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Spirit of Hong Kong 2014

Spirit of Hong Kong 2014

Spirit of Hong Kong 2014 is a series of stories that examine the vital yet sometimes unnoticed contributions by remarkable indivduals and groups to the everyday success of Hong Kong.

The local heroes who set an example for us all

The Spirit of Hong Kong People's Choice Award goes to Sheila Purves.

There is more to Hong Kong than just street protests. But with so much tension and bickering going around, it is easy to forget there are still good stories to tell.

Sunday, 19 October, 2014, 4:31am

Spirit of Hong Kong winners shine at SCMP awards dinner

(Front, left to right) Tang Hon-sun (Overcoming Personal Challenge Award, Leung Siu-lun is representative of Leung), Sheila Purves (The People's Choice Award), Poon Tak-lun (The Personal Contribution to Community Award), Michael Tsui Kam-fai (The Innovation for Good Award), Peter Lo Wai-hung from Law Wing Kee Construction & Decoration Ltd (The Corporate Citizen Award), Li Kam-keung (The Self-sacrifice to Achieve Greater Good Award), David Bellis (The Heritage Preservation Award), (Back, L to R) SCMP Group CEO Robin Hu, SCMP Group Chairman David Pang, Professor Frederick Ma Si-hang, Financial Secretary of HKSAR Government John Tsang, James Blake, Ronald Arculli and Sino Group Executive Director Daryl Ng Win-kong, pose for a photograph at the SCMP Spirit of HK Awards 2014 in Conrad Hong Kong, Admiralty. Photo: May Tse

Eight winners have been chosen for the Spirit of Hong Kong Awards this year, organised by the South China Morning Post and were given their awards on Tuesday evening.

15 Oct 2014 - 2:51am

Post readers get chance to vote for Hong Kong people who inspire them

Professor Frederick Ma Si-hang is chairman of the eight-strong judging panel.

Over the past few weeks, the South China Morning Post has highlighted some of the city's unsung heroes, community givers and others who inspire us - the nominees for the Spirit of Hong Kong Awards 2014.

14 Sep 2014 - 7:43am 1 comment

Director recognised for 25 years of training rehabilitation methods in Hong Kong and mainland

Sheila Purves said her team should be recognised as she is nominated for an award. Photo: SCMP pictures

Sheila Purves, director of the Hong Kong Society of Rehabilitation's international and China programmes, says she's constantly learning from her work on the mainland.

12 Sep 2014 - 7:29am

Firm nominated for Spirit of Hong Kong award for its seniors' 'family channel'

Medisen Limited's Joe Wong with the "video stick". Photo: Bruce Yan

Some elderly people have embraced the internet and have become quite multimedia-savvy, but there are still many others who simply do not enjoy computers and hi-tech gadgets.

12 Sep 2014 - 5:50am

Nelson Yip inspires with words and actions

Nelson Yip is an inspiration to many Hongkongers. Photo: SCMP

Nelson Yip Siu-hong uses crutches to get around, the result of cerebral palsy, which affected his lower body but not his speech. He describes how, until the age of 16, he wouldn't leave the house by himself.

9 Sep 2014 - 10:15am

Bright ideas to cure the workplace blues

Jimmy Lau believes creating a more relaxed environment can pay off for small and medium-sized firms. Photo: Edward Wong

When Lau, 55, joined Richform, which distributes the Everpure Drinking Water System in Hong Kong and Macau, he brought his corporate social responsibility ideals with him.

9 Sep 2014 - 9:20am

An engineer's fiery passion for robots

Rex Sham's wildfire detection system, which has been tested on the mainland and in Canada, can even identify whether fires were started by an arsonist. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Sham, 29, studied engineering at Chinese University before starting his own company, then called Hong Kong Robotics. His first foray into business involved creating custom designed circuit boards for factory automation and education.

6 Sep 2014 - 5:14am

'Living dictionary' keeps family history, culture and language alive

Robert Hau is proud of his family heritage. Photo: May Tse

Robert Hau Kun-sun can trace back his family's ancestry an incredible 28 generations. He takes pride in showing visitors, including hundreds of schoolchildren every year, village life in the New Territories, where the Hau family has lived for centuries.

6 Sep 2014 - 5:15am

Donor's plea to submit to a little pain to save a life

Gryphon Sou with Ho Man-yi. Photo: Edward Wong

Donating bone marrow hurts. That's a fact. What isn't true is that it is in any way detrimental to one's health.

6 Sep 2014 - 5:14am

Unable to speak, cerebral palsy youth finds a voice through photography

Joe Kwok Chun-hoi is determined not to let the many limitations that come with his condition get him down. Photo: Bruce Yan

Joe Kwok Chun-hoi, 22, cannot speak. He was born with spastic cerebral palsy and does not have control of the muscles that enable speech.

5 Sep 2014 - 6:54pm

This civil engineer's got the answers

Vincent Chu is full of passion for civil engineering. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

A community in South Africa discovers a crack in their church wall and needs to find a way to reinforce the wall. What do they do? Ask Vincent Chu!

5 Sep 2014 - 4:22am

Corporate charity helps kids find their own paths

Erica Ko's firm holds one event a month. Photo: Bruce Yan

When staff at Ultra Active Technology felt they needed to take a more cohesive approach to volunteering, their employer's solution was to set up its own charity.

5 Sep 2014 - 4:22am

Recruiting officer for army of givers

Gloria Leung brightens up an old folks' home. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Gloria Leung Mei-yee was four years old when she was in a traffic accident that killed her father and changed her family life forever.

2 Sep 2014 - 12:05pm

US engineering student develops clean cooker using sun's rays

Scot Frank shows off the first version of his SolSource solar cooker in Nepal. Photo: One Earth Designs

American engineering student Scot Frank's solar-powered SolSource cooker was an idea born from spare time.

2 Sep 2014 - 12:06pm

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