The 5th “Because I Am a Girl– Donate a Pencil” campaign was successfully held from 10 Oct – 22 Oct at 4 venues, Plaza Hollywood, Diamond Hill, Lee Theatre, Causeway Bay, Telford Plaza 1, Kowloon Bay and Mega Mall Zone D, Tai Po. Thanks to the public’s generous support, 31,544 pencils were collected and HK$ 440,000 was raised. The pencils will be sent to children in Vietnam and Hong Kong via Silver Stationery Shop, and the funds will be used to support our girls’ work in Vietnam.
Lots of children and their parents supported the event by donating pencils to children in need.
Mr. Paul Chan Mo-po, GBS, MH, JP, Financial Secretary cum Ex-beneficiary of Plan International Hong Kong was the officiating guest of the opening ceremony at Plaza Hollywood on 10 Oct. Joined by Prof. Royce Yuen, JP, Board Deputy Chairman of Plan International Hong Kong, Ms. June Leung, Board Member of Plan International Hong Kong, Ms. Kanie Siu, Chief Executive Officer of Plan International Hong Kong and other guests, Mr. Chan presided over the ceremony by rotating the pencil props on the light box to show a photo of children who are excited to receive pencils, symbolizing the power of education in transforming girls’ lives and the commencement of the event.
To commence the event, guests rotated the pencil props on the light box.
Mr. Paul Chan Mo-po delivered a speech at the ceremony, “I was once sponsored by a US man and with his help, I could go to school and my life was improved. In the hope of helping more children achieve a better life, I have been sponsoring 5 children through Plan Hong Kong. A little contribution can already bring positive changes in others’ lives. Let’s help girls in developing countries by giving them a chance to receive education.”
Mr. Paul Chan Mo-po encouraged the public to donate pencils and support girls’ education.
Prof. Royce Yuen also gave a welcoming speech. He expressed gratitude for the public’s support and participation in the event, “Education is one of the most effective ways to protect girls against early marriage. Each year of secondary education may reduce the likelihood of marrying as a child by 5%. Yet, over the world 130 million girls are out of school today. I hope the public will support this pencil donation event to promote girls’ education, lifting more girls out of poverty.”
Prof. Royce Yuen appreciated all guests’ support and participation.
Ms. June Leung (middle), Ms. Stephy Tang (R2), Ms. Cindy Yeung (R1), Ms. Lisa Cheng (L2) and Ms. Kanie Siu (L1) wrote blessings to their sponsored children.
The 5th “Because I am a Girl – Donate a Pencil” campaign would not have been successful without the generous support from Emperor Watch and Jewellery, Beacon Group Holdings Limited, Lamma Rainbow, Faber-Castell, Plaza Hollywood, Lee Theatre, Telford Plaza, Mega Mall and other organizations.