South China Morning Post Launches Celebrating Hong Kong
HONG KONG -- (Marketwired) -- 05/31/13 -- The South China Morning
Post (HKSE: 0583) announced the launch of "Celebrating Hong Kong" at
a glittering party at Sotheby's Gallery attended last night by Chief
Executive Leung Chun-ying, former Chief Secretary and Acting Governor
Sir David Akers-Jones and many of Hong Kong's leading individuals.
The "Celebrating Hong Kong" movement was initiated by the South China
Morning Post to mark the paper's 110th Anniversary, which takes place
on 6th November this year. It is a shared celebration of the city,
and aims to boost positive energy and constructive dialogue through a
series of editorial features, partnership activities, ambassadorial
support, topical seminars and more.
"South China Morning Post is joining hands with the people of Hong
Kong to raise awareness of and take pride in what's great about our
city and our people," said Robin Hu, Chief Executive Officer of South
China Morning Post. "From our city's culture, heritage and rich
traditions to its pillars of the community, 'Celebrating Hong Kong'
is our way of saying we love and believe in our city."
An important part of the "Celebrating Hong Kong" initiative is the
breadth of support it has garnered from influential individuals and
companies. Committed partners include Lane Crawford, MTR, Ecovision,
DHL, Agnes b, G2000, Sotheby's, Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong,
Jaeger-LeCoultre, Cathay Pacific, Hang Seng Bank, PwC and many more.
Each of the participating partners will implement a programme of
their own to support the Celebrating Hong Kong theme.
Influential individuals who have accepted a role as an Ambassador for
the initiative include Benjamin Hung, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank
Hong Kong, Jay Walder, CEO of MTR, Adrian Cheng, Executive Director
of Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Ltd, Olympic cyclist Sarah Lee-Wai Sze,
Chairman of Ocean Park, Allan Zeman, Pansy Ho Managing Director of
Shun Tak Holdings, Professor Tsui Lap-Chee Vice Chancellor and
President University of Hong Kong and the youngest ambassador, Kenny
Lau, who is an accomplished child artist, aged 7.
The South China Morning Post have an extensive plan of editorial
features scheduled throughout the year, from stories of kindness and
acts of humanity, to feats of engineering and other achievements, and
features on treasured Hong Kong traditions and destinations.
"As Hong Kong's trusted and authoritative English daily, our role in
supporting Celebrating Hong Kong as its leading media voice is a
responsibility we are proud to take on," said SCMP Editor-in-Chief
Wang Xiangwei. "We aim to tell the story of the best of Hong Kong --
past, present and future; from the things we appreciate but take for
granted to the inspiring individuals that have been overlooked. These
things deserve to be recognized and reported on."
Further to the editorial coverage, South China Morning Post will be
launching a series of activities to support Celebrating Hong Kong
from June through to December and beyond, including:
-- Spirit of Hong Kong Awards, scheduled for December
-- Redefining Hong Kong Speaker Series, July to December
-- Celebrating Hong Kong Charity Auction, scheduled for early 2014
"The Spirit of Hong Kong Awards celebrates the individuals and groups
that represent the very best of our city, but who have not had the
attention they deserve. These are those that have set positive
examples through their selfless acts, their hard-working
contributions to society, and their heartwarming stories of
achievement against the odds," said Sir David Akers-Jones, who will
chair an esteemed judging panel for the awards.
The Redefining Hong Kong debate series features seminars and
conferences hosted by South China Morning Post and industry leaders.
The debate series focuses on the opportunities and challenges that
lie ahead for Hong Kong, from its role as a gateway to China, a panel
chaired by Benjamin Hung, Standard Chartered's CEO, to "The
construction of a greener, more livable city," a panel chaired by
Paul Zimmerman, District Councillor. A further debate on "Hong Kong's
Path to 2017" will be chaired by the Hon. Ronald Arculli (former
Legislative Council and Executive Council member and former Chairman
of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd).
The Celebrating Hong Kong Charity Auction, which will be held early
in 2014, will be a culmination of the SCMP's Celebrating Hong Kong
activities. Kevin Ching, CEO of Sotheby's, remarked, "Sotheby's is
proud to support this meaningful auction, which will comprise
inspiring works from international and local artists and designers
around the theme of Celebrating Hong Kong."
Proceeds from the auction will support the Celebrating Hong Kong
charity fund which has selected three highly respected local
charities addressing age and poverty issues: Tung Wah Group of
Hospitals, St James' Settlement and the Society for Community
Robin Hu remarked, "In celebrating Hong Kong we must also recognise
that there are many with much less to celebrate. These people deserve
the kindness and charity of others, and we hope this auction will go
some way to addressing the imbalance."
About SCMP Group Ltd and South China Morning Post
SCMP Group Limited (HKSE: 0583) is a leading newspaper and magazine
publisher in Asia. Its flagship publication, South China Morning
Post, is Hong Kong's internationally recognised English language
newspaper and has the city's most affluent and influential
First published in 1903, the newspaper has developed an enviable
reputation for authoritative, influential and independent reporting
on Hong Kong, China and the rest of Asia. Available in print,
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China Morning Post reaches a global audience with daily breaking
news, analysis and opinion, multimedia articles and interactive
forums. The South China Morning Post received 64 awards in 2012 for
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