HONG KONG (April 14, 2014) — Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups yesterday held the “Disney Friends for Change” Youth Grant Launch Ceremony and “Neighbourhood First” Volunteering Award Presentation at Hong Kong Disneyland. 50 winning proposals were chosen to receive funding in order to make a lasting, positive change in the community.
After the kick-off ceremony and award presentation, Disney VoluntEARS gathered in Tung Chung to bring the joy of the park to the community. They played games with the grant recipients and passed out free Disney balloons with Ho Wing-cheong, Deputy Executive Director of the HKFYG.
As part of Hong Kong Disneyland’s efforts to promote both creativity and a caring attitude, the “Disney Friends for Change” youth grant provides financial assistance up to HK$8,000 for each awarded group, encouraging them to implement their ideas for assisting people and improving their community.
Linda Choy, Vice President of Public Affairs at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, said, “The ‘Friends for Change’ youth grant not only helps meet needs in society, it more importantly allows our youth to understand and explore issues that exist at different levels of society. The grant gives them the power to personally observe social problems, identify people who need extra help and to use creative thinking to offer assistance, making it a very meaningful experience.”
Ho Wing-cheong, Deputy Executive Director of the HKFYG said, “The youth volunteers of “Neighourhood First” and “Disney Friends for Change” join hands together today, to demonstrate their leadership, creativity, compassion and commitment to make positive changes to the community.” He expressed thanks for the support from Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Youth Service America, who are encouraging youths to serve society.
Supporting community growth
The “Disney Friends for Change” Youth Grant was designed around community-based themes, such as assisting disadvantaged children and promoting beneficial services, among others. The 50 winning proposals will receive funding to implement their community-improvement ideas over the summer.
One winning grant goes to Ceci Cheng, a year two student at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts majoring in Chinese Dance. Cheng proposed to create a team with four friends who also love dancing. They will teach dance to young children so that they can afterward become volunteer at elderly centers. Cecil believes that dance lessons can help children develop self-discipline and simultaneously help the elderly in need.
Another awarded grant will go to a group of about 30 students made up of locals and from ethnic minorities. This volunteering team will lead children from low income families in workshops that teach them how to create potted plants using recycled glass bottles. The plants will then go to the elderly who live alone.
About the“Disney Friends for Change” Youth Grant
The “Disney Friends for Change” Youth Grant allows Hong Kong youth aged12-25 the opportunity to create impact society. The program provides awardees with funding of up to HK$8,000 to implement programs that promote creativity, love and social change. No matter what issue sare at hand, the “Disney Friends for Change” Youth Grant can help bring about positive, impactful change.
About “Neighbourhood First”
This youth-led project focuses on leadership training, volunteer services, online connectivity and regional collaborations as an initiative from The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, more than 100 teams consisting of 3,000 young people work in neighbourhoods throughout Hong Kong. Financed by the Community Investment & Inclusion Fund, the 3-year project aims to bring the community together by cultivating a strong caring culture between neighbours and thus building social capital within the community.
About The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (hkfyg.org.hk ︳m21.hk)
The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) was founded in 1960 and has been committed to serving the youth of Hong Kong. Our care for the young is provided through a variety of services, activities and programmes, which have an annual attendance of five million. We encourage youth to reach their fullest potential and with community support, we now have over 60 service units. We also have 12 core services, which include the Youth S.P.O.Ts, M21 Multimedia Services, Employment Services, Youth at Risk Services, Counselling Services, Parenting Services, Leadership Training, Volunteer Services, Education Services, Creativity Education and Youth Exchange, Leisure, Cultural and Sports Services, and Research and Publications. We encourage young people to grow into responsible and dutiful citizens and we now have over 160,000 registered volunteers and 370,000 enrolled members. We believe that our motto HKFYG • Here for You reaffirms our commitment and dedication to the young people of Hong Kong.
About Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort offers immersive, unique Disney experiences for all families, generations and ages to enjoy. Hong Kong is one of only five locations in the world that is home to a Disney themed park and the many Disney characters that are beloved the world over, such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Stitch and Buzz Lightyear. Since the Grand Opening in September 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland has received more than 46 million Guests from around the globe. Through the unique product offering and the world-class service provided by the 7,000 strong Cast at the theme park and the two hotels, the resort has received outstanding Guest satisfaction ratings and a range of awards from the hospitality and entertainment sectors.
Hong Kong Disneyland is dedicated to serving Hong Kong people through a wide spectrum of community services programs from helping families in need, to inspiring creativity among children and youth, to encouraging the protection of the environment in the region.
If you’d like to learn more about Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and enjoy the unique magical experiences it has to offer, visit the Resort or click on to www.hongkongdisneyland.com for more information.
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