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SHKP hosts seventh Poon Choi lunches for 1,700 seniors from Tai Po and Southern District to welcome the Year of the Rooster 

2017-03-06

SHKP Executive Director and Deputy Managing Director Mike Wong (standing front, fifth from right) and Secretary for Labour and Welfare Stephen Sui (standing front, fifth from left) wishing seniors luck and happiness in the year ahead
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SHKP Executive Director and Deputy Managing Director Mike Wong (standing front, fifth from right) and Secretary for Labour and Welfare Stephen Sui (standing front, fifth from left) wishing seniors luck and happiness in the year ahead

Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) hosted Poon Choi lunches to welcome the Year of the Rooster on consecutive Sundays (26 February and 5 March) at Noah’s Ark for some 1,700 seniors living in Tai Po and Southern District.  Guests included Secretary for Labour and Welfare Stephen Sui and Director of Social Welfare Carol Yip, along with SHKP’s Executive Director and Deputy Managing Director Mike Wong and Executive Director Eric Tung.  This was the seventh year SHKP held Poon Choi lunches in the Building Homes with Heart spirit.

Seniors take home special gifts

There was excited chatter with the feast and seniors playing music, dancing, doing tai chi and more in an energetic show, and the diners took home goodie bags at the end.  Mr Wong and Mr Tung gave lai see to the six eldest guests in their 90s, who in turn thanked SHKP for caring.  Fung Ngan-yuk from Tai Po is 95 but still does volunteer work and keeps her mind sharp with computer games.  She said she was happy to join the lunch with her friends and appreciated SHKP’s consideration for the elderly.

Mr Wong and Mr Tung spoke of SHKP’s commitment to using its resources and expertise to help the community as Hong Kong is its home.  They said its Building Homes with Heart Caring Initiative repairs and renovates seniors’ homes and runs volunteer programmes to visit less-fortunate families and the elderly around the city at festivals to spread cheer.  The SHKP Volunteer Team presented more than 7,000 goodie bags to seniors this lunar new year along with social service agencies to show concern.

Mr Sui said the government would keep improving elderly care in line with the policy of promoting a ‘sense of belonging, sense of security and sense of worthiness’ with initiatives including the $2 transport fare concession and an Elder Academy encouraging them to travel more and engage in lifelong learning.  He added that the government provides quality, efficient long-term care to seniors in need with a priority on home over institutional care. Ms Yip offered a special thank you to the 100-plus SHKP volunteers who helped foster inter-generational harmony by being involved.  She said that concerted efforts by social agencies, business and individuals were as important as government investments in facilities and service to help seniors live quality lives.

SHKP has given Poon Choi lunches for seniors from Sham Shui Po, Kowloon City, Kwai Tsing, Wong Tai Sin, Tuen Mun, Yuen Long, Wan Chai, Sha Tin and other areas as part of its Building Homes with Heart Caring Initiative since 2011.  The celebration events and home visits organized with various social service agencies have benefited more than 40,000 people over the years.

Noah’s Ark that hosts the lunches was the world’s first theme park with a full-scale replica of the vessel in the ancient story.  The park is on tranquil Ma Wan Island and has sweeping views of the Tsing Ma Bridge and Rambler Channel away from the bustle of the city.  Attractions include an Ark Garden, Ark Expo, Treasure House, Ark Life Education House and a new Solar Tower.  The combination of play, education and conservation promotes love, harmony and positive values in the community, and offers a new experience for international visitors.

Senior performers win big applause
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Senior performers win big applause

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