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  • 23 Jun 2014 20:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Article by Tim-Zi Bethke | 12 November 2014

    The Swiss Association of Hong Kong (SAHK) has always been a great supporter of the Studer Trust, a charitable organization founded in 2004 by the late Peter Gautschi.

    Peter was a Swiss expatriate well known in the hotel business. After his retirement he founded Studer Trust and up to date has completed more than 200 charitable projects, mostly schools in China and Myanmar. The Trust’s philosophy is to keep the bureaucracy to a bare minimum and that hundred percent of the donations are being used for the needy. Still nowadays, all administrative expenses are covered by a privately funded endowment fund.

    Peter passed away in a tragic car crash in June 2013 in Myanmar. Since then the Swiss community has shown its appreciation and respect towards Peter and his legacy in many supporting events and gestures.

    One of them is the Jass-Evening dedicated to Peter. It is a well-known fact that Peter was a passionate Jass-player and regularly seen at the SAHK’s monthly Jass. After Peter’s death, Thomas Burkhalter, the organizer of the Jass Evening, together with friends arranged the “Jass Evening in salutation and remembrance of Peter Gautschi”.

    The first Jass took place in July 2013 and the second Jass this year on the first anniversary of Peter’s death

    It was again a beautiful gathering among old and new friends accompanied by the fine cuisine at the Pacific Club and some fun jokes over the Jass tables. The Studer Trust did also receive generous donations and it would like to express its heartfelt thanks to the SAHK and all friends and supporters.

    For more information please visit www.studertrust.org

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  • 15 Jun 2014 20:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is a popular water sport in Hong Kong. It looks supercool to do SUP but is it an easy sport to learn? SAHK organised a fun day at the beach in June and Evi Pfister shares her experience in the following article.

    Article by Evi Pfister

    On a cloudy Sunday in June a small group gathered in Stanley to try out SUP. After sorting out the right size board for everyone and with some basic instructions, we headed out.

    Luckily the sea was calm and therefore the waves did not cause much challenges. The beginners started with paddling on their knees first and then as they found their balances on the boards worked their way up to standing. We also had a few experienced paddlers and they gladly helped out with tips and made sure none of the kids got lost or paddled too far away from the crowd.

    It was a fun morning and a great end to the activity with a nice lunch at one of the restaurants in Stanley.

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  • 05 Jun 2014 20:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Article by Simona Pinelli

    On 5th June SAHK organized once again a Ladies Night: this time the location was at the Opera House in Wanchai, a nice and peaceful Italian Bistro/Restaurant.

    We were about 15 ladies, enjoying some nice drinks such as "spritz" and enjoying some nice Italian canapés as well as some pizza.

    The evening was so interesting and joyful that some of us stayed for a longer evening, enjoying some nice red wine together with the owner.

    Let's organize another Ladies Night after the summer break and hope that you will join us!

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  • 28 May 2014 20:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Article by Damian Bethke

    Going with the theme of the Year of the Horse, the Swiss Association of Hong Kong together with the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Guangzhou and the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong invited for another edition of the Night at the Races at the legendary Hong Kong Jockey Club.

    The Horse Race is since long an established event for the Swiss people in Hong Kong making it the second biggest event of the year after the Swiss National Day celebration.

    'Some people lost and some people won money but mostly it was just a fun night with friends' found Kesang Spirgi who was involved in the organisation of the event.

    Marco Polo Fine Wines sponsored carefully selected Italian wines made from indigenous grapes (vermentino for white and cannonau for red) which paired very well with the food provided by the Jockey Club.

    Tobias Heller the President of the Swiss Association thanked the guests for their coming and concluded: 'It was another great event and very most likely we will do it again next year!...'

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  • 10 May 2014 20:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Article by Damian Bethke

    The World's Largest Underground High-Speed Rail Station is one of the millennium projects in South East Asia and it was for this reason that the Swiss Association of Hong Kong was keen to offer a presentation about this mega project to its members.

    With Mr. Lukas Fivian, the Technical Director for Josef Gartner & Co., a company  involved in the construction of the facades, the SAHK found a hands-on expert who led through the presentation with rare knowledge and expertise.

    The participants seemingly enjoyed the presentation and used the rare occasion in the subsequent question & answer session to get more insights. Damian Bethke, member of the committee of the SAHK, thanked Lukas for his time - 'We were proud to have Lukas with us today and on behalf of the Swiss Associations of Hong Kong I thank him for this presentation.'

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  • 03 May 2014 20:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Article by Erich Spirgi

    A rather long but an interesting experience for our 16 participants on May 3rd in the Western District.

    With knowledgeable and detailed explanations from our historian guide Jason Wordie, we could jump into the past times of Hong Kong. Sharpening our views and minds we could get a taste on how the Chinese traditionally traded in these markets and how the British built their famous brick and mortar buildings to protect their businesses. The British also attracted the locals into the churches by incorporating a mix of traditional Chinese design elements in their building's architecture.

    While explaining on the roots and importance of the Tai Ping Shan Temple, a lot of questions on the participants' minds were answered as well.

    After passing Hollywood Road we were told about the outbreak of the Tai Ping Shan plague in 1894 . A few blocks away from Hollywood Road is the beautiful Museum of Medical Science and finally our walk ended at the Hong Kong University. 

    Some of us then went for a dinner together after a very educational afternoon that gave us a glimpse of Hong Kong's historical past.

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