Summerbridge Hong Kong marks 20th anniversary

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 October, 2012, 2:27pm

Summerbridge Hong Kong celebrated its 20th anniversary on Sunday at Island School in Central. Over 600 patrons - students who had benefited from the non-profit organisation, as well as their relatives and friends - turned out at the afternoon celebration.

"It was like a big reunion," said executive director Shirley Man, who has been with the organisation for over a decade.

For 20 years, Summerbridge has run academic and personal development programmes for underprivileged students in Hong Kong. About 300 students benefit from their five-week summer programmes each year. Senior students from local schools are recruited as teachers for the summer courses.

"One of the reasons that kids kept coming back to us was the bonding between our students and teachers," said Man.

"Many of them are still friends after all these years. They really can be who they are around each other and be supported."

During the event, guests had the chance to learn more about the history of Summerbridge, as well as the stories of its beneficiaries.

Photographs from the organisation's archive were exhibited at the venue.

Socialite and philanthropist Cathy Lee Chui Chi-kei is joining Summerbridge as its honorary patron this year.

"It is evident to me that the students and teachers form deep connections with each other and truly enjoy their time spent learning together," she said.