This Saturday we celebrated the 7th Annual Foreign Correspondents’ Club Charity Ball, featuring the World Classic Rockers. Made up of former band members of Toto, Steppenwolf, Santana, Journey and more, the band rocked the Hong Kong convention center and created a problem we never anticipated or experienced: Ladies invading the stage.
We hope to have raised something in the range of US$1mn this year to support the needy children of Hong Kong’s Po Leung Kuk orphanage. We offer scholarships for higher education and have created a language training program for younger residents at the Po Leung Kuk.
To me, the most important acheivement of the ball was not the fun had or the funds raised, but a small meeting convened on the sidelines of the ball by scholarship winners from previous years. Under their own initiative they have decided to create an alumni association.
The association aims to strengthen the bonding between scholarship winners and FCC so as to benefit both sides. Various functions e.g. gathering, professional workshops and charity functions will be organized to equip our members and help the needy in Po Leung Kuk.
These scholarship winners, some now established in the workforce, will be the best long-term guardians of what I have had the honor of helping launch.
– Photo: Terry Duckham, Asiapix