'A Letter to My Family' SHKP Book Review Competition Concluded with Success
Telling Touching Anecdotes of Hong Kong with Over 8,000 Submissions


27 Aug 2014


Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) has been dedicating their efforts in promoting reading and holistic development for years and has hosted different kinds of cultural event through the SHKP Reading Club ("The Club"). As one of the key programmes of The Club, the 'A Letter to My Family' SHKP Book Review Competition is meant to promote reading and creativity, as well as encouraging communication and care. The 2nd Competition concluded today (27 August) with an award presentation ceremony. The event was joined by SHKP Deputy Managing Director Victor Lui and judges include Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Head of Records and Heritage Office Stella Si, Vice Chairwoman of The Federation of Hong Kong Writers Chou Mat-mat, University of Hong Kong Head of the School of Chinese CM Si, Lingnan University Associate Vice President (Academic Affairs) and Registrar Chan Ching-kiu, and Former Director of Welfare and Secretary for Health and Welfare Elizabeth Wong Chien Chi-lien.

“Quite a number of this year’s winning pieces were letters written by children to their parents. They are particularly touching as they revealed the genuine sentiments of the authors,” said SHKP Deputy Managing Director Victor Lui. “This year’s survey on SHKP Reading Index indicated a positive correlation between the reading interests of parents and their children. Hence family reading would effectively raise the reading interests of children and improve family relationships. SHKP Reading Club has been promoting the development of reading habits and encouraging the public to share their reading experiences since its establishment. The ‘A Letter to My Family’ competition is exceptionally meaningful as it provides participants with a valuable reading and writing experience, encourages self-improvement, promotes sharing and communication and strengthens family relations.” And Mr Lui presented Pui Pui with the“Love from Far Away”special prize. Pui Pui received unanimous commendation from the judges with her touching story on how the book Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window (《窗邊的小豆豆》) gave her new motivation and power to face challenges as a mother and her reflection on the true meaning of parenting and education.

For Chinese category, the champion of Junior Division Wai Nga Man Chris felt that the superhuman main character in the book My Mom is an Alien (《我阿媽係外星人》) has a strong resemblance to her mother thus expressed her gratitude to her meticulous love and care through a letter. The book Mu Song (《目送》) inspired Ng Sze Ki, the champion of Intermediate Division to envision the ageing years of her mother and prompted her to further value and cherish her. The book Dear Andreas (《親愛的安德烈》) reminds Open Division champion Leung Siu Chun to express her genuine love for her son in her daily life. At the end of her letter, she left a copy of Dear Andreas in her son’s luggage, revealing her wholeheartedness and innocence.

For English category, the book Nobody knows touched the heart of Eson Ng, the champion of Junior Division with the story of a single mother abandoning her child for love. It provided him with a deeper understanding of the difficulties and pressure faced by single mothers and prompted him to express his heartfelt gratitude and affection for his mother’s support in his letter. Kwok Tsz Ching, the champion of Intermediate Division relates herself to the leading character of My Sister’s Keeper as both of them suffered from long-term illness but were fortunate to have the loving care of their mothers. In her letter, Tsz Ching praised her mother as the “heart mender” and showed deep appreciation for her hard work. In The Book Thief, the foster father of Liesel reminds Wong Yi Ho, the champion of Open Division of his own father since they both believe that “Knowledge shall guide our future like a burning flame.” His letter was a token of thanks for his father’s inspiration and support.

Each division of the ‘A Letter to My Family’ SHKP Book Review Competition covers both Chinese and English category whereby Champion, First runner-up and Second runner-up are awarded. Over 8,000 submissions were received. The winning letters were mostly addressed to mothers, followed by fathers and grandparents; and there were also letters that by parents to their children. Many contestants selected books of their own choices for competition, such as My Mom is an Alien, Dear Andreas, Thanks for Your Love (《謝謝你,愛過我》), Nobody Knows, and My Sister’s Keeper. These books provide room for inspiration and creativity from different perspectives, enabling the contestants to narrate their personal family stories and experiences.

For details of the competition, please visit the Facebook Page of ‘A Letter to Family’ SHKP Book Review Competition:
www.facebook.com/shkpbookreviewcompetition.
'A Letter to My Family' SHKP Book Review Competition Concluded with Success
Telling Touching Anecdotes of Hong Kong with Over 8,000 Submissions


27 Aug 2014







Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) has been dedicating their efforts in promoting reading and holistic development for years and has hosted different kinds of cultural event through the SHKP Reading Club ("The Club"). As one of the key programmes of The Club, the 'A Letter to My Family' SHKP Book Review Competition is meant to promote reading and creativity, as well as encouraging communication and care. The 2nd Competition concluded today (27 August) with an award presentation ceremony. The event was joined by SHKP Deputy Managing Director Victor Lui and judges include Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Head of Records and Heritage Office Stella Si, Vice Chairwoman of The Federation of Hong Kong Writers Chou Mat-mat, University of Hong Kong Head of the School of Chinese CM Si, Lingnan University Associate Vice President (Academic Affairs) and Registrar Chan Ching-kiu, and Former Director of Welfare and Secretary for Health and Welfare Elizabeth Wong Chien Chi-lien.

“Quite a number of this year’s winning pieces were letters written by children to their parents. They are particularly touching as they revealed the genuine sentiments of the authors,” said SHKP Deputy Managing Director Victor Lui. “This year’s survey on SHKP Reading Index indicated a positive correlation between the reading interests of parents and their children. Hence family reading would effectively raise the reading interests of children and improve family relationships. SHKP Reading Club has been promoting the development of reading habits and encouraging the public to share their reading experiences since its establishment. The ‘A Letter to My Family’ competition is exceptionally meaningful as it provides participants with a valuable reading and writing experience, encourages self-improvement, promotes sharing and communication and strengthens family relations.” And Mr Lui presented Pui Pui with the“Love from Far Away”special prize. Pui Pui received unanimous commendation from the judges with her touching story on how the book Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window (《窗邊的小豆豆》) gave her new motivation and power to face challenges as a mother and her reflection on the true meaning of parenting and education.

For Chinese category, the champion of Junior Division Wai Nga Man Chris felt that the superhuman main character in the book My Mom is an Alien (《我阿媽係外星人》) has a strong resemblance to her mother thus expressed her gratitude to her meticulous love and care through a letter. The book Mu Song (《目送》) inspired Ng Sze Ki, the champion of Intermediate Division to envision the ageing years of her mother and prompted her to further value and cherish her. The book Dear Andreas (《親愛的安德烈》) reminds Open Division champion Leung Siu Chun to express her genuine love for her son in her daily life. At the end of her letter, she left a copy of Dear Andreas in her son’s luggage, revealing her wholeheartedness and innocence.

For English category, the book Nobody knows touched the heart of Eson Ng, the champion of Junior Division with the story of a single mother abandoning her child for love. It provided him with a deeper understanding of the difficulties and pressure faced by single mothers and prompted him to express his heartfelt gratitude and affection for his mother’s support in his letter. Kwok Tsz Ching, the champion of Intermediate Division relates herself to the leading character of My Sister’s Keeper as both of them suffered from long-term illness but were fortunate to have the loving care of their mothers. In her letter, Tsz Ching praised her mother as the “heart mender” and showed deep appreciation for her hard work. In The Book Thief, the foster father of Liesel reminds Wong Yi Ho, the champion of Open Division of his own father since they both believe that “Knowledge shall guide our future like a burning flame.” His letter was a token of thanks for his father’s inspiration and support.

Each division of the ‘A Letter to My Family’ SHKP Book Review Competition covers both Chinese and English category whereby Champion, First runner-up and Second runner-up are awarded. Over 8,000 submissions were received. The winning letters were mostly addressed to mothers, followed by fathers and grandparents; and there were also letters that by parents to their children. Many contestants selected books of their own choices for competition, such as My Mom is an Alien, Dear Andreas, Thanks for Your Love (《謝謝你,愛過我》), Nobody Knows, and My Sister’s Keeper. These books provide room for inspiration and creativity from different perspectives, enabling the contestants to narrate their personal family stories and experiences.

For details of the competition, please visit the Facebook Page of ‘A Letter to Family’ SHKP Book Review Competition:
www.facebook.com/shkpbookreviewcompetition.