Dr Joseph Lee, GBS, OStJ, JP
Founded in 1997, Wofoo Social Enterprises is a collaborative platform that provides a wide range of services. Wofoo is committed to cooperating with the government, business sector, academia, social groups and people from various walks of life, so that resources can be pooled to offer high-quality and up-to-date social services. Our projects emphasise both innovative ideas and sustainable development, as well as aim to strengthen the general public’s commitment and contribution to the society.
Moveover, Wofoo has always placed the needs of people from different sectors at the forefront of our endeavours. Our scope of services seven core areas, namely: Health and Wellness, Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Social Advocacy and Entrepreneurship, Family Engagement, Education, Youth Development, and Sports. Over the past two decades, we have established various work units to proactively provide diversified and innovative aid and activities for people in need. Our services have brought benefits to different groups, including the elderly, teenagers, schools and local communities.
In recent years, we have actively promoting Character Education and the concept of “Creating Shared Values” through different platforms and programmes. In the future, we aspire to gather more organizations and individuals to continue the development of multi-faceted social services. Upholding the belief of “Harmony brings a family prosperity, cohesion makes a nation wealthy”, we discharge the responsibilities of a corporate citizen and give back to society in a bid to build a harmonious and better Hong Kong.
1. People-oriented approach: Nurture the next generation to become “responsible citizens”
2. Take the initiative to innovate: Keep innovating and drive social services to advance with the times
3. Unite different sectors: Gather social resources and improve the effectiveness of social services
4. Promote harmony and care: respect the spirit of care, tolerance and mutual respect
In 1996, Dr. Lee took the first step in the development of Wofoo Social Enterprises (WSE) by setting up Grace Nursing Home. From that point on, the service scope of WSE has gradually expanded to youth development, education and community services. In 1998, The Warehouse Teenage Club became one of the affiliates of Wofoo Social Enterprises, aiming to encourage teenagers to develop creativity and becoming their second home. Since 2002, Wofoo has been committed to nurturing the next generations by establishing the first primary school under the Direct Subsidy Scheme in the New Territories – W F Joseph Lee Primary School. Apart from donating, sponsoring, and promoting diversified community services, Wofoo is also an advocate of social policies. Over the years, we have been exploring, studying and brainstorming people-oriented and forward-looking policy suggestions, hoping to serve as public reference for building a better society.
In the foreseeable future, Wofoo Social Enterprises will keep discharging the responsibilities of a corporate citizen, seeking more advanced development of social services. We endeavour to coordinate various social service units, so that they collaborate with one another to share resources and create synergy. Apart from this, we strive to build and consolidate support network with various fields not only to facilitate communication but also to call on more individuals and parties to join hands with us to promote the belief of “Harmony brings a family prosperity, cohesion makes a nation wealthy” that leads to a better society.
Dr. Joseph Lee strongly believes that each organisation has its own mission to serve the community by different means, and the key to achieve that is on how one can create synergy. It is his strong belief that CO-SHARING, CO-CREATION and CO-WORKING can pool resources from different sectors, increase connections and beneficiaries, as well as foster direct and close collaboration with the government and other commercial organisations. These in turn strengthen the effectiveness of various projects and serve more people in need, benefiting the society on a wider scope.
As a social industrialist, Dr. Lee regards giving back to the society as a duty, constantly motivating himself, and promotes harmony and care to his family, work partners, friends and all walks of life. As we affect one another individually, together we achieve so much more. We hope that more citizens will contribute their strength and work together to build a mutually harmonious and caring society in which the benefactors and beneficiaries can experience together.
Hong Kong Youth Institute