Best Buddies Hong Kong Turns Up the Heat
The Best Buddies Hong Kong (BBHK) was first established in April 2004 in collaboration with the Fu Hong Society, a large service network with more than 40 service units and 1,000 full-time employees, serving 3,500 persons with disabilities in Hong Kong. BBHK, through its chapters, 7 university and 4 secondary schools as well as its active Citizens program, currently boasts over 160 one-to-one matches.
One of their most highly anticipated annual events is the Best Buddies Hong Kong Annual Electric Cooking Competition. More than 300 participants, forming more than 100 inclusive cooking teams, compete to prepare the best Chinese and western style meals. Celebrities and famous chefs judge the competition and are matched up with buddy chefs for cooking demonstrations. The event has proven to be an amazing opportunity to promote the Best Buddies message of inclusion to the community as it draws great attention from the media as well as an enthusiastic live audience.
One team that can be counted on each year is the inseparable Janey and Yuet-lin, both founding members of Best Buddies Hong Kong. During their first year of friendship, Janey and Yuet-lin served as ambassadors for Best Buddies Hong Kong locally and internationally, as they were invited to the Best Buddies International Ball in the US, where they spoke about their friendship. Janey graduated from the University of Science & Technology in 2007, but she and Yuet-lin have remained stead-fast friends. Yuet-lin and Janey love to meet up and in addition to their one to one time, have participated in a variety of community events including photography exhibitions, a fashion show and public awareness events. They feel that their experiences through Best Buddies have enhanced their lives in fantastic ways.
Janey says of her Buddy, “Yuet Lin has made my life more colorful and meaningful. She has taught me so much about treasuring every moment, the importance of friendship, and about kindness. Yuet-lin is one of the most inspiring individuals I have ever met. She has been an amazing and loyal friend not only to me, but to the entire Best Buddies movement in Hong Kong.”
Yuet-lin shared, “My entire life I wanted to be involved in the community and help bring about change, but I did not feel confident enough to do it. Then I joined Best Buddies and met Janey. Her friendship and acceptance gave me the strength I needed to follow my dreams. After experiencing first hand how a true friendship makes you a better and stronger person, I made it my purpose to ensure that everyone in Hong Kong had a Best Buddy.”
When Janey and Yuet-lin were matched through Best Buddies, a seed was planted that has flourished into a true friendship. Together they are more than friends. Together they continue to be a driving force for social inclusion in Hong Kong.