2013-14 Year of Senior
The opening ceremony of “The Year of Senior” organized by the Property Management Department of Henderson Land Group was inaugurated officially by Mr. Matthew CHEUNG Kin-chung, GBS, JP, Secretary for Labour and Welfare in The Mira on 3 June 2013. There were approximately 500 participants, including those from the political, business and academic sectors, social elites, senior management of Henderson Land Development Company Limited and representatives of owners of its housing estates, partners, the elderly from NGOs. Moreover, it was Candy CHEA Shuk-mui, the experienced and famous broadcaster, who initiated the opening ceremony and held the talk. Suen Kwok Lam, the Executive Director of Henderson Land Development Company Limited, expressed his hope of raising public awareness of caring about the elderly by “The Year of Senior”, a continuation of the spirit of “The Year of Care”. This was a conformation to the objective of giving back to the society as stated by Dr. Lee Shau Kee, the Chairman. In addition to making the public aware of providing dependence and giving financial support to the elderly, the level of taking care of the elderly needed to be elevated. There were twofold meanings of the pleasure from helping others. Not only pleasing the elderly through the assistance, but also hoping that they could stay healthy and optimistic. There was a lot to be enjoyed for the one who offered help as well. On the day of the opening ceremony, Henderson Scholarship Scheme was as usual awarded to youngsters who live in its housing estates. Moreover, special donation amounting to $500,000 and wheelchairs were given to Community CareAge Foundation. A sum of $200,000 was also donated to “Project for the Third Age” organized by the Institute of Active Ageing of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. At the end, the joyful choir and dancers of Hong Kong Association of Senior Citizens came to sing and dance joyously, followed by and won a burst of applause.