Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in 2019, everyone around the world has been living on high alert for an extended period. Human interactions have been limited due to social distancing rules and border restrictions for almost three years. Now, as the Covid-19 pandemic nears its end, I know many of our past students are hoping to reunite and catch up with each other, especially as we were unable to come together for many planned celebrations to mark our Centenary three years ago. In this context, this year’s International Reunion has a remarkable significance for Wahyanites, giving us the opportunity to meet up, no matter whether physically or virtually, and share the many stories of our schools as well as their joys and challenges.
The theme of this year’s International Reunion is “Brotherhood without Borders”. This is a sentiment which I greatly appreciate, given that our two Wah Yans have a long-standing reputation for a strong sense of fraternity. I have heard many accounts of Wahyanites reaching out to offer help and support to one another whenever needed, no matter in which part of the world they are, and beyond national borders. These selfless acts of community exemplify the true nature of brotherhood.
This year, due to the continuation of some pandemic prevention measures and travel restrictions, the International Reunion will be in a hybrid form; participants may either meet up in person in their own locations or join us online. Although some of you may still not be able to meet each other physically this year, I have full trust that the bonding of Wah Yan remains strong between us all. I look forward to hearing all the delightful stories of Wahyanites and celebrating Wah Yan’s core value of brotherhood at the Reunion.
When the restrictions necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic are fully lifted, our International Reunion should be able to resume physical gatherings for the next occasion, no matter whether in Hong Kong or in cities overseas. I am confident that many of you should be able to see each other face-to-face soon if you cannot meet up physically this time, and that in the meantime virtual contact will continue to sustain our fellowship.
Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to all members of the International Reunion Committee, who have overcome many challenges brought about by the pandemic. Without their commitment, the International Reunion would not be possible. I hope you all enjoy the event, and anticipate the strengthening of old bonds and the forging of new. In Hoc Signo Vinces!
Dr. Davis Chan
Wah Yan College, Hong Kong