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Vitality of people in their 80s and 90s

Government House was filled with laughter and vitality yesterday.

At my invitation, over 70 elderly people joined a party here for an early celebration of the Chinese New Year. They came from PLK Lau Chan Siu Po District Elderly Community Centre in Kwun Tong, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Kei Oi Neighbourhood Elderly Centre in Sham Shui Po and Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Wong Tai Sin District Elderly Community Centre. Of these "elder brothers and sisters", 10 are in their 80s and three are already over 90. They may be old, but they are healthy and energetic.

Born to a Shandong family, I learnt a thing or two about Shandong dishes from my mother while helping her prepare meals when I was young. So I started the party by demonstrating how to make Shandong-style dumplings. They were then cooked by my wife Regina and served hot and fresh to everybody at the party. This was followed by a stunning performance by canine stars from the Hong Kong Kennel Club, which also doubled as goodwill ambassadors, mingling and playing with everyone. We all enjoyed the party and had a wonderful afternoon.

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Hong Kong's success has been built on the solid foundation laid by our older generations. They worked hard and made valuable contributions to the community when they were young. We should respect, love and care about them.

Government House is not only the residence of the Chief Executive and a venue for internal government meetings and receiving overseas dignitaries and guests. It is also a landmark that belongs to all Hong Kong people. Last month, dozens of children came here for a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and carol singing. On another day, a fund-raising dinner was held in the Ballroom here by the Community Chest. We will continue to organise different kinds of activities at Government House so that all of you can share this monument with a history of over 150 years.

I am grateful to the social workers and staff of the community centres concerned and the Hong Kong Kennel Club for their participation and assistance in yesterday's party. I wish you all good health and vitality in the year ahead.


January 31, 2013