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Officiating guests Dr. Ko Wing-man, Secretary for Food and Health, HK SAR Government, and Flora Chung, CEO of the Agency for Volunteer Service joined Andrew Kam, HKDL Managing Director, as well as other charitable organizations and community groups in announcing the launch of a new year of “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” at the “Disney VoluntEARS Celebration.”

Disney VoluntEARS Share Happiness through Decade of Expertise-led Community Service

 Disney VoluntEARS Share Happiness through Decade of Expertise-led Community Service

(HONG KONG – June 8, 2015)  The 10th anniversary of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) is just around the corner. Over the past decade, HKDL has actively contributed to society by bringing happiness to different parts of the community. At HKDL, more than 7,800 Cast Members make up the resort’s different departments, with each having different kinds of expertise. The Disney VoluntEARS are a large team made up of members from these departments. Through volunteering, they spread goodwill in society and make a positive difference in their services by contributing their professional skills.

Taking place today at the resort, the “Disney VoluntEARS Celebration” recognized the Cast Members, charitable organizations and community groups devoted to volunteer service. With participating partners, HKDL also explored its future direction for volunteerism. Officiating guests Dr. Ko Wing-man, Secretary for Food and Health, HK SAR Government, and Flora Chung, CEO of the Agency for Volunteer Service, joined Andrew Kam, HKDL Managing Director, in presenting various awards. These included the “Disney VoluntEAR of the Year,” “Disney VoluntEAR Team of the Year,” “Disney VoluntEAR of the Decade” and the award for “Disney VoluntEAR Skills-based Team,” a new program this year that recognizes VoluntEARS who integrate professional skills with volunteering. Altogether, 31 Cast Members and team representatives were awarded.

“Participating in voluntary work is a process to help others as well as yourself,” said Secretary for Food and Health Dr. Ko Wing-man. “I am very pleased to see Hong Kong Disneyland Resort actively promoting employee participation in volunteering, especially by using their skills and expertise to serve the community. Many of the projects are aimed at helping hospitalized children and patients who are chronically ill. HKDL also encourages the public to join volunteering services and share joy with the community. We hope that there will be more employees from different corporations participating in voluntary work, demonstrating the spirit of love and care for each other.”

Flora Chung, CEO of the Agency for Volunteer Service, said, “Volunteerism in Hong Kong has rapidly developed in the recent decade, tending to involve more cooperation between partners from different industries. Volunteers are encouraged to contribute to the community with the use of their own knowledge and professional expertise, incorporating voluntary work into daily lives through creativity.” Chung mentioned the number of registered volunteers in Hong Kong has more than doubled in 10 years, from 530,000 in 2005 to over 1.2 million in 2015, according to statistics from the “Volunteer Movement” of the Social Welfare Department.

Over the past 10 years, Disney VoluntEARS have participated in over 500 volunteer activities, contributing more than 50,000 volunteering hours in total. In fiscal 2014, Disney VoluntEARS contributed more than 8,500 hours of skills and services.

“Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” records six million volunteering hours
At the celebration, Andrew Kam, HKDL Managing Director, thanked the community groups and charitable organizations who have seamlessly worked together with HKDL. Particularly notable was the Agency for Volunteer Service, with whom HKDL launched the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program jointly in 2010, offering a complimentary HKDL park admission ticket for volunteers who contribute eight hours of volunteering. HKDL donates an average of 60,000 tickets annually to participating volunteers through this incentive program, which has also seen an increasing number of community volunteers, setting a record six million hours of volunteering. The number of beneficiary institutions also rose from over 200 to nearly 500.
Kam said, “Since HKDL will be celebrating its 10th anniversary soon, we would like to further encourage public participation in volunteering with plans to increase the number of donated tickets by 10% for the ‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day’ program, starting from next year. We also plan to raise the criteria to 10 volunteering hours to encourage the public to devote more time to community service.”


Making good use of skills to impart knowledge
Dion Choy and Henry Lai from the Facility Services department were honored with the “Disney VoluntEAR Skills-based Team” award for their work on the “Adopt A Garden” project. They successfully showed how to implement professional horticulture and maintenance knowledge in volunteering services.

“While volunteering, I can fully use my maintenance, design and painting skills,” Choy shared. “In particular, we helped the medical staff and hospitalized children in Tuen Mun Hospital renovate a garden area in May, which was set up by HKDL with the “Roots & Shoots” project from the Jane Goodall Institute. We added lots of color by painting a mural, designed with the children. It was deeply touching to see their smiling faces when they saw the finished area, and I’m so blessed to have had the chance to help others using my professional skills.”

Andy Yip from HKDL’s Food and Beverage department was named the “Disney VoluntEAR of the Decade.” He has actively participated in volunteering since the introduction of Disney VoluntEARS in Hong Kong, including hospital visits and the food donation program. He was also one of the Disney VoluntEARS Leadership Council members, where he assisted in planning and promotion of voluntary work.

In July, Yip will be participating in the “Disney VoluntEARS Global Service Project,” with full sponsorship from Disney, as one of 30 VoluntEARS selected globally in support of the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, California. He will assist with the competition arrangement and help ensure athletes from around the world have a memorable experience. “My first volunteering experience was visiting hospitalized children, where I could feel the importance of caring and helping others. Since then, I’ve been devoted to volunteerism. Having the chance to help at the Special Olympics World Games fulfills a childhood dream of mine, and I’m happy to have full support from the company, allowing me to help more people in need in other countries,” said Yip.


2015 “Disney VoluntEARS Celebration” Awardee List

Award Titles

Awardee

Department

Disney VoluntEAR of the Year

Amanda Law

Entertainment & Costuming

Disney VoluntEAR of the Year – Merit

Tracy Leung

Technology

Ruth Tse

Merchandise

Disney VoluntEAR of the Decade

Andy Yip

Food and Beverage

Cilla Chung

Financial Management

Ken Leung

Operations Development & Industrial Engineering

Phoebe Lau

Attractions and Guest Services

Janet Yu

International Labor Standards

Disney VoluntEAR Skills-based Team

 

Facility Services - Horticulture

Facility Services - Facility Engineering Service

Attractions and Guest Services

Marketing

Food & Beverage

Disney VoluntEAR Team of the Year

Food & Beverage

Disney VoluntEAR Team of the Year – Merit

Marketing

Financial Management


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