MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Wings Foundation – Thursday, 15 Sep 2011

Posted on 08. Nov, 2011 in Speeches

Mr LIM (Clayton) — On 22 August I attended the Wings Foundation’s annual scholarship and awards presentation. This foundation has awarded more than $10 000 annually to hundreds of
international Chinese students who have not just achieved outstanding academic results but who have proven community affairs involvement as well. I met with the many past and present awardees of the Wings Foundation who have gone on to become activists on university campuses and to hold management positions in the student unions.

The Wings Foundation is auspiced by 2Future, which runs cheap tutorial classes to support international students. It runs the tutorial classes not for monetary gain but to focus on building and growing a long‑term socially responsible group of young leaders to make a difference in Australia. I believe these young leaders of 2Future and the Wings Foundation, led by Gen Li, Daniel Pan and Tony Wang, and their incredible bunch of volunteers, are the unsung heroes of the Chinese community. In less than three years they have built a social infrastructure and network from scratch and grown it into a non‑profit, mutual assistance organisation to provide support and fellowship to needy international students to help them settle successfully in Australia. Indeed this is a Chinese first. They are deeply committed, with strong belief in their convictions and sacrifice. They have donated financially to many community organisations, including three Chinese senior citizens clubs in Box Hill, Springvale and Clayton that I am aware of.

 

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