Over a thousand participants take part in the Lingnan Fundraising Walkathon
21 Oct 2018
The annual “Walking with Lingnanians” Fundraising Walkathon was held today (21 October) with over a thousand students, teachers, alumni and friends of Lingnan University participating the event. The donation of this event was raised for the University development and provides financial support to students in need, especially those being the first generation in their families who receive university education to enjoy all-round student development programmes.
The event was honoured by the presence of Mr Kevin YEUNG Yun-Hung, JP, Secretary for Education of the HKSAR Government as the officiating guest. Honourable guests and all other participants started the walk from the Lingnan University campus, and completed the 5km Circle Walk between the campus and Tuen Mun Riverside Park.
In his address at the Kick-off Ceremony, Mr Yeung praised Lingnan University for its achievements in upholding its mission of “Education for Service”, and nurturing outstanding talents by exposing students to a wide variety of learning opportunities and environments. “Following the implementation of the ‘334’ new academic structure and migration to the 4-year undergraduate curriculum, students may now spend more time on extracurricular activities, such as internship, overseas exchange programme, community service, etc. These activities do not only enrich students’ life experience, but also broaden their horizon, and provide them with comprehensive learning opportunities. This is in line with the goal of Lingnan’s liberal arts education.” added Mr Yeung.
In his welcoming remark, Mr Simon IP Shing-Hing, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Lingnan University expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Mr Yeung for joining the event, and to Lingnanians and friends of the University for their unfailing support and participation. He mentioned this fundraising walkathon is the first big event after the University’s 50th Anniversary, and the reason to kick-off at the campus was it “warmly connects us to our unique mission and passion in providing quality whole-person education by combining the best of Chinese and Western liberal arts traditions”. He also announced the University has already started the formulation of the Strategic Plan 2019-2025, which will lay down the strategies and action plans to foster the excellence in teaching, research, service, etc.
Prof Leonard K CHENG, President of Lingnan University pointed out in his address that there were significant accomplishments in 2017/18, which included the Risk and Insurance Management programme being awarded by the International Insurance Society the Global Centers of Insurance Excellence (GCIE) designation alongside with other eight renowned universities in the world. Moreover, an interdisciplinary major in Film and Media Studies was launched in 2018 and the LEO Dr David P. Chan Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Data Science and Global Liberal Arts Programme will be launched in September 2019.
The success of the Fundraising Walkathon could not be achieved without the generous support from the Diamond Sponsor Bright Future Charitable Foundation and the Gold Sponsors Agricultural Bank of China Hong Kong Branch, Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Limited, Lingnan University Alumni Association (Hong Kong), Hong Kong Shine Tak Foundation and Shui On Group.
Awards were presented to top individuals and team fundraisers as well as the teams with the highest number of participants. Details as follows:
Top Fundraiser Awards for Individuals
Champion: Ms Hermia Sze
First Runner-up: Dr Frank Law Sai Kit
Second Runner-up: Dr Peter Wong Pak Heung
Top Fundraiser Awards for Teams
Champion: Department of Management, Lingnan University
First Runner-up: Lingnan University Accountancy Education Foundation Ltd
Second Runner-up: Lingnan Hang Yee Memorial Secondary School
Awards for Teams with the Highest Number of Participants
Champion: Lingnan Secondary School
First Runner-up: Lingnan Hang Yee Memorial Secondary School
Second Runner-up: Lingnan Dr. Chung Wing Kwong Memorial Secondary School