FWD Hong Kong Supports Social Inclusion in Action

Insurer invites members of Special Olympics Hong Kong and Hong Chi Association to Experience the World of Studio Ghibli’s Animation

Hong Kong, 26 August 2019 - FWD Hong Kong (“FWD”) organised a photography workshop recently at the “Ghibli Experiential Zone” at House 1881 in Tsim Sha Tsui for members of Special Olympics Hong Kong and Hong Chi Association, FWD’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) partners.

Around 50 participants comprised of trainees from Hong Chi Association, athlete leaders from Special Olympics Hong Kong, and students from Special Olympics unified schools, were invited to attend this special event. The interactive workshop was put together with the aim of enabling the participants to experience a series of Ghibli-themed attractions while learning to record the Ghibli themed journey by capturing their happiest moments in photos. In the true spirit of social inclusion and integration, holding the workshop at such a renowned, historical and cultural landmark brought an extra special feel to the event.

Ken Lau, FWD Managing Director of Greater China and Hong Kong Chief Executive Officer said, “FWD has been supporting Special Olympics Hong Kong and Hong Chi Association through an array of activities. I’m thrilled to collaborate with both community care partners in this interactive event, leveraging the joyful and soul-touching stories of Studio Ghibli to promote social integration and spread messages of care, love and inclusion. Through the world of Studio Ghibli’s animation, we wish to inspire and encourage participants of both partners to express themselves and fully unleash their creativity.” 

Renowned local professional photographer Keith Hui was invited to tutor the “Photography Workshop of PHAB Integration”, and to share his experience as well as teach basic photography and composition skills; helping participants to capture some beautiful Ghibli shots. “I’m delighted to be able to take part in this `Unified Photography Workshop’ and teach practical photography skills to this group of creative people. Each of them has special talent and it was an intriguing and meaningful experience to understand the world of Studio Ghibli through their eyes and lenses.” Keith said.

In addition to the exclusive prelude at House 1881, participants were also invited to the FWD x “The World of Studio Ghibli’s Animation” exhibition held at Portal 6311, Kowloon Bay, where they had fun appreciating up close a series of prominent and realistic 3D installations that visualise the magical scenes and key moments of Dir. Isao Takahata’s and Dir. Hayao Miyazaki’s classic animated films. Participants could choose to become characters of the animation stories, walk inside, and experience firsthand the charm of Ghibli’s time-defying classics, while utilising their newly learned photography skills to capture the amazing world of Studio Ghibli.

Details of exhibitions:
Ghibli Experiential Zone
Dates: 28 June –31 August, 2019
Venue: House 1881, 2A Canton Road,
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Website: https://www.fwd.com.hk/en/ghibli-experience/

"The World of Studio Ghibli’s Animation"
Dates: 3 August –3 November, 2019
Time: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Venue: Portal 6311,
18 Sheung Yuet Road, Kowloon Bay
Website: www.ghiblihk.com

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FWD CSR Ghibli Tour

Mr. Keith Hui sharing his photography experience while teaching participants basic photography skills.

FWD CSR Ghibli Tour

Participants taking photos in the “Ghibli Experiential Zone” at House 1881 in Tsim Sha Tsui.

FWD CSR Ghibli Tour

Participants interacting with a scene at FWD x “The World of Studio Ghibli’s Animation” at Portal 6311 Kowloon Bay.

FWD CSR Ghibli Tour

A photo by Wilson Man, athlete leader of Special Olympics Hong Kong.

FWD CSR Ghibli Tour

A photo by Shek Yuen Ki, member of Hong Chi Association.

FWD CSR Ghibli Tour

Group photo taken right before participants enter the FWD x “The World of Studio Ghibli’s Animation” exhibition at Portal 6311 Kowloon Bay.

About FWD Hong Kong & Macau
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About Hong Chi Association 
Hong Chi Association (formerly the Hong Kong Association for the Mentally Handicapped), founded in 1965, has grown to become one of the most well-established non-profit organizations dedicated solely to serving over 7,000 people of all ages and all grades of intellectual disabilities and their families in Hong Kong. It operates 89 service units to provide comprehensive services.

About Special Olympics Hong Kong

Founded in 1976, Special Olympics Hong Kong is one of the Special Olympics Programs striving to provide opportunities for over 50,000 headcounts of people with intellectual disability aged 8 or above to participate in a variety of Olympic-type sports. Sports including athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, bowling, floor hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, mini-volleyball, ice skating, snowshoeing, swimming and table tennis are now available for thousands of athletes and participants from more than 100 agency members. By taking part in these sports, their potential as well as their self-esteem and bravery can be enhanced. With sports as a means of integration into the society, they can also share the joy gained from sports participation with their families and friends.

Apart from sports events, Special Olympics Hong Kong has also developed various non-sport events such as Athlete Leadership, Family Network, Healthy Athletes, Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, Motor Activities Training Program, Unified Schools and Young Athletes.

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