18 October 2018 - 9 Heshvan 5779 - ט' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Independence Day donation supports reading programme for Hong Kong children E-mail

While a traditional reception to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day is generally expected each year, this year the Consulate General of Israel in Hong Kong chose to make use of its budget fund to donate to a programme that targets children in the local community of Hong Kong. This year, Israel marked its 69th Independence Day on 2 May.

The Consulate partnered with the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children (HKSPC), a Hong Kong children’s charity organisation that since 1926 has been committed to nurturing children in their early childhood development, to support their “Parent-child Reading Programme”, an educational programme that encourages reading and learning in deprived families.

“Chinese and Jewish families do share similar cultures and values. It is important for us, as parents or teachers, to encourage children and cultivate this good habit. There is nothing better than reading a book to inspire one’s imagination,” said Consul General Sagi Karni, adding: “We hope our donation will make even a small difference in raising the awareness of reading and making it more accessible to the needy families with more budget for manpower and books.”

This is the third donation from the Consulate to a non-government organisation as a token of appreciation for the close friendship between Israel and Hong Kong.

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