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Annual Dinner 2013

 

The Foundation held its Annual Dinner 2013 on Wednesday, May 29. The venue is, again, the Chinese Club in Central. It was well attended by supporters and friends of the Foundation, and they were warmly greeted on arrival by the Trustees with fresh and bubbly fine Champagne, which helped start conversations and mingling. Trustee William Hui acted as compere for the event. The first to speak was Matthais Li, Chair of the Board of Trustees, followed by Mr. Paul Yeung, Principal of St. Joseph’s A-C School, and Ms Kwok Wan, Principal of St. Joseph’s A-C Primary School. Matthias also introduced the new Chairman, Trustee Roger Lam, who briefly addressed the party. Mr. Irving Koo led the prayers before dinner began. As can be seen in the pictures, it was a most enjoyable evening, sharing the Josephian family spirit fostered by the late Rev. Bro. Paul Sun.

 

Further donations were received, including the following:

Mr. William Hui $20,000

Ms Kate Lam $10,000

Dr. Lai Kang Yiu $3,000

Mr. Godwin Ng $2,000

Mr. Danny Ngai $2,000

Mr. Daniel Lee $500

and

Mr. Raphael Ng $1,000 (Mr. Ng is a former teacher at SJACS, now living in Toronto, Canada.)

 

Below is the speech given by out-going Chairman Matthias Li:

 

Supervisor Koo, Principal Yeung, Principal Kwok, Teachers, Fellow Alumni, and Friends of the Rev. Bro. Paul Sun Education Foundation, on behalf of the trustees, I wish to welcome all of you to the 2nd Annual Dinner of the Foundation.

 

The purpose of the annual dinner again is to provide a platform for the Trustees to report on the work and activities of the Foundation in the past 12 months and, in person, thank all of you for your support for the Foundation.

 

One point I would emphasize:  The wine and dinner tonight have been sponsored by two alumni.  Thanks to them, there is no charge for attending this dinner.

 

Although many of you already know, let me again introduce the other trustees of the Foundation, who are here today.  They are:

Mr. Ng Man Kin (‘81) and also Secretary

Mr. Roger Lam (‘82) and also Treasurer

Dr. Sammy Chen (‘95)

Mr. William Hui (‘01)

Mr. Lee Hon Keung (‘72)

Mr. Andrew Li (‘72)

Mr. Peter Yeung (‘75), also the Chairman of the Josephian Association

 

I would also like to acknowledge a number of other important members of the Foundation here.  First, our Honorary Advisors, and those present this evening are:

Mr. Irving Koo, Supervisor of SJACS

Mr. Paul Yeung, Principal of SJACS

Ms. Kwok Wan, Principal of SJACPS

However, 3 other Advisors are not here today:

Ms. Lee Choi Yin, Supervisor of SJACPS

Mr. Matthew Poon (Class 65 and former Teacher), President of Toronto Alumni Association

Mr. Francis Lau (Class 72), Representative of the Alumni in US West

 

I would also like to acknowledge and thank:

Our Honorary Legal Advisor, Mr. Godwin Ng (Class of ‘72)

Our Honorary Auditor, BDO Limited, represented by Partner Mr. Daniel Lee (Class of ‘76)

 

I should also acknowledge the presence and welcome

(a)                     Anthony Law (Class of ‘72) all the way from Toronto

               to attend today’s function; and

(b)           Bobby Ling (Class of ‘75) from Macau.

 

For the past fiscal year, I am very pleased to report the following key activities:

 

i)        We completed the last of the 4 Speakers’ Forum events on Feb 16, 2012, with our fellow schoolmate (Class of ‘76), Professor Johannes Chan (Dean of Law Faculty, University of Hong Kong) as our speaker.  It was very well attended, and we raised almost $150,000.

 

ii)       We have since launched the new Mini Speakers’ Forum series.

The main focus of the Mini Speakers’ Forum is to have more people, and particularly the students, participate and benefit from the Speakers’ Forum events.

While it is also a fund raising activity, it is a lot more affordable than the Speakers’ Forum.  It costs a minimum donation of $100 only, and students are free, while the Speakers’ Forum costs $2,800 each. 


 Ø      We have held two Mini Speakers’ Forum events already.  One by Dr. Gary Mak (Class of ’75) and the other by Mr. Edward Lai (Class of ‘69).  Both were very well received.  Thank you Gary and Edward again.

 

Ø       I should also thank Principal Paul Yeung for providing Bro. Paul Sun Memorial Hall as the venue and Principal Kwok Wan for helping raise funds from the primary school parents and students.

 

iii)      No doubt, the key achievement of the Foundation since our last report is that the Foundation has completed its commitment of raising $1.5m for the Secondary School.  We made the last payment of $400,000 in March this year.  To this end, I should thank all the donors for supporting the Foundation in completing this first project.  Essentially, we finished this task in about 3 years (our Foundation was set up in November 2009).

 

iv)      We have also set up the Rev. Bro. Paul Sun Education Foundation Scholarship Scheme for the Secondary School with the support of many alumni.  The purpose of this scheme is to provide more incentives to the secondary students to achieve academic excellence.

 

Ø       When it was set up in 2012, there were only 6 scholarships of $10,000 each.  They include:

 

-         Accounting (by Andrew Wu, Class ‘69)

-         Dentistry (by Dr. Gary Leung, Class ‘80)

-         Engineering (by Peter Yeung and Daniel Cheng, Class ‘75)

-         Law (by Ng Man Kin, Class ‘81)

-         Medicine (by Dr. Gary Mak, Class ‘75)

-         General Excellence (by the Foundation itself)

 

Ø     Indeed, for academic year 2011/2012, three scholarships were awarded to three students.  They include:

 

-         Law (CU) – Issac Li Chak Hon

-         Engineering (HKUST) – Cheung Ka Ho

-         General Excellence (HKU) – Gabriel Gallardo

 

Ø   For 2012/2013, 3 more scholarships have been added, increasing the total to 9.  They are:

 

-    Pharmacy (by Victor Law of LA, Class ‘69) and again, Anthony Law, Class ‘72, his brother is here with us.

-    Business Studies (by John Hui of LA, Class ‘72)

 

Ø      All the donors have made a commitment to donate $10,000 every year for 5 years for this scholarship scheme.  On behalf of the Foundation, I would like to thank all of the scholarship sponsors.

  

v)       Last September, we reported that the Foundation had provided financial assistance (about $30,000) to a P.4 Student of SJACPS to help pay for his tuition because of his family situation.  We have reviewed a similar request for the coming academic year, and have agreed to further provide the tuition support to this student, on the recommendation of the School Principal.

 

vi)      The Trustees have recently met with the Principal and Supervisor of the Primary School, and discussed how the Foundation could be of further support to the Primary School.  We are pleased to advise that the Foundation has agreed to the following initiatives:

 

a)     Starting 2013, provide a number of Academic Awards (totaling $6,000) and Service Awards (totaling $6,000) for all levels of the Primary School annually;

b)    Starting 2013, provide a $10,000 scholarship for the top boy entering SJACS annually; and,

c)     Raise $300,000 for their E-learning project, including the setting up of a Wi-Fi network for the School.

 

Again, we cannot do all these without the help and support of all of you, our fellow alumni (including those from overseas), the Josephian Association, principals, supervisors, teachers, the Secondary School Students Association, and friends and supporters of the Foundation.  I would, on behalf of this Foundation, sincerely thank all of you for your generosity.

 

I would again point out that all trustees are volunteers and there is no admin cost in running the Foundation.  So, basically all your donations go to the beneficiaries and the projects.

 

Other than the trustees, we do rely on a lot of volunteers and helpers, and some of them are here today.  And, I would also like to thank them as well.

 

I would also like to report that I would be completing my 2-year term as the Chairman as of June 30, 2013.  I would like to thank all the other trustees for the support accorded me throughout.  Our next Chairman is Roger Lam.  I am sure that he would take the Foundation to a higher level.

 

By the way, there are copies of the audited accounts on each table.  Please feel free to ask any of the trustees or even our honorary auditor, BDO Limited, if you have any questions.  Daniel, thank you for extending the audit services for our Foundation on a pro-bono basis again.

 

Finally, I hope you all enjoy the gathering and have a great evening.

 

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