Dino Lee Leung Pong, Matthew Lo Cheuk Long, Afifah Har Wing Yiu and Heyson Ngai Chu Hei (MOT 2019 graduates)
It is hard to put our feelings into words. Above all, we are very glad to receive this award from Mr Alfred Sit, JP, Secretary for Innovation and Technology, at the Hong Kong Science Park. We are deeply honoured by this recognition of our effort.
It began with a student project for the subject “Environmental Issues in OT Practice” of our MOT programme. We designed and created a prototype of an assistive device—Cupensator, which is a drinking aid to help sufferers of Parkinson’s disease better handle a drinking cup by reducing unwanted oscillations caused by tremors.
This assistive device could not have been accomplished without the guidance and support from many nice people around us. First of all, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to Prof. Kenneth Fong, our project supervisor, for his patient guidance throughout our study. We would also like to thank Mr Eddie Hai for his kind guidance and advice on this project. The two mentors are the role models to guide us all along in our early stage of professional development as an emerging occupational therapist. Besides, we owe a debt of gratitude to the Knowledge Transfer and Entrepreneurship Office at PolyU for their nomination and sponsorship. Finally, we are grateful to each other for giving mutual support and care throughout this project. We have shared our joys and sorrows along the way.
Last but not least, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our parents and significant others for their endless support and love, and to God for showing us the way all along.