HKBU and CUHK receive nearly HK$27 million from HKJC to launch Mus-Fit Action

22 June 2019
 Ms. Imelda Chan says that HKJC has actively supported and launched a variety of programmes for the elderly
 Mr. Hung Chun Yam and Ms. Chan Lim Chee were appointed as the project’s star ambassadors
 Sports lovers are invited to be ambassadors of the project

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) recently received a generous donation of nearly HK$27 million from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (the Trust) to launch a three-year project “Jockey Club Mus-Fit Action”. A team of experts from HKBU’s Dr. Stephen Hui Research Centre for Physical Recreation and Wellness and CUHK’s Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology designed a series of light exercises that can be done at home for middle-aged and elderly people, helping them train their muscles and develop a habit of doing exercise. The project aims to promote a healthy lifestyle to the community and reduce government expenditure on health in the long run. Of the total donation of HK$27 million, the Trust allocated HK$13.35 million for HKBU to implement the project.

The launching ceremony was held on 22 June 2019. Officiating at the ceremony included Ms. Ida Lee Bik Sai, JP, Deputy Director (Leisure Services) of Leisure and Cultural Services Department; Ms. Imelda Chan, Head of Charities (Grant Making – Elderly and Family) of The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC); Professor Roland T. Chin, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU; and Mr. Eric S.P. Ng, Vice-President (Administration) and University Secretary of CUHK. Mr. Hung Chung Yam and Ms. Chan Lim Chee, former cyclist and badminton player of the Hong Kong Teams, were appointed as the star ambassadors of the project.

Making use of peer groups and community organisations is a major feature of the project. The team will first invite sports lovers aged between 50 and 69 who possess certain health and sports knowledge to become ambassadors. After receiving some professional training, these ambassadors will go into the community organisations and guide participants to do exercise. Seminars, workshops and exhibitions will also be held to promote a healthy lifestyle and the importance of exercising regularly. It is expected that over 20,000 senior citizens will benefit from “Jockey Club Mus-Fit Action”. Please click here for more details of the project.