Internationally Renowned “Compassion Award” Announced 2021 Winners, 8 Award Recipients Included Australia’s CASS Henry Pan
The Hong Kong Macau & Taiwan Charity Fund Ltd has announced its 16th Compassion Award winners’ list for 2021. There were 8 recipients, one of them is Mr Nan Hung (Henry) Pan, Foundation Chairperson of the Chinese Australian Services Society, a community organisation in Sydney, Australia.
The Charity Fund was founded in 2004 with the aim of encouraging businesses and Chinese compatriots from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan to work together to assist the poor and the disadvantaged in the society. It established the ‘Compassion Award’ in 2006 to promote positive role models of compassion and enhance positive energy in the society. 2021 is the 16th year of the award and the prize money has been increased to US$160,000, the highest amount presented to Chinese recipients internationally for recognition of their benevolent contribution.
Like the previous year, the 2021 ‘Compassion Award’ received nominations from all over the world, including Australia, United States of America, United Kingdom, Singapore as well as Hong Kong, China, Macau and Taiwan. The nominees consisted of Chinese philanthropists, religious leaders, pioneers of charities and founders of not-for-profit organisations.
Nominations were closed on 30 April 2021. Several rounds of selection were then carried out by the judging panel. The final round of judging was held at a meeting on 13 August 2021 at the Taiwan office of the Charity Fund. The 29 judges came from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan who went through 2 rounds of voting and from the 15 final entries choosing the list of 8 award recipients. 2 award recipients were nominated by the Compassion Award Committee: Dharma Master Chen Yen, founder of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation in Taiwan and Mr Cao Dewang, founder of the Heren Charitable Foundation in China. The other award recipients include: Mr Nan Hung Pan, Foundation Chairperson of the Chinese Australian Services Society in Australia; Dr Tu Yuan-Kun, Director of the E-DA Hospital in Taiwan; Ms Shu-Chen Hsiao, founder of the Children Are Us Foundation in Taiwan; Dr Lu Zhi, founder of the Shan Shui Conservation Centre in Beijing; Mr Zhao Lin of Gansu Ganlu Welfare Centre in China; and Ms Viola Wong, founder of the Benji’s Centre in Hong Kong.
The Charity Fund acknowledges the contributions of the award recipients made to the welfare of the community, especially their innovative thinking, their outstanding leadership, and their persistent compassion, making them exemplary role models for the society. Each recipient will be awarded US$160,000.
Presentation of the ‘Compassion Awards’ is scheduled to be held in mid-December 2021. The date and venue will be decided in consultation with the co-organiser Phoenix TV pending the COVID-19 situation of the different regions.
Mr Pan is the only award recipient from overseas (outside China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan). Born in Singapore, he came to Australia in 1970 to pursue his studies at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Bachelor of Engineering and was presented with the University Medal then.
According to the judging panel, Mr Pan founded the Chinese Australian Services Society in 1981, a community services provider commonly known by its brand name, “CASS”. He is the Executive Director of CASS since 2008, serving on a totally voluntary basis. Over the last 40 years, under Mr Pan’s leadership, CASS has developed into a multi-disciplined not-for-profit community services provider with a team of 450 staff members. The services provided include child care, home ageing, residential aged care, disability services, promotion of Chinese culture and language, and settlement services for East-Asian migrants. Over 4000 families benefit from its services each week.
The judging panel also pointed out that even though Mr Pan became blind after he was assaulted while helping the disadvantaged, he overcame challenges and learned to use special computer software to manage the affairs of CASS, and continued his efforts to raise funds to help the disadvantaged, provide feedback and opinions to the government and promote the spirit of mutual help among multicultural communities.
Mr Pan has received numerous awards over the years in recognising his longstanding voluntary contributions in community services, including an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 1997 and a Centenary Medal in 2001 respectively by the Australian Government, the Quang Tart Lifetime Achievement Award in Community Service in 2017 presented by the Premier of NSW, and UNSW Alumni Award in the category of ‘Social Impact and Public Policy’ in 2018.
On learning about winning the award, Mr Pan expressed that he would donate all of the prize money of US$160,000 to the CASS Residential Aged Care Facility Building Fund. He says the Award is a recognition internationally on the longstanding and collective efforts of the CASS Team, and he is honoured to receive the Award on behalf of the CASS Team.
When the news about Henry winning the ‘Compassion Award’ reaches members of the CASS Team, it thrills everyone who knows him and his good deeds. There are comments:
- Henry is such a tremendous leader and a noble man who has been helping many people along his incredible journey with CASS in community work over the last forty years.
- He does not strive for any repayment, and never think of his personal entitlement or achievement.
- His loss of sight never stops him from stepping forward, thinking big, going further, and inspiring people around.
- While people describe him as the architect of CASS, he considers himself a hard-working gardener.
- The ‘Compassion Award 2021’ undoubtedly reaffirms his unswerving dedication and compassion to servicing the community.
- With his passion, perseverance and incredible contribution, CASS has become a multi-disciplined community services provider, providing a comprehensive range of social welfare services to the multicultural community, catering the needs from cradle to seniors.
Congratulations to Henry and all the amazing award winners! You all are recognized as role models and inspiration to us! More details about “The Compassion Award 2021” can be found at www.compassionaward.org or the webpage of The Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Charity Foundation at www.hmtcf.org.