- To put further effort in anti-drug campaign, Dawn Life Education Centre was set up this year, and the official Opening Ceremony was held on November 3. We renovated our old dormitory houses on Dawn Island and converted them into our activity areas. We hold programmes and sharing sessions for visitors to raise their awareness of the hazard of addictions and encourage positive attitudes towards life.
- Celebrating the golden jubilee of Operation Dawn under God's loving grace and guidance, Operation Dawn Gospel Drug Rehab 50th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service was held on April 22. The Most Reverend Paul Kwong, Archbishop and Primate of Hong Kong, was invited to be our preacher, and Ms. Manda Chan Win-man, Commissioner for Narcotics, was our speaker at the Service. Thanksgiving dinner was held on the same night, during which food and treasured memories were gratefully shared among our guests and friends. Also, we published the photo album Operation Dawn: 50 Years of Gospel Rehabilitation in Photos to tell the story and precious moments of Operation Dawn in pictures.
- In May we erected one more huge cross on the hill top near our foodball pitch on Dawn Island. The hill, now named Calvary, is taller than Mount Cross, so you can have an even better view over the island from there.
- We held our Flag Day (for Kowloon region) on June 16, and had recuited more than 1,900 volunteers to join our flag sale activity.
- On March 19, a crew from TVB (assigned by Home Affairs Bureau) visited our social enterprise Morning Star Motorcycle Limited for the making of their TV programme "SE Newbies On The Go". The episode, aired in May this year, explored how our motorcycle social enterprise business helped our graduates to adapt to the society.
- 2 graduates, led by our General Secretary, went on a short term mission to San Francisco, U.S. from April 27 to May 9, sharing testimonials and messages as they traveled along.
- On May 16, Social Welfare Department officially issued us a permanent license to operate Dawn Island Gospel Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre. All students on the Island moved in to the new residential buildings (namely, Carmel House and Living Spring House) on the same day.
- We held the Opening Ceremony of the New Buildings on June 5, and the guests gracing our ribbon-cutting ceremony included Mr. Lai Tung-kwok, the then Secretary for Security, Mr. Joshua Law Chi-kong, the then Permanent Secretary for Security, and Ms. Manda Chan Wing-man, the Commissioner for Narcotics.
- Apple Daily published the coverage of Operation Dawn on two consecutive days, July 4 & 5, which featured an interview of our General Secretary Mrs Lilian Yeh about her experience and struggle in the ministry of gospel rehabilitation, as well as the life testimonies of our student and staff member.
- The long-awaited new wooden boat’s (Dawn II) launching was finally accomplished on January 15, 2016. The boat carries food, drinking water, daily household supplies to the Island; brings our staff to work, back and forth between Sai Kung and Dawn Island; chauffeurs our students to medical appointments, to appointments with probation officers and etc.
- In January, a cookbook New Life Kitchen was published. The book was compiled from the recipes contributed by our current and former kitchen staff and 14 of them were chosen. Each of these 14, using his or her imagination to elicit a message or testimony through which each participant shows genuine personal feeling as they put it in writing. May all the Might and Glory be to our God.
- Reconstruction of Dawn Island : Contractor completed the project at the end of February 2016.
- May 16 – May 31 our General Secretary led a 4-person STM (short term mission) for a 2-week mission to England. The team consisted of 2 graduates, then evangelist Kwok Chun Hing and herself, sharing testimonials and messages as they traveled along.
- July 28 – August 15 our General Secretary led 3 recovered former drug abusers to have a two-week STM to Australia. The team went to Sydney and Melbourne to visit several churches as planned. Our members shared messages and testimonials among the local churches. Our team was also interviewed by 3 local radio stations.
- Jan 17: A Social Enterprise, Morning Star Motorcycle Limited, was established and began offering services to the general public.
- Jan 22: A groundbreaking ceremony was inaugurated, signifying the official commencement of the reconstruction of Dawn Island.
- April 29-May 16: Led by Mrs. Lilian Yeh, OD short term mission team spent 2 weeks touring Vancouver, Canada. A live interview and an AV recording session were conducted with Showers of Blessing Evangelistic Ministry, a local gospel Radio Station. In the episode titled "Light of the Morning Star", our team members shared God’s grace they experienced in their lives to listeners.
- July 21: Mark Service Company Limited, the 2nd Social Enterprise of OD, was set up. It offers our graduates more job and new life opportunities.
- Oct 8-Nov 22: A short term mission team, which consisted of 5 co-workers and headed by our Assistant General Secretary, Ms. Flora Siu and minister, Mr. Chun Hing Kwok, visited Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. The team was interviewed by local 3-CW Australia Chinese Broadcasting Station and Australia SBS Broadcasting Station.
- “Friends of Operation Dawn”(F.O.O.D.) the voluntary group was set up on 3rd January, 2014.
- March 31, 2014: In the Cable TV documentary ’Small Yet Significant’ The broadband described how the OD General Secretary gave up the abundant life in the US and returned to HK, using her academic learning in management, religion’s belief and life experience, she fares well in helping the drug addicts rid their drug abuse.
- From May 1 to 15, our General Secretary, Mrs Yeh led the short-term mssion team, comprising her husband and 4 former-addict co-workers, to Australia. They visited numerous Chinese churches and a Nepali church in Melbourne and Sydney, leading services, sharing testimonies and messages. They were interviewed by Australian Chinese Radio Station (CR2) and shared God's amazing work in OD.
- July 16, 2014: "Mental addiction" and "Physical addiction" were the catchy phrases on HKCSS's documentary, ‘Thursday Daily Pulse’. The show explained how OD’s rehab service helped drug addicts kick their habit and reconcile with their families.
- On March 14, CLP Ltd formally started to provide Dawn Island 24-hour renewable electricity. On Mount Carmel there are 456 pieces of solar panel and 1 wind turbine; in Living Spring 216 panels and 1 wind turbine. Together they can generate 192 kilowatts power.
- Sept-Nov: CLP Ltd posted a well-liked feature story "You & Me: Rekindle the Flame of Life" on Facebook. It featured a short film clip called "Operation Dawn: Where the Miracle of Rebirth Occurs" about a team of volunteers from CLP who ran a foundation course on electrical work for our students. Through this event a fund of HK$100,000 was raised for OD.
- October: Nepalis Bible Training School was established, aiming to equip Nepalis co-workers with theological knowledge and biblical background.
- November 10th: Operation Dawn was interviewed by RTHK Show "We Are Not Freaks". Students and their families candidly shared their ups and downs during their rehabilitation.
- In early 2012 we were notified by the Narcotic Department that our fund application for rebuilding DI had been approved, which turned a new page for our service development.
- Again in early 2012 OD Drug Rehab Centre successfully applied for and was awarded the sponsorship from Environment and Conservation Fund and Environmental Campaign Committee, and got the first solar water heater installed.
- October 2-16: Led by Mrs. Lilian Yeh, OD short term mission team (comprising Dr Roger Yeh and 3 former-addict co-workers) visited Hawaii, U.S.A. to share the gospel and their life testimonies.
- By the end of 2012, CLP completed the 2nd phase of the solar energy engineering.
- On March 19, CLP sponsored our first orienteering activity, "CLP-Operation Dawn Orienteering Challenge" on Dawn Island, to help raise funds for facilities at our rehabilitation centre. HK$330,000 was raised on that day.
- On Sep 19, in “the National Drug Abuse Prevention Conference 2011” OD was invited to speak on topic “The Needs of a Specific Group of Drug Addicts”, reading an essay about the situation and needs of South-Asian drug addicts in Hong Kong.
- Jan 13: Phase 1 of CLP's trial provision of solar-panel-generated electricity to Dawn Island was launched (only intermittent electricity was supplied during the day)
- The OD headquarter was moved to Sham Shui Po in September.
- Application of installing electricity meters for Dawn Island was approved by CLP on March 27.
- A solar water heater and the first air-conditioner for computer room were installed in June.
- The installation of solar panels and wind turbines power generator on Dawn Island was approved by Environmental and Conservation Fund (ECF).
- Gospel rehabilitation service for South Asian addicts on Dawn Island was launched on November 17.
- Upon the request of the Board of Directors, the 2nd child and the only daughter of the OD founder returned to HK from the US to take the OD’s General Secretary post overseeing the administrative affairs.
- Operation Dawn was established in Canada.
- In order to meet the re-accreditation requirements as outlined by the Drug Dependent Persons Treatment and Rehabilitation Centres (Licensing) Ordinance, a committee for the Dawn Island re-construction project was set up.
- Operation Dawn was established in the United States.
- A drug rehab center was opened in Metchina, Burma.
- Thai government gave the headquarters formerly occupied by a drug kingpin to Operation Dawn.
- Hong Kong’s Operation Dawn became one of the government-subvented organizations.
- A drug rehab center was opened in Nagaland, India.
- The Hong Kong government comissioned The Chinese University of Hong Kong to evaluate the effectivness of gospel rehabilitation.
- Girl Centre was set up to provide gospel rehabilitation service to female drug addicts.
- The door to the old city, Mandalay, Burma, was wide-opened. The first Gospel drug rehabilitation centre was planted, and it already housed over 50 residents in few months' time.
- Thai government recognized the drug rehabilitation work for the minority in northern Thailand; it provided a $15 Thai baht subsidy for each rehab resident every day.
- Thai government presented the best social service award to the northern Thai Gospel Drug Rehab Center.
- Hong Kong’s RTHK produced and broadcast a 30-min program introducing Operation Dawn on 2 consecutive Sundays.
- In Nagaland, a northern India province, a co-worker allowed one thousand people tried out gospel rehabilitation for 8 days.
- Operation Dawn founded Man Lo Fu Drug Rehab Center in Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand.
- Rev. Simon Lau and Rev. De-rek Kong were sent to Taiwan to start similar operation in multiple locations.
- An article was published in Asia magazine, proving Gospel rehab is the only way that can eradicate drug problems. The feature was accompanied by a bold-faced headline, “A way out of the revolving door”.
- A seminar study by The University of Hong Kong on effectiveness comparison between the gospel drug rehabilitation and the Shek Ku Chau method showed that the former is over 10 folds more effective than the latter.
- Mr. Peter Lee, Commissioner for Narcotics, proposed the moving of our rehabilitation center out of Long Ke Wan.
- The Hong Kong Government approved the moving of Operation Dawn to Fu Tau Fan Chau (Town Island, Dawn Island today) and using the island for drug rehabilitation purpose.
- The practicality of Gospel drug rehabilitation was gradually recognized by the public, the name “Operation Dawn” was thus coined and registered.
- Three years later, total number of residents increased to 30. Their average age was 30. Most of them were repeated violators and die-hard drug abusers.
- Bishop John Gilbert Hindley Baker, bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Hong Kong and Macau, took up the post of Patron of Operation Dawn, and this had become our tradition.
- Hong Kong's first ever gospel rehabilitation center was set up in Long Ke Wan, Sai Kung.