(Hong Kong．26 October 2017) The Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) held its annual Donor Award Ceremony today in recognition of the generosity and support from different corporations, organizations and donors. In the year 2016/17, we received nearly HK$100 million donations from the general public which enables us to provide timely humanitarian services during crises and emergencies, to conduct on-going post-disaster recovery and disaster preparedness, to provide humanitarian services in a stable manner, and to carry out educational programmes to engage more people to participate in humanitarian work.
Addressing the opening of the ceremony to guests and participants, Mrs. Ivy Wu, JP, Chairman of the HKRC, said, “The HKRC dedicates to provide various humanitarian services to the needy from blood transfusion service, disaster relief and preparedness, volunteer programmes to first aid, community care and special education and rehabilitation services. On behalf of the HKRC, I would like to express my grateful appreciation to the public, all donors, corporations, organizations and the government for your continuous support to sustain our humanitarian works to better serve our community.”
Ms. Bonnie So, Secretary General of the HKRC, further explained the use of donations and introduced the 5-year strategic plan of the organization. “A corporate strategic goal is set that we hope to lead and mobilize the general public to act and voice out for humanity. We will utilize our experience to serve the needy timely with appropriate assistance.”
Mr. Szeto Kin-tat, Humanitarian Education Centre Manager of the HKRC and Ms. Eliza Cheung, Clinical Psychologist of the HKRC who was just returned from a humanitarian mission in Bangladesh, shared the development of humanitarian education and psychological support service in the coming years. In addition, donors were invited to tour around the HKRC Headquarters and thus to understand more about our facilities for conducting a variety of humanitarian services.
In the ceremony, 174 organizations and donors were granted different awards from 12 categories, including “Annual Big Donors Award: Red”, “Annual Regular Big Donors Award: Diamond / Red”, “Loyal Regular Donors Award: Diamond – 10-year continual donation / Gold – 5-year continual donation / Red – 3-year continual donation”, “Long Term Award: Diamond – donations for 120 times / Gold – donations for 60 times / Red – donations for 36 times”, “Donation-In-Kind Award: Gold / Red” and “Media Support Award: Diamond”.
About the Hong Kong Red Cross
Established in 1950, the Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and the world’s humanitarian network operating in 190 countries. We dedicate ourselves to protecting human life, caring for the health of the vulnerable and respecting human dignity by mobilizing people to serve for the causes of humanity. The HKRC services include blood transfusion service, bone marrow and cord blood donation, disaster relief and preparedness, first aid and health training, youth and volunteer programmes, tracing, psychological support, community care and patient concern services, special education and rehabilitation services. For details, please visit www.redcross.org.hk.
About the “Friends of Red Cross”
Intending to bring together a group of ambitious people, apart from regular donations, to share their care and love to people in need while promoting humanity to people around, “Friends of Red Cross” is found in July 2009. Stable donation income is important to make our humanitarian works sustainable so that we can further develop our services effectively, as well as to fulfil our mission of “Protecting Human Life, Caring for the Health of the Vulnerable and Respecting Human Dignity”. Visit www.redcross.org.hk/forc for more details.
Mrs. Ivy Wu, JP, Chairman of the HKRC expresses heartfelt thanks for the support and trust from the community
Ms. Bonnie So, Secretary General of the HKRC presents the use of donations and introduces the 5-year strategic plan of the HKRC during the ceremony
Mr. Alan Chow, Director of the HKRC, Mr. Stephen Ma, Director of the HKRC and Ms. Bonnie So, Secretary General of the HKRC take a group picture with all awardees and guests
Donors and guests visit the HKRC Headquarters after the ceremony to have a better understanding of our facilities and humanitarian services
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