Asia Student Leadership Conference (ASLC) 2017
In its sixth installment this year, ASLC 2017 is themed Smile: In Progress. The event was held in Singapore from 14 – 16 July 2017. It was attended by some 100 participants, including over 30 students from 20 participating countries, including Hong Kong.
來到第六期，ASLC 2017的主題是“Smile: In Progress”。會議於2017年7月14日至16日在新加坡舉行，約有100位參加者支持，其中包括來自20個國家的30名學生，香港代表是其中一份子。
“The ASLC weekend away in Singapore was a rewarding experience on many levels. It was so exciting meeting people from different countries. Most of all, we got to hear all about the many innovative and self-initiated campaigns with aims in targeting societal issues. The most important take home message was that: in order to make our mark in improving the society, we first have to change our mindsets and actions. Helping the society is not a commitment, it is a state of mind.”
Joey Chan, Year four student from the Faculty of Medicine
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
“At the ASLC I was infused with a spirit of volunteerism by speakers who gave talks surrounding the values of initiative, perseverance and sustainability. I was reminded that positive change did not have to be glamorous or extravagant by Raymond Huang, the founder of Heartware Network, who stressed the importance of integrity and humble initiative in making real change. Another speaker who led by example was Kathy Xu who founded The Dorsal Effect by innovatively convincing a shark-hunting community to turn to ecotourism. As a personal supporter of animal welfare, I was moved by the impact of her project, as well as her thoughtfulness as she critically evaluated it, questioning whether ecotourism would always be sustainable and responsible.
From being motivated to take small steps, to sustaining and renewing goals, to evaluating one’s own actions, I learned from the conference how to be a better leader and effectively contribute to society. Additionally, I made new friends from Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Singapore. I thank BEAM for nominating me to represent Hong Kong and attend this conference.”
「ASLC的講座讓我受益匪淺，資深志願者們的寶貴經驗啟發了我怎樣堅韌不拔、持之以恆做一個服務社會的世界公民。從Heartware Network的創辦人Raymond Huang的分享中，我深深體會到服務社會未必需要驚天動地的壯舉，更重要的是用誠心，踏踏實實做好每一件平凡事。另一位以身作則的講者 Kathy Xu，她在讓獵鯊漁民向生態旅遊業的轉型上功不可沒。不僅如此，她更呈現了一位領袖應有的反思能力。例如，隨著她漸漸熟悉生態旅遊業，自己也不斷就這轉型行業的可持續性不斷提出相關疑問。
Victoria Ngai from Chinese International School 漢基國際學校
Participant of ASLC 2017 from Hong Kong 來自香港的 ASLC 2017參加者
Beam International Foundation 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner cum 90th Birthday Party for Sir David Akers-Jones
Beam was honoured to have the Honourable CY Leung, the Chief Executive of the HKSAR, and Mr Tan Tie-niu, Vice Minister of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR, as the Guests of Honour for the 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner (under the theme of the “Dream of Red Mansions”) cum 90th Birthday Party for Sir David Akers-Jones. Together with Sir David, Dr Peter Pang Chi-wang, respectively Honorary President and the new Chairman of Beam, more than 400 distinguished guests, business leaders and long-term partners attended the event. Money raised at the gala dinner will be used for future medical missions to provide more free cleft repair surgeries. Thank you once again for being part of the dinner! All of your generous donations have become someone’s reason to beam like the radiant sun!
Beam International Foundation Press Conference
Beam held a press conference at The Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong, on 17 March 2017. Beam has planned 11 missions this year, hoping to help 1,000 children and allow more volunteers to personally experience the importance of accessible medical healthcare and the difficulty that some families face in the mainland. In addition, it will also identify a suitable city to set up a new base to provide more services in nearby provinces.
Run For Smile 跑出微笑 2016 慈善跑
On 4 December, Run For Smile was held successfully at Pokfulam to raise fund and awareness in helping underprivileged children suffering from clefts in China through provision of free surgery. The participants were divided into five categories to compete in 6 km and 10 km routes. Starting from and finishing at the Pokfulam Jockey Club PHAB Camp, runners raced along Pokfulam Reservoir Road, the Pokfulam Family Walk, Pokfulam No.3 Service Reservoir, and Hong Kong Trail Section 2.
Sir David Akers-Jones, Chairman of BEAM, and Tsang Chun Kit (“Ying Ying”), outstanding local trail runner born with severe cleft lip and cleft palate and ambassador for his second year, were there to support the event. Thank you to all our sponsors and donors for the generous donations. Congratulations to all the runners for racing to the finish line!
「Run For Smile 跑出微笑2016慈善跑」在12月4日於薄扶林順利舉行，活動旨提高在中國內地患有唇齶裂的貧困兒童的關注及籌募經費提供免費手術治療，讓他們重展笑容。是次慈善賽跑設６公里及10公里賽事。參加者分成五組，由薄扶林傷健營出發，沿薄扶林家樂徑，途經薄扶林水塘道、薄扶林3號配水庫、港島徑第2段等，最終返回傷健營結束比賽。
12 Sep 2016: “Run For Smile 2016″ Registration begins. Please check. HK$50 discount is given to early bird registrants until 30 Sep.
Run For Smile 2016十公里慈善賽跑現已接受報名，請按此進入。提早報名將獲得HK$50折扣，優惠期到9月30日。
Sign up for the Taikoo Place Aquathon 17.3 to support Beam
Taikoo Place Aquathon 17.3 is a challenging race combining Open Water Swimming, Trail Running and Road Running in Hong Kong with Beam as its charity partner. Each participant has to make a minimum donation of HK$300 to support our medical work in China. The overall champion last year, also our ambassador, Tsang Chun Kit (Ying) will support this event to raise awareness for the needy children suffering from cleft lip and / or cleft palate. Sign up now to contribute to this meaningful cause and Race for Smile! Race details are as follows:
Date: 14 November 2015 (Sat)
Venue: South Bay to Taikoo Place
Category: Individual & Relay
Distance: Swimming 1.5km + Running 15.8km
Early bird registration deadline: 30 September 2015 (Wed)
Please click for the event website and donation page.
Fundraising Gala Dinner's Lucky Draw Result
Beam is more than happy to be the sole beneficiary of the Fundraising Gala Dinner organised
by Asia Pacific Family Business Club (APAC FamBiz Club) on 28 June 2015 at Conrad Hong
Kong. Please click here for the lucky draw result provided by APAC FamBiz Club and redeem
the prizes within one month (before 7 August 2015) at the Beam Office, Mon-Fri, 9:30am-1pm
& 2-6pm. Prizes cannot be redeemed beyond this period.
Children Charities Carnival 2015
Beam is pleased to be one of the 9 charities in the Children Charities Carnival 2015 (CCC). Held on 5 July (Sun), CCC aims to educate children to develop a loving and caring heart at an early age by instilling a charitable mentality in them. Our volunteers, Tracy, Ming and Piano, will help us again to create lovely twisted balloons for charity sale. Please come and join us – our supporters can enjoy 10% discount to buy the entry tickets here. Special guests include Margaret Chung (鍾麗淇), Joyce Lee (李樂詩), Eileen Tung (童愛玲) and Winnie Young (楊婉儀).
Asia Student Leadership Conference 2015
The event is now on in Singapore (12-14 June) with the theme of “Go the Mile for a Smile” to build awareness and core values of commitment, leadership and volunteerism among the students. Three Hong Kong students, Sophie, Clare and Mona, and two mainland Chinese students, Xu Zhengdong and Xu Yihua, join it together with participants from the other 9 regions / countries.
“Hosting students from over 10 countries, ASLC 2015 provided a wonderful opportunity for us to learn more about ourselves and others, which was really what the camp was all about – people. The many workshops and discussions led us to discover that the core of volunteerism and philanthropy lies with one’s love for other people, and I believe that we will all take home with us an ignited passion to do something about a cause we care deeply about, or at the very least an increased interest and understanding of the international community.”
Mona Shi from Chinese International School
Participant of ASLC 2015 from Hong Kong
Art Central Hong Kong
On 14 March, VIPs and guests were invited to attend the private view and after-party of Art Central, an exciting new art fair in Hong Kong. Thanks the organiser for naming us as the beneficiary of the night, we received a total donation of over HK$25,000 on the door, and were grateful that both The Continental and Boujis generously contributed 20% of the proceeds from the night to us.
Art Central是個全新的香港當代藝術博覽，主辦單位於3月14日邀請了一眾重要來賓出席晚上的特邀展覽和展後派對，我們更有幸成為當晚的受惠機構，在入場區共收到賓客逾港幣25,000善款，The Continental及Boujis並答應捐出20%活動收益，以示對我們的支持。
Run For Smile 2015
Thanks to our runners, volunteers and sponsors, our first charity run, “Run For Smile,” ended on a high note on 1 Mar 2015! We have got over 400 registrants and lots of positive feedback from them. To name but a few examples as follows:
Run For Smile Ambassador Tsang Chun Kit (曾進傑, M001): “Run For Smile跑步活動完滿結束，但微笑行動仍然繼續，多謝朋友支持撐場，多謝活動工作人員熱心幫忙，很多跑手都說搞得不錯，大家都帶着微笑，甚至大笑，高興回來，感謝Freeman設計條得意跑線，由碼頭走上半山蘇豪區，再到郊區，越野到水塘，然後終點回數碼港，相信是香港獨有，賽後更有早餐招待，十分窩心！大會將會用善款帶給希望給有需要的朋友，希望下次再有機會見到大家！”
Clive Randall (M113): “Just a very quick note to say thanks to you and your team in organising the run. It was the best run I have done in a long while. Really friendly and well organised. Thanks so much! I look to attending next year. Keep smiling :)”
Andrew Maxwell (M156): “Thank you for your efforts. I was pretty touched emotionally – during and by, the whole event (runners, support and focus on the cause, of course).”
Nir Poleg (M253): “It was great and my wife and I had a very good time. All good planning and excellent spirit from the organisers.”
Anita Chau (W116): “Thank you for the fantastic organisation of the Run For Smile 2015, which was quite good and fun, and the support en-route was just fantastic, well done to you and the team!”
Kevin Crowe (M173): “Thank you for a great race this morning. It was a fun course, very well organised, and a nice clear day for it!”
Jonathan Lau (M171): “昨日微笑榮幸能夠參加，好玩又有意義，多謝Freeman設計整條賽道，非常好玩過癮！起點由中環九號碼頭出發，經中環蘇豪區，扶手電梯側邊條八百級樓梯，上到干德道就再跑上克頓道斜路，再上龍虎山和薄扶林水塘，然後出返薄扶林道直去瑪麗醫院，再去域多利道，然後返數碼港到終點！沿途好刺激好正，能夠在市區鬧市和大自然左穿右插！很特別的一個比賽！亦慶幸能夠成為全場第三位跑手回來！真的很好玩，多謝Run For Smile大會和工作人員！Love it！”
100 smiles and hope from Sotheby's
Smile is the best gift for those underprivileged children with cleft. In late November 2014, Sotheby’s Hong Kong raised $600,000 through its “Fine Jewels and Jadeite” Charity Auction to support our medical service. The fund would provide 100 underprivileged children in China with the much needed reconstructive surgeries in 2015, to restore their precious smiles.
On behalf of the beneficiaries, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to Sotheby’s and the donors and bidders for their generous contributions. There is no greater Christmas gift than this that would allow those disadvantaged children with cleft to face the New Year with hope and beautiful smile.
The Moron’athon 2014 ended with smiles
Thanks to the enthusiastic runners and supporters, the “Moron’athon”, a 24-hour ultra marathon relay, successfully ended in Dishuihu, Shanghai last Sun (19 Oct 2014).
Winners and the first runners-up of Miss Universe China 2014 and 2013 were invited to officiate the event and cheer up participants who ran to bring smiles to the lives of the underprivileged children again.
Besides fundraising, the race also helped raise public awareness for the needy children suffering from clefts in China.
The Moron’athon 2014
We are honored to be appointed as the charity partner of the Moron’athon in Shanghai this year. Organised by Giving Through Sports and the Shanghai Triathlon Club, the Moron’athon is a 24-hour ultra marathon relay where teams of 4-6 runners / walkers take turns completing 5k laps to raise funds and awareness for those underprivileged children suffered from cleft. The event will be held on 18 Oct 2014.
SMILE art exhibition at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
Created in the theme of SMILE by 15 Hong Kong’s leading artists, their artworks will be exhibited at the Clipper Lounge from 5-25 May 2014. The artworks will be auctioned on 28 May 2014 at The Space.
Michael Page International competed in the Great Wall Marathon for us
In May 2012, over 90 people from the global professional recruitment consultancy Michael
Page International competed in the Great Wall Marathon in Beijing to raise funds for us.
Their effort, which involved participants from across the Asia Pacific region, raised over
RMB100,000 for our China programs.
Beijing People's Olympics compete for Operation Smile
In its second year running, the Beijing People’s Olympics continued its tradition of giving by
selecting us as its beneficiary of the event’s proceeds. On 9 June 2012, over RMB13,000
was raised by the participants of this year’s Beijing People’s Olympics! Their donation will
help us change more lives throughout China.