Rotary International District 3450 has announced the winner of Hong Kong’s ‘true unsung heroes’, recognising three members of society that personify the Rotary motto ‘Service Above Self’.
This afternoon at the Regal Hong Kong Hotel, Sister Agnes Ho Kwai-ping was proudly revealed as the winner of the community-based award for her hard work with aiding teenage girls who have suffered abuse.
Launched in September 2014, THE ONE HK 2015 sparked a territory-wide search for a hero who dedicates his or her life selflessly to serve our community to overcome adversity and help those less fortunate. Furthermore THE ONE HK invited the public to nominate Hong Kong residents to step up and finally receive the credit they merit. Having pioneered the movement for aiding teenage girls aged 14-18, who have had to leave their own families, for reasons such as abuse, with residential and educational refuge, Sister Agnes Ho Kwai-ping is a leading light and true hero in the Hong Kong community. She also bravely established Hong Kong’s first formal hospice programme in 1988.
Mr. HW Fung, Chairman of THE ONE HK said he was “thrilled to award the prize to well-deserving Sister Agnes Ho Kwai-ping”. He also praised the success of THE ONE HK 2015 remarking how “pleasing it was to see the many quality nominations received for THE ONE HK. Every nomination tells a moving story of a hero working tirelessly on his/her humanitarian work. We should salute all the nominees as their humanitarian services have been making significant contributions to the community.”
Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-Chung, Secretary for Labour and Welfare of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region also supports the initiative, imploring everyone in Hong Kong to continue to support THE ONE HK as we approach the search for 2016’s hero. Mr. Cheung Kin-Chung explains that “through it we not only give our unsung heroes the recognition they fully deserve but also encourage others in the community to emulate their good work. I am confident that THE ONE HK award will induce more humanitarian work and greater harmony in our community.”
The winner of THE ONE HK 2015 was awarded a monetary prize of HK$100,000, generously donated by the Chainrai Foundation, to be used towards his/her humanitarian efforts. The local hero will also be included in the semi-final round of THE ONE International Award whilst the two other finalists were each recognised with a monetary prize of HK$35,000 for the humanitarian services they have consistently provided.
In acknowledgement of the nominator of the winner’s contribution to this cause, the Chainrai Foundation will donate, in the name of the nominator, HK$5,000 to an HKSAR Government approved charitable organisation or a rotary club in Hong Kong, specified by the nominator.
Haven’t had the chance to sing your hero’s praises? Nominations for the THE ONE HK 2016 can be submitted from 1 July 2015. During THE ONE HK 2015 Winner Announcement event leaflets will be distributed with nomination forms for THE ONE HK 2016.
More on winner Sister Agnes Ho Kwai-ping
Sister Agnes Ho Kwai-ping
Home Care for Girls
Home Care for Girls provides short-term residential and educational services to teenage girls aged 14-18 who have had to leave their own families due to a various array of reasons (ranging from abuse to a lack of money). Volunteers are trained to provide both individual and family counselling and mediation to the girls and their families. The home relies heavily on donations and volunteers to support their good work – and most importantly on the strong faith of Sister Agnes. To this day, the home continues to help many of Hong Kong’s under privileged girls.
Sister Agnes is also known for her pioneering efforts in the development of Hospice Care in the community. Believing that those who were sickly or dying deserved joy and support until their last moment, she ardently pursued this program at Our Lady of Mary knoll Hospital working alongside many great and determined minds. Her efforts convinced the hospital that this was a necessary service and led to the hospital taking leadership of the hospice as well as establishing the first hospice in Hong Kong.
THE ONE HK Finalists
Chan Siu Cheuk
Principal & Founder
Christian Zheng Sheng College
Dubbed as the “Granter of Second Chances”, Chan Siu Cheuk founded Christian Zheng Sheng College in 1998to create space in society for those people who were bright and full of potential, yet lived downtrodden lives filled with negative influences, such as drug abuse and theft. The school facilitates social development, a drug rehabilitation centre, counselling, and educational development in order to turn around the lives of the many misguided youth. Being both a pastor and principle, he uses education and spirituality as a tool to change the paradigm of what his students consider a normal life.
Mr. Chan Siu Cheuk’s work and connections have benefited countless individuals with over 90% of his students progressing into college or permanent jobs. Most importantly 90% continue to live a drug-free life.
Nancy Lan See Tsang
Heep Hong Society
For more than 37 years, Nancy Tsang has battled to improve the lives of children of Hong Kong with disabilities or other troubles. Her dedication and persistence have led to her becoming the Director of the Heep Hong Society, a large NGO that advocates for an inclusive society for the mentally and physically disabled, benefiting more than 6000 children annually.
In her quest for equal rights and opportunities, she has successfully helped thousands of special needs children enter into mainstream education. Helping parents too, Nancy founded and continues to assist several parent-based organizations such as the Parents Association of Pre-School Disabled Children (1986) and Heep Hong Parents Association (2001).
Ms. Tsang has worked tirelessly to increase public awareness surrounding disabled children and has established “Walking with Children”, an event which uses ambassadors to go around the city and demonstrate the importance of social integration of the disabled children.