Community Spotlight: Chris Mak, Civil Engineer

1D1 z9DwICV 38qL72hlNcg

Curious about what volunteerism and Time Auction events are all about? Meet our community who has shared their memorable experiences in their volunteering journey and meetings with our featured guests!

1oOiM73m8TICPRinmqsbPLQ scaled
Chris at Dinner with Peggy Fang Roe, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Asia Pacific at Marriott International in Sep 2019

Meet Chris Mak!

Chris is a civil engineer and his daily tasks include calculations, site monitoring and project management. He is a football enthusiast and a passionate volunteer. Facing the dilemma of schedule clashes between volunteering and football training sessions at weekends, he will always prioritize and value the significance and impact of volunteering.

Chris’ volunteer journey and what he gained

“We are all tired but we know we are creating value in society.”

As a family-oriented person, Chris participates in a wide variety of volunteer services which are related to family issues, from the Samaritans to visiting the elderly who live alone, to taking children from underprivileged families to Disneyland, and distributing food boxes in Pei Ho Siu Mei Restaurant, just to name the more recent ones. Chris shares with us one of his most remarkable volunteer experiences, which is to install bookshelves for children living in subdivided flats in tenement houses where no lift was available. Carrying the heavy tools and necessary equipment to make the bookshelves, he and the other volunteers reached the 6th floor up the stairs and by the time they got to the top, everyone was drenched in sweat, yet no one complained. They were physically exhausted, but a huge sense of satisfaction endured.

As Chris pursues his volunteering journey, he realizes that serving the needy does not just benefit the targeted groups, but also the volunteer himself. To him, volunteering is one of the ways for him to connect with his late grandma. When Chris works with the elderly, he feels a connection with his grandma which pleases him. Moreover, he is increasingly finding himself becoming a more sociable and talkative person, as he opens himself up. He thinks his stories and adventures in volunteering are always great subjects in conversations and can help him recruit more people to jump on board.

Learning from Time Auction events — Success requires hard work!

1RXgXDXs7BE40aE0EQgfXbA scaled
1smaZDK fzWl477GoAtJ2eQ scaled
1OFPlVyI6aYioFahjGj5tmw scaled
1DZ8H5KBhNSXT8eXbYI0QpA scaled
1S hjdnDBbsplHRIVhZZV2g scaled

“Action speaks louder than words.”

Chris learnt about Time Auction via social media, which incentivises him to actively volunteer so that he can bid for opportunities to meet with inspiring guests. Apart from learning through volunteer services, he is greatly inspired by the sharing of mentors. He recalled that his first Time Auction event was meeting with Bob Lam (林盛斌), Actor, DJ and Emcee. At the meeting, he learnt that Bob encountered countless setbacks before he became successful. Chris quoted from Bob, “I wish and I will.” “When you wish upon a star, actions must be taken to realize your aspiration. Many see the bright side and cheer for your success, but seldom will they look ‘behind the scenes’ to see all the hard work and tears that go into that success.” There is no overnight success but mere diligence and perseverance. With his patience and hard work, he thrived through all obstacles.

“It is a great idea to combine something you like and something that can benefit the community.”

As a former amateur swimmer who represented his district to compete, Chris signed up for an opportunity to meet Alex Fong, Singer, Actor & Swimmer. When he realized that Alex started a fund-raising campaign in which participants will swim 45 km around the island, he was immensely impressed by his kind gesture and how the idea encompassed his passion for swimming and doing good.

Chris is truly grateful for every opportunity to bring changes to society regardless of the scale of impact. He promises to strive for a better community via incessant volunteering. He will continue to serve and participate in future Time Auction events.

Thank you so much to Chris for contributing 95 volunteer hours and participating in 9 of Time Auction events!

To see our upcoming experiences, head over to the Time Auction website!

Interviewed & written by Gloria Ip| Edited by Giselle Lee

This article originally appeared on our blog on Medium: https://timeauction.medium.com/community-spotlight-chris-mak-civil-engineer-21e0b1748e8a

Updated on 8 April, 2021
Share on

Volunteer Your Skills for Worthy Causes

Ever thought you could volunteer with your skills?

Discover volunteer projects where you can use your skills to support causes – all while building your resume, gaining references and making a difference!
Discover Projects
【2024義工活動】點樣加入義工行列?5大義工服務種類推介
你對「做義工」嘅認識有幾多?好多人都未必熟悉除咗賣旗籌款同探訪老人院之外,仲有咩其他類型嘅義工服務。究竟坊間有邊啲做義工嘅途徑,可以搵到適合自己嘅義工機會呢? 其實香港大大小小嘅慈善團體或非牟利機構  (NGO) 都會招募義工,而非牟利機構嘅義工服務範疇亦非常多元化,包括技能義工 (Skilled-volunteers),善用義工嘅個人技能同專長服務社會。你可以根據唔同嘅服務種類,或者按自己嘅喜好、關心嘅社會議題選擇義工機會。以下係5種常見嘅義工服務範疇同機構簡介畀你參考: 目錄 (一):動物福利 (二):長者服務 (三):青年發展 (四):環境保護 (五):社區服務 技能義工配對平台推介 常見嘅義工服務範疇(一):動物福利 如果你係狗奴、貓奴,或者鍾意動物,不妨考慮做動物義工!除咗有機會親身接觸毛孩之外,仲可以利用自己嘅一技之長,支援NGO嘅日常運作。雖然根據政府公佈的數據,動物棄養嘅數量有持續下降趨勢,但因近年的移民潮影響,保護動物慈善協會表示棄養寵物個案兩年升近三倍。因此,很多關注動物福利的團體都十分需要義工加入服務行列。 義工服務性質:清潔籠舍、照顧動物、活動推廣等 香港動物基金 Hong Kong Paws Foundation 香港動物基金係一間完全依靠慈善捐款同義工支持嘅動物福祉組織,希望拯救被虐待、遺棄同走失嘅動物。 香港愛護動物協會 SPCA (HK) 香港愛護動物協會係本港首間兼顧動物福利各方面嘅慈善團體,提倡善待動物,同時打擊同防止虐待動物。 Bring Me Home (Suppaw) Bring Me Home (Suppaw) 係一個寵物社交網站,亦係香港首個無償動物領養平台。 嘉道理農場暨植物園 Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden 嘉道理農場暨植物園為需要支持的農民提供農業援助,幫助他們過上獨立嘅生活; 並為公眾提供休閒同教育體驗。  Team for Animals in Lantau South (TAILS) 南大嶼山動物保護隊為有需要的貓狗提供救援、醫療、絕育、養育、庇護、寄養同領養服務,包括那些 流浪、被遺棄、受傷、虐待同忽視既貓狗,大力提倡動物福利,相信教育可以創造有利於香港動物嘅變革。 立即發掘更多! 常見嘅義工服務範疇(二):長者服務 隨著香港長者人口上升,越來越多關注老人家嘅機構都招募緊義工,希望為老友記送上更多關懷。 義工服務性質:家居維修、網頁設計、文字翻譯等 […]
Giving with a Strategy — Dinner with Jean Sung, Head of The Philanthropy Centre, Asia at J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Sometimes the most meaningful and inspiring conversations happen over casual meals. The Time Auction Blog is a snippet of our meetings with people who have found passion in their life and career. Even the smallest of actions can make a world of a difference. Whether you consider yourself a friend, a local community member or […]
Community Spotlight: Caroline Leung, Banking Professional
Curious about what volunteerism and Time Auction events are all about? Meet our community who has shared their memorable experiences in their volunteering journey and meetings with our featured guests! “Empathy is important.” Children are the future of our society and Caroline is dedicated to helping them to find their personal goals and passion. Let’s […]
How Gay Games 11 Hosts Their First Volunteer-run Inclusive Event in Hong Kong | Skilled Volunteering Case Study
The Challenge It’s the very first time Gay Games 11 is being hosted in Hong Kong and they are in need of more than 1,500 volunteers to organise, run and manage operations on a daily basis. They require volunteers who are capable to take on management roles, with skills from tech, administration, design and more. Our […]
Anchor Yourself with a Moral Compass — Dinner with Anson Chan, Former Chief Secretary of HKSAR Government
Sometimes the most meaningful and inspiring conversations happen over casual meals. The Time Auction Blog is a snippet of our meetings with people who have found passion in their life and career, where we get a glimpse into their mentality behind their ventures. You’d think that after hitting numerous historic milestones as former Chief Secretary […]
What we’ve learned from 100 Time Auction Mentors
Time Auction was born out of a quarter-life crisis. 3 years ago, we were at a startup event. Many attendees (ourselves included) were there to explore and answer a question — How do you find your life’s passion and a career you love? On our way out, we were chatting about the idea of Time […]
【想為環保出一分力?】Time Auction搵到符合你專長嘅義工服務
隨住社會高速發展,香港嘅環保問題越來越備受關注,當中垃圾處理等嘅問題其實可以透過資源重新分配同減少浪費而得到解決,除咗政策以外,亦非常需要大力推廣同公眾參與,例如負責任消費 (Responsible consumption)、分類回收 (Recycling) 等低碳生活 (Low-carbon living)。  近期流行嘅技能義工 (Skilled volunteers) 就係一個為環保出一分力嘅好機會,無論你係學生定係打工仔,都可以利用自己嘅專長同興趣回饋社會。以下係本港一啲與環境 (Environment) 相關嘅非牟利機構 (NGO),俾你了解一下佢哋嘅服務同理念: Redress Redress 一直致力教育大眾同時裝業界,減少時裝界對環境造成嘅負面影響。機構透過舉辦各項活動,例如可持續發展時裝設計比賽同衣物回收,鼓勵大眾同各機構支持環保時尚。 無塑海洋 Plastic Free Seas 無塑海洋旨在通過針對學校、企業團體嘅教育同活動,改變當今社會大眾對塑膠嘅睇法同使用方式。 再皂福 Soap Cycling 再皂福係亞洲首間肥皂回收機構,收集本來將被棄置但狀況仍然良好嘅肥皂同浴室用品,經分類處理後再轉贈至有需要人士,以解決社會健康及衞生方面嘅需要,並提供就業機會同青年培訓。 香港綠色希望 Green Hope Hong Kong 香港綠色希望藉著回收同教育,包括山野清潔、回收街站、零廢外賣推廣等,以緩解決氣候暖化、能源危機等問題,並為環保出一分力。 綠色時刻 Green Hour 綠色時刻旨在推廣並讓基層市民共同參與綠色生活。透過舉辦清潔活動,以及食物減廢活動,以提高社會各界對環境保護嘅意識同重視。 以上幾間關注環境保護嘅機構都不時需要技能義工支持運作,如果你都想出一分力,可以考慮以下嘅義工服務: 義工服務(一):研究調查員 (Research Surveyor) 環保同我哋嘅日常生活息息相關,有關機構要定期關注事態發展而安排相應嘅研究同社區計劃,當中包括市民生活同消費習慣嘅調查。以可持續海鮮 (sustainable seafood) 為例,環保機構需要義工幫手紀錄同調查超級市場出售嘅海鮮來源種類比例,從而了解市民同企業對可持續海鮮嘅認識和關注,而調查結果將有助為機構嘅公眾教育計劃訂立方向。 【立即申請】 義工服務(二):回收調查員 (Recycling Surveyor) 廢物回收 (recycling) 喺香港已經推行多年,但成效仍然未如理想。為咗更有效地了解各地區嘅回收情況,有啲環保組織會招募義工協助調查公共回收點同埋垃圾箱嘅分佈同使用情況,以助改善香港嘅垃圾問題。 【立即申請】 義工服務(三):公共關係顧問 (PR Advisor) […]
Top