More than 100 people celebrated the traditional Chinese Mid Autumn Festival with the support of local patrons including ABP London, at an event held by Newham Chinese Association on 28 Sep.
The event was attended by guests of honour including Newham Mayor’s Adviser for Neighbourhood Support Ayesha Chowdhury and Teon Yau, Director of Yau Clan Association UK, as well as Chinese residents living locally who travelled especially from further locations including Essex and Kent.
Founded in 1987, Newham Chinese Association aims to help residents to improve social links, to make new friends, to learn using public transport and to participate in social activities, including Tai Chi, Cantonese Opera, Salsa Fitness dance, Majong and luncheon club.
The group also provide services and support in interpreting and translating, communicating with GPs, hospitals and clinics, to prevent wrong diagnosis and wrong treatments, as well as help people access local services.
The audience enjoyed the splendid performance by the Cantonese opera group, traditional Chinese lion dance, moon cakes and a 6 course Chinese dinner. Families and children left the event with Chinese style lanterns in different animal shapes and decorations and the vivid memories of one of the most important Chinese traditional festivals.
ABP supported the event by providing raffle prizes and promised to provide computer appliances to Newham Chinese Association.
Elaine Cheung, the spokesperson of Newham Chinese Association said, “We're very honoured and privileged to have such solid and strong support and recognition from ABP for the vital work we provide to enhance the quality of lives of the Chinese community by providing a wide range of services and activities. ABP’s commitment to supporting the local Chinese community has boosted the moral of our board, staff, volunteers team and our members and it will make a huge change to the community.
John Miu, Chief Operating Officer of ABP London said: “It was honoured to be invited to the event and celebrate the festival and share the joy with many Chinese people who has worked hard and established their lives in the UK.”
He also said, “ABP Royal Albert Dock is not only about the bricks and walls; what the project has achieved also brings significant impact to the local Chinese by increasing the profile of Chinese people in the UK to a historic height and making contribution to the community by generating job opportunities and economic and trade opportunities.”