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In celebration of the Year of the Goat, the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong (BPA) set up stalls, dubbed “A Taste of Creativity and Startup”, at Lunar New Year Fairs at the Fa Hui Park in Sham Shui Po, the Yuen Wo Playground in Sha Tin, and the Kwai Chung Sports Ground in Kwai Tsing. Several of the BPA’s Legislative Councilors, District Councilors and District Development Officers took the opportunity to convey their best wishes for the New Year to the Hong Kong public. To showcase the ‘fruits’ of startups and to encourage young creative talents to set up their own businesses, the BPA stalls invited everyone to ‘taste the fruits’ of fledgling businesses by selling creative festive foods produced by young entrepreneurs.
BPA Vice Chairmen, Mr Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung and Dr Lo Wai Kwok, and BPA Legislative Councilor, Dr Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, were joined by Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, as officiating guests at the Launch Ceremony of the BPA’s New Year Fair stalls at the Fa Hui Park in Sham Shui Po today (February 15). Officiating guests delivered their New Year messages through Fai Chun and then presided over the kick-off ceremony for the lion dance.
Drawing parallels with the change in overcast conditions to sunny skies just before the launch ceremony, Mr Jeffrey Lam wished Hong Kong well in overcoming the challenges of Occupy Movement and constant filibustering in the Legislative Council. He also hoped for a stable society, a thriving economy, improved livelihood and better prospects for our young people.
In his opening speech, Mr Matthew Cheung acknowledged and applauded the BPA’s efforts and contributions. He said BPA members, including those in the Executive, Legislative, and District Councils, as well as leaders in the business and professional sectors have provided core support for effective governance in Hong Kong. Other than wishing everyone the best of health and happiness in the Year of the Goat, he also hoped that Hong Kong would overcome all future difficulties with zest and energy.
As part of the BPA’s longstanding mission to create mobility opportunities for Hong Kong’s young people, it has made available for sale at this year’s Lunar New Year Fair stalls youth-designed creative rock candies and New Year cookies. Mr Jeffrey Lam encouraged the younger generation to create broader opportunities for themselves and to contribute to Hong Kong’s progress by tapping into their individual strengths and capabilities. Dr Lo showed his support by buying 5 boxes of cookies and 5 bottles of rock candies. He also took the opportunity to wish everyone all the best in the New Year and in making their dreams come true.
Dr Priscilla Leung said that it was the first time that the BPA had opened a New Year Fair stall in the Fa Hui Park at Sham Shui Po and hoped that the BPA would bring its motto of “Business drives economy, Professionalism improves livelihood” into the West Kowloon by organising more activities and helping to improve people’s livelihood.
Members attending the launch ceremony included Mr Thomas Cheung Tsun-yung, BPA regional affairs convener; Mr Bruce Li Ki-fung, BPA Sham Shui Po District Council Member; Ms Tam Wai-chun, Kwai Tsing District Council Member; Mr Alan Lee Chi-keung, Kwai Tsing District Council Member; Mr Lo Sou-chour, BPA Tai Po District Council Member; Ms Tong Po-chun, BPA Sha Tin District Council Member; Mr Ricky Sun Wai-kei, BPA District Development Officer; Mr Tony Chau Ping-him, BPA District Development Officer; and Mr Alexander Ip Chi-wai, BPA member.