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Hong Kong’s unsung heroes awarded in recognition of Hong Kong’s Spirit

The winners of this year’s Spirit of Hong Kong awards. Photo: SCMP

Eight unsung heroes were awarded the Spirit of Hong Kong Award 2023 in recognition of their efforts to Hong Kong and representing the city's spirit for this year.

Established in 2013, the campaign aimed to shine a light on the city’s unsung heroes and honour their achievements.

The 11th edition of the annual campaign was co-organised by the South China Morning Post and property developer Sino Group. The award winners were announced at a ceremony on Friday evening at the Conrad Hong Kong Hotel.

A panel of judges selected seven for their remarkable accomplishments in the perseverance, community, culture, innovation, teamwork and youth categories, with a new Spirit of Sustainability Award category.  The eighth winner was chosen by SCMP’s readers and won the Lion Rock People’s Choice Award.

Lee Hoi-wu, 52, who took over her family’s decades-old restaurant in Hong Kong in 2014, won the Lion Rock People’s Choice Award. 

“I will continue to make good milk tea, I will strive to use it to tell the good stories of Hong Kong,” she said.

“I hope that people will continue to pay attention to Hong Kong and like Hong Kong,” She added.

Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu congratulated the winners at the ceremony, saying that their different cultural backgrounds and upbringings represent the spirit of the city. “They are ordinary people but also heroes. Each in their own shining and singular way, they represent the spirit of Hong Kong,” Lee said.

Chief Executive John Lee gives speeches during the 11th Spirit of Hong Kong Awards 2023. Photo: Hong Kong government

Hong Kong has had a difficult few years, particularly since 2019, according to Lee. 

“Nonetheless, the people of Hong Kong have persisted. Throughout, the Hong Kong spirit has prevailed,” Lee added.

The city leader praised their selfless contribution in areas spanning technology, medicine, education, culture, sports, community service and more.

“They make a profound difference,” Lee said. “For the people of Hong Kong. For all of us.”

The Chairperson of the judging panel, Paulo Pong Kin-yee, shared the same sentiments. “This will make our home more beautiful and virtuous, and it will give us the confidence to face every challenge that lies ahead in the future,” Pong said in the ceremony.

“May their Hong Kong spirit continue to inspire us to build a better community for all,” said Daryl Ng Win-kong, Deputy Chairman of the Sino Group.

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