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Star-studded 60th Anniversary Dinner celebrates ISS-HK’s success

International Social Service Hong Kong Branch ended its year-long celebratory events on a high note on 30 November, when it held the 60th Anniversary Dinner at  Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre which was well attended by over 340 friends, partners and supporters from the diplomatic, government, welfare and business sectors, as well as 430 fellow ISS members and colleagues from Hong Kong and around the world.

Mrs Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR Government and guest of honour of the event, highly applauded the work of ISS-HK over the last six decades in her speech that evening. “Whenever the Government has a problem and approaches ISS Hong Kong, ‘Can you do this for us?’, they never say no.” Mrs Lam further commented that the work of ISS involves a lot of faith and trust in the government. “For example, cross border work, we want to serve ethnic minorities even before they arrive. We want to serve new arrivals from the Mainland before they arrive… And all these services are now delivered by ISS Hong Kong because no other agency could earn the trust of the Chinese Government to do this…So tonight is the wonderful evening for everyone of us not only to just enjoy the food or the hospitality of ISS Hong Kong, but to express a deep gratitude to this wonderful NGO who has been doing great things on behalf of the Government for the people of Hong Kong. Thank you very much.”

Apart from Mrs Lam, key government officials gracing the event included Mrs Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, member of the executive council, Mr Joshua Law Chi-kong, Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr John Lee Ka-chiu, Secretary for Security, Mr Frank Chan Fan, Secretary for Transport and Housing, Prof Sophia Chan Siu-chee, Secretary for Food and Health, Mr Michael Wong Wai-lun, Secretary for Development, Mr Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, Secretary for Education, and Mr Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs. Mr Hé Jìng, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR and Consulate Generals were also among the VIP guests that celebrated ISS-HK’s milestone that evening.

The evening was memorable for many. Mrs Susan Jacobs, Chair of ISS Governing Board presented an award to thank Mr C P Ho, Chairman of ISS-HK for his tireless efforts to ISS throughout the years. Long-serving advisory board members, consultants and staffers were honoured for their contributions, while staff performers showcased their talents. All had a wonderful evening.