As District Governor Eugene’s initiative to develop new projects closely with the Hong Kong Government, a luncheon was held on 18th November 2013 as arranged through Past District Governor Joseph Lee chairing the District Government Relations Committee.  The luncheon was held in a restaurant near the Central Government Office.  Mr Matthew Cheung (the Secretary of Labour & Welfare), Ms Annie Tam (the Permanent Secretary for Labour & Welfare) and Ms Carol Yip (the Director of Social Welfare) attended the lunch meeting together with 30 Rotarians comprising DG Eugene Fong, future DGs, PDGs, District Officers, Club Presidents and Rotarians.

Mr Matthew Cheung was pleased to meet with the leadership and representatives of Rotary International District 3450. He was aware of the great networking of Rotary and its efforts in helping the needy in the community. He quoted some of the more recent examples of how Rotary helped Government in pursuing good causes, such as the District’s poverty alleviation programme of M.O.R.E. (Motivation, Option, Rapport, Esteem – supporting youth-in transition in upward mobility) ; the Child Development Matching Fund, and individual Rotary Clubs’ financial  contributions to Government’s Child Development Fund and mentorship programme.

Mr Matthew Cheung believed that Rotarians from different walks of life, professions and trades could help address some of our social issues such as inter-generation poverty by encouraging and providing opportunities for disadvantaged youths to move upward in the social ladder. He said there were many opportunities for Rotary to join hands with Government in tackling some of the social issues. He would be most willing to facilitate the participation of Rotary Clubs in the relevant programmes.

Ms Annie Tam (The Permanent Secretary) was interested in the work of our Rotary Clubs. We introduced to her some of the work of our Rotary Clubs in areas such as enhancing the employment opportunities of persons with disabilities, our other poverty alleviation projects with NGOs, and our collaborations with the HK Council of Social Service. The Director of Social Welfare (Ms Carol Yip) was also very pleased with the work of Rotary Clubs in collaborating with NGOs in projects which targeted at the underprivileged groups and the handicapped.

 

DGN Peter Pang and DS Gary Yeung