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Air Ranger Betsy Unit Inauguration Ceremony Supported by Cathay Pacific Airways

26 Feb 2005


The Air Ranger Betsy Unit, the first-ever Air Ranger unit to be named after a Cathay Pacific aircraft, was established today in a ceremony hosted by Mrs Julita Lee BBS JP, Chief Commissioner of the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association.

The Association has started up the unit to enable girls and young women in Hong Kong to enhance their understanding of, and interest in, the local aviation industry. Cathay Pacific Airways has given its full support by jointly designing a programme for the new unit and offering professional training for the Air Rangers.

Chief Commissioner Mrs Julita Lee said at the ceremony, held at Cathay Pacific City, that the co-operation between the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association and Cathay Pacific is a meaningful one. Now that the Hong Kong Government is reducing its funding to non-profit-making organisations, she said, it is becoming more necessary for such organisations to co-operate with the commercial sector.

“The Hong Kong Girl Guides Association has been closely co-operating with various commercial institutions in recent years to help boost the development of girl guides activities in Hong Kong. The Air Rangers unit is set up for girls aged 17 to 21 and its members will have the chance to fully develop their potential through various kinds of activities. The Air Rangers certificate programme will cover elementary and advanced aviation knowledge, cabin crew training and aviation industry operations, while training will include image and grooming, catering and aviation knowledge.”

Cathay Pacific General Manager Corporate Communication Alan Wong said: “Cathay Pacific has always been eager to encourage young people to explore new experiences and boost their personal development. The Air Rangers will provide a good opportunity for young girls to achieve this.

“We will take advantage of our experiences in training flight attendants to provide support to the Hong Kong Girl Guides in the preparation of training materials and the design of training courses. We will also provide opportunities for the girls to practice what they learn in our cabin mock-up and other facilities at Cathay City.”

Cathay Pacific Manager Training & Development Eliza Li said: “I was a girl guide when I was in school and I still remember the guides’ motto, “be prepared”, which means we need to take the initiative to learn and help others. Cathay Pacific’s backing for the Air Ranger provides us with a chance to support the community by helping these girls to grow and develop through the skills and experience we can provide.”

Guiding was introduced into Hong Kong in 1916. The Association was then an overseas branch of the Girl Guides Association of the UK. Guiding in Hong Kong developed steadily and units were set up in various schools and youth organisations. In 1978, the Association became independent from the UK and became an Associate Member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). It was in 1981 that the Association became a Full Member of WAGGGS. Guiding provides non-formal educational programmes to members at their leisure or as an extra-curricular activity in school. The approach is based on fun and activities. In addition to skills development, physical fitness and outdoors activities, programmes also incorporate training to enhance personal development and interpersonal relationship. Members have ample opportunities to participate in community services. It is hoped that these varieties of activities enable girls to attain new knowledge and enhance their personal development.


Mr. Alan Wong, Cathay Pacific General Manager Corporate Communication, and Mrs. Julita Lee BBS JP, Chief Commissioner of the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association named the first Air Ranger Betsy Unit. The unit is named after Cathay Pacific's first aircraftThe Air Ranger Betsy Unit, named after Cathay Pacific's first aircraft, was established today in a ceremony hosted by Mr. Alan Wong, Cathay Pacific General Manager Corporate Communication (fifth from left), Mrs. Selina Tsang, HKGGA Vice President (fifth from right), Mrs. Sally Leung SBS JP HKGGA Vice President (fourth from right) and Mrs. Julita Lee BBS JP, Chief Commissioner of the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association (left)
Cathay Pacific is providing support for the Air Ranger Betsy Unit in the preparation of training materials, the design of training courses, and by providing opportunities for the girls to practice what they learn in the cabin mock-ups at Cathay Pacific City