EO Expo 2005 Showcases "Overcoming Adversity to Build a Better Future"
Equal Opportunities Expo, the annual major public education initiative of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), was launched today (29 October 2005) at Lok Fu Shopping Centre. "Overcoming Adversity to Build a Better Future" is the theme for this year's programme, which runs from November through December 2005. Over 20 activities ranging from exhibitions, talks, workshops, visits and carnivals organized or funded by the Commission will be held during this period to promote equal opportunities.
Mr Raymond TANG, EOC Chairperson, said, "The objective of EO Expo is to raise public awareness and acceptance of equal opportunities values and its benefits. This year, the theme 'Overcoming Adversity to Build a Better Future' illustrates the importance of removing barriers for the disadvantaged groups such as persons with a disability to create a level-playing field for everyone."
Highlights of the Expo include "Career Challenge 2005" – the Commission's youth mentorship programme, which is aimed at breaking down stereotypes and widening horizons for young people. Five mentors - Mr Lowell LO, renowned composer/song-writer; Dr Gary NG, recipient of the Outstanding Disabled Persons Award; Ms Alice CHOW, the first female civil engineer of Medecins Sans Frontieres Hong Kong; Ms Sharon LAU, the first woman from Hong Kong to serve as a member of the UN's World Meteorological Organisation; and Mr Harry WONG, a famous TV host of children's programmes - were joined by Mr Raymond TANG to officiate at today's Launch. Together on stage, they shared their personal experiences, and discussed how they had overcome difficulties to strive for success. Ms Christina WONG, a young visually impaired artist, presented a special preview of her musical performance in the upcoming Asia Pacific Wataboshi Music Festival in Shanghai.
Mr Tang continued, "Our Career Challenge mentors, who broke down barriers of stereotyping to achieve success in their chosen fields, are exemplary role models for the younger generation. We are truly grateful for their support in our Career Challenge programme, which has continued in its fourth year. About 500 students from 58 schools participated in this year's programme, through which they are encouraged to explore their abilities and pursue their dreams, regardless of their gender or disability."
Three community organizations – Hong Kong Association for Specific Learning Disabilities, Caritas Family Crisis Support Centre and Rehabilitation Alliance Hong Kong - also joined in today's Launch by setting up information booths to promote their specialized services to the public. Details of the EO Expo and Career Challenge 2005 are available on the EOC website at http://www.eoc.org.hk . Members of the public may contact the Equal Opportunities Commission at 2511 8211 for enquiries.
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