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Press Release: Red Carpet to Roll Out for Outstanding ‘Butterflies’

Elderly Service – News      2016/11/11



Between now and mid-January 2017, HK Electric and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) will be inviting nominations to the Fifth “Outstanding Third Age Citizens Award” to recognise local retirees who have continued to contribute to the community after leaving their world of work. 

The Award uses the image of a butterfly to represent the long lasting impact retired people may have on all they have come across, like what a butterfly may leave on its trail. 

 First held in 2009, the award is open to all aged 50 or above, who have retired from work or family responsibilities and have attained remarkable achievements in three areas: 

  • Pursuing lifelong learning and knowledge-sharing;
  • Enjoying and promoting a balanced, healthy lifestyle; and
  • Participating actively in social services, voluntary and charity work. 

This year's adjudication panel includes the Chairman of the Elderly Commission, Dr. Lam Ching-choi; Vice-President (Student and Global Affairs) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Professor Angelina Yuen Tsang Woon-ki; media veteran and former Outstanding Young Person, Chea Shuk-mui; Associate Professor of the Hong Kong Baptist University, Lobo Louie Hung-tak; Director and General Manager (Generation) of HK Electric, Francis Cheng Cho-ying; and Chief Executive of the HKCSS, Chua Hoi-wai. 

Nominations must reach the Award Secretariat on or before 13 January 2017 and results of the award scheme will be announced in April 2017. A certificate of recognition and a HK$5,000 scholarship will be awarded to the winner and a certificate of recognition and HK$2,000 in cash for the nominator. For enquiries or details, simply visit, or contact the Award Secretariat at 2876-2427. 

 The award scheme was rolled out today at a seminar hosted by HK Electric and HKCSS to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the U3A (University of 3rd Age), with speakers from Taiwan and Singapore sharing their views on how retirees could continue serving the community through creative platforms. 

Professor Lin Chung-wei from Taiwan spoke of his experience in how to engage people with mobility problems (e.g. the elderly, the disabled and pregnant women) to create for them a user-friendly dining environment. Jack Sim from Singapore explained how he helped raise awareness on public sanitation in underdeveloped countries by breaking down the taboo that normally shrouded the topic of discussion on toilets. 

At the seminar, three previous Outstanding Third Age Citizens Award winners also shared their experiences on lifelong learning, healthy lifestyle and community service and appealed to participants to continue serving the community. 

Addressing the seminar, General Manager (Public Affairs) of HK Electric, Mimi Yeung said: “We expect U3A students to be more active in social participation in future and we see this seminar as a good brainstorming session for our retirees to learn how to be more engaged in community affairs. 

“To enable U3A students to have a wider exposure, we have organised various activities including visits and seminars as well as an upcoming forum on investor education,” she added. 

Chua Hoi-wai of the HKCSS said that “our U3A students will benefit greatly from the insightful sharing and thought provoking ideas from our speakers. U3A will continue to evolve and innovate in areas that better serve the community with more strategic partnership projects.”




Media enquiries:


Eric Chau

Manager, Corporate Affairs

HK Electric

Tel: 2843 3255

Mobile: 9254 9107

Grace Chan

Chief Officer (Elderly Service)


Tel: 2864 2951

Mobile: 9102 3497