Chan Cho-chak, 104, became the oldest person to be named on the SAR's honours list yesterday, receiving the Medal of Honour. Mr Chan, a refugee from China who arrived in Hong Kong in 1917, picked up the award for his service to the community, including 73 years of charity work with the Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society. Surprised by the number of reporters who converged on his Broadcast Drive home in Kowloon Tong, Mr Chan said he did not know the Government had formally confirmed he would receive the honour. 'Probably it [the Government] finds that I work with all my heart and might. I did not ask for any reward,' he said. Born into a scholarly family in Dongguan, Guangdong province, Mr Chan was the youngest of four children. In 1931 he founded the Chan Kan Woon Department Store. Business thrived and he opened six branches. In the 1950s he helped open a free school for girls funded by Lok Sin Tong. There are now six Lok Sin Tong schools which provide financial assistance to needy students. Mr Chan keeps in close touch with his nine children, 27 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the US and Britain. Even after his years of service, Mr Chan said he had no desire to stop his charity work. 'I don't feel tired even at this age. I love to serve in the Lok Sin Tong and I will continue to do so,' he said. 'I would rather eat less in order to save more and contribute to the needy.' Various organisations have presented awards to Mr Chan for his charity work. In contrast, 20-year-old paraplegic fencer Fung Ying-ki became the youngest recipient of the Medal of Honour. The Government said Mr Fung had won the award for achievements in international wheelchair fencing. He won three gold medals at last year's Sydney Paralympics and two more at the 1998 World Wheelchair Fencing Championships. Prominent figures in the performing arts also picked up awards. Director Wong Kar-wai received the Bronze Bauhinia Star for raising the profile of Hong Kong films in the international film community. Mr Wong won the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 for Happy Together. John Chu Ka-yan also received the Bronze Bauhinia Star for raising Hong Kong's profile in the use of advanced technology in entertainment productions. Mr Chu's company creates special effects for film and television. Yu Mo-wan received the Medal of Honour for his contribution in preserving films in the Hong Kong Film Archive. Liu Yi-chang was also awarded the Medal of Honour for achievements in Chinese literature. Suzie Setsuko Wakai was given the Medal of Honour and became the first Japanese to be honoured since the handover. She was rewarded for her contribution to the work of the charity group Community Chest and for raising the profile of Japanese in Hong Kong.