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                                                 21 District Conference, Rotary International District 3450
                                         Rotary Sharing in the Five Avenues of Services 19-20 March 2011



                                   The Brighter Future

                                  Wong Kar Mau, Bernard
                                Rotary Club of Kowloon East
                              rotaryclub@Kowlooneast.org.hk

                                            Abstract
   New generation is the future of the world. This program aims to encourage young
people to engage in meaningful and healthy extracurricular activities, in order to
strengthen their physical health, their soul, and nurture positive energy.
   There were five major projects in this Program, totally over 70,000 Upper primary
students (Age 8 to 13 years old) participated in.

  Keywords: The Brighter Future, New generation service, Ant- drugs, Sports
Carnival, essay competition, Talent competition

1. Introduction

    The Brigher Future Foundation sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kowloon East was
established on December 4th,2009, with Secretary for Security Mr. Ambrose Lee, GBS,
IDSM,JP,(李少光) as special guest of honor and witness to the inception ceremony. Our
target is upper primary students (Age 8 to 13 years old). We believe in the children’s early
development of sound moral and ethical standards, and their understanding of the value of life
is important.
   Drug abuse has a devastating impact in Hong Kong these years, particularly among teenager.
We believe that the best way to stop childhood drug abuse is through preventive measures. The
earlier a child learns of the dangers of drug abuse, the better prepared the child will be when
facing various pressures as they become adults.




Figure 1. The Brigher Future Foundation sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kowloon East was
established on December 4th,2009




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   The foundation encourages all children to engage in meaningful and healthy extracurricular
activities, in order to strengthen their body and soul, and nurture positive energy. We hope to
penetrate positive message to teenager through various activities in different ways. So we
embarked five Projects which were dedicated to new generation. These projects are: “The Anti-
Drug Essay Competition” “The Anti-Drug Talent Competition” “Anti-Drug Essay Competition
Digest” “Anti-Drug Leader Pledging Ceremony” “Sports Carnival for Students of Hong Kong
and to Welcome the 16th Asian Game”.

2. The Anti-Drug Essay Competition

   Our first project, The Anti-Drug Essay Competition, took place from February to March
2010. Participating students were asked to write a 300 to 500 words essay about the dangers of
drugs. This project is organized by Rotary Club of Kowloon East and the Brigher Future
Foundation and co-organized by Education Bureau, Narcotics Division of Security Bureau and
Home Affairs Department.
  Over half of Hong Kong’s primary schools (251 out of 400) participated with a total of
27,000 essay submitted. A total of 6 essays were than chosen as winners of the competition.
   We have invited Dr. C. K. Tang (鄧昭祺博士), Mr. Chua Lam (蔡瀾), Mr. Tao Kit (陶傑),
Dr. Katherine Yau (邱何恩德博士), Mr. Wang Tung To (黃東濤),Mr. KWOK Chung Kai,
Peter (郭仲佳) – Principal Assistant Secretary for Security and Mr. Tsui Kai Cheun (徐啟祥)-
Principal Education Officer (Kowloon), Education Bureau as adjudicators.
   We also post all the 750 best entry for the Anti-Drug Essay Competition on our website for
public to vote. A total of 18 essays were chosen as “vote for the best essay” .

3. The Anti-Drug Talent Competition

  Our second project, The Anti-Drug Talent Competition, took place on April 23rd 2010 at
Hong Kong International Trade & Exhibition Centre. This competition was designed as a
continuation of the essay competition. The six winning schools from the essay competition
were asked to create an on-stage performance based on their winning essay.




Figure2. The Champion of Talent Competition SKH           Figure 3. The Champion of Essay
Lui Ming Choi Memorial Primary School                     Competition Tse Tao (謝陶) From Diocesan
                                                          Girls' Junior School




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  This project is organized by Rotary Club of Kowloon East and the Brigher Future
Foundation and co-organized by Education Bureau, Narcotics Division of Security Bureau and
Home Affairs Department.
  It’s great honor to invite Mr. Lai Tung Kwok(黎棟國), Under Secretary for Security and Ms.
Hui Hiu Fai, Florence(許曉暉), Under Secretary for Home Affairs as our guest of honor
   There are total 100,000 HKD for the sports fund as awards for the winning schools in this
Competition .Sports Fund aims to encourage schools to purchase sports equipment and
organize sports activities for students, and furthermore, support them in their participation.
Though this way , to help young people get physically active for life, thereby reducing the
chance of exposure to drugs.


4. Anti-Drug Essay Competition Digest

   The Anti-Drug Essay Competition Digest published on June 2010,which collects 750 essays
composed by primary 6 students in Hong Kong. These are filtered from 27 thousand essays,
promoting anti-drug and sharing their thoughts about disastrous influences of taking drugs. Not
only it can consolidate their understandings about drugs, but also spread this influence among
peers.
   There are some messages in the Digest , including Mr. Donald Tsang(曾蔭權), Chief
Executive, Mr. Tang Ying yen (唐英年), Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr. Wong Yan
Lung(黃仁龍), Secretary for Justice, Mr. Tsang Tak Sing(曾德成), Secretary for Home Affairs,
Mr. Tang King Sing(鄧竟成), Commissioner of Police, Mr. Raymond H.C. Wong(黃鴻超),
Permanent Secretary for Education 、 Mr. Kenneth Chen( 陳 維 安 ), Under Secretary for
Education, Mr. Lai Tung Kwok(黎棟國), Under Secretary for Security, Ms. Hui Hiu Fai,
Florence(許曉暉), Under Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr. Tam Yiu Chung(譚耀宗), member
of the Legislative Council and more.
  The digests were being distributed to over 500 primary schools in Hong Kong. Each school
have one copy, and each student whose essay was published will get to own one copy as well.
The digest will also appear on bookshelves in Hong Kong public libraries.




Figure 4. Anti-Drug Essay Competition Digest      Figure 5. Anti-Drug Essay Competition Digest




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5. The Anti-Drug Leader Program and Anti-Drug Leader Pledging
Ceremony

   To strengthen the children’s understanding and commitment to a drug free life, we started
the fourth project “the Anti-Drug Leader Program”. The program is designed to encourage
young people to not only stay drug free themselves but to influence his or her peers to be drug
free as well. They are further encouraged to set an example for children who are younger than
they are. As an Anti-Drug Leader, they will be invited to future events organized by our
foundation.
   There are more than 27,000 students from 100 primary schools (Primary 4 to 6) who
becomes an anti-drug leader. Participating schools will have their pledging ceremony during
assemblies or other activities. All Anti-Drug Leader received a certificate and medal sponsored
by Mr. Sunil Kumar Asarpota and Hong Kong Technology Limited.




Figure 6. Anti-Drug Leader Metal                      Figure 7. One of the Participating schools host
                                                      pledging ceremony during assemblies or other
                                                      activities


  To celebrate the launch of the Anti-Drug Leader Program, we host our first Anti-Drug
Leader Pledging Ceremony at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort’s Lion King Theater. Our
guest of honor, Under Secretary of the Security Bureau, Mr. Lai Tung Kwok and Under
Secretary for Education, Mr. Kenneth Chen. gave the keynote speech.
   The Hong Kong Police Force Narcotics Bureau gave an Anti-Drug presentation through
visuals, interaction with audience members and Police K-9 performances.
   The Scout Association of Hong Kong has generously offered their support by serving as
chaperones for the entire event. It is also the foundation’s hope that the scouts would serve as
role models for all children in attendance.
   After the event, audience members are free to ask the Narcotics Bureau questions regarding
drugs and enjoy the rest of their day at Disneyland.




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Figure 8. Mr. Wen Kam Hoi, Mr. Sunil Kumar Asarpota, Ms. Ada Cheng, Mr. Jason Chan, Mrs.
Cheng Yiu Tong, Mr. Chan Wai On, Mr. Lai Tung Kwok, Mr. Andrew kam, Officer To, Mr. Wong
Ka Mao, Mr. Reuben Chin, Ms. Jenny Fung J.P., Principal Kei leading more than 1,400 students in
the pledging ceremony with Mickey and Minnie.



6. Sports Carnival for Students of Hong Kong and to Welcome the 16th Asian
Game


   Sports Carnival organized by Rotary International 3450, The Brighter Future Foundation,
the 16th Asian Games organizing Committee, CMC Hong Kong Members Association, Hong
Kong, Macao, Guangzhou Foreign Affairs Committee of C.P.P.C.C., was held on 25th
September , 2010 at Hong Kong Jockey Club
   Over 200 Rotaractors , Rotarians , together with over 100 volunteers help to organize this
carnival. There are more than 15,000 students from Hong Kong and China have participated in
this event.
   Through the spirit of the Asian Games, the goal is to spark children’s interest in sports, and
their understanding that in order for China to be strong, our youth must be strong. This is a
chance for the participants to immerse themselves in sports, strengthen their body and soul, and
nurture positive energy.
   There were more than 90 booths both in the indoor and outdoor areas. School
Representatives from 18 districts make extremely excellent performances. Cheer-teams and
Rope–teams of 10 primary schools join the Inter-school Cheerleading and Rope skipping
competition. The carnival also feature performances from martial arts and literary arts group,
the International Classics Culture Association and students from China, perform TAI CHI fans ,
poetry and painting, comic dialogues, clapper talk, dance, etc. Through these performances, we
are hoping to promote harmony and the value of Chinese Culture. The Scout Association of
Hong Kong had once again generously offered their support by aiding in the construction of all
booths and serve as chaperones for the entire event.




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 Figure 9. Mr Lin Yuanhe(林元             Figure 10. Sports Carnival     Figure 11.Excellent
   和)Chairman of Guangzhou                                                performance
  C.P.P.C.C. and Mr. Lai Tung
    Kwok(黎棟國),Under
  Secretary for Education at the
       opening ceremony

7. Up-coming Project: Drawing Competition

   “Little Painter Big Dreams - I Paint My Brighter Future Creative Competition” shall be The
Brighter Future Foundation's first activity of 2011. The winning design will be submitted to the
HongKong Post and published as limited edition postage stamps.


8.Conclusion

   There are totally over 70,000 Upper primary students, that means every 1 in every 5 young
generation, participated in this Program. I am gratified that the impact of this program has
create to the young generations. And I believe that though all these projects not only they can
consolidate their understandings about drugs and the meaning of life, but also spread this
influence among peers. And this program is only a start of our contributions to our young
generation.
  The last but not the least, I want to express my thanks to PDG Ada Cheng, DG Jason Chan,
DGN Kenneth Wong, District Fundraising committee Advisor Eddie Leung, PP Wendy Lee,
Rotary International District 3450, all PP and Rotarian of Rotary Club of Club Kowloon East
and our partners . Your great support and involvement was the key to make all the projects
smooth and successful. I am so proud of being one of Rotarians.




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             Authors

Wong Kar Mau, Bernard
President of Rotaty Club of Kowloon East 2010-2011

M.B.,B.S.(HK)/M.R.C.O.G.(LONDON)/
F.R.C.O.G.(ENGLAND)/F.H.K.C.O.G./
F.H.K.A.M.(Obs&Gyn.)

Doctor
Wong Kar Mau, Bernard Clinic
Member
CPPCC Guangzhou committee
Council Member
Guangzhou Overseas Friendship Association
Director
The Lok Sin tong Benevolent Society, Kowloon
Consultant in Charge of O & G Dept.
Precious Blood Hospital (2008-now)
Med. Clinic DR in charge
HK Federation of Trade Unions workers (1978-now)
Member
Federation of HK GuangDong Community Org. (Since 2007)
Honorary President
Shamshuipo District JPC
Director
Nippori Importers Limtied
Honorary President
Kwun Tong District Youth Development Association




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