The Chairman's Remarks

Lee King Chi, Joseph, BBS Chairman of Executive Committee

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt daily life around the world, HKCMAC has been experiencing another year full of taxing challenges. However, everyone at the Council kept up with unwavering spirit and tried our best to serve the needy in the communities. With strenuous efforts and perseverance, our staff have strived to provide a spectrum of services, ranging from tangible relief to counselling, to address to the service needs of our target users. Moreover, our staff and fellow members are dare to embrace the challenges ahead, actualize our missions and bring hope to the families in need.

 

Service Development

 

Commencing from January 2021, HKCMAC, together with other nine NGOs, under the leadership of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, joined hands to launch a two-year parent education project, namely, Jockey Club Project IDEAL, which is funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. The project aims at promoting parent empowerment by means of the transformative learning approach. With the professional support from the Department of Social Work of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the staff received training and support in the process of service delivery. The content of the project included delivery of groups, programs, thematic community programs, and building up a platform for parents to mutual support and provide input for service enhancement.

 

In responding to the soaring figures of divorce cases and the foreseeable negative impact on marriage exacerbated by the COVID-19 and the economic recess, we see an immediate service need for the couples contemplating separation. We are grateful that we have solicited the support from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to launch a three-year project, “Jockey Club Give Marriage A Chance Project”. The project that incorporated community education, emotion support and counselling, aims at promoting marriage value in the community and also providing timely intervention for couples to make a responsible decision and to alleviate their children’s stress during the family crisis. With this one stop service, we hope that we can assist people to mitigate their distress and resort to working on the marriage instead of dissolving their marriage.

 

Thanks and Appreciation

 

On behalf of the HKCMAC, I must convey my gratitude to the staunch support from the government departments, organizations and corporations. They are, namely, the Social Welfare Department, The Community Chest of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited, Lee Kam Kee Family Foundation and the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong. My sincere thanks also go to our enthusiastic volunteers, benevolent donors and dedicated members of Executive Committee and Subcommittees. Without their selfless contribution, I do not think we can achieve so much. Last but not the least, I also would like to commend our staff, under the leadership of the Executive Director, have been steadfast and diligent to serve the needy with professionalism and compassion during the pandemic.