Drug-treatment pioneer dies at 88

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 September, 2010, 12:00am

One of the first people to use religion and fellowship to help the city's drug addicts has died. The Reverend John Paul Chan died from pneumonia in Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Saturday. He was 88. In April 1968, Chan set up Hong Kong's first Christian rehabilitation centre in Long Ke Wan, Sai Kung. In 1976, the centre relocated to Fu Tau Fan Chau, and is now known as Dawn Island Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre. After a Chinese University study confirmed the effectiveness of the service, Operation Dawn began receiving government funding. In 2000, Chan received a lifetime achievement award as part of the Outstanding Anti-Drug Workers Award Scheme.