News in 2010

Wu Zhi Qiao Team Won The China Architecture Media Award (20 Dec 2010)
Wu Zhi Qiao team has bestowed The China Architecture Media Award with our Wu Zhi Qiao bridge building and village rebuild demonstration project on 19 Dec. This award aims to recognise individuals/groups with outstanding and influencial projects/architectural works with strong humanity elements. Please click here to see relevant news clipping.

WZQ bridge building programme in Honghe State, Yunnan now open for recruitment! (10 Dec 2010)
image132In a remote Aidong village in Luchun County, Honghe State, Yunnan, the villagers are using very simple bamboo bridge to cross river. Unfortunately, there are frequent tragedies and deaths resulting from pedestrian drowning during the rainy season. Thus, Wu Zhi Qiao teams from Kunming University of Science and Technology is planning to build a safe footbridge from 25 Dec to 3 Jan for the villagers and kids. They are now recruiting passionate team members from Hong Kong Universities. Can’t you miss it?

The enrolment deadline is 15 Dec. Please click here to enroll and join NOW!

Village Rebuild Demonstration Project Won the Grand Award in the Green Building Award 2010 (8 Nov 2010)
image129Our Village Rebuild Demonstration Project in Maan Qiao Village of Sichuan is honorable to be awarded the Grand Award for Institutional/Community Projects, under the catagory of New Buildings –– Asia Pacific, in Green Building Award 2010. The award is jointly organised by The Hong Kong Green Building Council and The Professional Green Building Council and aims to provide recognition to building related projects with outstanding performance and contributions in sustainability and the environment and also to transform the mainstream market towards wider adoption of sustainable planning, design, construction, maintenance, renovation and revitalization of buildings.

The project makes use of local materials to create an anti-seismic, comfortable and cheap house, and helps the villagers to learn how to build their houses with anti-seismic and ecological methods. The jury comments on the project that it is rich in its response to place and circumstance and it has created a profound and positive impact of the quality of life and empowerment of the communities. At the same time, we would also like to congratulate Prof. Edward Ng, the Chairman of the Foundation, for being awarded the Grand Award for the Maosi Ecological Demonstration Primary School. Please click here to see the official website of the Green Building Award and here to see Prof. Ng’s thank you speech.

Victoria Wu Zhi Qiao was built in Gansu (20 Oct 2010)
image127More than 50 professional and student volunteers mainly from Hong Kong and Mainland succcesfully built a 30 meters long footbridge in Liutan Village, Huangmen Town, Qingshui County, Tianshui City, Gansu from 1 Oct to 6 Oct. The bridge project is fully supported by Victoria Educational Organisation and its Parent-Teacher Association, Victoria Charitable Trust Fund, Victoria Shanghai Academy and its Parent-Teacher Assocaition (Primary). This Wu Zhi Qiao was named as “Hong Kong Victoria Wu Zhi Qiao” bridge. Students, parents, teachers and principals from the school not only donated generously, but went to the remote village of Liutan to attend the bridge opening ceremony on 18 October 2010. They also visited the local primary school and the families in the village to know more about their lives, and more importantly, spread their wishes and care to the villagers in Liutan village. In so doing, a spiritual bridge of love, care and friendship was built between the two sides.
Please click here to see photo album and click here to learn more project details.

Recruitment of Education and Resources Development Officer (7 Oct 2010)
The Foundation is now looking for an Education and Resources Development Officer. If you/your friends are interested in the education, publicity and resources development work of Wu Zhi Qiao, please click here for job description, eligibility and application method.

“Victoria Wu Zhi Qiao Project” Raised 1.2 Million for Bridge Project in Gansu (20 Sep 2010)
KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAOrganised by Victoria Educational Organisation, Victoria Shanghai Academy and its P.T.A, “Victoria Wu Zhi Qiao Project” which was a family event to build bridge models, was held at hall in Victoria Shanghai Academy on 18th September. It raised 1. 2 million for 2 Wu Zhi Qiao bridge building programme in Gansu.

In the event, parents and kids made more than 200 bridge models by using recycled materials. Moreover, they can know more about the lives in remote rural villages, and sent their love and care to the villagers and children in Gansu through writing message cards. This initiative did not only improve the lives of villagers, but also provided parents and children an opportunity to build up their spiritual bridge and enhance their relationships.

With the full support of the school, teachers, parents and students, the fundraising initiative finished successfully. The Foundation would like to express sincere gratitude to the organizers, including Victoria Educational Organisation, Victoria Shanghai Academy and its P.T.A, and to those participants for their great support. Besides, The Foundation greatly appreciates Victoria Charitable Trust Fund for providing matching sponsorship generously. Please feel free to click here for more photos of the event.

Vote for your favourite Wu Zhi Qiao Bridge Design NOW! (3 Sep 2010)
Ove Arup, has launched a global bridge design competition to invite bridge design for the bridge project in Mixia Village of Yunnan from their internal staff pool around the world. A total of 44 entries have been collected and being reviewed by the professional judges from the Foundation and and Ove Arup. Meanwhile, the organizing committee has also uploaded the entries online for pubic voting. Deadline for public voting is 17 Sep. You are most welcome to view the design of the entries and even vote your favorite WZQ bridge design and here for more project details. (Note: Result of public voting will not affect the results from professional judges. )

Fundraising Initiatives at China Construction Bank (Asia) (1 Sep 2010)
image122With the support from China Construction Bank (Asia), their clients were able to receive a statement insert on Wu Zhi Qiao earlier in June. Effective from 1 September 2010, the public can also make a donation vias our donation boxes displayed in their branches all over Hong Kong. Please pledge your support and make a donation now!

The Foundation would like to express sincere gratitude to China Construction Bank (Asia) for their great support.

WZQ bridge building programme in Huangmen Town, Gansu now open for recruitment! (31 Aug 2010)
image113In a remote Liutan village in Huangmen Town, Gansu, the severity of the river greatly limits the economic and social development of the village. Particularly in the rainy season, students in the village have to cross the river 4 times each day with the assistance of their parents go to the school in the township. Thus, Wu Zhi Qiao teams from the Xian Jiaotong University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong are planning to build a safe footbridge from 1 to 6 October for the villagers and students. They are now recruiting passionate team members from Hong Kong Universities. Can’t you miss it?
The enrolment deadline is 13 Sep. Please enroll and join NOW!

Please click and see the poster and enrolment form.

The first Wu Zhi Qiao with Participants from Overseas Universities (24 Aug 2010)
image120Close to 60 professional and student volunteers from 12 universities in Hong Kong, Mainland, Taiwan and US built a 42 meters long footbridge successfully in Paomaping Town, Yunnan during the period from 13 Aug to 21 Aug. The bridge project is fully supported by The Dees Family and named as “The Dees Family Wu Zhi Qiao”. Please click here to see more project details.

Village Rebuild Demostration Project Trip in Aug (24 Aug 2010)
image118More than 35 professional and student volunteers mainly from Hong Kong and Mainland conducted a volunteer trip to Maan Qiao Village during the period from 5 Aug to 12 Aug. They helped the local villagers to finish the paving work of the new Community Centre as well as painting parts of its structure. Please click here to see more project details.

WZQ Newsletter – 4th Issue (29 Jul 2010)
A new issue of WZQ newsletter is published today. Please feel free to click here to read it.

WZQ bridge building programme in Paomaping Town, Yunnan now open for recruitment! (2 Jul 2010)
image111In a remote Yi ethnic minority village in Paomaping Town, Lijiang City, Yunnan, students cannot cross the river to go to school up to 3 days per week during the rainy season. Therefore, The Wu Zhi Qiao teams from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The Chongqing University are planning to build a safe footbridge from 13 to 21 August for the villagers and students this summer. They are now recruiting passionate team members from Hong Kong Universities. Can’t you miss it?
The enrolment deadline is 14 Jul. Please enroll and join NOW!
Please click and see the poster and enrolment form.

Village Rebuild Demonstration Project in Sichuan now open for Volunteer Recruitment! (24 Jun 2010)
An earthquake in 2008 brought severe damage to a remote Maan Qiao village in the southern part of Liangshan State in Sichuan. Since 2008, Wu Zhi Qiao has already mobolised University student teams to undertake a village rebuild demonstration project there, assisted villagers in building a bridge and rebuilding eco village houses as well as building a Community Centre. Would you like to join our Team to assist the villagers in building eco village community facilities from 6-12 Aug in this summer?

The enrolment deadline is 8 Jul. Please enroll and join NOW!

Please click and see the poster and enrolment form.

Please Stay Tuned for Our Upcoming 3 Wu Zhi Qiao Volunteer Activities in August! (17 Jun 2010)
image106In August this year, our project teams in Hong Kong and the Mainland will launch 3 different volunteer programmes in Sichuan, Yunnan and Gansu. Further programme details will be announced in late June/early July. Please find below tentative schedules and stay tuned for further updates and application details!
1. Village Rebuild Programme in Maan Qiao Village, Sichuan (Programme date: 6-12 August 2010) – You will join our project team to develop a community centre in the village, and other village community enrichment programmes
(click here to see project details)
2. Bridge building programme in Paomaping Town, Yunnan (Programme date: 13-21 August 2010) – You will join other volunteers from Hong Kong, Mainland, Taiwan and US to build a gabion bridge for a remote and deprived village in Lijiang. (click here to see project details)
3. Bridge building programme in Liutan Village, Gansu (Programme date: 21-26 August 2010) – You will join other volunteers from Hong Kong and mainland to build a gabion bridge for a remote and deprived village in Tianshui City of Gansu. (click here to see project details)

The first Wu Zhi Qiao in Anhui (11 Jun 2010)
image098More than 40 professional and student volunteers mainly from Nanjing University, Southeast University and Hefei University of Technology succcesfully built a 32 meters long footbridge in Meicun Township, Anhui during the period from 4 Jun to 9 Jun. The bridge project is fully supported by Qiu Shi Science & Technologies Foundation and named as “Qiu Shi (Ji Min) Wu Zhi Qiao”. Please click here to see more project details.

A New Wu Zhi Qiao was built in Baoshan Village, Lijiang, Yunnan (9 Jun 2010)
image092More than 40 professional and student volunteers mainly from both Hong Kong and Mainland Universities succcesfully accomplished a new stone arch bridge, renovated a local village primary school as well as completed a comprehensive traditional architectural documentation in Baoshan Village, Yunnan during the period from 30 May to 4 Jun. The bridge project is fully supported by Reverie Foundation and named as “Reverie Wu Zhi Qiao”. Please click here to see more project details.

Experience Sharing by Ms Avery Bang, Director of Operations from Bridges to Prosperity (9 Jun 2010)
image101On 31 May 2010, we were very fortunate to have Ms Avery Bang, the Director of Operations of Bridges to Prosperity, to share with us her experiences with the organisation and introduce the bridge building work the organisation undertakes in different developing countries to . This was followed by a Q&A session and talks of potential future collaboration between Wu Zhi Qiao with Bridges to Prosperity.

Congratulations to Prof Edward Ng, the Chairman of Foundation, for being awarded “The Third Hong Kong Humanity Award” (8 Jun 2010)
image095Our heartest congratulations to Prof Edward Ng, the Chairman of the Foundation, for being awarded the Third Hong Kong Humanity Award 2010 which is co-organized by Hong Kong Red Cross and Radio Television Hong Kong in May 2010 for serving as ‘a paragon demonstrating how people can care about others out of pure voluntary and disseminating the spirit of humanity to different sectors in our community’. This very first award of its kind in Hong Kong aims to give tribute to those live up to and put into practice the spirit of humanity. For more details, please click here to see the official website of the Hong Kong Humanity Award. Also, please feel free to click here to see Prof Ng’s thank you speech.

120km Personal Challenge in 30 hours (18 May 2010)
image086With sheer determination, perseverance and a warm heart, our student volunteer Jayne So has successfully completed a 120km personal challenge last weekend in 29 hours 52 minutes and has raised more than $120,000 for the Foundation. This personal challenge received immense support from her family, student volunteers from different universities and professionals, all involved in meals and supplement preparation over 30 hours in the aim of helping the runners to reach the finish line.

120KM Personal Challenge for a Bridge Cause (11 May 2010)
Jayne So, a student volunteer who has participated in two bridge building trips, will be undertaking a personal challenge to finish 120km in 30 hours on 15 and 16 May to raise funds for the Foundation. Please click here to learn more and click here to pledge your support to her!

WZQ bridge building programme in Yunnan now open for recruitment! (7 May 2010)
image083In a remote village in Baoshan Village, there was a stone arch bridge collapsed fully in Aug 09. To solve this problem, villagers took the initiative to build a simple wooden bridge themselves, but this could not solve the fundamental problem. Now, The Wu Zhi Qiao team from Chongqing University, Chongqing Jiaotong University and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is planning a bridge building programme from 30 May to 4 June 2010. They aspire to finish the paving works of a new stone arch bridge and renovate a primary school for them. They are now recruiting passionate team members from Hong Kong Universities. Can’t you miss it?
The enrolment deadline is 13 May. Please enroll and join NOW! Please click and see the poster and enrolment form.

A Bridge of Hearts photobook has now been published (25 Mar 2010)
PhotobookAfter a year of hard work, the first ever photobook of the Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation- ‘A Bridge of hearts’ photobook is finally published!
This book is made by the Wu Zhi Qiao student team from the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the volunteers of the Foundation through sharing ideas, writing and designing together. With the theme of ‘A bridge of hearts”, this photobook documents the difficulties of villagers crossing rivers in remote rural villages, and records part of the Foundation’s valuably documented bridge-building journeys. Throughout the whole book, it illustrates how university students from Hong Kong and Mainland China join hands to construct pedestrian footbridges with villagers and improve their lives. In so doing, a spiritual bridge of friendship, love and care is also built, adding to the different endless bridges being built.

Please pledge your support to our “A Bridge of Hearts” photobook donation programme with a donation of $100 for each photobook. All proceeds will be used for supporting the Foundation’s operation. Please click here to pledge your support!

WZQ Newsletter – 3rd Issue (5 Feb 2010)
A new issue of WZQ newsletter is published today. Please feel free to click here to read it.

A Bridge of Hearts Exhibition @ Times Square & Harbour City (5 Jan 2010)
With the support of the Foundation, our Wu Zhi Qiao university teams in Hong Kong are now organizing “A Bridge of Hearts Exhibition” to be held in Times Square and Harbour City from 14 Jan 2010 to 25 Jan 2010. It will illustrate the spirit of Wu Zhi Qiao, our bridge stories in those deprived and remote villages, as well as our reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquakes. Highlights on upcoming projects will be on display, too. Please click the poster for further details.
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Wu Zhi Qiao on RoadShow (5 Jan 2010)
A video clip on Wu Zhi Qiao was broadcasted in Roadshow on 4 and 5 January 2010.