait to try out the "Rouliqiu" exercise.

Mr. Wan Chi-tin is glad to see that more young retirees are serving the community after their retirement, which has become a strong support for Hong Kong’s aging population.

Mr. Wan Chi-tin is glad to see that more young retirees are serving the community after their retirement, which has become a strong support for Hong Kong's aging population.

Cheng Chui-ying, one of the twelve winners this year, is keen to promote “Rouliqiu”, a sport she said is suitable for both the young and the elders.

Cheng Chui-ying, one of the twelve winners this year, is keen to promote "Rouliqiu", a sport she said is suitable for both the young and the elders.

Another winner, Li Ping-sum, is a lifelong learning advocate who has devoted to a broad range of studies after retirement, and is generous to share his knowledge with others.

Another winner, Li Ping-sum, is a lifelong learning advocate who has devoted to a broad range of studies after retirement, and is generous to share his knowledge with others.

Professor Yuen Tsang Woon-ki, Angelina (front row L5) pictured with U3A student representatives after the Completion Ceremony.

Professor Yuen Tsang Woon-ki, Angelina (front row L5) pictured with U3A student representatives after the Completion Ceremony.

Chua Hoi-wai hopes the awardees would set good examples and encourage more retirees to follow their footpaths.

Chua Hoi-wai hopes the awardees would set good examples and encourage more retirees to follow their footpaths.

Presenting guests pictured with 12 Outstanding Third Age Citizens and their proposers.

Presenting guests pictured with 12 Outstanding Third Age Citizens and their proposers.