Thirty-three senior primary school students were recognised for their “compassion, integrity and kindness” and for making a positive difference in their community at an awards ceremony on Sunday.

Around 200 students were nominated by their schools for the Humanity Award, which is organised by The Fred Hollows Foundation. It is the first time the awards have been held in Hong Kong, though over 1,000 students in Australia have previously won the prize.

Dong Mo-fan and Albert Haustorfer both received awards on Sunday.

The foundation was founded by Fred Hollows, an New Zealand-Australian ophthalmologist. Established in 1992, it aims to end avoidable blindness by providing long-term sustainable eye health care in over 25 countries.

Among the awardees were Albert Haustorfer from Kellet School, who was named an ambassador of hope for growing his hair out for two years and donating it to cancer patients. He also raised HK$17,927 for Make a Wish Foundation through a donation page.

Dong Mo-fan was named ambassador of kindness for designing an app that helps users tackle emotional stress and challenges, while Man Lok-tin – who was proactive in supporting the elderly – was named ambassador of compassion.

Man Lok-tin.

Godfrey Lam – an eye doctor and member of the foundation’s advisory group – said: “This high level of participation proves that our students are actively serving the community. All we need is to provide an opportunity to encourage and acknowledge inspiring and positive actions.”

Other pupils that received recognition include a group of students from Po Leung Kuk Camões Tan Siu Lin Primary School who collected over a hundred story books at school and shared them with House of To Kwa Wan Stories, and three students from St. Bonaventure Catholic Primary School who threw a Christmas party for the visually impaired.

Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.