Sons of elite promote 'fighting spirit'

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 March, 2010, 12:00am

Three sons of the rich and powerful have joined forces to promote Hong Kong's fighting spirit.

Leading the campaign, the Hong Kong Spirit Ambassadors Programme, are Lau Ming-wai, director of Chinese Estates Holdings, Rock Chen Chung-Nin, chairman of Pacific Falcon Investment Group, and Clarence Leung, director of Sun Hing Knitting Factory.

Lau, son of billionaire developer Joseph Lau Luen-hung, said he had been moved by the spirit on display in the hit film Echoes of the Rainbow. The award-winning film is a heart-warming tale of a shoemaker and his family in Hong Kong in the 1960s.

Leung said Hong Kong's spirit could be typified as 'battling against adversity, caring for others and striving for excellence'. He is the son of the lawmaker for the industrial sector, Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, who is also honorary president of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries.

Chen is the younger brother of Clement Chen Cheng-jen, executive director of Tai Hing Cotton Mill and chairman of the Productivity Council. Their father is Chen Yuan-chu, honorary chairman of the Textile Council of Hong Kong.

Led by the trio, about 40 people who are professionals or from the business sector have signed up for the programme.

Its membership is more or less the same as the Centum Charitas Foundation. The charity foundation, chaired by Peter Lee Ka-kit, vice-president of Henderson Land Development and son of chairman Lee Shau-kee, was launched two years ago to 'help further construct Hong Kong and the motherland'.