Help make dream a reality
IN view of the tragic events of the New Year's Eve celebrations in Lan Kwai Fong and the article headlined, ''The Price of Privilege'' in the Sunday Morning Post M magazine on January 3, I feel it is now time to increase public awareness of the importance of the Warehouse Project.
Dr Frank White's plans to set up a safe venue for Hongkong's teenagers were first made public at an open meeting in May, 1992. The concept was to find a safe venue for teenagers, from the age of 13+, where they could enjoy music, club and games facilities in an adult-free, alcohol and drugs-free environment - rent-free too. A tall order in Hongkong! The Government Property Agency has been very co-operative, and, as stated in Sunday's article, has offered us, subject to certain works being undertaken, the old Aberdeen Police Station - a magnificent listed building which could provide an ideal social venue for some of Hongkong's teenage residents. The building works will take several months to complete and, in the meantime, we hope to organise a number of events in alternative locations which are now under discussion.
Whilst the Government will pay for the refurbishment of the fabric of the building, substantial additional funds will be required to cover the cost of internal fittings, equipment etc. As yet we have very little money in the bank.
If this scheme is to succeed in the foreseeable future, we must start our appeal immediately. The Warehouse has already attracted tremendous support from all areas of Hongkong society and a voluntary team of specialists has been working for the past few months to turn this dream into a reality. We are now looking for corporate funding from large organisations, to cover major fitting-out works, together with individual donations to help us with the day to day expenses involved in the initial planning.
If any Post readers feel that they wish to support this much-needed facility, please forward your cheques, made payable to ''The Warehouse Teenage Club Limited'' to the Project's Honorary Treasurers, KPMG Peat Marwick, G.P.O. Box 50. Envelopes should be marked with the reference MGB/35/JLC.
ROSIE BROUGH Fund Raising Co-ordinator - The Warehouse Project