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SSC Newspaper : February 2014
24 Strathfield Scene FEBRUARY 2014 PEOPLE “People try and tackle big things, which is great, but for me, starting awareness at a local level is important.” – May Wong, Young Citizen of the Year Citizens with fingers on the pulse Not long after receiving his award as Strathfield’s Citizen of the Year, Dr David Tang was busy organising lion dancers and firecrackers for the Flemington Chinese New Year festivities. It’s the Year of the Horse, and – fittingly – the amazingly adaptable Homebush West GP literally gallops through his projects, treating patients, working as vice-president of the Australian Vietnamese Aged Care Services and being president of the Flemington Chamber of Commerce. As he follows in the footsteps of the Lion Dancers on Flemington’s main shopping street, he is greeted by many as an old friend. Dr Tang’s schedule is only just dwarfed by that of Strathfield’s Young Citizen of the Year – ironically, a medical student and health advocate. May Wong is this year’s recipient. Aside from her extensive medical studies and research, she tutors English to migrant children, does voluntary work in a doctor’s surgery, organises healthcare events and promotes health awareness. Dr Tang, a long-time Homebush West resident, is a leading figure in Strathfield’s Chinese community, an integral a link between the council and the community. “It was a great honour to win this award and even better to be recognised for the work that I have done for the community,” he says. “But I don’t do this for recognition, I do this because I want to help improve the lives of our residents.” He has also orchestrated safety campaigns in the Homebush West shopping precinct. “I’ve been part of graffiti and waste campaign removal and safety initiatives to make the residents and business owners feel more secure in our area,” Dr Tang says. “Homebush West has changed a lot for the better – it’s safer and cleaner but, of course, there is still more work to be done to make our business district better for the community.” Our Young Citizen of the Year, May Wong, has been involved in local healthcare awareness, particularly of breast and prostate cancer – she organised a local health expo attended by more than 300 people. “People try and tackle big things, which is great, but for me, starting awareness at a local level is important,” she says. “ You have to be able to make a difference in your community before you tackle the bigger picture.” Ms Wong has just completed her bachelor of medicine and is continuing her masters in medicine and epidemiology. And on top of this, the 24-year-old medical student has received several scholarships for her research from the Heart Foundation, Kidney Health Australia and Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia. It was a great honour to win this award ... but I don't do this for recognition, I do this because I want to help improve the lives of our residents. Young Citizen of the Year May Wong Strathfield Citizen of the Year Dr David Tang with the Jin Wu Koon No. 1 Double Dragon Fight Studio troupe.