Fund-raising for the youth

City talk | Siu Sai-wo 18 Apr 2019

Youth Outreach staged its annual Dancical performance over the weekend, with new elements injected into the show under the theme Save the Moment: Don't be Afraid - a nod to last year's title.

Kent Wong Siu-kee, managing director of title sponsor Chow Tai Fook Jewellery, said the show will go around schools too with a one-hour condensed edition.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor stayed after officiating at the opening ceremony to watch the entire performance.

She was already working with Youth Outreach in early 2000 as director of social services, and she approves heartily of the organization's approach in ways to reach out to at-risk young people. And it was with Lam's backing that the purpose-built multistory center in Sai Wan Ho from where the organization now operates was given a green light by the administration.

Given the land shortage in the territory, a social service body that has its own center must be the envy of many of its counterparts. But the premises has been in use for over 10 years now and needs renovation, and a fund-raising exercise for this purpose is being planned.

Youth Outreach president Au King-chi noted that the center runs activities round the clock and also serves as crisis residence for youth who are at risk. But usage has been heavy, and many facilities are worn down.

However, authorities have always supported special services such as crisis residences, Au said.

Youth Outreach hopes that a renovation, which is planned to incorporate designs that optimize space, will get new support from government officials as well as financial backing from the overall community.

In her speech, Lam pointed out with a smile that many of the supporting organizations have financial clout. Was there a message that she wanted to convey with that remark?

Siu Sai-wo is publisher of Sing Tao Daily

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