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SHKP Reading Club kicks off summer reading activities
Read to Dream taking over 1,000 underprivileged children to Hong Kong Book Fair for eighth year running
Winners of fifth SHKP Young Writers’ Debut Competition to share their stories


The SHKP Reading Club kicked off a series of summer activities to coincide with the 2015 Hong Kong Book Fair that just opened. Features include a booth designed by disabled artist Apple Tong and a seminar with winners of the fifth Young Writers’ Debut Competition. Read to Dream will also be back for the eighth time, sponsoring 1,200 underprivileged children to visit the Book Fair, buy books and attend seminars and creative workshops. These are part of the initiatives by Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) to create a relaxed, happy reading experience for people of different ages and continually encourage the public to enjoy reading.

Read to Dream is organized by the SHKP Reading Club, St. James’ Settlement and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. This is its eighth year of encouraging children to develop an interest in and habit of reading from a young age. In taking 1,200 underprivileged children from different districts to the Book Fair with book allowances this year, the SHKP Reading Club hopes to help enrich their minds and broaden their horizons through reading. The scheme also brings the children to exchange with celebrity guests to better equip them to pursue their dreams.

The notables attending today’s opening ceremony included SHKP Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Patrick K W Chan, St. James’ Settlement Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Luk Ho Kam-wan, Hong Kong Trade Development Council Assistant Executive Director Sophia Chong and Henry and Roger from the boy band The Chung Brothers.

Read to Dream is one of the Club’s flagship events, which enables underprivileged children to take part in Hong Kong Book Fairs and introduces them to happy reading. Books and reading acquaint children to different people and knowledge, broadening their perspectives and allowing them to share and exchange the joy of reading with other people. This in turn is a way to encourage inter-personal communication and harmony.

A Read to Dream celebrity seminar will see 150 primary and secondary students learning from SHKP Executive Director Fung Yuk-lun, Allen, Principal Chan Free Tutorial World founder Chan Hung and elite track and field athlete Fong Yee-pui, who will offer personal experience and insights on how reading can enlighten and teach us to be better people. Another event will have local comic strip artist Chao Yat teaching cartoon drawing to young participants in a creative workshop and demonstration, and also describing the ups and downs of being a cartoonist.

The SHKP Reading Club has put up a booth at the Hong Kong Book Fair (Hall 1,1B-D24) in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre for a second year. There’s a lot going on at the booth designed by disabled artist Apple Tong, including a charity sale in collaboration with the Hans Andersen Club. People are welcome to join the SHKP Reading Club for free and new members signing up at the booth can customize an instant photo card with celebrity quotes about reading, and will have a chance to win two free tickets to screenings of What is MAN?, What is Success? and What is Fantasy? by the Edward Lam Dance Theatre or an autographed copy of Lam’s new book.

The eight winning books of the fifth Young Writers’ Debut Competition will be available at the Hong Kong Book Fair for the first time. While some of the winners will relate their struggles and rewards with writing for the competition in a seminar at the Book Fair. The Competition has assisted 41 young writers in realizing their dream of publishing their first books. The fifth competition was extended from Hong Kong and the mainland to Taiwan and Macau to promote cultural exchange across Greater China.

About the SHKP Reading Club

SHKP set up the SHKP Reading Club in late 2013 to consolidate its reading-related initiatives, and everyone is welcome to join for free. The Club publishes the regular free ReadIt and Read Monthly magazines and 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

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 a socially 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

A statutory body established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 global offices, including 11 on the mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organizes trade fairs and business tours to expose companies to opportunities in Hong Kong and on the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online resources. For more information, please visit:

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