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Chris | 24th Aug 2007, 6:00 AM | 母校情 | (1304 Reads)

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Dear Old Boys of Wah Yan and overseas Chapter Chairmen,

I write to invite you to co-ordinate with your classmates of the same chapter/class to individually or jointly contribute to the Wah Yan One Family Foundation (WYOFF) in order to realise my dream in improving the quality of education at Wah Yan. Details of my dream for Wah Yan's future and the WYOFF are at www.wahyanonefamily.org .

In short, I would like to further improve the quality of education at the two Wah Yan Colleges and make them centres of excellence by developing not only the knowledge of their students but also their character and values. To do so, I hope to reduce existing class size, recruit more good teachers to provide a better all-round curriculum and offer better training to teachers to develop their professional skills, etc. Since Government subsidy for such purposes is not only limited but difficult to get, extra financial resources are needed to implement these improvements. 

 

The WYOFF, a charity in Hong Kong which aims to render assistance to the two Wah Yan Colleges in their continuing strife to bring quality education to the future generations of Wahyanites, has since committed to raise HK$100 million to form an endowment so that sufficient interest would be generated annually to sustain the improvements proposed. Apart from appealing to old boys for their generous donations and support, the WYOFF plans to organise a number of fundraising activities including golf tournament, gala premiere, charity ball/one of a kind auction, concert, etc. so that not only old boys but the public could also participate to give to this good cause. Details will be announced progressively in the link above. 

To kick-off the fundraising campaign, a cross harbour walkathon from Wah Yan College Kowloon to Wah Yan College Hong Kong will be held on Sunday 7 October. The event will be officiated by Donald Tsang, the Chief Executive of HKSAR and an WYHK?? . More details of the walkathon are in the link above.
 

While I understand that it may be difficult for old boys overseas to fully participate in these functions in Hong Kong, I would appreciate it if you could pass the information to your members so that they are aware of such developments and if they happen to be in Hong Kong, they could join these events.
 
To brief old boys in detail of the aims and objectives of the WYOFF, encourage them to give generously and participate in up-coming fundraising events, members of the fundraising committee will be available to attend individual class reunions in Hong Kong to answer questions, hear their views and expectations of WYOFF as well as the usage of funds so raised. Please notify our Fundraising Committee Co-ordinator Laurence Tse Kam Ming, WYHK 69, at 90333153  or 
ltse@impark.com.hk  of your next reunion so that an appropriate WYOFF representative could be sent. For overseas chapters, you are welcome to send in your questions and views by email to Laurence who can also arrange a meeting with any member of your chapter who happens to be in Hong Kong.
 
To honour and recognize those chapters/classes/individuals that are particularly supportive of the fundraising drive and have contributed at least HK$500,000, the WYOFF has decided to make them Patrons of the campaign and inscribe their names on the memorial plague of the campaign to be placed prominently at the schools or even have landmarks in the schools named after them. Many individual old boys and classes have responded to this appeal and made their pledges. I hope you too could help to spread the message and, better still, group the classmates in your chapter to contribute as a Patron. If you have contact with any person who is interested to give substantially to WYOFF and become a Patron, please let Laurence know so that an appropriate WYOFF representative or old boy in your chapter could be assigned to meet with him in private. All donations are tax deductable either in Hong Kong or Canada.
 
It is always better to give than receive. Pick up the phone and call your classmates and friends. We need the help and support of every Wahyanite.  
 
With gratitude for all your kind support in the past. May God bless your generosity.

Yours sincerely, 
Alfred J. Deignan S.J..