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The Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong (BPA) today (26 January) opened its stall at the Lunar New Year Fair in Victoria Park. The opening ceremony was presided over by BPA Legislative Councilors and government officials. They also presented awards to winners of a Creative Fair Product Design Competition that had been organised earlier. A limited run of the winners’ designs will be sold at the stall and profits from such sales will be allocated towards youth development and creativity programmes.
Apart from the BPA Chairman, Mr Andrew Leung, and BPA co-Vice Chairmen, Mr Jeffrey Lam and Dr Lo Wai-kwok, other officiating guests included Mr Raymond Tam, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs and Mr Lai Tung-kwok, Secretary for Security. The dignitaries were also joined by design winners, student helpers and media representatives, who packed the stall.
In his speech for the opening ceremony, Mr Leung said that “Creativity and Upward Mobility for the Future of Hong Kong” was the BPA’s motto for this year. The Creative Fair Product Design Competition was the first of many events that the BPA had planned.
“The competition is a prime example of the advantages that BPA has to offer by way of its strong industrial and business background. Not only do we encourage youth development and creativity but we also help them realise their dreams by turning their designs into real products,” said Mr Leung.
Students from the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) were invited to participate in the competition, which was held last year. Winners were able to transform their design concepts into actual products for sale at the fair. They also each received a cash prize and an award certificate. In a gesture symbolizing harmony and happiness, Mr Tam, Mr Lai and Mr Leung shared in carrying the winning design, the Linking Horse Cushion, which featured a series of cushions that were connected in a chain during the opening ceremony, which took place after the award presentations.
BPA Legislative Councilors and officiating guests spent a total of $4,500 at the stall as a strong show of support for the young designers. Mr Tam was especially pleased with the Macaron-shaped Cushion to which he gave a ‘thumbs up’ approval. Mr Lai exhorted winners to work harder “on becoming Hong Kong’s next top local brand designers”.
Mr Jeffrey Lam, BPA Vice Chairman, thanked the Vocational Training Council, as well as Mr Douglas Young, prominent local designer and founder of G.O.D, respectively for organising and judging the competition. Dr Lo Wai-kwok, co-Vice Chairman, praised the students for their thoughtful designs. “As symbolized by the award-winning design, the Linking Horse Cushion, the BPA will join hands with the business community and young people in the New Year to work together for the betterment of Hong Kong,” he said.
The BPA will continue to serve the community wholeheartedly and assist young people in realising their potential in the Year of the Horse.
(Please click on the following link for more pictures: https://en.bpahk.org/?p=1091 )