Christian Action CNY Carnival and Open Day 2017
Opening Doors for Cross-District Partnerships in Community Welfare


To welcome the best wishes for social welfare in this joyous Year of the Rooster, Christian Action (CA) held CNY Carnival and Open Day 2017 today (Saturday, 25 February 2017).

Hosted at the New Horizons Building, CA’s headquarters and main service centre in Kowloon Bay since 1980s, the aim of this carnival is not only to allow residents and individuals from the neighbourhood to learn about the services offered, but also to open doors for future potential collaborations in community welfare projects with the government, district councillors and other social welfare organisations.

With over 30 free activities on offer, the event aims to showcase the multi-faceted services that CA has been providing for the most disadvantaged and marginalised over the past three decades. Mrs. Cheung-Ang Siew Mei, CA’s Executive Director, says: “In the past 30 years, CA has worked tirelessly in order to achieve what we have today. With today’s event, we hope to share about our work and mission throughout these years.” Activities and takeaway for guests at the event include free coffee, family-friendly workshops, body check and Chinese medical consultation, rock climbing, Henna and cultural experience, childcare services, electric car rides, upcycling workshop, and many more.

Beginning with serving Vietnamese refugees, the New Horizons Building has been the base for CA to establish and develop its services, first for the community in Kwun Tong then expanding its work for different districts according to community needs. Since 2014 it has been made known to CA that the government intends to include the site in the redevelopment plan for Kowloon East. Consequently the New Horizons Building will be demolished, and CA will need to move by 2019.

Concerning the issue, Mrs. Cheung added: “As some of you may know, the New Horizons Building is included in government’s rezoning plan and is facing a potential demolition. I am grateful for many who are in support of our stay. In the next year, we will continue to face this issue positively, to appeal to retain New Horizons Building, so that we can continue to serve the community.”

CA had the pleasure to have invited over 25 guests of honour from government and welfare organisations across Kwun Tong, Wong Tai Sin, and Kowloon City to give their greetings to the audiences and residents from the nearby area. Guests include Legislative Councillors Hon. Wu Chi-wai, Hon. Jeremy Tam Man-ho and Hon. Paul Tse Wai-chun; Ms. Eiphie Chan Pik-ki, Assistant District Officer, Home Affairs Department (Kwun Tong District Office); Mr. Kin Hung Kam-In and Mr. Cho Wui-hung, Vice-chairmen of the Kwun Tong and Kowloon City District Councils, respectively; and representatives from Home Affairs Department, Social Welfare Department and district councilors across these three districts.

Photos & captions:

CNYCarnivalOpenDay 1 Christian Action Executive Director Mrs. Cheung-Ang Siew Mei, JP, and guests welcome the best wishes for social welfare in a ceremony at Christian Action CNY Carnival and Open Day 2017. Guests include Legislative Councillors Hon. Jeremy Tam Man-ho and Hon. Paul Tse Wai-chun, Ms. Eiphie Chan Pik-ki, Assistant District Officer of Home Affairs Department (Kwun Tong District Office), representatives from Home Affairs Department and Social Welfare Department, along with district councilors from Kwun Tong, Wong Tai Sin, and Kowloon City districts.
CNYCarnivalOpenDay 2 Guests toured around the New Horizons Building, Christian Action’s headquarters and main service centre, to further understand the organisation’s social services for disadvantaged communities, including after-school children care for low-income families.
CNYCarnivalOpenDay 3 District Councillors representing various districts had a taste of desserts made by students from Christian Action’s dessert-making course offered at New Horizons Building.
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