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Chairman’s report (July 26, 2016)

I would like to take advantage of this platform to report on what the Foundation has been doing since our last update. Thanks to the guidance of our advisors and the support of our trustees and many volunteers (including alumni, parents, teachers and students), the Foundation, a new charitable trust founded in Nov 2009, is continuing to make steady progress and is gaining recognition in the community.

Before I elaborate further, I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to the following people. First of all, Mdm Woo’s Family has donated the late Mdm Woo’s funeral money, close to HKD200,000, to the foundation. Howard & Philip of Podium, Mr. Peter Yip of Bright Smart Securities, Dr. Victor Hsue, Dr. Gary Mak, Mr. Jason Lee and Mr. Frank Lam have provided continued support to the Foundation. Last but the not least, our great thanks should go to Professor Tsui who helped to host a speakers’ forum last year that help to raise a lot funds for us!

2015 to 2016 was good year for the Foundation. We raised a total of HKD720,000, HKD500,000 of which was given out through different projects and programmes to. We have donated 40 new sets of computers to SJACS and, together with the Josephian Association, have sponsored nine student in the SJACS robotics team to travel to the US for MATE ROV, and international underwater robotics competition.

In total, we now cover 10 beneficiary schools, comprising one secondary school (SJACS) and 9 primary schools with student population close to 8,000.

We continue to run the following programmes.

University Scholarship Program

I am happy to announce one new scholarship fund was set up for SJACS DSE graduates and students. The scholarship fund is championed by Mr. Richard Wong with a view to encourage achievement in sports. We now in total have twelve scholarships for SJACS graduates entering into university. Most of them have been in existence for 5 years. Hope more will come and continue.

Roll of Honors at SJACS

With the help of SJACS, a Roll of Honors has been put up in the Rev. Bro. Paul Sun Memorial Hall that displays the names of our past scholars and the awards they have won. We are planning to make an official launch together with the school to encourage students to follow such fine examples – true to the school motto: Ad Astra. and gain more publicity from students!

Brother Paul Sun Young Scholar Scheme

We have set up the Brother Paul Sun Young Scholar Scheme to encourage Primary Six students with distinguished academic and conduct to pursue Form One places in SJACS. This is the third year. Three awards were given. They went to Mr. HO Chak Yin from SJACPS and Messers TANG Yat Chun and SO Kam Lun from Jordan Valley St. Joseph Catholic Primary School. I was told that this year, the Secondary One intake of SJACS is the best it has been in the past five years. We expect to see more awards to be given out this year.

Commendable Performance in Conduct Awards

With the great initiatives of a retired SJACS teacher, a HKD100,000 fund has been set up for Commendable Performance in Conduct for young Josephians. To qualify for the award, one has to be outstanding in school conduct, has excellent academic performance and be in financial need. 9 awards had been granted last year.

Non-Academic and Financial Assistance

We also set up Non-Academic and Financial Assistance Scheme to diversify our scope and help students of different needs and potentials.

Reaching Out Further Afield

Guided by the ideals of the late Rev. Brother Paul Sun i.e. promoting quality education to our young and encouraging the achievement of excellence, the Board of Trustees is following a policy to extend the coverage of the Foundation’s work to more needy schools. New programs, meanwhile, have been started with schools in the vicinity.

BPSF Primary School Scheme

As of today, we see two more schools joining. They are Lok Wah Catholic Primary School and The Little Flower’s Catholic Primary School (Shatin). The results so far have been rather encouraging with positive feedback from the schools, teachers, students and parents involved. Three sheets of “Words of Thanks from the Students” are placed on the table for your kind reference. All the Trustees are deeply touched and motivated!

Indeed, the name of the Foundation is spreading further. This year we will see that the circulation of annual newsletter will reach the mark of 8,000, special thanks to the Editorial Board which was under the direction of our Chief Editor, Mr. Lester CHAN. The Foundation is ready to double its speed of coverage if we are able secure more donations and fundings to work with more schools and cover more sacred young hearts.

Free EyeGlass Services for Needy Students

Eyeland Co. offers free eyeglass services for needy students from the schools under Foundation’s sponsorship.

New Fund Raising Initiatives

In order to support the Foundation’s various initiatives and provide more help to the needy, we have been very active in fund raising. We have organized many functions, including Charity Mahjong Tournament and Speakers’ forum. They have been big successes. These activities not only helped the Foundation raise funds but also offered opportunities for alumni and their families and friends to re-connect themselves.

I expect that 2016-17 would be another busy and challenging year for the Foundation. Amongst them, we will have Halloween Gathering in Ocean Park on October 15, 2016 (Saturday); Charity Speakers’ forum with Dr. KO Wing Man, BBS JP, Secretary for Food and Health as our keynote speaker. We also plan to organize a Charity Joint Schools Musical Concert. Please, come, support and join!

To increase our communications with Josephians and our supporters, we will post our activities and news in JA Facebook, our website and BPSF Facebook page (www.facebook.com/bpsf2014) on regular basis. Please visit and give us more “LIKES”.

While your donation support is important, the Foundation also needs more volunteers and Trustee LI Hon Keung is coordinating the recruitment effort. Please do come forward to offer your assistance and contact Li Hon Keung.

I am very much looking forward to reporting further progress in next year’s update. Meanwhile, on behalf of all the trustees, may I wish everyone a happy, healthy and fruitful Year!

God Bless!

Roger LAM
Chairman
Board of Trustees
BPSEF