Cathay Pacific and ‘I Can Fly’ volunteer receive top volunteer awards from Social Welfare Department
04 Dec 2004
Cathay Pacific Airways today was honoured at the Volunteer Award Presentation Ceremony 2004 organised by the Social Welfare Department. For its active role in soliciting public participation for the Cathay Pacific “I Can Fly” programme, the airline was awarded the “Champion of the Highest Service Hour Award 2003 (Private Organisation - Best Customer Participation). Also at the ceremony, Ms Cheung Wing, an enthusiastic “I Can Fly” programme volunteer, was named one of Hong Kong’s 10 Outstanding Youth Volunteers.
As Hong Kong’s airline, Cathay Pacific is committed to serving the community. The airline has in place many programmes targeting at different sectors of the community. The Cathay Pacific “I Can Fly” programme aims to nurture the spirit of social service and an enthusiasm for aviation among local youngsters. The programme has been a great success and the 1,000 local young participants have served over 3,000 people for 60 organisations through social service activities during the programme year.
While the airline is active in community service, its work would not have been made possible without volunteers such as Ms Cheung. An undergraduate of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Ms Cheung has been active in volunteer services and received numerous awards for her contributions for the past five years. She has served different sectors of the community – from the aged to the youth and the disabled. She has brought her wealth of social service experience into Cathay Pacific’s “I Can Fly” programme and members have benefited from her leadership skills.
Speaking at the ceremony, Cathay Pacific General Manager Corporate Communication Alan Wong said: “Volunteering comes from the heart and we are delighted to be a part of this meaningful exercise to reach out to the less fortunate. As Hong Kong’s airline, Cathay Pacific will continue to serve the community through more innovative activities. We would also like to congratulate Ms Cheung and thank her for leading our members in our “I Can Fly” programme.”
Ms Cheung Wing added: “Every time I see a smile from the faces of people I have served, I feel a sense of fulfilment. Participating in Cathay Pacific’s “I Can Fly” programme has widened my knowledge on aviation and also allowed me to share my passion on social services with other youngsters. I am happy to have been given the opportunity to serve and hope to further develop myself through more meaningful programmes.”
The Cathay Pacific “I Can Fly” programme invites 1,000 youth aged between 13 to 18 to take part in a series of aviation and social service activities, led by Cathay Pacific pilots. It aims to nurture the spirit of social service and an enthusiasm for aviation among local youngsters.
The Volunteer Award Presentation Ceremony 2004 is the major annual event of the Steering Committee on Promotion of Service of the Social Welfare Department. The event aims to raise public awareness on volunteering and pay tribute to the volunteers for their contribution to society.