21. 07. 2019    ISSUE 20


Dear readers,

A shaky and wavering summertime in our home is underway.  For these scorching weeks, many of us have been stressed over the disputes relating to the legislative amendment exercise of the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance.  The atmosphere of the society has become weary, distrustful and grievous.  Whatever stance we hold, we are under the same roof thereby craving Hong Kong to be a better place to live.  Because of the love for this city, people have recently lodged different demands which may make their opponents think they are avaricious.  In fact, the majority of them do not mind exerting blood, sweat, and tears as well as rejecting aggression, irrationality and savagery for a bright future.  Among all widespread demands, the offer of a "sincere apology" by the embattled officials was raised at the rather early stage.

The needs of an apology usually attribute to wrongdoing, infraction and hurt of others.  When circumstances warrant it, we have to acknowledge the offense, accept full responsibility, express genuine remorse and repair the damage.  Undoubtedly, apologising is rarely comfortable.  We often try to protect ourselves from shame or censure by waiting for the heat to blow over.  Even though we admit our faults, the absence of improvement in earnest will leave the apology desolate.  As a member of the educational sector, I have kept reminding myself to repent and start afresh after a mistake is made.  A university is not only a hub for preservation, application and dissemination of knowledge, but it also facilitates academic evolution and scholarly invention during which mistakes will inevitably emerge.  Without repetitive efforts put into the rectification of mistakes, the new knowledge would not be substantiated and tenable.

People from all walks of life in Hong Kong today are appealed for reflection upon why we started, what we have failed, where we would stand again, and how we could mend.  I am certain only a rag of villains is fancying our loved home be shrouded in anger, controversies, anxiety and desperation.  Don't let our good will, inner morality, serving hearts, and precious lives be beaten by these wicked thoughts.  If "non-violent communication" may iron out sticky patches and help rebuild mutual trust, go for it.  Notwithstanding the probable defeat particularly amid our aspirant youth, it is worth many reattempts provided enthusiasm still exists.  As one of the quotes from Winston Churchill goes, "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."

When you are going from failure to failure at this moment or you just ran out of enthusiasm, there must be someone in this university you can turn to.  I·CARE, in spite of a bit part, is willing to walk through the Red Sea with you.

Sincerely yours,

Irene Ng
I·CARE Centre for Whole-person Development


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Table of Contents


List of Winners of CUSE Fund

CUHK Bridge to China Team: Project in Meile Village of Yunnan

Student Development Portfolio: Training Sessions for University Units

I·CARE Social Service Projects Scheme: Summary of 2018-19

"Remembering Charles" Exhibition: Recruitment of Volunteers

Delegation of Students and Alumni Visits Bangladesh to Study Social Business

I·CARE NGO Internship Programme: Progress Updates

Visit of the Social Practice Centre of CUHK (SZ)

Friends of I·CARE

Editor's Remarks


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