Home Affairs Secretary appeals for more Green Volunteers
Secretary for Home Affairs Dr Patrick Ho today (September 28) appealed to the public to become Green Volunteers under the District Green Hong Kong Ambassadors Scheme.
Speaking at the Launch Ceremony of the scheme and Presentation of the Outstanding Green Volunteers Awards at the Amphitheatre of Tai Po Waterfront Park, Dr Ho said the scheme aimed at promoting green consciousness and encouraging community involvement in district development.
In 2002, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) launched a pilot scheme to recruit Green Volunteers in Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin, Wong Tai Sin and Wan Chai Districts. It extended the scheme to all 18 districts in June this year.
Green Volunteers receive basic horticultural training in the form of lectures and practical sessions before undertaking simple greening tasks including weeding, watering, examining the growth conditions of trees in the street, giving horticultural demonstrations in district services centres, and assisting in greening promotional campaigns.
"The Home Affairs Bureau and District Councils are very supportive of the scheme, which has received good response from the public," Dr Ho said.
Each district selects its Green Hong Kong Ambassadors to serve as the bridge between district groups and the LCSD, to facilitate communication and to lead Green Volunteers in district greening activities.
Currently there are 38 Green Ambassadors and over 1,000 Green Volunteers.
Dr Ho urged both ambassadors and volunteers to help promote the scheme and encourage the public to participate in volunteer activities.
"Serving as Green Volunteers, they can have a more meaningful life while creating a better living environment," he said.
Thirty-eight Green Hong Kong Ambassadors from 18 districts received certificates of appointment and six outstanding Green Volunteers were awarded certificates of merit.
Other officiating guests at the ceremony were the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Anissa Wong; the Director of Home Affairs, Mrs Pamela Tan; and members of the Home Affairs Bureau's Community Involvement Committee on Greening, Miss Maria Tam, Mr Michael Chan and Mr Wong Chi-kui.
End/Sunday, September 28, 2003