Good morning principal, teachers and fellow schoolmates. I am Suki Yan from class 6A. All of you including me are part of Tung Wah family. However, do you know about the mission of Tung Wah Groups of Hospital? It is “ To heal the sick and to relieve the distressed; to care for the elderly and to rehabilitate the disabled; to promote education and to nurture youngsters; and to raise the infants and to guide the children”. Today, I would like to focus on the Child Care and Youth services, which is closely related to you and me.
Tung Wah Group of Hospitals was established in 1870. At the beginning, Tung Wah only provided medical services. Yet the Groups did more than that. To cite an example, the Tung Wah Coffin Home has been delivering a distinctive welfare service since the 19th century. There is no denying that Tung Wah is one of the most trust-worthy charitable organizations in Hong Kong as it fulfills the needs of society and contributes a lot to the early development of Hong Kong.
For the Child Care and Youth services, it is committed to promote child, youth development and family well-being. First and foremost, since the parents in the contemporary society always work around the clock, their children would feel solitary and lonely owing to inadequate family care. In this case, Tung Wah offers residential child care services, for instance, providing small group homes, home care, counseling, etc. for those ranging from new-born babies to teenagers up to 18 years old who lack family care. In addition, foster care service and girls’ hostel also helps guide girls aged between 12 and 21 years old with emotional and behavioral problems by leading them to the right path.
Apart from the child care services, Tung Wah also provides student guidance and school social work services. The Group offers stationing school social workers to primary and secondary schools for developing students’ whole person ability. Moreover, this programme also furnishes school-based after school learning to support students at risk or with special needs.
Last but not least, I believe that most of you may have great passion on artistic fields. In fact, Tung Wah also puts a strong emphasis on develop something artistic, to enable the young people to exert their full potentialities. For example, TWGHs Beyond the Line Youth Musical recruits new members recently. Its theme is to let more teenagers know their genuine personality as well as finding their one-of-a-kind dream through musical.
All in all, Tung Wah Groups of Hospital definitely can work towards their pre-set mission. Though the Groups enjoys a long history, its contribution and mission will carry on. I hope when I graduate, I can contribute to society to show my gratitude to Tung Wah. Thank you!