SHKP Book Club's initiative to take underprivileged children to book fair

23 Jul 2008


Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) is working with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), St James' Settlement and MGuru to take 700 children from low-income families to the annual Hong Kong from July 23 to 25.  Each of the youngsters will be given HK$200 in coupons to buy books.


The first visits took place today (July 23).  SHKP Executive Director Michael Wong, HKTDC Assistant Executive Director Raymond Yip, St James' Settlement Chief Executive Officer Michael KC Lai and Mguru's Representative Carmen Kwong joined 300 underprivileged children and volunteers as the programme kicked off.


Mr Wong said: "We set up the SHKP Book Club to help cultivate a reading culture in Hong Kong.  We believe that children are our future and that they should start to develop the habit of reading at an early age.  We hope these visits will get the children interested in reading if they aren't already, and that the lucky ones who get to buy books will share them with their classmates at school."


Mr Yip said: "The Trade Development Council believes that the book fair is a significant event for Hong Kong and everyone should try and visit.  Last year our staff raised a small amount of money to sponsor dozens of children to visit the book fair under an arrangement with St James' Settlement.  It's most gratifying to see the children leaving with smiles on their faces and their hands full of their favourite books.  With SHKP's generosity, we can extend the programme to benefit 700 children this year."


Mr Lai said: "Parents usually try to arrange for their children to take part in different summer activities, but low-income families may not be able to afford the luxury of summer activities for their children, many already having difficulty making ends as it is without spending extra dollars on a visit like this."


Ms. Kwong said: "I am very happy to be able to take part in this meaningful programme.  The message is clear – knowledge is opportunity.  We hope the underprivileged children will take the opportunity to learn through reading for a better future."


The programme will benefit 700 students from Tung Chung, Tin Shi Wai, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon City, Tuen Mun and Kwai Chung aged nine to 12 in grades primary four to six.  They will visit the book fair in groups over the three days, with free lunch and transportation to and from their schools.  Each student will be given HK$200 in coupons to buy books.  SHKP and St James' Settlement will also have volunteers at the fair to help the students find their favourite books.


The organizers have arranged for TV celebrity Stephen Chan Chi-wan and canto-pop singer Leo Koo to talk to the students about their life experiences.  The MGuru also has a series of interesting games for the students, like Sudoku and a quiz.


The SHKP Book Club was set up in 2005.  It organizes diverse reading-related activities, such as helping young writers publish books for last year's book fair, distributing a free literary magazine and staging four book review competitions to date.  It has also staged seminars on reading with noted speakers including Chinese scholar Professor Yu Dan, cultural commentator Leung Man-tao, Ivan Choy and Lau Sai-leung.


St James' Settlement was founded 58 years ago, as a non-profitable organization offering diversified social services to help people live in peace and social harmony.  Clients include children, teenagers, families, homeless people, the mentally handicapped and seniors.


The Trade Development Council was set up in 1966 to promote Hong Kong.  It has over 40 offices worldwide, eleven of which are in mainland China.  It organizes regular trade fairs and business delegations to help companies explore trade opportunities in Hong Kong and China.  It also provides the latest trade information through trade magazines, research reports and online.  Visit www.hktdc.com for more information.


MGuru is a creative publisher, specialized in Chinese culture, philosophy, language education, animals and parenting.

SHKP Book Club's initiative to take underprivileged children to book fair

23 Jul 2008







Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) is working with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), St James' Settlement and MGuru to take 700 children from low-income families to the annual Hong Kong from July 23 to 25.  Each of the youngsters will be given HK$200 in coupons to buy books.


The first visits took place today (July 23).  SHKP Executive Director Michael Wong, HKTDC Assistant Executive Director Raymond Yip, St James' Settlement Chief Executive Officer Michael KC Lai and Mguru's Representative Carmen Kwong joined 300 underprivileged children and volunteers as the programme kicked off.


Mr Wong said: "We set up the SHKP Book Club to help cultivate a reading culture in Hong Kong.  We believe that children are our future and that they should start to develop the habit of reading at an early age.  We hope these visits will get the children interested in reading if they aren't already, and that the lucky ones who get to buy books will share them with their classmates at school."


Mr Yip said: "The Trade Development Council believes that the book fair is a significant event for Hong Kong and everyone should try and visit.  Last year our staff raised a small amount of money to sponsor dozens of children to visit the book fair under an arrangement with St James' Settlement.  It's most gratifying to see the children leaving with smiles on their faces and their hands full of their favourite books.  With SHKP's generosity, we can extend the programme to benefit 700 children this year."


Mr Lai said: "Parents usually try to arrange for their children to take part in different summer activities, but low-income families may not be able to afford the luxury of summer activities for their children, many already having difficulty making ends as it is without spending extra dollars on a visit like this."


Ms. Kwong said: "I am very happy to be able to take part in this meaningful programme.  The message is clear – knowledge is opportunity.  We hope the underprivileged children will take the opportunity to learn through reading for a better future."


The programme will benefit 700 students from Tung Chung, Tin Shi Wai, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon City, Tuen Mun and Kwai Chung aged nine to 12 in grades primary four to six.  They will visit the book fair in groups over the three days, with free lunch and transportation to and from their schools.  Each student will be given HK$200 in coupons to buy books.  SHKP and St James' Settlement will also have volunteers at the fair to help the students find their favourite books.


The organizers have arranged for TV celebrity Stephen Chan Chi-wan and canto-pop singer Leo Koo to talk to the students about their life experiences.  The MGuru also has a series of interesting games for the students, like Sudoku and a quiz.


The SHKP Book Club was set up in 2005.  It organizes diverse reading-related activities, such as helping young writers publish books for last year's book fair, distributing a free literary magazine and staging four book review competitions to date.  It has also staged seminars on reading with noted speakers including Chinese scholar Professor Yu Dan, cultural commentator Leung Man-tao, Ivan Choy and Lau Sai-leung.


St James' Settlement was founded 58 years ago, as a non-profitable organization offering diversified social services to help people live in peace and social harmony.  Clients include children, teenagers, families, homeless people, the mentally handicapped and seniors.


The Trade Development Council was set up in 1966 to promote Hong Kong.  It has over 40 offices worldwide, eleven of which are in mainland China.  It organizes regular trade fairs and business delegations to help companies explore trade opportunities in Hong Kong and China.  It also provides the latest trade information through trade magazines, research reports and online.  Visit www.hktdc.com for more information.


MGuru is a creative publisher, specialized in Chinese culture, philosophy, language education, animals and parenting.