SHKP Reading Club Read to Dream exposes 1,600 students to the joy of reading
Book Fair visit, book subsidies and celebrity talks on pursuing dreams


22 Jul 2016


The annual Hong Kong Book Fair creates a lively culture of reading in the city and Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited’s SHKP Reading Club built on the event to expose people to the fun of reading.  In addition to the ninth Read to Dream programme and an Exploring the World of Creativity series of talks, the Club is running a booth at the fair and has celebrity guests spreading the joy of reading to unprivileged students.

Read to Dream is one of the SHKP Reading Club’s signature events with St. James’ Settlement (SJS) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).  The programme took over 1,600 underprivileged students to the Book Fair for the ninth year running and gave each one HK$250 to buy books of their choice.  There were celebrity talks and creative workshop during the fair to spread creativity and the fun of reading to students.  

Read to Dream opening with martial arts novelist Zheng Feng talking of creation and dreams

Read to Dream opened with an event attended by SHKP Executive Director Allen Fung, HKTDC Director of Exhibitions Market Development Johnny Wan, SJS Deputy Executive Officer Josephine Lee and contemporary Chinese martial arts novelist Zheng Feng.  Mr Fung encouraged students to share their thoughts about reading with family and friends to exchange ideas and learn.  Ms Zheng spoke about her creative journey and said she hoped students would expand their knowledge and follow their dreams and passion.  She also recommended Chinese Children’s Tales and other good books to the students.

Celebrities and athletes discuss reading and sportsmanship

One Read to Dream seminar had SHKP Executive Director Eric Tung, Bauhaus International (Holdings) founder George Wong and Hong Kong’s former world champion cyclist Marco Kwok telling personal stories about reading and sportsmanship to senior primary and junior secondary school students.  Mr Tung said that perseverance and teamwork could be applied to daily life and work.  He recommended The White Tiger by Indian author Aravind Adiga and encouraged students to broaden their minds and horizons through reading to help personal growth.  The other guests were cycling enthusiasts and they all said that sports promotes physical fitness and develops endurance in the face of challenge.

Young Writer led students’s creativity workshop

The 2016 Read to Dream programme had second Young Writers’ Debut Competition winner Rainbow Leung hosting a creative workshop.  She demonstrated drawing techniques and led students creating their own work in groups.  The SHKP Reading Club also had a booth promoting happy reading (Hall 1, 1A-B07) at the book fair decorated with illustrations by Apple Tong, ADA Angel from the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADA), plus origami piggy banks in four styles on sale for charity.  Three of the styles featured art by artists with disability, and the other was blank so people could unleash their creativity.  All proceeds went to ADA.

About the SHKP Reading Club

Sun Hung Kai Properties believes in Building Homes with Heart and has been promoting reading and holistic development over the years.  The SHKP Reading Club was set up in 2013 to consolidate its reading-related initiatives and everyone is welcome to join for free.  The Club organizes cultural events like seminars with leading speakers and guided cultural tours to inspire more people to enjoy reading and make it a habit.  Anyone interested can join at www.shkpreadingclub.com.

About St James’ Settlement

St James’ Settlement is a multi-social service agency established over 60 years ago.  It provides comprehensive services to meet the community’s diverse needs and promotes self-reliance for an integrated, harmonious society.  Its target groups include children, teenagers, families, homeless people, mentally challenged people and the elderly.

About the Hong Kong Trade Development Council

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council is a statutory body established in 1966 as the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers.  It has more than 40 global offices including 11 on the mainland and promotes Hong Kong as a place to do business with China and throughout Asia.  The Council also organizes trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and on the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online.
2016 Read to Dream opening with SHKP Executive Director Allen Fung (middle), Trade Development Council Director of Exhibitions Market Development Johnny Wan (second left), St. James’ Settlement Deputy Executive Officer Josephine Lee (second right) and martial arts novelist Zheng Feng (first right) on the first day of the book fair
SHKP Executive Director Eric Tung (second right), Bauhaus International (Holdings) founder George Wong (second left) and ex Hong Kong cyclist Marco Kwok (first right) talking about reading and sportsmanship
SHKP Reading Club Read to Dream exposes 1,600 students to the joy of reading
Book Fair visit, book subsidies and celebrity talks on pursuing dreams


22 Jul 2016



2016 Read to Dream opening with SHKP Executive Director Allen Fung (middle), Trade Development Council Director of Exhibitions Market Development Johnny Wan (second left), St. James’ Settlement Deputy Executive Officer Josephine Lee (second right) and martial arts novelist Zheng Feng (first right) on the first day of the book fair

SHKP Executive Director Eric Tung (second right), Bauhaus International (Holdings) founder George Wong (second left) and ex Hong Kong cyclist Marco Kwok (first right) talking about reading and sportsmanship

The annual Hong Kong Book Fair creates a lively culture of reading in the city and Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited’s SHKP Reading Club built on the event to expose people to the fun of reading.  In addition to the ninth Read to Dream programme and an Exploring the World of Creativity series of talks, the Club is running a booth at the fair and has celebrity guests spreading the joy of reading to unprivileged students.

Read to Dream is one of the SHKP Reading Club’s signature events with St. James’ Settlement (SJS) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).  The programme took over 1,600 underprivileged students to the Book Fair for the ninth year running and gave each one HK$250 to buy books of their choice.  There were celebrity talks and creative workshop during the fair to spread creativity and the fun of reading to students.  

Read to Dream opening with martial arts novelist Zheng Feng talking of creation and dreams

Read to Dream opened with an event attended by SHKP Executive Director Allen Fung, HKTDC Director of Exhibitions Market Development Johnny Wan, SJS Deputy Executive Officer Josephine Lee and contemporary Chinese martial arts novelist Zheng Feng.  Mr Fung encouraged students to share their thoughts about reading with family and friends to exchange ideas and learn.  Ms Zheng spoke about her creative journey and said she hoped students would expand their knowledge and follow their dreams and passion.  She also recommended Chinese Children’s Tales and other good books to the students.

Celebrities and athletes discuss reading and sportsmanship

One Read to Dream seminar had SHKP Executive Director Eric Tung, Bauhaus International (Holdings) founder George Wong and Hong Kong’s former world champion cyclist Marco Kwok telling personal stories about reading and sportsmanship to senior primary and junior secondary school students.  Mr Tung said that perseverance and teamwork could be applied to daily life and work.  He recommended The White Tiger by Indian author Aravind Adiga and encouraged students to broaden their minds and horizons through reading to help personal growth.  The other guests were cycling enthusiasts and they all said that sports promotes physical fitness and develops endurance in the face of challenge.

Young Writer led students’s creativity workshop

The 2016 Read to Dream programme had second Young Writers’ Debut Competition winner Rainbow Leung hosting a creative workshop.  She demonstrated drawing techniques and led students creating their own work in groups.  The SHKP Reading Club also had a booth promoting happy reading (Hall 1, 1A-B07) at the book fair decorated with illustrations by Apple Tong, ADA Angel from the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADA), plus origami piggy banks in four styles on sale for charity.  Three of the styles featured art by artists with disability, and the other was blank so people could unleash their creativity.  All proceeds went to ADA.

About the SHKP Reading Club

Sun Hung Kai Properties believes in Building Homes with Heart and has been promoting reading and holistic development over the years.  The SHKP Reading Club was set up in 2013 to consolidate its reading-related initiatives and everyone is welcome to join for free.  The Club organizes cultural events like seminars with leading speakers and guided cultural tours to inspire more people to enjoy reading and make it a habit.  Anyone interested can join at www.shkpreadingclub.com.

About St James’ Settlement

St James’ Settlement is a multi-social service agency established over 60 years ago.  It provides comprehensive services to meet the community’s diverse needs and promotes self-reliance for an integrated, harmonious society.  Its target groups include children, teenagers, families, homeless people, mentally challenged people and the elderly.

About the Hong Kong Trade Development Council

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council is a statutory body established in 1966 as the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers.  It has more than 40 global offices including 11 on the mainland and promotes Hong Kong as a place to do business with China and throughout Asia.  The Council also organizes trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and on the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online.