Groundwork all set for bright future

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 February, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 February, 2000, 12:00am

A foundation set up to promote leadership skills training and exchanges for Chinese youths was launched recently with the help of Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa.

Local youths performed an extravaganza of singing and dancing at the Dragon Foundation's inauguration ceremony, held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Dragon Foundation is a part of the Dragon at the Great Wall project, which aims to broaden Chinese youths' horizons and commemorate the new millennium. It was set up by the Dragon at the Great Wall Hong Kong Committee and the All-China Youth Federation and is supported by the Home Affairs Department and the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups.

The project includes the Youth Conference on Meeting the Challenges of the New Millennium and the Dragon Dance at the Great Wall, which are being held in Beijing today and tomorrow.

Dragon at the Great Wall chairman Rosanna Wong Yick- ming said the foundation's ob jectives were to develop leadership skills and bring out the innovative potential of young people of Chinese origin and to promote exchange networks among them.

It also aims to provide opportunities for building up community spirit and to recognise Chinese youths who excel in various fields.

To achieve these objectives, major events such as a world Chinese youth symposium; visits and exchange of youth leaders; research into youth leadership training; awards for outstanding Chinese youth leaders; and youth cultural and musical events will be held.

Annual international events to produce multimedia publications for worldwide distribution will also be organised.

An earlier fund-raising campaign included a dragon drawing competition.

A total of 2,000 winning designs were selected from 28,000 entries.

The 2,000 designs have been digitally merged to form a large mural which will be put on display in the atrium of Central Plaza in Wan Chai.