HONG KONG: About 400 Singaporeans and friends gathered at an annual charity ball in Hong Kong, organised by the local Singapore Association.
It was a record turnout to celebrate the association's 38th anniversary, and they managed to raise more than US$40,000 for charity.
Among those in attendance was Singapore's former Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo, now Chairman of the Kerry Logistics, part of the Kuok Group.
Singapore’s Consul-General Jacky Foo also came to support the charities.
Richard Hoo, chairman of The Singapore Association of Hong Kong, said: "It's (the charity ball) about a bunch of Singaporeans in Hong Kong getting together for our 38th anniversary. The Singapore Association was formed back in 1975. It started with a real small group back then, we've already evolved until today. I think we have 2,000 members right now; tonight it's all about uniting us."
Maritime industry veteran Tony Teo has been based in Hong Kong for past two decades, and was surprised with the response.
Mr Teo, who is managing director of Pacific International Lines HK, said: "The current market situation, everybody is considering, trying to lie low. But I think with the response we've had, I think it is overwhelming. "
To raise more money, autographs of Hong Kong stars Jacky Chan and Andy Lau were being auctioned.
A case of vintage 1989 Bordeaux from France, and business class tickets donated by Singapore Airlines were also among some of the pricier items on the block.
All monies raised will be shared equally between the VIVA Foundation for Cancer in Singapore and the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Hong Kong.
The theme of the charity ball was 'When You Wish Upon A Star', and not only was it for a good cause, the event also gave Singaporeans the opportunity to celebrate with friends. - CNA/gn
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