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AVS – 50th Anniversary Celebrations

   

The year 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of AVS.  The Kick-off Ceremony was staged at the 8th Hong Kong Volunteer Award Presentation Ceremony and officiated by the Hon Lau Kwong Wah, JP, then Secretary for Home Affairs on 23rd January 2020.

A number of commemorative events, including the “Together. We Plant” Volunteer Greening Day, 50th Anniversary Souvenir Book, Golden Jubilee Gala Dinner, Volunteer Octopus Card and 5 & 0 Special Offer Campaign, will be launched to celebrate the special milestone of AVS and the achievements of volunteerism in Hong Kong.

 

The Hon Lau Kong Wah, JP, Secretary for Home Affairs officiated at the Presentation Ceremony
 
The officiating guest pictured with the Board of Directors and members of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations Committee

 


“Together. We Plant” Volunteer Greening Day

AVS organized the first highlight event, “Together. We Plant”, at Shing Mun Country Park, Tsuen Wan.  The event Ceremony held on 27 June 2020 was officiated by The Hon Dr Lam Ching Choi, SBS, JP, Non-official Member of Executive Council.

AVS joined the Tree Partner Programme organized by World Green Organisation, and with the support from the Country Parks Plantation Enrichment Programme implemented by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.  Six tree-planting activities were held over four consecutive weekends from late June to mid July.  Volunteers from different sectors gathered in Shing Mun Country Park to transplant seedlings of various native tree species, to encourage people to “Go Green Volunteering” by caring and volunteering for our planet.  It echoes the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development advocated by the United Nations in relation to climate change and environmental protection.

      

50th Anniversary Souvenir Book

With the theme of “Devoted to Volunteering 50 Years Creating the Future”, the book demonstrates AVS’ accomplishments and contributions in past half century and tells the touching stories of the 25 winners of the 7th and 8th Hong Kong Volunteer Award” with a view to inspiring quality volunteering.


Golden Jubilee Gala Dinner

To commemorate the golden jubilee and celebrate the fruitful achievements of AVS over the past half-century, the Gala Dinner will be held as the finale in late November 2020.  The Hon Matthew Cheung Kin Chung, GBM, GBS, JP, Chief Secretary for Administration the HKSAR, kindly agreed to officiate to witness the significant milestones of AVS in the development of volunteerism and to appreciate for volunteers’ effort to serve the Society.


Volunteer Octopus Card

A specially designed volunteer octopus card will be produced for charity sale and members of the Hong Kong Community Volunteers who have made remarkable contribution to volunteering will have the opportunity to own one as souvenir.  Details will be announced later, please stay tuned!


5 & 0 Special Offer Campaign

To encourage more people to join volunteering, on the occasion of AVS 50th anniversary, AVS launched various special offers for volunteers and local citizens.  Please click here to know more.