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The stall of the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong (BPA) in the Sha Tin Chinese New Year Fair was officially opened today (February 5) by a team of BPA leaders in the presence of senior government officials.
Officiating at the opening ceremony were BPA members in the Legislative Council Mr Andrew Leung, Mr Jeffrey Lam, Dr Lo Wai-kwok, Dr Priscilla Leung, together with guests of honour Mr Raymond Tam, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, and Ms Florence Hui, Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs.
The stall exuded a joyful festive atmosphere. Mr Tam and the BPA team joined the mentally disabled in the production of Chinese New Year handicraft, whereas Ms Hui prepared lucky messages in traditional Chinese calligraphy for free distribution to the public.
Chairman Mr Andrew Leung said the stall in Sha Tin underscored BPA’s determination to reach out for the public and share fun with the local community. “Our alliance has come into being for more than three months now. To raise our public profile, we endeavour to strengthen our community work and cover all livelihood issues. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Hong Kong people a happy and healthy Chinese New Year,” he added.
“Sha Tin is a popular neighbourhood for middle-class families. Yet it has also seen the problem of an ageing population in certain housing estates. The BPA will provide a wide range of services to the local community accordingly. We will try hard to accumulate experience and enhance our service standard,” Vice Chairman Mr Jeffrey Lam said.
Noting that the Sha Tin stall was a project of collaboration with the disabled, Mr Lam said that it was built on the success of similar community events earlier, including the sale of food with big discounts and free distribution of warm clothes to the elderly.
The project marked a close partnership between the able-bodied and the disabled. With the BPA helping with community liaison and providing business advice, the dynamic team takes up the day-to-day operation of the stall, ranging from stocking, marketing to sale.
For Dr Lo Wai-kwok, Vice Chairman of the Alliance, the Sha Tin project was particularly meaningful, as it brought back the fond memories when he was a member of the Sha Tin District Council. On behalf of the Alliance, he extended gratitude to the honourable guests, volunteers and participants for their help and support to the project.
BPA stall in Sha Tin Chinese New Year Fair
Duration：February 5 to February 9, 2013
Venue：Yuen Wo Road Fair, Stall No.19
February 5 to February 8 : 12 noon to 10 pm
February 9 : 12 noon to Midnight