The launch ceremony of a charity mooncake sale was held today (September 3) to call on people to enjoy delicious charity mooncakes and in the process help inmates continue their studies.
The charity sale is organised by the Correctional Services Department (CSD), sponsored by Hong Kong Canteen and supported by the Phoenix Charitable Foundation, and is being held to raise funds for the Prisoners' Education Trust Fund. The event also aims at calling on the community to care for inmates and support their studies as they have to prepare themselves for re-integration into society.
Hong Kong Canteen has donated 2,000 mooncakes priced at $50 each and all the proceeds will be contributed to the Prisoners' Education Trust Fund. Donors who bought these mooncakes will generously pass them to inmates, rehabilitated offenders and the Oi Kwan Volunteer Group composed of CSD staff and their family members, as well as the Phoenix Charitable Foundation Youth Volunteer Group, for their distribution to homes for the aged, special schools, singleton elderly and new arrivals. Eventually, people from various sectors will benefit from the care given by the community.
Through the donation activities and visits, inmates and rehabilitated offenders will have the chance to contribute to society and express their care for those in need. The community will also learn about the determination of the inmates and rehabilitated offenders to turn over a new leaf and their contributions to society. They will then be able to accept inmates and rehabilitated offenders in society and come together in fostering an inclusive society.
Apart from the presentation of souvenirs to those who had subscribed for a certain amount of mooncakes in the charity sale, the launch ceremony included performances by various artistes and singers, as well as sharing talks by beneficiaries.
Prisoners can apply for financial assistance from the Prisoners' Education Trust Fund for payment of fees for courses offered by external bodies including tertiary education institutions, and to sit for public examinations leading to qualifications.
Officiating at the launch ceremony were the Director General of the Hong Kong Island Sub-office, Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr Wu Yangwei; the Chairman of the Phoenix Charitable Foundation, Dr Lee Yuk-lun; the Director of Hong Kong Canteen, Mr Ng Kwok-wing; and the Commissioner of Correctional Services, Mr Sin Yat-kin.
Ends/Saturday, September 3, 2011
Issued at HKT 14:23
Officiating at the kick-off ceremony for the charity mooncake sale include the Director General of the Hong Kong Island Sub-office, Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr Wu Yangwei (third right); the Chairman of the Phoenix Charitable Foundation, Dr Lee Yuk-lun (second left); the Director of Hong Kong Canteen, Mr Ng Kwok-wing (second right); and the Commissioner of Correctional Services, Mr Sin Yat-kin (third left).