The launching ceremony was held by HKOTF on 4 December 2021 in Central Market. Professor Sophia Chan, the former Secretary for Food and Health was invited as the officiating guest. Together with representatives of Quality Education Fund, Committee on Promotion of Organ Donation, Hospital Authority and The Human Organ Transplant Board, as well as the toolkit advisor, they announced the launching of the Junior Toolkit.
HKOTF also invited Mr. Phan Thanh Vinh, a heart recipient and a key person in one of the case studies in the toolkit, and his friends to share Phan’s story before and after the transplant. The video of Phan, “The Story of a Life Fighter”, had its premiere at the Ceremony.
Besides, the Founding President, Dr. Ho Kai Leung, Kelvin and Honorary Secretary Mr. Li Chi Keung, Eliot took the opportunity to announce the result of a student survey conducted by the Foundation. The survey result revealed that among the 4200 F1-F6 students interviewed, almost half (47%) were willing to donate their organs after death while a small percentage (6%) were reluctant to donate. Those who were reluctant to donate were still largely influenced by traditional beliefs and misunderstandings towards organ donation. This reflected that we would still need to continue with education in this subject with a view to raising the awareness of the younger generation in organ donation.
As a token of appreciation to their support on the “Organ Donation for You and Me” toolkit project, certificates were presented to the representatives of seed schools in the launching ceremony. Special thanks were also given to Chinachem Group and Central Market, as sponsor of the venue, and CheckCheckCin as supplier of health drinks in the event.