Press Release

To express care and respect for the elderly, CEM holds lunch gathering for senior citizens for the 11th consecutive year

17 April 2015, Macau

To express care and respect for the elderly, CEM and Pak Tai’s Birthday Organizing Committee jointly held a lunch gathering at Largo de Camões in Taipa (in front of the Pak Tai Temple) at 12:00 noon today. 300 senior citizens from Taipa and Coloane gathered together with CEM Ambassadors Team members to enjoy the luncheon.

Shi Yulin, CEM Executive Director, said in his speech that as respecting the elderly is a virtue in Chinese tradition, CEM has been actively extending care to the community and giving back to society, especially with respect to the elderly. CEM Ambassadors Team members regularly visit the elderly and provide free safety checks and repairing services of electrical installations for underprivileged families, people with special needs and elder citizens living alone. CEM takes the occasion of Pak Tai’s Birthday to hold gathering for the elderly who had made contribution to the society.

Since 2005, CEM has been celebrating the Pak Tai’s Birthday with the senior citizens from Taipa and Coloane with the support of the Pak Tai’s Birthday Organizing Committee and CEM Ambassadors Team, to express its gratitude to senior citizens for their years of contribution to Macau’s economic prosperity. To take care of their health, doctors and nurses from CEM Occupational Health Services Centre volunteered to measure the blood pressure of the participating elderly before the lunch.

During the luncheon, CEM Ambassadors Team members performed songs, played interactive games with senior citizens, and promote knowledge of daily household energy conservation to the participants. Chan Fong Kuan, a winner of Macau Outstanding Senior Citizens Award 2014, brought fantastic performances, including “Cantonese rap” and “sign language”, to senior citizens and guests. CEM also gave away food gift packs and Lai-sees to senior citizens. The scene was warm and lively.

Honorable guests attending the gathering included Mak Kim Meng, Administration Committee Member of Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, Zhao Kuiwei, Deputy Director of Social Work Department of the Central People’s Government Liaison Office, Cheong Wai Fan, Head of Administration and Finance Department of the Social Welfare Bureau, Lei Chi Fong, Vice-President of CEM Customer Liaison Committee, Chiang Chong Seak, Director of Macau Federations of Trade Unions, Ip Chi Wo, Vice President of General Residents Association, Iun Iok Va and Sin Chi Young, Deputy Conveners of the Community Services Consultative Committee of Island District, Yuen Tze Wing, Chairman of Association of Residents of Taipa, Liu Sui, President of Association of Residents of Taipa, Sam Iok Ha, President of Association of Residents of Coloane, Cheong Kuok Choi, President of the Ká-Hó Residents Association, Leong Sio Kai, Chief of the Pak Tai’s Birthday Organizing Committee, Benjamin Yue, Principal Advisor to Executive Committee of CEM and Iun Iok Meng, Advisor to Executive Committee of CEM.