The Correctional Services Department (CSD)'s annual Autumn Fair will be held in Stanley next Saturday (November 1). The theme of this year's Fair is "Correctional Services bring a Better Society". For the first time, a "Rehabilitation Corner" will be set up featuring information about vocational training provided by CSD and other sectors of the community to help rehabilitated offenders reintegrate into society, as well as food stalls.
Rehabilitation Corner will comprise a Café Collinson, Chef's Noodle, social enterprise booths organised by the Home Affairs Department and a CSD Industries and Vocational Training exhibition.
Café Collinson will be run by Cape Collinson Correctional Institution to demonstrate to the public the achievements of young persons in custody who have undertaken vocational training in catering. Their efforts also underline their determination to turn over a new leaf. Visitors should not miss the opportunity to taste the pineapple buns, cakes and milk tea provided at the café.
Chef's Noodle, the first chain restaurant opened by the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention in Hong Kong, is operated as a social enterprise. Not only does it bring new Korean food culture to Hong Kong, but it also trains young people and rehabilitated offenders as professional chefs and employees for the catering industry. Chef's Noodle will provide Korean-style scramble cake at the Fair.
The Home Affairs Department's booths will showcase information about social enterprises which employ former persons in custody and hand out souvenirs about social enterprise. Social enterprises participating at the Fair include Faithful Professional Auto Services, which employs rehabilitated offenders in motor vehicle repair services. Members of the public can buy car wash sets, car ornaments and metal toy cars for children and teenagers to support social enterprises. The "Greenhome" booth is manned by Yan Oi Tong, with fruit vinegar, instant cereal drinks, soy bean powder and oats on sale.
CSD's Industries and Vocational Training exhibition will introduce the department's developments in vocational training, and display the efforts and achievements of the department's rehabilitation work over the years.
In addition to Rehabilitation Corner, the Fair Organising Committee will organise many innovative and special programmes this year, hoping to create an unforgettable experience for visitors and raise funds for those in need.
In addition, there will be game stalls, sales of products made by persons in custody and a rich entertainment programme including dragon and lion dances, guard dog training demonstrations, a marching band by persons in custody, performances by the Civil Aid Service as well as rope skipping and cheerleading demonstrations by community and education groups.
After deducting costs, the funds raised from sales and donations through various channels at the Fair will go to more than 40 voluntary agencies. The event will also provide opportunities for persons in custody to contribute to the community.
The Autumn Fair, a large-scale and popular public event organised by the CSD's Sports Association since 1953, is now in its 62nd year.
The Fair will be held at the Football Field next to Stanley Prison (99 Tung Tau Wan Road) from 11am to 5pm on November 1. Members of the public are welcome to share the fun and contribute to charity. Admission is free.
The venue is accessible by bus routes 6, 6X, 63, 73, 260 and 973 and green minibus routes 40 and 52.
Ends/Friday, October 24, 2014
Issued at HKT 10:30
The Correctional Services Department (CSD)'s annual Autumn Fair will be held in Stanley next Saturday (November 1). The theme of this year's Fair is "Correctional Services bring a Better Society". For the first time, a "Rehabilitation Corner" will be set up featuring information about the vocational training provided by the CSD and various sectors of the community to help rehabilitated offenders reintegrate into society. Members of the public are welcome and admission is free. There will also be food and game stalls and sales of products made by persons in custody at the Fair. Photo shows some of the products for sale. After deducting costs, the funds raised at the Fair will go to more than 40 voluntary agencies.
The CSD Dog Unit will give a demonstration at the Fair.
Community and education groups will demonstrate cheerleading techniques at the Fair.
Members of the Civil Aid Service will give a motorcycle demonstration.
Poster of CSD's annual Autumn Fair