HKBU’s first social enterprise project launched
15 Mar 2013
The first social enterprise project on the HKBU campus, Sweet Heart Café (HKBU), was officially launched on 15 March. Officiating at the opening ceremony were Mr. Karl Lau, General Secretary of Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, Mr. Philip Poon, Chairman of Social Services Committee, Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, Professor Rick Wong, Vice-President (Research and Development) of HKBU, and Professor Albert Lee, Director of Student Affairs of HKBU.
In his speech, Professor Wong thanked the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong for partnering with the University to set up the social enterprise café. The café will serve as a platform to promote the idea of social entrepreneurship and caring among HKBU students, one of the ways to nurture whole person development. It will also provide job opportunities and vocational training to disadvantaged youngsters. Professor Wong emphasised that financial support is not the only way to help the vulnerable in society. It is more important to provide them with the opportunities to support their own living. Supporting social enterprises is also in line with the University’s vision of working for the benefit of society through dedicated service to the community.
At the Ceremony, staff of the Café impressed the guests with a demonstration of latte art. Students also staged an entertaining musical performance.
Located at the Student Hotspot on Level 5, Sir Run Run Shaw Building, Ho Sin Hang Campus, the Cafe aims at offering a relaxing venue on campus and encouraging students to develop a healthy and balanced lifestyle despite their busy schedule. Open from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday, the Café offers a diverse selection of beverages and snacks such as freshly brewed coffee, fresh fruit juice and desserts.
For details on Sweet Heart Café (HKBU), please visit: http://sa.hkbu.edu.hk/sweetheartcafe