Dr Raymond Kwok's speech at the SHKP Book Club book review competition prize presentation ceremony

24 Apr 2006


Distinguished judges, ladies and gentlemen and friends from the media, I am pleased to welcome you to the SHKP Book Club prize presentation today.


Sun Hung Kai Properties established the SHKP Book Club last year to encourage reading in Hong Kong and broaden people's horizons. Today I am delighted to share with you some of the remarkable successes the Book Club has achieved since last April. These include book review competitions, a good books poll, seminars and gatherings with authors talking about their views on reading, shows and a book fair. The Club has also been encouraging parents to foster a reading habit in their children at a young age. We are very pleased by the good response to our activities, including the steadfast support of the Education and Manpower Bureau.


We will announce the results of our second book review competition today. We were impressed by the sharp increases in both the number of entries and the number of schools taking part. There were over 9,400 entries, which is more than triple the number in the previous last round, and entries came from more than 600 schools. The entrants ranged in age from 6 to 67 and the reviews were of much higher quality than in the previous round. All tolled, we have given out more than 2,000 book coupons as prizes in the two competitions. Some of the better reviews are posted on our Internet site in recognition of the authors' efforts.


Our third book review competition is about to begin. The previous two competitions were on the themes positive living and family, and this time we have chosen embracing your dreams as the theme. We have selected ten exceptional books for this competition, and we hope they will encourage people to pursue their goals with passion.


I would like to thank all the judges for taking time from their busy schedules to evaluate the entries and offer invaluable guidance, as well as the publishers and bookstores that provided assistance. I would also like to thank all the entrants and schools for their participation. I hope that the SHKP Book Club will continue to enjoy the support of a broad cross section of society as it continues its efforts to promote reading for knowledge and a richer life.


Thank you!

Dr Raymond Kwok's speech at the SHKP Book Club book review competition prize presentation ceremony

24 Apr 2006





Distinguished judges, ladies and gentlemen and friends from the media, I am pleased to welcome you to the SHKP Book Club prize presentation today.


Sun Hung Kai Properties established the SHKP Book Club last year to encourage reading in Hong Kong and broaden people's horizons. Today I am delighted to share with you some of the remarkable successes the Book Club has achieved since last April. These include book review competitions, a good books poll, seminars and gatherings with authors talking about their views on reading, shows and a book fair. The Club has also been encouraging parents to foster a reading habit in their children at a young age. We are very pleased by the good response to our activities, including the steadfast support of the Education and Manpower Bureau.


We will announce the results of our second book review competition today. We were impressed by the sharp increases in both the number of entries and the number of schools taking part. There were over 9,400 entries, which is more than triple the number in the previous last round, and entries came from more than 600 schools. The entrants ranged in age from 6 to 67 and the reviews were of much higher quality than in the previous round. All tolled, we have given out more than 2,000 book coupons as prizes in the two competitions. Some of the better reviews are posted on our Internet site in recognition of the authors' efforts.


Our third book review competition is about to begin. The previous two competitions were on the themes positive living and family, and this time we have chosen embracing your dreams as the theme. We have selected ten exceptional books for this competition, and we hope they will encourage people to pursue their goals with passion.


I would like to thank all the judges for taking time from their busy schedules to evaluate the entries and offer invaluable guidance, as well as the publishers and bookstores that provided assistance. I would also like to thank all the entrants and schools for their participation. I hope that the SHKP Book Club will continue to enjoy the support of a broad cross section of society as it continues its efforts to promote reading for knowledge and a richer life.


Thank you!