Press Release

Scarlett Wong & Josephine Ng Officiate the Opening Ceremony of World Vision Used Book Sale

The annual Used Book Recycling Campaign, co-organised by World Vision Hong Kong and AEON Stores (Hong Kong) Co. Limited, kicks off today (26 July) at Plaza Hollywood in Diamond Hill. Approaching its 27th year, the campaign theme - “Your Books, Their Dreams” – aims to make dreams achievable for vulnerable children who are migrants, left behind or living on the streets. Over 150,000 collected used books, including novels, travel guides, leisure reading, children’s books and comics, are on sale for as low as HK$10. Donations to this Campaign will support Jiaxin Centre and Xieshou Centre in Kunming County, Yunnan province, in provision of life skills training, promoting the habit of reading, improving learning environment and offering training for teachers. Also available at the venue are the crafts market and story-telling sessions by Choi EE, offering participants viable options besides books. World Vision welcomes everyone to visit and pick up books, in turn allowing more vulnerable children to pursue their dreams.

2018 Used Book Recycling Campaign Details:

Book Sale

Date: 26 July (Thursday) – 5 August (Sunday)
Time: 11am – 8:30 pm (starts at 1pm on 26, 28 July, 1 and 4 August)
Venue:Stars Atrium, 1/F Plaza Hollywood, Diamond Hill, Kowloon

Book Prices

Discounted Books                                       HK$10 each
Children’s Books/ Comics                               HK$10 each
Novels/ Leisure Books/Travel Guides               HK$20 each

Enquiries

Tel: 2394 2394       Website:www.worldvision.org.hk/usedbook


At the opening ceremony, Scarlett Wong and Josephine Ng, along with representatives of the organisers, placed puzzle pieces that contain the phrases “learn self-care”, “receive love”, “enjoy reading”, “develop interests” and “learn to protect oneself” into a giant book, which symbolises that children in need enjoy quality education, receive adequate protection and are given development opportunities at World Vision-supported Jiaxin Centre and Xieshou Centre. They each donated a favourite book for charity sale:

Guest of Honour

Donated book (in Chinese)

Reasons of Recommendations

Scarlett Wong

Book Name:斷捨離(Danshari)
Author: Hideko Yamashita (
山下英子)

“This book teaches us to identify and narrow down our personal preferences, to think twice before buying and to only buy what really is needed. As we organise our belongings, we should learn to let go. By selling or donating what we do not need, we will know ourselves better and realise that we are truly blessed, because we have more than we think we do. This is a book that really speaks to Hong Kong people. Most of us live in very limited space, which generates a lot of negative energy. Instead of aspiring to obtain better and more, maybe it is a good idea to practise Danshari, focus on what we have and be thankful.”

Josephine Ng

Book Name:《我家孩子不上幼稚園

Author: Esther Chu

“This book emphasises a point that it is not about whether to attend kindergarten, but rather, through her own experience and growing up with her children, the author urges parents to reflect on the true meaning of education and parenting, and what their children virtually need. As a mother of two, I sincerely recommend this book to parents in Hong Kong. We have a responsibility to teach our children, we can find inspirations by studying others’ parenting approaches.”


Besides the book sale, children from low-income, new immigrant or ethnic minority families are invited to select books for free and share the joy of reading. 15 NGOs accepted the invitation to participate in the event.


The Used Book Recycling Campaign has been co-organised by World Vision Hong Kong and AEON Stores (Hong Kong) Co., Limited since 1992. The event has raised over HK$34 million in the past 26 years for World Vision’s poverty-alleviation projects in China.

Published on 26 Jul 2018

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