Sha Tau Kok community carnival builds up stronger neighborliness
Sha Tau Kok has a special existence. It is well known to be on the border of Hong Kong and China, but very few people have visited the place in person as a valid entry permit is required for entry.
Although it has a population of less than ten thousand, HKYWCA has been working in Sha Tau Kok conscientiously and with commitment for years. In collaboration with two primary schools, Sha Tau Kok Central Primary School and Fuk Tak Education Society Primary School, the Association held a carnival last month to promote the traditional culture of the community and strengthen neighborliness.
Two murals painted by YWCA Jockey Club Y Care Elderly Centre (Sha Tau Kok) and the school students were unveiled during the carnival. Situated at the Community Hall and the pier respectively, both feature symbols of the neighborhood, such as pre-war residential buildings at San Lau Street, old-style decorative floral board etc.
The Association was pleased to have Mr. Yam Mun Ho, District Social Welfare Officer (Tai Po & North District) of Social Welfare Department, Ms. Maggie Kwong Ting Lok, Assistant District Officer (North) of the North District Office, and Mr. Lee Koon Hung, MH, Chairman of Sha Tau Kok District Rural Committees to officiate at the opening ceremony. They presented certificates of appreciation to representatives of the two primary schools, and gave the mural outside the Community Hall a final touch. They then moved to the pier for the mural with the spectacular landscape of Sha Tau Kok.
The booth games in the Community Hall drew big crowds too. While the school students attracted the public with singing performances, martial arts and juggling, the elderly volunteers form Y Care played the “Dragon Boat Dance" and offered Hakka steamed cakes. Through various activities, not only can we maintain good neighborliness in Sha Tau Kok, but also narrow the cultural distance between the residents and outsiders.