by PP Amy Chan, Honorary Member of RC Queensway

Disparity of wealth and inter-generational poverty are both deep rooted societal issues in Hong Kong. Both issues impact negatively on the sustainable future development of our society. In view of this, the Government started the Child Development Fund programme in 2009, using an evidence-based “asset building” model to help deprived youths get out of poverty. The community responded positively by founding the Child Development Matching Fund (CDMF), which Rotary District 3450 has been supporting since its launch in 2010, in view of the two organizations’ common vision in youth development.

The business and non-profit sectors went on and founded the Child Development Initiative Alliance (CDIA), where Rotary District 3450 is a partner. The official Launch Ceremony was held on 16th August, 2013 at the Poly U Jockey Club Auditorium, with the gracious presence of District Governor Eugene Fong.

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The official Launch Ceremony of Child Development Initiative Alliance (CDIA) was held on 16th August, 2013 at the Poly U Jockey Club Auditorium, with the gracious presence of District Governor Eugene Fong and other community leaders.

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From left to right: CDIA Vice Chairman PP Amy Chan; Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung; CDIA Chairman Elizabeth Law; DG Eugene Fong; CDIA Honorary Patron Bernard Chan; CDMF Chairman PDG Moses Cheng.