V Day: conference and volunteer awards

CITIC Ka Wah Bank has always been ready and willing to demonstrate corporate citizenship by sponsoring leadership development programmes. This time, they gave a philanthropic and well deserved boost to the volunteer leadership cadre, a vital element in the successful accomplishment of these services. The bank's generous donation of HK$200,000 supported the Conference of Youth Volunteer Leaders on 4th December. Organized 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. 800 volunteer leaders participated, focusing on spreading the message of caring for one's fellows through the spirit of volunteerism and motivating youth to participate. See Lead Story in this issue for an account of how well the system has been working and click here for more info www.hkfyg.org.hk/yvn/vday04


Grand Christmas Cello Ensemble

We are very happy to announce the Grand Christmas Cello Ensemble, co-organised with the Airport Authority of Hong Kong and RTHK in the airport arrival hall at 6p.m. on 23 December. Acclaimed cellist Trey Lee will join the ensemble and several well-known Christmas songs including Jingle Bells and Silent Night will be played. Joey Yung, well-loved Canto-pop star, will sing with them. The ensemble consists of about 230 promising young cello players, including 120 from the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and 33 from Shenzhen Youth Federation. This performance promises a novel combination and a potential interface for of music and cultural exchange. We are very grateful to the Caf