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CSD to hold 63rd Autumn Fair this Saturday

     The Correctional Services Department (CSD) Sports Association will hold its 63rd Autumn Fair at the football field adjacent to Stanley Prison at 11am this Saturday (November 7).

     A group of elderly persons from an elderly service unit of the Po Leung Kuk has been invited to the fair, where they will make waffles with young persons in custody at the Love Café, a themed eatery for vocational training specially set up for the event. The elderly persons will also meet four CSD puppies and their handlers at the same venue. The activity will demonstrate the love and care between the two generations and caring for animals, as well as show support for rehabilitation and charity work.

     The People's Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison will join a CSD public performance for the first time by staging a drill involving more than 20 male guards of honour.

     The theme of this year's fair is "Autumn Extravaganza with Love and Care". At the Love Café, nine young persons in custody from Cape Collinson Correctional Institution (CCCI) and Lai King Correctional Institution (LKCI) will put into practice the knowledge they have gained from vocational training at the institutions. They will attend a workshop with the elderly persons to make Hong Kong-style milk tea, waffles and desserts. The collaboration will show the effort made by the CSD and various sectors of the community in helping rehabilitated offenders to reintegrate into society.

     The spouse of the Group Chairman of Lee Kum Kee Co Ltd, Mrs Lee Choi May-ling, will officiate at the opening ceremony. Miss Hong Kong 2015 will attend and tour the booths to promote charity and rehabilitation work. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Admission is free.

     The 63rd Autumn Fair will reflect the concept of a global village. The designs of the venue and the booths will show special features of different countries and places. The opening ceremony will include a lion dance by the 221st Hong Kong Group of CCCI and pipe accompaniment by the LKCI Marching Band. A Chinese drum performance will be staged by persons in custody from CCCI, and dogs from the CSD Dog Unit will demonstrate skills for visitors.

     There will be sales of products made by persons in custody and performances by a Cadet Corps side drum team, a band and a motorcycling team from the Civil Aid Service and cheerleaders from schools, and there will also be a taekwondo dance display and a juggling team performance.

     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 63rd term.

     The fair will be held at the Football Field next to Stanley Prison (99 Tung Tau Wan Road) from 11am to 5pm on Saturday.

     The venue is accessible by bus routes 6, 6X, 63, 73, 260 and 973 and green minibus routes 40 and 52 to the main entrance of the CSD Staff Training Institute and then walking to the venue.

Ends/Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Issued at HKT 17:10