SHKP Takes Over 1,000 Underprivileged Children to Book Fair Each Receives $200 Book Allowance

23 Jul 2010


Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP), St James' Settlement, MGuru and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council have arranged for more than 1,000 underprivileged children to visit the annual Hong Kong book fair.  Nearly 70 percent of them are visiting the book fair for the first time. During their visits, all participating children are given HK$200 to buy books and are accompanied by volunteers from SHKP and St James' Settlement.


SHKP Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Patrick Chan, St James' Settlement Chief Executive Michael Lai, MGuru's Kwong Wing-huen and Trade Development Council Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau attended the kick-off ceremony of the programme today.  Following that, a sharing session by SHKP Vice Chairman and Managing Director Raymond Kwok and the former Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs Shelley Lee was held.  Sharing with over 100 children, the two speakers talked about how reading helps them to come through challenges.  The two VIPs also gave away the books they recommended.


At the kick-off ceremony, Patrick Chan said: "This is the third year in a row that SHKP has sponsored this programme to offer a great learning opportunity for more than 1,000 children at the book fair.  I hope they take their favourite books home, enjoy reading and learning, and make the most of the summer."


Michael Lai said: "Underprivileged students do not have sufficient learning resources and seldom have the opportunity to participate in activities outside the district where they live.  After this third year, we will have taken nearly 3,000 children from 50 schools and social service organizations to this annual summer event.  Most students last year were visiting the book fair for the first time, and they had an opportunity to buy their favourite books and increase their interest in reading."


Benjamin Chau said: "The theme of the book fair this year is ‘Reading the World, Writing the Future.'  We encourage all the children to broaden their horizons through reading.  And I hope they learn from books and grow.  I believe the true meaning of reading comes from your connection to books and everyday life."


Kwong Wing-huen said: "Our arrangement with the book fair is still on, despite the typhoon over the last two days.  The book fair has tonnes of great books so take your time to pick your favourite ones."


The four-day programme is taking over 1,000 underprivileged children aged nine to 14 from Yuen Long, Tin Shui Wai, Tuen Mun, Tung Chung, Sheung Shui, Kwai Tsing, Sha Tau Kok, Sham Shui Po and Kwun Tong to the book fair.  Free transportation is being provided, plus free lunch and book allowance.


Good Reads Recommended by Celebrities


The organizers have invited celebrities including Claudia Mo and Mark Lui to discuss their favourite books and talk about life, to broaden the children's perspectives and increase their interest in reading.


100,000 Free Copies of SHKP Book Club magazine


SHKP has produced a special edition of its monthly SHKP Book Club magazine to celebrate this annual event.  The magazine will be distributed free at the book fair and the print run has been increased to 100,000 copies.  The magazine features the year's 50 Best Books, seminars reports and interviews with celebrities including SHKP Vice Chairman & Managing Director Raymond Kwok talking about his interest in reading and life experience.  SHKP will also have a booth to promote the magazine, which will be available in iPhone and iPad versions for free download.


About SHKP


SHKP is committed to ‘building homes with heart' and developing talented individuals, and it set up the SHKP Book Club in 2005 to promote reading and writing.  The club organizes reading-related activities such as helping young writers publish books and distributing a free monthly literary magazine, and it has staged four book review competitions to date.  It has also held seminars on reading with noted speakers including Chinese scholars Yu Dan and scholar Pai Hsien Yung and cultural commentators Leung Man-tao, Ivan Choy and Lau Sai-leung, as part of the drive to foster a reading culture.

SHKP Takes Over 1,000 Underprivileged Children to Book Fair Each Receives $200 Book Allowance

23 Jul 2010









Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP), St James' Settlement, MGuru and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council have arranged for more than 1,000 underprivileged children to visit the annual Hong Kong book fair.  Nearly 70 percent of them are visiting the book fair for the first time. During their visits, all participating children are given HK$200 to buy books and are accompanied by volunteers from SHKP and St James' Settlement.


SHKP Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Patrick Chan, St James' Settlement Chief Executive Michael Lai, MGuru's Kwong Wing-huen and Trade Development Council Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau attended the kick-off ceremony of the programme today.  Following that, a sharing session by SHKP Vice Chairman and Managing Director Raymond Kwok and the former Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs Shelley Lee was held.  Sharing with over 100 children, the two speakers talked about how reading helps them to come through challenges.  The two VIPs also gave away the books they recommended.


At the kick-off ceremony, Patrick Chan said: "This is the third year in a row that SHKP has sponsored this programme to offer a great learning opportunity for more than 1,000 children at the book fair.  I hope they take their favourite books home, enjoy reading and learning, and make the most of the summer."


Michael Lai said: "Underprivileged students do not have sufficient learning resources and seldom have the opportunity to participate in activities outside the district where they live.  After this third year, we will have taken nearly 3,000 children from 50 schools and social service organizations to this annual summer event.  Most students last year were visiting the book fair for the first time, and they had an opportunity to buy their favourite books and increase their interest in reading."


Benjamin Chau said: "The theme of the book fair this year is ‘Reading the World, Writing the Future.'  We encourage all the children to broaden their horizons through reading.  And I hope they learn from books and grow.  I believe the true meaning of reading comes from your connection to books and everyday life."


Kwong Wing-huen said: "Our arrangement with the book fair is still on, despite the typhoon over the last two days.  The book fair has tonnes of great books so take your time to pick your favourite ones."


The four-day programme is taking over 1,000 underprivileged children aged nine to 14 from Yuen Long, Tin Shui Wai, Tuen Mun, Tung Chung, Sheung Shui, Kwai Tsing, Sha Tau Kok, Sham Shui Po and Kwun Tong to the book fair.  Free transportation is being provided, plus free lunch and book allowance.


Good Reads Recommended by Celebrities


The organizers have invited celebrities including Claudia Mo and Mark Lui to discuss their favourite books and talk about life, to broaden the children's perspectives and increase their interest in reading.


100,000 Free Copies of SHKP Book Club magazine


SHKP has produced a special edition of its monthly SHKP Book Club magazine to celebrate this annual event.  The magazine will be distributed free at the book fair and the print run has been increased to 100,000 copies.  The magazine features the year's 50 Best Books, seminars reports and interviews with celebrities including SHKP Vice Chairman & Managing Director Raymond Kwok talking about his interest in reading and life experience.  SHKP will also have a booth to promote the magazine, which will be available in iPhone and iPad versions for free download.


About SHKP


SHKP is committed to ‘building homes with heart' and developing talented individuals, and it set up the SHKP Book Club in 2005 to promote reading and writing.  The club organizes reading-related activities such as helping young writers publish books and distributing a free monthly literary magazine, and it has staged four book review competitions to date.  It has also held seminars on reading with noted speakers including Chinese scholars Yu Dan and scholar Pai Hsien Yung and cultural commentators Leung Man-tao, Ivan Choy and Lau Sai-leung, as part of the drive to foster a reading culture.