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Chief Executive Donald Tsang with Charles Ho, chairman of Sing Tao News Corporation Limited.

  Hundreds of business, government, academic and community leaders gathered last night to honor five of Hong Kong's top leaders at the 15th annual Sing Tao News Corp's Leader of the Year Awards.

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen was among the dignitaries at the event, which was combined with Sing Tao Daily's 70th anniversary gala dinner. "The city is facing more challenges this year, but Hong Kong is such a vibrant city supported by hardworking people," said former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan,who chaired the panel of judges. "There will be even more stories to tell, to appreciate, to honor and to think about."

Shun Hing Group chairman William Mong Man-wai took the award in the Commerce and Industry/Finance category. The 81-year-old philanthropist set up Shun Hing Education and Charity Fund, which has donated more than HK$500 million since 1984.

"I believe there are many people who make great achievements, but one should think about contributing to Hong Kong and China after they succeed," he said.

Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen said he has known Mong for a long time, and described him as big-hearted and well deserving of the award.

In the Community/Public Affairs category, the winner was To Chung, founder of the Chi Heng Foundation.

He said the recent government internship program showed many youngsters were short-sighted, and care only about immediate monetary rewards.

"I hope my story can inspire young people and help them realise that success can be obtained in many ways, including by helping others, To said.

The Hong Kong Paralympic Committee and Sports Association for the Physically Disabled received the Sports/Culture/Performing Arts category award. Its chairwoman, Jenny Fung Ma Kit-man, and paralympic runner So Wa-wai, a former Leader of the Year award recipient, attended the event, with Fung accepting the award from Olympic gold medalist Li Xiao-peng. Li said he admires paralympic athletes greatly because they have to overcome even more challenges, and are under more pressure than regular athletes.

Winner of the Research category, University of Science and Technology biochemistry head and chair professor, Nancy Ip Yuk-yu, said the award was particularly meaningful because it shows locals are recognising her contribution to scientific research, and that the subject is gaining more respect.

Another academic, Polytechnic University President Emeritus Poon Chung-kwong, won in the Education category.

He said he never regarded himself as outstanding. "An university cannot achieve success with the leadership of the president alone, without support from its staff and students. This award belongs to the school," Poon said.

Tsang and Sing Tao News Corp chairman Charles Ho Tsu-kwok officiated at the star-studded event at the Grand Hyatt hotel. Other attendees included Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Ceajer Chan Ka-keung and Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing chairman Ronald Arculli.

Philanthropist William Mong, above and inset, receives his Leader of the Year award from Chief Secretary Henry Tang.
To Chung, left, founder of the Chi Heng Foundation, receives the award in the Community/Public Affairs category from Leong Che-hung, Chairman of the Hong Kong AIDS Foundation.
Professor Poon Chung-kwong, left, receives the award in the Education category from Raymond Wong Hung-chiu, Permanent Secretary for Education, who replaced Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung, who could not attend.

Winner of the Research category Nancy Ip,Head and Chair Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology receives her award from Professor Arthur Li Kwok-cheung, Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Chairwoman of the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee and Sports Association for the Physically Disabled Jenny Fung receives the award in the Sports/Culture/Performing Arts category from China National Olympic Team gymnast and gold medalist Li Xiao-peng.
Joey Yung and dancers entertain the guests.




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