HRH The Countess of Wessex makes first Award trip as Global Ambassador

Published: 5 Dec 2013

HRH The Countess of Wessex meets with Award participants at a school in Hong Kong

HRH The Countess of Wessex has visited the Award in Hong Kong as part of her first official appointment as The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation’s Global Ambassador.

During the Countess' visit she met Award participants, leaders, staff and supporters of the Hong Kong Award for Young People (AYP) and helped raise money to support the continued development of the Award both in Hong Kong and globally.

The Countess visited Hui Chung Sing Memorial School in Kowloon, a school for young people with different special educational needs (SEN), such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The school, which was formed in 1978, supports its students in developing academic and social skills.

100 Women in Hedge Funds

As part of her visit, The Countess also attended several fundraising events, the first of which was hosted by 100 Women in Hedge Funds. The inaugural Hong Kong Gala raised more than £200,000 to support the Award.  It was a spectacular evening attended by over 200 guests from the Hedge Fund industry. During the evening, The Countess presented Hannah Goodwin, recently retired from Citigroup, with the 100WHF Asian Industry Leadership Award for her outstanding contributions to the industry over 20 years in Hong Kong.

"At 100WHF, we look to partner with charitable organisations that are best of breed in their area of expertise. Since this year’s 100WHF global philanthropic theme was Mentoring, partnering with the Award made perfect sense, given their longstanding commitment and results in helping a broad spectrum of young people succeed and thrive,” says Amanda Pullinger, Executive Director of 100 Women in Hedge Funds.

The Countess was also invited to attend lunch hosted by World Fellowship Benefactor, Andrew Yuen at the Intercontinental Hotel. Andrew is one of 31 World Fellows in Hong Kong, a network that has been growing rapidly since AYP celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2012.

Young Fellow, Andy Kwok also hosted an event for the Young Fellowship, a reception in Asia Society Hong Kong Centre. During the Reception Award participants entertained guests with an amusing account of their Award experience and explained how the Award has made a positive impact on their lives and that of their communities.

Supporting the Award

This year the Young Fellowship celebrates its 5th Anniversary; since it was officially launched in 2008 it has brought in nearly £1 million in membership, plus over £150,000 from events and additional donations to support the development of the Award worldwide. There are currently 43 Young Fellows in the group from the UK, USA, Canada, Barbados, Jamaica, South Africa, Bahamas, Hong Kong, Kenya, Australia and Abu Dhabi and we hope to reach the 50th member in this Anniversary year.

The significant amount raised from this series of events, will support us to achieve our goal of reaching more young people no matter their background or circumstance, and extend the Award to create more committed citizens of the world.

Thank you to our supporters

We very grateful to all who supported this visit, particularly:

  • Gold Friend 100 WHF for choosing to donate the proceeds of their inaugural Gala event in Hong Kong
  • World Fellowship Benefactor, Dr Andrew Yuen for sponsoring and hosting an exclusive World Fellowship luncheon.  
  • Young Fellow, Andy Kwok for sponsoring and hosting and Young Fellowship reception at  The Asia Society Hong Kong Centre
  • Global Corporate Partners Jaguar Land Rover for their support in providing vehicles and drivers.
  • Intercontinental for their support in providing accommodation
  • Silver Friends Audemars Piguet, who donated the most successful auction lot, raising over £24,000

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