When established in 1971, the Hong Kong Society for the Blind’s Yuen Long Home was one of the first Government-subvented establishments to address the needs of the city’s aged blind. The Home has now been redeveloped under the support of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to increase local support for frail senior citizens with visual impairment. The new Hong Kong Society for the Blind Jockey Club Yan Hong Building opened today (9 December).
Officiating at the opening ceremony were Club Steward Dr Eric Li Ka Cheung; Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong SAR Carrie Lam; Chairman of The Hong Kong Society for the Blind Nancy Law and Chairman of The Hong Kong Society for the Blind Yuen Long Home Redevelopment Committee W P Lam.
“The Club places great importance on taking care of the needs of the disadvantaged, with the aim of raising their living standard and promoting equal opportunities for all,” Dr Li told the guests. “The Club’s Charities Trust has supported the Hong Kong Society for the Blind with a total donation of HK$200 million between 2009 and 2014 to redevelop the Jockey Club Yan Hong Building where we are now and expand the Tuen Mun Home. Facilities at the two homes have also been upgraded, so that visually impaired residents can receive more attentive services.”
The seven-storey Jockey Club Yan Hong Building adopts the theme of a rainbow, with the seven colours representing vitality, positivity, hope, happiness, health, capability and harmony. The home’s capacity has doubled from 80 places in the original building to 160, with 40 of the new places allocated to supported residential services for people with multiple handicaps including visual impairment who need residential care and either day activities or rehabilitation support.
The building’s comprehensive facilities include an anti-wandering system and a computerised medication system, aimed at providing a comfortable, barrier-free and ‘smart home’ environment to its users. The general eye and low vision centre on the ground floor provides high-quality services to the general public.
The Jockey Club Tuen Mun Home was converted in 2009 with Trust funding to accommodate and provide continued quality care for those affected by construction of the Jockey Club Yan Hong Building. The total number of residential beds of the Tuen Mun Home has increased from 240 to 320.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club
The Hong Kong Jockey Club is a not-for-profit enterprise dedicated to community betterment. Through its integrated business model of world-class racing, responsible sports wagering and lottery, and charity and community contribution, the Club generates substantial economic and social value and assists the Government in combatting illegal gambling. In 2015/16 the Club donated a record HK$3.9 billion to charity and paid a record HK$20.9 billion in tax. It is Hong Kong’s largest single tax payer and one of the world’s largest charity donors. Committed to global excellence and giving back to society, the Club is always “riding high together for a better future” with the people of Hong Kong.
Club Steward Dr Eric Li Ka Cheung says the Club places great importance on taking care of the needs of the disadvantaged, with the aim of raising their living standard and promoting equal opportunities for all.
Club Steward Dr Eric Li Ka Cheung (3rd right); Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong SAR Carrie Lam (4th left); Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission Professor Alfred Chan (2nd right); Vice-Chairperson of China Disabled Persons�� Federation Wang Xin-xian (2nd left); Chairman of The Hong Kong Society for the Blind Yuen Long Home Redevelopment Committee W P Lam (1st right), Chairman of The Hong Kong Society for the Blind Nancy Law (3rd left) and Chief Executive Maureen Tam (1st left) officiate at the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong Society for the Blind Jockey Club Yan Hong Building.
Guests visit the newly established Hong Kong Society for the Blind Jockey Club Yan Hong Building.