"If you try to be like someone else, you're losing everything that was ever special about yourself."

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May 2015 E-newsletter



May 2015 E-Newletter (Full PDF)

Looking beyond FUTURE
Save Our Sevens!
The 8th Defeat Failure, Get Positive Circus Competition 2015
KELY's Appreciation Evening
Coming Soon: Peninsula Mooncake Charity Sale
KELY in the Community
Special Thanks
Save the Dates!
Looking beyond FUTURE

After 18 months of hard work, 30 graduates from KELY's FUTURE mentorship programme brought Hong Kong through the Eyes of Ethnic Minority Youth multimedia exhibition to Sham Shui Po to further promote divsersity and inclusion for ethnic minorities in Hong Kong.

From 8 to 13 March Hong Kong through the Eyes of Ethnic Minority Youth was held at Dragon Centre in Sham Shui Po, one of Hong Kong's most culturally and economically diverse districts, displaying 24 multimedia projects -18 photographs, 5 videos and 1 print media - each reflecting youth's messages and hope for identity and inclusion.
Representing a cohort of Hong Kong’s future leaders, these 30 students from Delia Memorial School (Hip Wo) aimed to leave the public with this important message: "Beyond Cultural Barriers, we are still a part of Hong Kong."

In support of United Nations’ 14th International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March), the exhibition was later held at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University from 14 - 20 March.

Special thanks to Department of Applied Social Sciences of Hong Kong Polytechnic University for facilitating the exhibition venue, and  Mr. Andrew NgHong Kong-based actor and producer, for being our guest judge at the exhibition.

Our widely anticipated Save Our Sevens (SOSKELY) campaign was once again at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens in March to help young people stay hydrated, safe, and enjoy the games!
Over the busy Sevens weekend (27 -29 March), KELY and 90 volunteers had reached out to young people with water pitchers, directing them to SOSKELY alcohol-free zones, BATAK reaction game and Chill-out Lounge for breaks, and ultimately, encouraging young people to stay hydrated. Our hydration Messengers gave out 29 litres of water to young people in need - that is around 2850 paper cups! Our staff members also gave support to 30 young people, including 3 medical referrals, at the Chill-Out Lounge.

We wish to thank: Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) for their continuous partnership and support;  Coca-Cola Company for sponsoring KELY with water, accessories and souvenirs; Barclays, Regal Hotels International, Regal Airport Hotel, Regal Oriental Hotel and Rotaract Club Shouson Hill for volunteering as SOSKELY Messengers to reach out to young people at the Sevens. Our 4th annual campaign couldn't have been this successful without you. 

SOSKELY on the News:
DBC Radio 5, Pinoy Fuse, 26 March
RTHK Radio 3, 1 2 3 Show, 27 March
SCMP, Concerted effort to curb binge drinking among youth at Rugby Sevens, 28 March
Circus arts has proven to be much more than clowning around.  At KELY, circus arts training is not only a stress management skill, but also a way for young people to learn to support one another. On 14 March, 13 youth from three Hong Kong local schools contested in The 8th Defeat Failure, Get Positive Circus Competition 2015 - not just to show off their juggling skills, but to use it as an opportunity to train with other students and professional circus trainers. 
We would like to thank all individuals from the circus industry, including Wing2theClown for participating at this event.
April 23 marked a special occasion for KELY as we celebrated this evening with our supporters, young people, and volunteers. KELY Support Group's Appreciation Evening was our way of saying thanks to all our supporters: the 89 guests who have attended our event, as well as anyone who has been involved with KELY in the past year.

Special thanks to Standard Chartered, FACE WorldWide, photographer
Chandni Chotrani, all staff and volunteers for putting this important evening together.

For those who have missed our event, the photos may be retrieved through this link.

VIDEO: KELY 2014 Year in Review 
(produced by Without Equal Production)
"Prevention is key to ensure that young people aren't falling off the cracks," said Sky Siu, KELY's Executive Director, in her welcoming remarks with Vice Chair Agnes K Y Tai. 
Martyn Minns, trainer and event coordinator for KELY's Seeing the Possibilities programme, spoke of the importance of time management, a skill he learned from interacting with his daughter, and that teaching time management to the young generations was what prompted him to work with KELY. 
"When did grades become more important than personal development?" Xyra, a youth participant of 3 KELY programmes, reflected on KELY's impact on her personal growth. Unlike school, KELY has not focused on grades but helped her grow as a person through goal-setting, learning about diversity, self-awareness, and multiculturalism. Most importantly, KELY has allowed her to understand that, just because she is someone of ethnic minority background in Hong Kong, it does not mean that she cannot achieve. 
Mr. Li Wing Leung, Principal of Sir Ellis Kadoorie Secondary School, regarded KELY as a partner with a same vision to develop young people holistically in the areas of arts, sports, mental health and employment. He acknowledged the support from KELY and his staff, and looks forward to continuous partnership with KELY. 
[Coming Soon] 
KELY x Peninsula Annual Mooncake Charity Sale

Warm your family's hearts with this delicious, sophisticated treat!

It's that time for the year again to enjoy quality family time over delicious treats and moon watching. KELY is pleased to partner with Peninsula Merchandising Limited once again this autumn to raise funds to help empower young people to make informed life choices. Starting late June 2015, our mooncake charity sale will be launched to all KELY stakeholders for purchase. Watch this space for more information!
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KELY in the Community
Victoria and our HKUST interns, Sylvester and Ivan, participating in the Canadian International School's CARE Fair promoting KELY's work to the students on 29 January. 
On 25 March, KELY was among one of the 95 NGOs to participate in Caring Company Partnership Expo 2015, an annual event organised by Hong Kong Council Social Service. 
Thanks to HKRFU, from January to April, KELY was able to promote our mission and services at various rugby events, including KELY Support Group Super Saturday, Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, KELY Support Group Grand Finals, and All Girls Rugby Tournament
Congratulations to Vishal, Jaskaran, Surin, Saqib from It Begins with One Story for winning the CWS City Challenge 2015 in aid of children in Nepal! Special thanks to Mr. David Simpson from Team Building Asia and Mr. David Andrews from Chunky Onion Productions Ltd. for sponsoring them to participate in the race. 
As a non-subvented organisation, KELY relies on the support of generous donors to serve the youth community. Your generous donation allows us to continue providing services for Hong Kong's young people. 

...Ovolo for sponsoring venue and food for our staff retreat in January for a productive, fun day of staff meeting. Check out our KELY-Ovolo goodie bag designed by our former HKUST intern Sylvester!
...Bradbury School Primary Six students for raising funds for KELY at the Charity Action Day! Very proud to see these young students for their creativity, and for raising awareness for addiction. 
...Mission Possible for choosing KELY as one of their charity box's beneficiaries at the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens to help raise funds for Talk2Me IM, a bilingual WhatsApp support service for youth in Hong Kong.
...Brave Heart Theatre for donating proceeds from the gala opening night of "Love Letters by A. R. Gurney" to KELY, which will be used towards our youth mentorship programmes.
...Peninsula Merchandising Limited for partnering with us once again this year for the Chinese New Year Pudding Charity Sale. Due to popular demand, 200 boxes of the delicious puddings were sold out just before the Chinese lunar new year
...KIOSK for choosing KELY as a charity beneficiary by donating 5% of all profits from the retail sales of "ZERO Guide – your guide to responsible travel" in 2015 to support  KELY’s work in preventing young substance abuse.
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