The Sixth CIIF Forum cum Project Expo
Social Capital: Creating Hope, Trust and Resilience - Together We Create
9 November 2009 Level 1 (New Wing), HKCEC
Over 900 Attended the Forum, Together We Mobilize the Community to Enhance Our Resilience
The Sixth Community Investment and Inclusion Fund Forum cum Project Expo has been a resounding success. And most of the credit must be given to the unstinting support and active participation of guest speakers for sharing sessions; corporates and agencies as well as project teams for the Expo; volunteers and Forum ambassadors; and numerous participants. Indeed, the overwhelming response of the participants has set three "exceptional records" for the Forum.
Record Number of Participants
The Forum, with its theme for Social Capital: Creating Hope, Trust and Resilience, drew in over 900 people from diverse sectors and set a new record in the attendance rate. The high attendance signified the growing power of social capital and the snowballing effect it has generated.
Record Number of Contributing Partie
The Forum put up a formidable line-up this year. All 18 CIIF Committee Members served either as master of ceremonies for the Forum, contributors for sharing sessions or judges for the Most Effective Display Selection. At the Forum, forty guest speakers have taken the podium to share their experience and five project teams, with a total of 126 members, enlivened the Forum with their exciting performances. In addition, 69 project teams took part in the Project Expo whilst the Collaborators' Corner also drew in eight corporations and agencies.
The personal and touching experience of the guest speakers onstage drew enthusiastic response from the audience offstage. The exuberant performances of project teams and insightful displayed at the Expo further fueled the enthusiasm of Forum participants. All in all, the event has proved to be a fruitful and rewarding experience for all.
Projects of Exceptional Excellence and appointment of New S.C. Net Members
The Fund granted a total of 13 awards to commend exceptional projects and people for their outstanding achievements in developing social capital; bringing new hopes to and developing networks of trust in the communities; and enhancing resilience and capability of people in coping with adversity and embracing new challenges. Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, also personally appointed 18 members dedicated to creating social capital to the SC. Net.
Revisiting Forum Highlights
The Forum opened with dramatic fanfare from Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Wong Cho Tong Social Service Building – a rousing acrobatics performance from a troupe of performers whose ages spanned from young to old to lead in the Forum theme. As Mr Yeung Ka-sing, Chairman of the Fund Committee, noted in his welcoming speech, "the fund has developed a number of flagship projects in the past seven years - be it the revitalisation of old districts in the early days, or empowerment of new districts recently……[they] have successfully built mutual assistance and concern among neighbours and created hope, trust and resilience in the community."
The Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, also observed in his speech that Hong Kong had faced up to tough challenges in the past year – from the global economic crisis triggered by the financial tsunami at the end of last year to the human swine flu epidemic in April this year. Thus, he called on the diverse sectors in the community to join in developing social capital to create new vitality and opportunities in the community.
In line with the focus of the Fund on strengthening and promoting collaboration with businesses for this year, the main plenary set on Social Capital: A New Look at Corporate Social Responsibility as its theme. Representatives from the business sector, welfare sector, professional bodies and government departments shared their insights on keys to successful cross-sectoral collaboration. They also took the successful Tung Chung community building project as example to illustrate how social capital strategies could be implemented whilst performing corporate social responsibility and ways to cultivate and entrench district networks. They then went further to identify ways to promote multi-sectoral collaboration in order to maximise the effects social capital. The two workshops focused on exploring new strategies for youth development and new partnership models for community building.
For the luncheon address, Mr. Bernard CHAN, Chairperson of The Hong Kong Council of Social Service delivered a speech entitled Social Capital: The Magic of Connectivity and Power. He noted that social capital might be regarded as a glue that fostered social harmony and facilitated the development of deep, enduring and sustainable networks of mutual trust and assistance. The cumulative effects of such an adhesive could generate a formidable force, which was the subtle cumulative adhesive force of social capital.
Project Team Performance
Last but not least, we must extend our thanks to each and every of the participants for joining us at the Forum and actively participating in the activities. We look forward to continuing our collaboration in future to create ever more social capital.
We Can We care Together We Create