“Celebration of International Volunteer Day 2021” was held on 1F of Mosteiro Pou Tai on December 5, 2021. The event was hosted by the Association of Volunteer Social Service Macao and sponsored by the Macao Foundation, aiming to present Outstanding Volunteer Enterprise Awards and Outstanding Volunteer Awards to all sectors of society. As appointed by the University of Macau, Professor YANG Liu, College Master of Ma Man Kei and Lo Pak Sam College (MLC) has attended the award ceremony. SOU Si Teng, a student of MLC, was awarded Macau Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Group photos of guests and awardees

On that day, the event was kicked off by the opening remark of Mr. CHAN Ka Ip, Chairman of Association of Volunteer Social Service Macao. He hoped that the public could know about volunteer works through this event. He also hoped that by presenting the awards, more citizens will be encouraged to participate in volunteer services and to contribute to the society. Afterwards, the awards were presented to the winners by leaders from different departments such as the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao Special Administrative Region, the Directorate of Administration and Civil Services, Education and Youth Development Bureau and the Association of Volunteer Social Service Macao.

During the award presentation, many teams such as Nam Kwong Group Volunteer Team and Bank of China Macau Branch Volunteer Team received the Outstanding Volunteer Enterprise Award while the Outstanding Volunteer Awards were presented to students in the tertiary and secondary groups respectively. SOU Si Teng, a student of University of Macau majoring in Primary Education, who is also the Chair of Social & Community Service Department of House Association of MLC, was honored to receive the Outstanding Volunteer Award (tertiary group).

SOU Si Teng is awarded Outstanding Volunteer Award

SOU Si Teng & Prof. YANG Liu, College Master of MLC

In her acceptance speech, SOU Si Teng said, “The most rewarding part of being a volunteer is that it adds diverse colors to my life and gives me a deeper understanding of different classes and aspects of the society, from which I benefit a lot. I am also grateful to the platform and opportunities provided by the university and MLC. Their supports to my volunteer works let me inherit the motto of the university and MLC to put whole person development into practice by taking part in the planning, organization and participation of different volunteer works. I think that volunteering is for all ages, genders and beliefs. Anyone can become a volunteer as long as he or she is willing to contribute his or her time and spirit, and serve others or the community not for reward. I also hope that there will be more like-minded people walking side by side, encourage and support each other, influence life with life, add positive energy to the society with what they have learned, and contribute in building a harmonious society.”

Awardees of Outstanding Volunteer Award (tertiary group), the first one on the right is SOU Si Teng sharing her acceptance speech

(Resource from Jenny AO & SOU Si Teng, MLC)