3rd Asia Pacific Youth Camp was held successfully in Hong Kong
The Third Asia Pacific Youth Camp kicked off in Hong Kong today on the 23rd October 2019. The Hong Kong Association of the Order of Malta and it’s volunteers were overjoyed at the enthusiasm of all our local and international young guests and volunteers who braved distances to travel here despite recent uncertainties in our town to join us on this beautiful sunny day. After the opening mass and music, and welcome speeches by the Hong Kong Association’s President Denis Chang and Hospitaller Desiree Jebsen; the camp was declared open by Grand Hospitaller H.E Dominique Prince de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel. Each country’s guests paraded through with their flags and vibrant cheers filled the hall.
The first day was already packed with incredible activities at the Hong Kong Jockey Club PHAB Camp in Pokfulam. Guests, accompanied by volunteers, participated in various fun activities such as table tennis, snookers and swimming. They were fully taking advantage of the sunny blue sky day, while others picked up archery testing their aim. There was even a specially designed vertical rock climbing wall with harnesses available all guests including wheel-chaired guests to participate in the challenge! Even the Grand Hospitaller himself could not resist the fun, he climbed and scaled the wall with the young guests. There was creativity all around with face painting and indoor games as well. Nothing could stop the fun rolling and the friendships that were being ignited with people from far and near.
On Thursday and Friday the adventures continued with a journey on the Adventure-Ship, an organization that is especially dedicated to empowering young people of all abilities to develop self-esteem and confidence through sea adventures. Guests not only experience HK’s beautiful coastline but also headed to the top of Hong Kong Island in their own dedicated tram, offering them spectacular views of the city of Hong Kong and its Harbour.
Some participants went to Ocean Park to enjoy one of the regions’ most popular ocean themed park. The Christopher’s Cup took place at the Hong Kong Country Club, a private members club that welcomed guests to play croquet on their beautiful lawn with spectacular views of Deep Water Bay. Evenings would not be complete without music and magic. A DJ has flown in from Berlin for a fantastic disco party while a top professional magician dazzled and delighted everyone with magic.
It had taken over a year in meticulous planning by AP Youth Camp leaders Sophie and Alfons Mensdorff-Poully , working with an amazing group of volunteers to put together such an action packed camp. It is one of the first ever international level camps for youth with disabilities taking place in Hong Kong allowing opportunities for fun, exchange and friendships between local and international young guests with disabilities and volunteers.