Dear HKU Alumni and Members of HKUAAO:
Normally during this time around Easter the HKUAAO would have held our joyful AGM and dinner event where we would get together, say hello and renew old acquaintances. However, this year is marked by the unusual COVID-19 pandemic and it does not look like we can resume our normal programs until well after the summer months. Nevertheless, the Board of Directors would like to send a Happy Easter message to all and wish you a healthy and safe staycation with your family for the public good during these Easter holidays! We win if we are not physically together!
If you check our Alma Mater website, you will find out how HKU is responding to the impact of the COVID-19. In particular, the HKU LKS Faculty of Medicine School of Public Health has a useful website which provides up to date information on the coronavirus. Feel free to explore and follow the development at our Alma Mater.
HKUAAO, although not an organization for any designated social causes, is a responsible community group and had in the past supported issues when needed, like enhancing the awareness of the Chinese heritage, to raising fund for the SARS deceased hero,etc.
During this crisis, I am sure many of you have already extended help in one way or another to help fight the spread of COVID-19, to support our front line colleagues and to help the needy. This Update, as concerned members of community, is just a reminder for your consideration to continue to do our part to help fight the spread of the virus and to help the vulnerable in our community.
The Board of HKUAAO became aware that a number of our alumni are involved in fundraising to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. We have listed several below for your reference. There are, of course, other organizations in the community which are carrying out similar or other activities to fight this horrible common enemy.
A campaign called by Dr. Joseph Wong https://www.stopcovid19gta.com/
A campaign partnered with Carefirst is calling for masks https://frontlinemasks.ca/
A campaign by New Horizon Lion Club and Mackenzie Health https://mhf.akaraisin.com/hostanevent/newhorizonlionsclub
A campaign for North York General Hospital https://events.nygh.on.ca/site/TR?px=1565999&fr_id=1160&pg=personal
Thank you all for your support. Let us remain optimistic and keep healthy. We hope to see you all after the summer!
Lilian Ma (President of HKUAAO)
On behalf of all the Board Directors
Hong Kong University Alumni Association of Ontario