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DSW and SWD Choir join in carol singing to raise funds for disadvantaged children (with photos)
     The Director of Social Welfare (DSW), Ms Carol Yip, today (December 15) joined the Social Welfare Department (SWD) Choir and its family members to participate in the Carol Singing Festival 2017 held by the Child Development Matching Fund (CDMF) to raise funds for disadvantaged children.

     Speaking at the event, Ms Yip said that the festival was being held for the eighth consecutive year. Over the past years, the festival has raised over $21 million for the Savings Matching Fund for teenagers participating in the Child Development Fund (CDF) programme, securing savings matching funds for over 4 000 teenagers.

     She noted that the Government has all along been dedicated to alleviating inter-generational poverty, pointing out that more than $600 million has been injected into the fund with 156 three-year projects carried out since the establishment of the CDF in 2008. Each project comprises three key components, namely Targeted Savings, Personal Development Plans and Mentorship. Over 14 000 children, including some from ethnic minorities and others with disabilities or living in cubicle apartments, have realised their dreams through the programme. In addition, the Chief Executive announced in The Chief Executive's 2017 Policy Address that an extra $300 million would be injected into the fund, which is expected to benefit an extra 9 000 children, she added.

     Ms Yip appealed to people from different sectors to show continuous concern for the developmental needs of children and youngsters while celebrating Christmas, as well as to convey the message of love and care for children in the community.

     The CDMF, a community-based organisation promoting child development initiatives, is a vital strategic partner of the CDF. The CDMF consolidates resources in the community and by raising savings matching funds helps CDF participants to achieve their savings targets, and hence take the first step towards leaving poverty. A volunteer will also be arranged for each participant as their mentor.

     The SWD Choir, which took part in today's event, was founded in 1998 and comprises SWD staff members from different ranks and grades in various districts. The choir enjoys participating in various charity performances and volunteer work and has taken part in the festival for six consecutive years. The choir is also committed to serving the underprivileged and promoting the greater social inclusion of persons with and without disabilities, as well as encouraging colleagues to join volunteering to help build a more harmonious and caring society.
Ends/Friday, December 15, 2017
Issued at HKT 20:50
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The Director of Social Welfare, Ms Carol Yip (front row), speaks at the Carol Singing Festival 2017 held by the Child Development Matching Fund today (December 15).
The Director of Social Welfare, Ms Carol Yip (front row, second left), joins members of the Social Welfare Department Choir at the Carol Singing Festival 2017 today (December 15) to promote love and care for disadvantaged children and young people.