V Day: conference and volunteer awards

With most generous sponsorship of HK$200,000 from CITIC Ka Wah Bank, the Youth Volunteer Leaders Conference took place on 4 December 2004, organised by the Federation's Youth Volunteer Network (VNET). It celebrated International Volunteer Day and gave public recognition to the contributions made by outstanding youth volunteers…click to read more…

Grand Christmas Cello Ensemble

To welcome Santa Claus to town, the Federation together with the Airport Authority of Hong Kong and RTHK will proudly present a Grand Christmas Cello Ensemble, featuring Trey Lee the acclaimed cellist and the popular singer Joey Yung, on 23 December 2004 at the Hong Kong International Airport… click here to read more...

Pepsi Charity Concert

PepsiCo has selected the Federation and The Dragon Foundation as beneficiaries of upcoming Pepsi charity events…click to read more...

80,000 pairs of helping hands
This month the Federation is celebrating the spirit of volunteering. Giving time freely for the benefit of the community is a means of social participation that will play a crucial role in our future and we are trying to encourage as many young people as possible to be involved. Volunteer action is a key element in civil society and we already have 80,000 registered members of VNET, the Federation's Youth Volunteer network. VNET's activities are based on concern for those in need, caring for them and understanding their difficulties. It is inspiring to see the snowball effect as word is passed on about the rewards that come with helping other people.



On December 4th - the day before International Volunteer Day - VNET held its annual Conference for Youth Volunteer Leaders with generous sponsorship from CITIC Ka Wah Bank. Awards were also presented to outstanding young volunteers. Some of the awardees were once marginalized youth who joined Federation programmes that put them back on track. Others tell us they have found themselves through volunteering. Their fine example shows how caring for others can become an intrinsic part of a young person's life, a part that cements them as a contributing member of the community.With Christmas so close, the spirit of generosity, of giving back, is stronger than ever. If you would like to make a charitable donation please contact the Partnership Office on 2123 9598. If your department or company is planning a special event and needs willing hands perhaps we can help. And if any of your staff or friends would like to join us as volunteers please call Jacqueline on 2169 0032. She will tell you all you need to know.

Lillian and the Volunteer award
Lillian had never talked to an elderly person before she worked as a volunteer. Neither had she led a group of unruly children on adventure training or helped the mentally disabled to cope. She started her career as a volunteer in 2000 when she was in Form 3. She became a member of Heng Fa Chuen Youth SPOT and a little later joined VNET, the Federation's Youth Volunteer Network. That was how, by the age of 17 she had done all these things as a Federation volunteer, bringing a breath of fresh air into the lives of others, helping the needy and providing opportunities for the less privileged.

Now, aged just 19 she says:
…the greatest reward is my memories
of really communicating with people for the first time in my life.
Click here to read about it


Hong Kong students on top of the world - almost

Hong Kong students are the tops. In mathematics, problem-solving and science they came 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), the international study done by the OECD every 3 years. It examined 270,000 students nearing the end of Form 5 in 41 countries including the US, Canada, Japan and Australia. It looked at their ability to analyse, reason and communicate their ideas effectively, at their attitude to school and their capacity to continue learning and meet challenges throughout life... click to read more...

Fitness gets results

The American Academy of Pediatricians has found that 60% of children in the developed world are not active enough for their health. Today's kids burn up a quarter of the energy of those born 40 years ago. Instead of going out to play they sit at a screen - be it TV, video or computer. The consequences are that not only do they put on weight but according to several recent studies, their brains lack adequate stimulation for learning. They are also more likely to feel stress and be shy, lonely or feel inadequate. Perhaps there are some lessons here for anybody concerned with Hong Kong students' poor self-concept in the recent PISA study... click to learn more


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