Courage of tragic earthquake volunteer will be honoured

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 November, 2010, 12:00am

A Hong Kong volunteer killed trying to help children hit by an earthquake will be suitably lauded for his bravery.

Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing said at Andy Tsang Man-kit's funeral in Beijing yesterday it was possible he could be awarded a posthumous medal.

The 35-year-old, pictured, died in a car accident last week transporting relief materials in quake-ravaged Yushu, in Qinghai province.

Two mainlanders, one of them a Tibetan driver, also died when their jeep rolled down a 148-metre slope on October 27.

'The Hong Kong SAR government will consider how to laud his spirit.

'Whether it's going to be a medal, a committee will have to decide,' Tsang Tak-sing said after the funeral in Babaoshan, Beijing.

In April, another Hong Kong volunteer, Wong Fuk-wing, died trying to save children from a Qinghai school that had been left in ruins by an earthquake. Dr Peng Qinghua, director of the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong, said: 'The people will not forget them, for they showed intense love for their mainland compatriots.'

Ma Jing, Andy Tsang's wife, relatives and his colleagues attended the funeral in a hall that was filled with white chrysanthemums.

Their two children, aged four and six, were not present.

Tsang was in Qinghai to develop Family Box, a children's education centre he set up with Ma last year. It was his second mission to Yushu since the devastating earthquake in April.

He was born in Hong Kong and emigrated to Britain when he was 13. He graduated from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London.

He met Ma, born in Beijing, at the college where she was also a student.

Tsang worked in the banking sector in London before the couple moved to Beijing last year.

There, they set up Family Box, a daycare education centre in the city's Chaoyang district.

It offers education, recreation, science and fitness activities for children under 12.