SHKP taking 1,200 underprivileged students to the book fair with cash to buy books Young writers teach children to create MY BOOK

21 Jul 2011


Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP), St James’ Settlement, MGuru and the Trade Development Council are staging a fourth Read To Dream programme and taking nearly 1,200 underprivileged children to the annual Hong Kong Book Fair with HK$240 each to buy books.  There will also be a MY BOOK workshop led by young writers teaching the students to create their own books, plus celebrities giving talks on reading and recommending good books.


SHKP Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Patrick K W Chan, St James’ Settlement Deputy Chief Executive Officer KW Luk, Trade Development Council Assistant Executive Director Clare Wong and MGuru’s Carmen Kwong announced the programme today (July 20).  Also present were some of the hundreds of volunteers, including members of the SHKP volunteer team, that will accompany the students to the Book Fair.


Patrick Chan said: “This is the fourth consecutive year that SHKP, the Trade Development Council, St James’ Settlement and MGuru are staging the Read To Dream programme.  We took some 3,000 children to the Book Fair over the last three years, and we will take nearly 1,200 children this year.  This will be the first time at the Book Fair for some of them.  Knowledge is beneficial and I hope the children will learn and enjoy reading over the summer.  I want to thank our collaborators for being part of this project and the volunteers for their help in assisting the children to find books.”


Mrs Luk said: “Summer holidays are here and parents are scheduling summer activities for their children, but underprivileged children can’t always attend summer programmes due to financial constraints.  The Read To Dream programme offers a chance for less-fortunate children to visit the book fair and buy books.  The programmes have benefited nearly 4,000 students from 55 primary and secondary schools and organizations across the territory since they began, and some 70% of the participants visited the Book Fair for the first time.  We hope that Hong Kong will see more social initiatives such as this to offer equitable education to disadvantaged students.”


Clare Wong said: “The Hong Kong Book Fair is all about books, and this year the theme is Reading the World • Reading as Self-Discovery.  We believe books can help us better understand the world and ourselves, so that we know how to lead a better life.  I hope everyone will have a good time at the book fair and be inspired to read more books about life and have a bright future.”


The students range from nine to 14 and are from Yuen Long, Tin Shui Wai, Tuen Mun, Ta Kwu Ling, Sha Tau Kok, Kwan Ching, Tung Chung, Sheung Shui, Sham Shui Po and Kwun Tong.  70% of those visited the Book Fair and 50% were on Hong Kong Island for the first time. Transportation and meals will be provided.


MY BOOK workshop and celebrity talks


SHKP will have the winners of its third Young Writers’ Debut competition giving a MY BOOK workshop to the students.  The winners will explain how they created their books and try to spur an interest in writing.  There will also be talks by celebrities including former Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs Shelley Lee, Professor Richard Ho, writer Maggie and musician Hanjin Tan.

SHKP taking 1,200 underprivileged students to the book fair with cash to buy books Young writers teach children to create MY BOOK

21 Jul 2011





Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP), St James’ Settlement, MGuru and the Trade Development Council are staging a fourth Read To Dream programme and taking nearly 1,200 underprivileged children to the annual Hong Kong Book Fair with HK$240 each to buy books.  There will also be a MY BOOK workshop led by young writers teaching the students to create their own books, plus celebrities giving talks on reading and recommending good books.


SHKP Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Patrick K W Chan, St James’ Settlement Deputy Chief Executive Officer KW Luk, Trade Development Council Assistant Executive Director Clare Wong and MGuru’s Carmen Kwong announced the programme today (July 20).  Also present were some of the hundreds of volunteers, including members of the SHKP volunteer team, that will accompany the students to the Book Fair.


Patrick Chan said: “This is the fourth consecutive year that SHKP, the Trade Development Council, St James’ Settlement and MGuru are staging the Read To Dream programme.  We took some 3,000 children to the Book Fair over the last three years, and we will take nearly 1,200 children this year.  This will be the first time at the Book Fair for some of them.  Knowledge is beneficial and I hope the children will learn and enjoy reading over the summer.  I want to thank our collaborators for being part of this project and the volunteers for their help in assisting the children to find books.”


Mrs Luk said: “Summer holidays are here and parents are scheduling summer activities for their children, but underprivileged children can’t always attend summer programmes due to financial constraints.  The Read To Dream programme offers a chance for less-fortunate children to visit the book fair and buy books.  The programmes have benefited nearly 4,000 students from 55 primary and secondary schools and organizations across the territory since they began, and some 70% of the participants visited the Book Fair for the first time.  We hope that Hong Kong will see more social initiatives such as this to offer equitable education to disadvantaged students.”


Clare Wong said: “The Hong Kong Book Fair is all about books, and this year the theme is Reading the World • Reading as Self-Discovery.  We believe books can help us better understand the world and ourselves, so that we know how to lead a better life.  I hope everyone will have a good time at the book fair and be inspired to read more books about life and have a bright future.”


The students range from nine to 14 and are from Yuen Long, Tin Shui Wai, Tuen Mun, Ta Kwu Ling, Sha Tau Kok, Kwan Ching, Tung Chung, Sheung Shui, Sham Shui Po and Kwun Tong.  70% of those visited the Book Fair and 50% were on Hong Kong Island for the first time. Transportation and meals will be provided.


MY BOOK workshop and celebrity talks


SHKP will have the winners of its third Young Writers’ Debut competition giving a MY BOOK workshop to the students.  The winners will explain how they created their books and try to spur an interest in writing.  There will also be talks by celebrities including former Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs Shelley Lee, Professor Richard Ho, writer Maggie and musician Hanjin Tan.