Dr Gary Ng Ka-Wing
Dr Gary Ng Ka-Wing
Gary is a bone cancer survivor and was awarded a Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship in 2000. After many years as an orthopaedist, he now works at the Hospital Authority Head Office. As the Chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth, he has been championing the rights of people with disabilities for more than a decade. He is in many ways living the true JC Scholar spirit, and is a member of the Jockey Club Scholars Alumni Association’s (JCSAA) Board of Directors, helping to drive its development. He has also served on the Labour and Welfare Bureau’s Social Welfare Advisory Committee since December 2017, hoping to improve welfare policies for the disabled community.
Which of the roles, front-line medical or policymaking, helps you better achieve your mission?
When I was serving as a doctor in the Orthopaedics department, I had the immediate satisfaction of seeing my patients cured. Now, I help patients at the institutional level. It takes a longer time for results to come through, but ultimately more people will benefit. I hope to undertake a holistic review of the medical system and find ways to ease the workload of healthcare professionals, which will in turn improve patient care.
Why did you join the Labour and Welfare Bureau’s Social Welfare Advisory Committee?
As a representative of the disabled community, I endeavour to take the voice of the disabled community to the government and urge them to tackle the evolving challenges they face. In particular, help should be in place for the disabled to unleash their potential.
What is social service to you?
It begins with caring for the people around you. We help not because we are more capable, but because we see an issue and are able to offer a helping hand. Social services are worthy of your time. Countless people will benefit if each person is willing to go the extra mile. You have witnessed 20 years of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarships’ development.
What have you found most remarkable?
I am glad the scholarship scheme has expanded to include students with special educational needs. The scholarship should not be limited to the highest academic achievers. Those who have overcome learning difficulties and made it to university deserve as much support and encouragement.
What are the common qualities among JC Scholars?
I have met many like-minded Scholars who are willing to contribute their time, knowledge and skills to the community and the needy. The JCSAA brings together talented people from a wide range of sectors and transforms their combined strength into meaningful social purposes. This community is our single most valuable asset.