LU holds Jockey Club Age-friendly City Project — Ambassador Recognition Ceremony
Issue No. 120 Dec 2021
The Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies (APIAS) of LU organised the Jockey Club Age-friendly City Project – Ambassador Recognition Ceremony on 2 December 2021 to recognise the Project Ambassadors’ participation in promoting an age-friendly culture in Hong Kong over the past six years.
About 120 Ambassador representatives from different districts and elderly centres, representatives from NGOs and the four gerontology research institutes of local universities attended the ceremony. Over 540 elderly people and the general public joined online to learn the growth and development of the Project Ambassadors, as well as their experiences in building an age-friendly city.
The officiating guest, Ms Irene Leung, Head of Charities (Trust-Initiated Projects Management) of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, together with Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho, Vice- President of LU, Prof Terry Lum Yat-sang, Associate Director of the Sau Po Centre on Ageing of The University of Hong Kong, Dr Bai Xue, Director of the Institute of Active Ageing of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Ms Regina Lo, Project Manager of the CUHK Jockey Club Institute of Ageing, presented certificates to the Project Ambassadors in recognition of their contribution and devotion.
Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho (left 1), moderates a panel discussion with scholars
from gerontology research institutes, Project Elderly and Youth Ambassadors
on “How to build an age-friendly community through promoting social participation.”
The Project Ambassadors share their experiences on enhancing the
age-friendliness of their community through different social participation opportunities.
In response to the challenges and opportunities of the city’s ageing population, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust has initiated and funded the Jockey Club Age-friendly City Project since 2015, in partnership with the APIAS of LU and three other gerontology research institutes of local universities in Hong Kong.
The Project has trained over 2,500 Ambassadors who help disseminate age-friendly messages. Beside, around 140 district-based progammes were organised by more than 70 NGOs and university professional support teams. All of Hong Kong’s 18 districts are now part of the World Health Organization’s Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.