Wah Yan is a very special place and I did not come to realize it until many years after graduation.
How special is it?
From my own experience, I have never seen alumni from a secondary school who would look after their younger schoolmates like Wahyanites do.
Two years ago, Cheung Chun Pan, who was a graduate from WYK, had an urgent need to perform surgery to cure his lymphedema condition. Because his family was short of money to perform the surgery, an appeal was broadcasted among the Wah Yan communities asking for donations to fund the surgery. Within one day, an anonymous alumnus donated HK$200,000 to the cause. With the help of all the donations made by the alumni, Chun Pan was able to perform the surgery in Taiwan and gradually recovered afterwards.
Many schools in Hong Kong focus in academic excellence. Wah Yan also nurtures its students to excel in academics. More importantly, however, Wah Yan taught us the right values. It taught us how to be a man with and for others, especially those who are poor and neglected in society. It gave us unconditional trust to explore our lives, even though we were all once green and prone to mistakes.
Above all, it gave us some of the happiest moments in our lives.
We will be holding the 12th Wah Yan International Conference in this August. On behalf of the Southern California chapter, I would like to welcome you to share our memories of Wah Yan together and enjoy a wonderful summertime here in the City of Angels!