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Taking responsibility for the community – Kenny Ng
Taking responsibility for the community – Kenny Ng
Kenny Ng
Kenny Ng
Project Team Leader of Jockey Club Sunshine Project

What you study in university does not necessarily translate into a future career, nor should a university degree define where you take your life. Kenny, whose eyes show strong determination, resolved to be a social worker during his upper secondary school years, and to serve his home, Hong Kong. However, he studied mechanical engineering at university, and then became a physics teacher at a secondary school. In his heart, however, he never let go of his dream of serving the community.

To realise his aspirations, Kenny scaled back his teaching commitment and spent the next three years completing a master’s degree in social work. He then resigned from his teaching post and became a registered social worker. Currently, he is the project director of the organisational and social work division at the HKSKH Lady MacLehose Centre. Now 31, Kenny is fully committed to helping people at the grassroots level, and his contributions were recognised in 2016 when he received an industry award for being a “Junior Outstanding Social Worker”.

“I believe I will be a social worker here for life,” he said with a smile.

Kenny, whose eyes show strong determination, resolved to be a social worker during his upper secondary school years, and to serve his home, Hong Kong.
Now 31, Kenny is fully committed to helping people at the grassroots level. His contributions were recognised in 2016 when he received an industry award for being a “Junior Outstanding Social Worker”.
Speaking up for society’s disadvantaged members

At university, Kenny was in a residence hall society. At that time, there were insufficient places in the residence halls. After investigating, Kenny learnt that the school allocated places by “drawing a straight-line on the map from the university to the student’s home” and measuring that distance. Hoping for fairer allocation, he then suggested to include actual travel time in the allocation criteria and the proposal was accepted. This system remains in use today and continues to provide fair residence opportunities for students in need.

Kenny grew up in Tin Shui Wai. In 2015, the Tin Yiu Market was closed down, causing much inconvenience to residents. “The old and less agile had to travel 40 minutes just to buy food from the Tin Shing Market. Not only did this require more effort, but the prices were usually higher.” With the help of Kenny and community organisations, the government finally assigned a vacant lot in the district for setting up a temporary market to address the immediate needs of local residents.

Kenny and his team of colleagues have launched a “know the community campaign”, training up residents of sub-divided flats to provide community tours to people from different walks of life.
Kenny is responsible for servicing the communities and families in old tenement buildings in Kwai Tsing district.
Firm and steadfast – supporting sub-divided flat residents

After joining the HKSKH Lady MacLehose Centre and becoming the director of its organisational and social work division, Kenny became involved in servicing the communities and families in old tenement buildings in Kwai Tsing district, helping local residents improve the living conditions of sub-divided apartments; offering livelihood support, and teaching them about their rights. Kenny believes that we all have a role to play: “Not everyone has to lead – an organisation should thrive by getting its nutrients through different arteries.” Looking ahead, Kenny will continue to work on community education, teaching, and encouraging residents to speak up for their communities, resolve social issues, and improve their quality of life.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust has been providing the HKSKH Lady MacLehose Centre with funding to carry out the Jockey Club Sunshine Project – Community Support Service for Sub-divided Flat Residents in Kwai Tsing. Kenny and his team of colleagues have launched a “know the community campaign”, training up residents of sub-divided flats to provide community tours to people from different walks of life. Kenny said, “I hope this will bring ‘sunshine’ into the lives of sub-divided flat residents, and help them develop skills to improve their livelihood in the long run.” This way, these residents can become “givers” instead of mere “receivers” of assistance. During off-work hours, Kenny also participates in voluntary work organised by non-profit organisations, mainly serving disadvantaged communities in outlying regions by teaching them about their rights in hopes of promoting fairness and social harmony.

Kenny will continue to work on community education, teaching, and encouraging residents to speak up for their communities, resolve social issues, and improve their quality of life.

“A community belongs to each of its members. If everyone is willing to take one step, and take our rights into our hands, we can forge a better community.” We can all take a page from Kenny’s book by truly caring and giving back to our own communities. In that way, we will be able to create a better community and a better life for future generations.

Jockey Club Sunshine Project – Community Support Service for Sub-divided Flat Residents
Address: Sunshine Neighbourhood Centre
29A, G/F, Bank Building, 23-51 Tai Loong Street, Kwai Chung
Phone: 2616 0766

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