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Message of greeting by the Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit. 14.05.2004

The Buddy Bears are more than a colourful, tangible part of Berlin. They express people’s longing for peace, freedom and international understanding. That is a message that is sent around the world from Berlin, the city that was once divided.

Last year the 125 Buddy Bears formed a circle next to the Brandenburg Gate a location that, unlike any other, stands as much for the division of Germany as for its peaceful and free reunification.

Thousands of Berlin visitors fell under the spell of the bear-circle. One of these visitors was the film star Jackie Chan, who was filming in Berlin at the time. We are very grateful that he and my Hong Kong counterpart, Tung Chee-hwa, have agreed to be the patrons for the Buddy Bears?journey to Hong Kong.

The Buddy Bears of Berlin are not only ambassadors for a tolerant and cosmopolitan metropolis; they also serve another good cause. Whoever falls under the spell of the bears can buy one at an auction. The proceeds from that auction are in aid of Unicef and other organizations supporting children in need.

I wish the people of Hong Kong happy, but also thoughtful times with the Buddy Bears from Berlin.


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