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Hong Kong’s Largest Eco-tour Chinachem Walkathon 2013 5,000 Members of Public Explore History and Nature at Tai Tam Country Park First-ever Wheelchair Route to Promote Spirit of Inclusiveness

November 5, 2013 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Chinachem Group’s annual green event and Hong Kong’s largest one-day eco-tour event, was held today at Tai Tam Waterworks Heritage Trail.

The annual event took 5,000 nature-loving participants to explore a wealth of monuments, waterworks facilities and natural habitats in Tai Tam. This year, the Walkathon featured a route specially designed for participants on wheelchair to enjoy the beauty of Tai Tam while promoting the spirit of inclusiveness.

Photo_1In addition, Chinachem Walk 2013 also marked the first collaboration between the Group and the University of Hong Kong’sDepartment of Real Estate and Construction, enabling participants to learn about the discovery of several century-old brick wells in the area and their conservation significance.

Dr. Kung Yan-sum, Chairman of Group Executive Committee, Chinachem Group  and Chairman of Chinachem Group, and Mr. Sunny Yeung, Chief Executive Officer of Chinachem Group, together with the Group’s senior executives joined to kick off the Walkathon. “Being a responsible corporate citizen, Chinachem Group launched the ‘We Love Green Hong Kong’ initiative in an effort to inspire the public to explore, experience and cherish a green Hong Kong. Tai Tam Waterworks Heritage Trail, one of the world’s best city hiking routes, enables participants to explore rich natural and historical resources and instill in them an appreciation of the importance of conservation. Besides, we would also like to inspire the people in need to seek out the beautiful aspects of Hong Kong’s natural environment, while promoting the spirit of inclusiveness. ” said Dr. Kung.

“We are so grateful for Chinachem Group’s efforts, particularly their adoption of our recommendations in designing a route for participants on wheelchair. This event not only gives us an opportunity to embrace green Hong Kong, but also helps promote social integration among the able-bodied and persons with disabilities.” said Lee Yuen-tai, Chairman of Direction Association for the Handicapped, which assisted in planning the route.

A research team from the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Real Estate and Construction had earlier found four century-old brick wells off the Tai Tam Dam. Believed to be part of the preliminary works of Tai Tam Reservoir, they are now Hong Kong’s only group of old wells that are all encircled by the sea. Working together with the Department, Chinachem Group introduced participants to the importance of the wells in selecting the location for the Dam during the course of its construction between 1902 and 1917.

All funds raised by Chinachem Walkathon 2013 will be donated, without any expenses deducted, to support Sai Kung District Community Centre’s “Green Life Education” project. “We are grateful to Chinachem for once again donating the entire proceeds to our ‘Live Nature’ programme. They will be sponsoring low-income  children to visit the Hong Kong Global Geopark of China. Besides providing participants with the opportunity to appreciate beautiful natural scenic views together, we hope to inspire them through green education to live for a brighter future,” said Mr. Yuen To-shing, Chairman of Sai Kung District Community Centre.

Guests of Chinachem Walkathon 2013 included Dr. KUNG Yan-sum, Executive Director and Chairman of Chinachem Group; Mr. Sunny YEUNG, Chief Executive Officer of Chinachem Group; Mr. YUEN To-shing, Chairman, Sai Kung District Community Centre; Mr. CHEUNG To-shing, Vice Chairman, Sai Kung Community Centre; Mr. CHAN Kuen-kwan, Board Member, Sai Kung District Community Centre; Mr. LAU Kam-lun, Board Member, Sai Kung District Community Centre; Mr. CHEUNG Koon-yung, Board Member, Sai Kung District Community Centre; Mr. Alan TAM, Chief Executive Officer, Sai Kung District Community Centre; Madam Xun LIAO, Deputy Director of General Coordination Department, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Ms. Jenny YIP, District officer (Tsuen Wan); Mr. Joseph SHAM, Assistant Director (Country and Marine Parks), Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department; Mr. SIU Chor-kee, Chairman, Advisory Committee of Enhancing Self-Reliance Through District Partnership Programme (ESR Programme); Prof. Paul LAM, President, Advisory Council on the Environment; Dr. LEONG Che-hung; Mr. TAM Yiu-chung, Chairman, Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong; Prof. Tony CHAN, President, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Prof Joseph SUNG, Vice-Chancellor, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Prof. Shew-ping CHOW, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The University of Hong Kong; Prof. TANG Jin-ling, Acting Director of The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Prof. Justin WU, Associate Head, Shaw College, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Prof. Gilbert FONG, Acting President and Provost of Hang Seng Management College; Dr. Raymond TANG, Deputy Director, Endoscopy Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital; Mr. Leo XING, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Alumni in Hong Kong; Mr. Kwong-Siu LAM, Vice Chairman, BOC International Holdings Limited; Mr. Yong YU, Assistant President / Deputy General Manager of Hong Kong Branch, China Life Insurance (Overseas) Company Ltd; Ms. MA Ling-ling, Chief Financial Officer, China Life Insurance (Overseas) Company Ltd; Mr. Simon Lam, CLP’s Acting Deputy Director for Business Marketing and Development,; Ms. Christine FONG, Member, Sai Kung District Council; Dr. ZHOU Yan-zhao, Deputy General Manager of Tai Kung Pao; Ms. TSUI Siu-ying, Deputy Chairman of The Mirror Post Cultural Enterprises Co., Ltd; Ms. GAO Lu, Associate Director, Hong Kong Satellite Channel; and Ms. HUNG Sai-kwan, Head, Shantin Tsung Tsin School.

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