Camp links local and immigrant youths

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 September, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 September, 2000, 12:00am

A summer camp to help young mainland immigrants integrate into society was held at Lei Yue Mun Park and Holiday Village.

The five-day camp gave new immigrants aged six to 25 a chance to mix with local youths by taking part in games, educa tional activities, visits and voluntary work.

Acting Director of Home Affairs Agnes Allcock visited the camp with other guests. She said the Home Affairs Department had been trying to help new immigrants understand and integrate into society and develop a sense of belonging to the SAR.

Mrs Allcock said the theme of this year's camp was 'Add More to Life'.

'If everyone in Hong Kong, whether local or newly arrived, can . . . add more sensation, more vigour, more courage, more space and more dreams to life, it will become an ideal place to live in.'

A special programme was organised by Commercial Radio. The guests raised a big balloon on to which heart-shaped paper with blessings were attached, while the some 400 young campers waved colourful balloons carrying their wishes.

Canto-pop singers Amanda Lee Wai-man, Grace Ip Pui-man and Cindy Au Sin-yee performed their latest hits and helped spread the message of love.

The camp was jointly organised by the Summer Youth programme Committee and the International Social Service Hong Kong Branch and sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust Fund.