The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Youth Charity Annual Conference (GBA YCAC) 2022 was officially started on April 23 thanks to the joint efforts of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF), the Guang Dong Soong Ching Ling Foundation, the Hong Kong Rosamond Foundation and the Macao Foundation.
Li Bin, vice chairwoman of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and chairwoman of the CSCLF, attended the launch ceremony.
Featuring four parallel sessions in Beijing, Guangdong province, Hong Kong and Macao, the event was also livestreamed on Tencent's video-sharing platform where they attracted more than 150,000 online viewers. The offline event was attended by over 150 representatives including CSCLF Executive Vice-Chairman Hang Yuanxiang, CSCLF Vice-Chairman Yu Qun, Standing member of Guangdong Provincial Party Committee, Minister of Guangdong United Front Work Department Huang Ningsheng, Guang Dong Soong Ching Ling Foundation Chairman Tang Hao, the Hong Kong Rosamond Foundation Founding President Herman Hu Shao-ming, the Macao Foundation Administrative Committee Acting Chairman Zhong Yi, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Guangdong Deputy Director Anne Pak, as well as some members of the CSCLF's eighth council and young people from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
In Beijing, Li was joined by Judy Chen Qing, chairwoman of the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong, Chen Wen-cheng, leader of the Beijing 2022 volunteer team from Taiwan, Jiang Mingquan, representative of the youth from Macao, and Chen Zhenling, representative of the Beijing 2022 volunteers to officially kick off the annual conference.
Zhang Chutong, who helped Team China win a bronze in women's 3,000m relay of short-track speed skating at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, was a beneficiary of the CSCLF's Honda Dream Fund. She shared her story of overcoming difficulties to pursue Olympic dreams, calling for the youth to fight for a wonderful life and make contribution to the development of the motherland.
Zhang also presented Bing Dwen Dwen, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics' mascot, to Li to express her gratitude to the foundation.
Jin Hexiao, a Hong Kong player who competed in women's alpine ski slalom at Beijing Winter Olympics, shared her story at the Beijing 2022, encouraging more Hong Kong children to participate in ice and snow sports and compete for the country in the future.
Young volunteers from Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao also talked about how engaging in public welfare activities boosted their sense of happiness and responsibility.
Wang Chuqiao, a middle school student from Wei Ming School in Guangzhou, began his volunteering journey at the age of ten. He said taking part in public welfare activities broadened his vision and he wished to help more people in need in the future.
Du Luowen, a high school student from HKBU Affiliated School Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School in Hong Kong, noted that engaging in public welfare activities helped dispel negative emotions, calling for every one to create a beautiful world with love.
Zhou Jiayao, a senior high school student from Yuet Wah College in Macao, was also enthusiastic about volunteering. He was looking to master more skills in college so as to shoulder more social responsibilities.
For Chen Wen-cheng, leader of the Beijing 2022 volunteer team from Taiwan, serving the Games has brought him happiness and cross-straits friendship. The youth in the new era should work together for a shared future and strive for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, he said.
Venues in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao
Young baseball players watch the launch ceremony of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Youth Charity Annual Conference (GBA YCAC) 2022 at Panda 1941 Heritage Stadium in Zhongshan city, Guangdong province, on April 23.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Guangdong Soong Ching Ling Foundation, and relevant institutes in Hong Kong and Macao, recommended 77 supporting projects in various fields, including public welfare exchange and practice, cultural inheritance, health care and life education, and innovation, entrepreneurship, and employment. These programs will pool public welfare resources across the Greater Bay Area and help young people broaden vision and develop in an all-round way.
Research proposals on public welfare practices among youth in the Greater Bay Area were also announced at the ceremony.
Representatives from relevant departments of the CSCLF and the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the People's Government of Guangdong Province, as well as charity experts and volunteers took part in the event.
(Source: Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the CSCLF)