Donnie Yen signs as Ambassador for SCMP’s SPIRIT OF HONG KONG AWARDS

HONG KONG, August 23, 2013 – The South China Morning Post are proud to announce today that action superstar, Donnie Yen, is the Ambassador for its Spirit of Hong Kong Awards, launched two weeks ago as a key programme within their extensive Celebrating Hong Kong campaign this year.

Donnie Yen is best known for his role in the iconic Ip Man films (Best Film, Best Actor nominee in Hong Kong Film Awards) about a benevolent patron of the community, and a family man who stands up for justice and the oppressed.

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Mr Yen remarked “I pledge to be an Ambassador for Celebrating Hong Kong, and the Spirit of Hong Kong awards, because I believe we can all find it in ourselves to repay the city we love. Hong Kong is our home; my kids school here, my wife and I love living here and there’s nowhere in the world like it. By recognising the everyday heroes in our community, I hope people will be inspired to do more positive things for Hong Kong.” The Spirit of Hong Kong Awards, sponsored by Sino Group, seeks to give recognition to ordinary Hong Kong people who have done extraordinary things. Through actions which demonstrate great integrity, inspiration or which have a positive impact on others in the community, these individuals or groups of individuals exemplify the very best of the Hong Kong spirit.

A total of ten awardees will be recognised in November by an esteemed panel of judges, with the same criteria of impact, integrity and inspiration. An 11th award will be given to the nominee who wins by popular vote. Nomination and voting can be accessed on the official website along with highlights some of the top stories published by the newspaper.

The Spirit of Hong Kong Awards judging panel is chaired by former Chief Secretary and former Acting Governor of Hong Kong, Sir David Akers Jones. The panel comprises eight judges; including former LegCo member and former Chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, the Hon. Ronald Arculli, GBM, CVO, GBS, OBE, JP; Professor Nelson Chow, Hon. Professor at the Department Social Work and Social Administration at Hong Kong University, James Blake, GBS, OBE, JP, former Chief Officer of the KCRC, Shelley Lee Lai Kuen, GBS, OBE, JP, former Permanent Secretary of Home Affairs and Golden Bauhinia Star awardee for her continuing care of the needy, Dr. Rebecca Lee Lok Sze, Polar scientist and the world’s first woman explorer to reach the Arctic, the Antarctica and Mount Everest region, Daryl Ng, Executive Director, Sino Group, plus SCMP’s Group Chairman Dr David Pang and Editor-in-chief Wang Xiangwei complete the eight.

To nominate an unsung hero, please visit

South China Morning Post will publish a full Focus interview with Donnie Yen in print and online with video at during the week of 26th August 2013.

The nomination period closes 30th September 2013.


About SCMP Group Ltd and South China Morning Post

SCMP Group Limited (SEHK: 583) is a leading newspaper and magazine publisher in Asia. Its flagship publication, South China Morning Post, is Hong Kong’s internationally recognised English language newspaper and has the city’s most affluent and influential readership.

First published in 1903, the newspaper has developed an enviable reputation for authoritative, influential and independent reporting on Hong Kong, China and the rest of Asia. Available in print, iPad™ and online through and e-reader editions, South China Morning Post reaches a global audience with daily breaking news, analysis and opinion, multimedia articles and interactive forums. The South China Morning Post received 64 awards in 2012 for excellence in editorial, marketing and technical capability. Other titles in the Group include the Sunday Morning Post, the Chinese editions of Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE and CosmoGirl!, HK Magazine, The List, Where Hong Kong, and Where Chinese玩儿.

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