The righteous man, who embraced poetry and literature left us – may Mr. Philip Lam rest in peace in God's loving arms. The Amity Foundation announces with great sadness the demise of Mr. Philip Lam, a voluntary consultant of Amity. Philip passed away at the age of 73 on June 10, 2017, after receiving treatment for illness.
Philip Lam a Christian, originally named Lam Yin Cho, has lived until the end of his life to be His witness of faith and to live by the spirit of "Enabling love to give abundance, enriching virtues to nurture benevolence".
Until his retirement, Mr. Lam has been long working in the Hong Kong Christian Council (HKCC). Since the early 1980s, he has been actively promoting in the exchanges and cooperation between Hong Kong and Mainland China. Later he became Executive Officer of the "Five Loaves and Two Fish” Ministry. Mr. Lam lead the team in Hong Kong to raise funds for Amity's poverty alleviation projects in rural China, such as sponsoring orphans and deprived students, school rebuilding, disaster relief and reconstruction. Mr. Lam helped to raise hundreds of millions of funds that benefited tens of thousands of people. He made tremendous contributions to ecumenical cooperation and people's mutual understanding, as well as China's development and poverty alleviation.
After his retirement from the HKCC, instead of living a carefree and comfortable life in his old age, Philip Lam chose to continue helping people. With like-minded friends Philip Lam founded the Comp-on Foundation and supported students in rural areas of Mainland China. Being a voluntary consultant of the Amity Foundation Philip Lam devoted much of his energy to support Amity’s social development work. Stationed in Guangzhou for several years, he worked tirelessly for the establishment and registration of the Amity Guangzhou office by seeking resources and initiating projects. Philip Lam laid a solid foundation for Amity’s work in Southern China.
Throughout his life, Philip was a humble person, keen on doing pragmatic work and never claimed credits. Therefore, he has been widely praised and appreciated by friends, colleagues and by people he helped. Philip was highly talented, striven to learn, to advocate and to help others.
From the may poems he wrote, people can see a wonderful world and Philip's faith, hope and love in truth. A memorial service, organized by his family will be held at the Ground Hall of Universal Funeral Parlour (Hung Hom) on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 8 PM. The funeral will be held at the same location on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 11 AM. The cremation will take place at the Cape Collinson Crematorium after the funeral.