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Celebrate AFHK's 20th Anniversary this year!

Saturday, March 02, 2013 00:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Dear Members and Friends,

Welcome to the Year of the Water Snake, an auspicious year for AFHK as it marks the 20th Anniversary of our founding!

To celebrate this milestone year, we will unveil a very special ANNUAL DINNER this fall, with surprise guests from AFHK's historic beginnings.  If you would like to get involved in the planning,  contact Celine Bonnel or Louise Garnaut. And if you have any pictures or documents from AFHK's history, please consider allowing us to scan or borrow them for the celebration.

But first, the anniversary celebrations kick off with our Annual Picnic at lovely Victoria Peak Garden on 27th April. Don't miss it; there might even be a cake!

We will also continue with our ongoing programme of -

  • MORE TEEN ACTIVITIES (plus CAS hours for those who help with AFHK events like the picnic!)


  • a new series of WEBINARS providing expert virtual content from around the world. (Last Friday's "Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens" with Debbie Riley was a big success. Among many words of advice, Debbie reminded us that the teen years are an especially important time to make sure our kids are involved with adoption networks and have the chance to be friends with other adoptees. (Hint, hint.))
We will also continue in our ongoing efforts to advocate for adoptive families and children in the HK press and beyond. To this end, recently, we did file a letter to the editor of the South China Morning Post in response to this 4th February article, but the SCMP chose not to publish it. We have published it ourselves on our Web site and our Facebook page. (While there, please don't forget to "Like" us on Facebook!)

All AFHK events and activities are made possible by a dedicated and passionate group of volunteers. If you have an idea for a new activity or event please consider joining our dynamic committee and be part of our success. WE WELCOME YOU!

I am sad to report that Ember Deitz Goldstein, our Treasurer and more since 2008, will be moving to Singapore with her family this July. So, in addition to the volunteer positions already available, we now are in need of a new Treasurer. Please contact Celine Bonnel if you have such skills to offer. Details of this and other positions can be found here.

Finally, but certainly not least, I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to our donors and sponsors. AFHK have experienced tremendous growth, in numbers of members and donations, amount of donations and also in quantity and quality of programmes over the last few years. This growth would not be sustainable without the support of our generous donors and sponsors.

For a list of all the events and programmes that our sponors, donors and volunteers made possible last year, do take a look at “2012 Events at a Glance ”.

On behalf of my colleagues on the AFHK Steering Committee, I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and fruitful Year of the Snake, and I look forward to celebrating our 20th Anniversary with you and your family.

Mina Weight ~ Chair and External Relations

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