ICAC Club marks 20th anniversary with over 60,000 service hours from volunteers
Over the past 20 years, members of the ICAC Club spent more than 60,000 hours on promoting integrity messages in the community as voluntary helpers in various anti-corruption programmes, demonstrating the power of public engagement in the anti-corruption cause.
At the ICAC Club 20th Anniversary Award Presentation Ceremony attended by over 350 members today (May 7), ICAC Commissioner Mr Simon Peh Yun-lu commended the volunteers for being close allies and valuable partners of the ICAC in fostering a deep-rooted culture of probity in Hong Kong, which had been consistently rated as one of the cleanest places the world over.
“The ICAC alone could not have achieved this. Every citizen, including every club member, has played a role,” said Mr Peh.
“The ICAC has all along recognized the importance of public engagement in cultivating probity in people’s daily life. The ICAC Club clearly demonstrates the power of public involvement and the concerted efforts in upholding a clean society,” Mr Peh added.
The ICAC Club is a voluntary service group set up in 1997 to promote civic participation in anti-corruption activities. It now has over 1,600 members from different strata of the community.
Officiating at the ceremony this morning, Professor Timothy Tong Wai-cheung, Chairman of the ICAC’s Citizens Advisory Committee on Community Relations (CACCR), praised club members for their dedicated participation over the past 20 years.
“The ICAC Club has become a key partner of the ICAC in promoting the anti-corruption message, serving the community with vigour and confidence,” Professor Tong said.
Professor Tong said it was encouraging to see that in many cases, club members had appealed to people around them with their passion and recruited their family and friends to serve in the ICAC Club.
Commending on club members for their many talents, Professor Tong noted that about 50 of them participated in 28 drama performances staged at different elderly centres to help promulgate clean elections message in the past three public elections.
At today’s award presentation ceremony, club members were lauded for their dedicated service in the past year. Fifty founding members also attended today’s event to mark the ICAC Club’s 20th anniversary.
To encourage more young people to contribute to the anti-corruption cause, a Youth Chapter of the ICAC Club was launched today to tap on young people’s creativity and vitality in promoting integrity.
Among the guests attending today’s ceremony were five CACCR members including Ms Peggy Lee Pik-yee, Mr Norman Lo Kam-wah, Mr Thomas Lo Sui-sing, Ms Bonnie Chan Shum-yue, and Ms Quince Chong Wai-yan, as well as Mr Wong Wai-kit, member of the Preventive Education and Public Engagement Sub-Committee.
At the gathering, Ms Quince Chong also shared with the club members about her experience as a volunteer in ICAC’s integrity promotion programme in the past.
ICAC Commissioner Simon Peh Yun-lu (4th from left) encourages ICAC Club members to promote the core value of probity through voluntary service.
Chairman of CACCR Professor Timothy Tong Wai-cheung (7th from left) praises club members for their dedicated participation.
ICAC Commissioner Simon Peh Yun-lu, Director of Community Relations Raymond Ng Kwok-ming, Chairman of the CACCR Professor Timothy Tong Wai-cheung, Committee members and Club members perform fitness dance to promote integrity message.
ICAC Club members of different ages receive commendation for their dedicated voluntary service in the past year.
ICAC Commissioner Simon Peh Yun-lu, Director of Community Relations Raymond Ng Kwok-ming, Chairman of the CACCR Professor Timothy Tong Wai-cheung and Committee members pictured with 350 ICAC Club members attending today’s awards presentation ceremony.