Message from Mr Leong CHEUNG
Using technology to enhance empathy and create innovative solutions
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust is delighted to have supported the City University of Hong Kong’s “Jockey Club Enhancing Youth Empathy Project through Immersive Visualisation” over the past three years.
The project has enabled young participants to better understand and experience different perspectives through virtual reality technology. In collaboration with non- profit organisations they have also developed innovative solutions to address social issues.
The three programmes under the project – COSI (Companions of Social Inclusion), TEDY (Technologies for the Elderly and Disabled People by Youths), and WOW (Walking with Omura’s Whale Programme) – have successfully increased awareness of the needs of ethnic minorities, the elderly and disabled, as well as of nature.
Most encouragingly, the project has resulted in the creation of award-winning rehabilitative and assistive devices, empowered ethnic minority students with strengthened coping skills, and promoted environmental sustainability.
These outcomes are very much in alignment with the Club’s desire to channel youth creativity and compassion towards innovation and social progress. My deep gratitude to all participants for their keen interest and dedicated effort in creating a more inclusive and ecologically friendly Hong Kong.