2010 Hong Kong Volunteer Award Presentation Ceremony by DI0rR5B

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									2011 Hong Kong Volunteer Award Presentation Ceremony
(with photo)
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     The wife of the Chief Executive and Volunteer-in-Chief,
Mrs Selina Tsang, said today (December 3) that after years
of efforts, volunteerism has been integrated into the local
culture and permeated to various strata of our society. The
ever increasing involvement of youngsters and retirees has
enlarged the volunteer fleet and enriched the service variety.


     Speaking at the 2011 Hong Kong Volunteer Award
Presentation Ceremony, Mrs Tsang said that the Volunteer
Movement was widely echoed by volunteers from all walks of
life, including the corporations, community organisations and
residents’ organisations. They have contributed numerous
volunteer projects to building up a caring community.


     "Through the new theme ‘Volunteering-New Attitude to
Life’, we strive to encourage volunteers to integrate the core
values of volunteering into their daily life to support and
care for the needy at any time, as appropriate. We expect more
people, especially our youngsters, to put this new attitude
to life into practice and inspire their friends to join them
so that our community could become more caring and
harmonious," she added.


     Speaking on the same occasion, the Director of Social
Welfare, Mr Patrick Nip, said that with the gradual
development of the Volunteer Movement in the past, episodic
and sustained volunteering projects had become more and more
mature. As such, the Steering Committee on the Promotion of
Volunteer Service would steer towards promoting Level Three
Volunteering and encourage volunteers to integrate the spirit
and core values of volunteerism into their daily life so as
to foster volunteering as a       life   attitude,   and   make
volunteering part of our life.
     "In 2012, we will launch the ‘Community Caring Shops
Recognition Scheme’ to encourage more local small businesses
to utilise their expertise, strength and network to serve the
needy in their community during their business hours or free
time,” Mr Nip said.


     The annual award presentation was organised by the Social
Welfare Department's Steering Committee on the Promotion of
Volunteer Service to recognise the contribution of volunteers
and to further promote the Volunteer Movement.


     Today, awards were presented to various types of
volunteers for their outstanding contribution in 2010 that
included 68 volunteers who had served the community for over
20 years and nine families as winners of the Outstanding Family
Recognition Scheme. Also commended were individual volunteers
and volunteer organisations for the highest number of service
hours. Please see annex for a list of awardees (Chinese only).


     Also officiating at the ceremony were the Convenor of
the Sub-committee on the Promotion and Publicity of Volunteer
Service, Mr Michael Wong, the Convenor of the Sub-committee
on the Promotion of Corporate Volunteering, Mr Herman Hui,
the Convenor of the Sub-committee on the Promotion of
Volunteering in Community Organisations, Mr Caecage Siu, and
the Convenor of the Sub-committee on the Promotion of Student
and Youth Volunteering, Mr Lee Kam-chung.


     Since the promotion of volunteer service by the Social
Welfare Department in 1998, more than 980,000 registered
volunteers and more than 2,230 Volunteer Movement
Participating Organisations have committed to volunteer
service. In 2010, the registered volunteers devoted more than
22 million hours of service to the community.


Ends/Saturday, December 3, 2011
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