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The Salvation Army Appreciation Reception for Employers 2016
Create More Opportunities for Greater Impact
The Salvation Army Appreciation Reception for Employers 2016 was held today (25 November 2016), expressing our gratitude to more than 200 employers and business partners for their support for the Army’s employment and training services, as well as social enterprises. We are honoured to have Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBS, JP, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, to officiate at the ceremony. Ms Mimi Kam, General Manager and Head of Human Resources and Corporate Communications Division, The Bank of East Asia, Limited; Mr Simon Wong Kit-lung, CEO of The Lucky House Group Limited and Dr Kee Chi-hing, JP, Adjunct Associate Professor of the School of Business of Hong Kong Baptist University, were invited to share their valuable experiences of fulfilling social responsibility in the commercial sector. 
Creating Market for People with Disabilities
Years ago, The Salvation Army Heng On Workshop introduced a Japanese weaving technique, Saori, to the disabled trainees in order to develop their creativity and enhance their self-confidence. Last year, The Bank of East Asia, Limited, provided a sales platform for the Army. Trainees with disabilities showcased their products in the bank building and large-scale trade fairs, introducing handicrafts made by the disabled to the international market.
Ching, a mildly mentally handicapped trainee, is devoted to making colorful Saori products. Her work was exhibited at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Youreable Fashion Design Exhibition in 2015, where she presented her handmade Saori garment to her mother.
The support of Bank of East Asia, Limited helped Ching not only show her talent, but also increase her allowance as well as her sense of accomplishment. It is encouraging for her to gain recognition from society.
Mentorship Scheme: Motivating Vulnerable Youth 
The Lucky House Group has joined The Salvation Army “Bright Mentors, Bright Mentees” Scheme since 2015, through which over 10 young people have been employed. During a three-month full-time paid internship, participants aged 15 to 29 are provided with guidance of experienced senior staff (the mentors) of the company, professional counselling of Salvation Army social workers, positive inspiration from life mentors, as well as a series of pre-employment training. All these help enhance their employability and confidence as they pursue their dreams and seek stable employment.
Kai was born to a grassroots family. Being an introverted person, he was not good at communicating with others. After graduating from Form 6, he worked as a warehouse assistant and waiter, but ended up unemployed because he could not adapt to the work environment. After joining The Salvation Army “Bright Mentors, Bright Mentees” Scheme, Kai was recruited as a dim sum apprentice at The Banqueting House.
Under the patient guidance of Sang, the mentor, Kai tried his best to change himself, enhancing his skills of making dim sum and communicating with colleagues. His positive attitude was recognised by the company. He and his colleague were recommended to represent the company to take part in the “2016 Best of the Best Culinary Awards”. The team won the Silver Award in the Dim Sum (Rice Rolls) category, the first medal ever for Kai. He has been staying in the job for over a year. He not only takes his mentor as his role model, but also wishes to pass on his spirit and become an outstanding dim sum master to train the next generation.
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