Jockey Club volunteers to mentor needy teens

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 February, 2008, 12:00am

About 400 Jockey Club volunteers will be spending Saturdays teaching English and computer skills to underprivileged teenagers in Tin Shui Wai from April.

A Jockey Club spokeswoman said they were also planning to hold hiking trips and heritage tours for needy children and their families with the help of environmental groups.

Jockey Club chairman John Chan Cho-chak said: 'We hope that these activities will encourage the recipients to become volunteers themselves and in turn pass their experience on to other needy people.

'In the long run, we want to help them lead more fulfilling lives, serve the neighbourhood and enhance new developments within the district.'

He was speaking at a lunch gathering at Happy Valley Racecourse with nearly 200 elderly single people from the troubled new town.

The spokeswoman said the outings could help raise the environmental awareness of Tin Shui Wai teenagers and strengthen family ties if they took part with their parents. She said for the English and computer courses, they would arrange free transport to the club's headquarters.

The club will later decide on age groups and the number of participants, as well as the length of the course, after discussions with dozens of NGOs and concern groups working in the area.

Club volunteers will also visit about 140 elderly singles in Tin Shui Wai on Sunday.

Meanwhile, about 3,000 people flocked to a retailing recruitment drive in Tin Shui Wai yesterday to compete for more than 2,600 jobs with 23 firms.

The two-day fair is being held by the Hong Kong Retail Management Association and the Labour Department at Kingswood Ginza.

About half of the jobs are in the northwestern New Territories, Tung Chung or at the airport.

Almost all of them are full-time and about half are entry-level. About 70 per cent require only a Form Three education or less.