“Golden Age Fellows” Launching Ceremony
The Golden Age Fellows Programme, with full support from China CITIC Bank International, was launched on 30 August, 2017. It was a full house with more than 120 VIP guests and members of the Foundation.
The Guests of Honour include Dr Lam Ching-choi, Chairman of the Elderly Commission, Mrs Helen Kan, Director and Alternate Chief Executive Officer of China CITIC Bank International and Ms Pauline Ng, former Secretary General of the Legislative Council Secretariat. Master Mak Kam-sang, the only minibus sign-writer in Hong Kong, wrote the plaque for the programme in the mini-bus style.
Rebecca, Founder and Chair of our Foundation, said that a panel of judges selected 10 passionate participants from the pool of applicants to join the programme. They will undergo a 2-month training which includes talks, experiential learning, visits, reflections, capacity and resource building, etc. The programme aims at igniting their passion and turning innovative ideas into feasible plans and actions. As motivated pioneers, they will also be able to influence their peers with their passion, dedication, and innovative initiatives step by step and build a community of change makers in the long run.
Dr Lam Ching-choi, Chairman of the Elderly Commission, stated that Golden Agers are better educated, in good health and have years of work and life experiences. As people live healthier and longer, they represent a pool of untapped resource.
Mrs Helen Kan, Director and Alternate Chief Executive Officer of China CITIC Bank International said that businesses have to cater to the needs of Golden Agers. It is the Bank’s second year to support our Foundation. It will conduct a session on FinTech for the Golden Age Fellows.
Our guest speaker, Ms Pauline Ng, shared with us the various roles that she has taken up since her retirement from the Legislative Council Secretariat. By running the we60.com, a website for Golden Agers, Pauline hopes to engage people over 60. She gave a superb interpretation to the Chinese version of “Golden Age Fellows".
The Fellows come from different sectors, including industrial, technology, medical, government, public organisations, academic and social welfare. They are attracted by the concept of social innovation and hope to address issues related to ageing, the environment, poverty and youth.