On the 11th November 2016, in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the creation of Operation Breakthrough and in recognition of its tremendous achievements in helping and developing youth-in-need, Mrs. Carrie LAM, the Chief Secretary of the Administration invited representatives of the charity to her official residence for a reception.
During the event the Chief Secretary and guests were treated to sporting demonstrations by the young participants of Operation Breakthrough, these included: cricket, football, boxing and rugby.
On behalf of Operation Breakthrough, Mrs Lam handed out various awards to young people who had demonstrated great commitment in turning their lives around. In return Breakthrough was honored to present the Chief Secretary with a commemorative cap.
The Chief Secretary noted that. “ Sports can provide valuable training as teenagers develop, helping their confidence and enhancing team spirit, that’s why I fully support Operation Breakthrough which aims to changes lives through sport”.
The Commissioner of Police thanked the Chief Secretary for the invitation and the chance to highlight Operation Breakthrough’s success and he paid tribute to the over 100 volunteers, many of them police officers, who used their spare time to offer life changing and transformational opportunities for young people.
Operation Breakthrough is a police led charity that uses sport as a means to help, rehabilitate and positively reinforce young people from disadvantaged backgrounds or families: helping to fight crime and juvenile delinquency amongst low income and immigrant communities.
Glenn O’Neill, Chairman of Operation Breakthrough said that, “On behalf of the Directors and all involved in Operation Breakthrough we would like to sincerely thank Mrs. LAM for her kind invitation and for recognizing the contribution the charity has made to young people in Hong Kong. ”.