Swiss National Day Celebration - 1 August 2014

01 Aug 2014 20:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Article by Michelle Char

One could feel the Swiss vibe upon arrival at the event venue in the Hong Kong Jockey Club as it was beautifully decorated with the Swiss flags and colourful Swiss cantons flags. On each dining table, there was a floral showpiece made with velvet red roses contrasted with pure white roses in the Swiss flag design. And what a delightful surprise for participants to find Swiss National Day packaging chocolates and either a "Seilbahngondel" or "Alphütte" chocolate gift set as the table prize.

The event started off with welcoming remarks by Tobias Heller, President of Swiss Association of Hong Kong, followed by a speech from Rita Hämmerli-Weschke, our Consul General. An audio address for this special occasion by the President of the Swiss Confederation Didier Burkhalter was delivered subsequently. After that everyone joined in and sang the Swiss National Anthem with gusto.

An irresistible spread of Swiss food and desserts were available on the buffet tables. The sight of Rösti, Raclette, Quiches, Sausages, Zürchergeschetzeltes, Rüebli Torte, Kirsch Torte, etc. one could easily rekindle the love for Swiss comfort food.

There was a good mix of entertainment with Quizes, Alphorn Challenge, Best Swiss Outfit Contest and the Raffle Tickets sales. Everything went smoothly as our charming MCs were great in encouraging the enthusiastic participants to go on stage for some actions and got everyone connected.

Even though far away from home, it was a warm and relaxing evening that engaged fellow Swiss and friends of Switzerland in celebration of The Swiss National Day.  Remember to mark this date in your 2015 calendar and register early.

Our most heartfelt thanks to the following who have helped to make this a memorable event:

  1. The Sponsors with their generous contributions to all the gifts and prizes. Thanks for their support.
  2. Volunteers from the participants who helped at the event registration tables and sales of Raffle Tickets.
  3. Everyone who bought the Raffle Tickets as the funds raised will be donated to a Hong Kong based charitable organisation.
  4. Last but not least, the event team from Swiss Association of Hong Kong, Swiss Chamber of Hong Kong, Swiss Consulate and Swiss International Air Lines who did a great job in organising and managing the logistics of the event.

Find pictures of the event under the following link:
Swiss National Day Pictures

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