Rotary Landmarks of Excellence Further By AG Florence Hui
I was really privileged to pay homage to three Rotary Landmarks below with 97/98 Governor Jason Yeung, further to our first visit. Past District Governor Jason Yeung and his Club, Rotary Club of Kowloon West hadlent a hand in the construction of many of them. CCC Rotary Secondary School Founded in September 1972, CCC Rotary Secondary School is a Protestant co-educational government aided secondary school. It was named after Rotary because Rotary Club of Kowloon West has made a generous donation for its founding. Located in Wong Tai Sin District, it was also the first secondary technical school in Hong Kong because Hong Kong Education Bureau believed that it was a good trial to prepare Form 3 students to familiarize themselves with job available during the 70’s. At the beginning, School offered three years of junior secondary (S1-S3) education with job training in textile and printing industries. Due to the structural changes in economy of Hong Kong, School has eventually expanded thoroughly in terms of secondary education, implementing two years of senior secondary (S4-S5) in the 80’s and then a two-year program (S6-S7) that prepares students to take the university qualifying exam (HKALE) in the 90’s . To inspire elders to pursue learning and foster a sense of worthiness among them, School has also introduced Rotary Elder Academy which is well received by elders.
Rotary Hall at New Life Interactive Farm The “Un Chau Street Incident” happened in June 1982 reflected that helping people in recovery to recover is crucial to both these people and the society. Rotary Clubs in Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories supported this idea by building “Rotary Hall”, a halfway house to accommodate people in recovery. It was managed by New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (New Life), a leading non-governmental organisation specialising in mental health. Situated in the middle of New Life Interactive Farm in Tuen Mun, Rotary Hall used to accommodate around 40 residents in the past. It has been turned into the office of the 4.1 hectares organic farm, the first social enterprise advocating Eco-tourism in Hong Kong. The Farm has different themed educational zones for organic farming, organic and herb cooking class (using soya bean dregs to make corn soya bean dregs bread or using Roselle, an antioxidant which reduces blood pressure to make tea or jam）. The Farm is also an agricultural sheltered workshop for people in recovery, providing different training such as organic farming, vegetable processing and horticulture. Customized eco-tour packages which aim at raising the awareness of nature conservation are offered to different visitors. To promote waste reduction at source and to implement food waste recovery, the Farm has set up a composter. For further information, http://www.nlpra.org.hk/social_enterprises/eco-tourism.aspx
The Fighting SARS Memorial Architectural Scene & The Time Capsule If we take a walk through Hong Kong Park will pass by a memorial architectural scene. To honour seven heroes and heroines who had selflessly sacrificed themselves in fighting SARS in early 2003, Rotary Club of Kowloon West and Hong Kong Institute of Architects co-organized a `Fighting SARS Memorial Architectural Scene Design Competition’ with support from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Architectural Services Department, Central and Western District Council and New Century Forum in May 2004. All 49 design entries were adjudicated by a panel of distinguished jurors including three renowned architects, Professor Jao Tsung-I(饒宗頤) and Professor Joseph J Y Sung (沈祖堯). Stephen Yeung’s design was chosen and constructed at Tai Chi Garden of Hong Kong Park, safeguarding 7 lifelike statues of heroes and heroines by renown sculpture artist, Chu Tat Shing(朱達誠). It was unveiled on 25 June 2005. The Time Capsule is just opposite to the monument of Architectural Scene. In 2005, Rotary Kingspark Hong Kong had taken on the task of compiling the time capsule materials submitted by over 30 Rotary clubs from the District. It will remain underground and will be unearthed on the day when Rotary celebrates its 150th anniversary. Items placed in the Time Capsule included a Centennial Bell, a copy of the Rotary Centenary book, letters to Rotarians in 2055 from 2005/2006 Governor Peter Wan and our Past District Governors and materials obtained from Rotary Clubs. An installation ceremony was presided over by TRF Trustee Chair, Past Rotary International President Frank Devlyn and Governor Peter Wan of Rotary Year 2005/2006 on 4 December 2005 at Fighting SARS Memorial Architectural Scene. These Rotary Landmarks, especially the architectural scene reminds me of Winston Churchill’s “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.” I believe that all the others include the courage to SERVE ABOVE SELF.