Hong Kong Red Cross - Legacy Giving Stories and Donation Method


Legacy Giving Stories and Donation Method

Uncle Ho is sharing the story of his sister's legacy giving

Uncle Ho is sharing the story of his sister's legacy giving, hoping to inspire more people in the community to donate their inheritance, spreading love in humanity.

"Departing whilst spreading love in the world and helping more people in need – as a younger brother, how could I not be supportive?" Uncle Ho, age 75, assisted in donating part of his sister's estate to the Hong Kong Red Cross three years ago. Ms. Ho died of cancer.

Uncle Ho was not overly saddened by the past, instead, he smiled and said "Finally, I can fulfil her wish, as the donation will benefit more people in need." More than ten years ago, illness struck. Uncle Ho's sister suffered from nasopharyngeal cancer. Her treatment at the hospital required many blood transfusions. "At that time, my brother-in-law was no longer around. My sister was at the hospital, battling the disease alone. She was very brave and was able to overcome challenge after challenge. She was fortunate to receive blood transfusions from the Hong Kong Red Cross every time.” Uncle Ho said that his sister was grateful, and she also hoped to give back to the Hong Kong Red Cross and do her best to help others. This prompted her to make a will and donate part of her estate to the Hong Kong Red Cross.

Uncle Ho was not surprised by his sister's decision. "My brother-in-law had already passed, they have no children, and since the livelihoods of our siblings were not a concern, donating her inheritance to charitable organizations could have a greater impact than we expect. This is leaving a legacy of love in the world.” He knew that donations could help more people in need in our society. “Talking the talk and walking the walk, my sister was committed to donate her inheritance to charitable organizations. This is a commendable act and deserves support."

Uncle Ho acknowledged that the public does not know much about "legacy giving". In addition, estate planning and will making are considered taboos in Chinese culture. Many people choose not to touch on this issue when they are alive, and eventually fail to make good use of their estate to help more people in need upon their death. He hopes that his sister's selfless donation will enable the Hong Kong Red Cross to deliver more humanitarian services, benefit more vulnerable groups in our community, and at the same time, influence more people to participate in legacy giving to continue spreading the great love. "What's more? The process of legacy giving – from collecting information, to making a will, to getting relatives and friends on board for inheritance execution – is not complicated at all. Plan in advance so that more vulnerable groups can benefit – it's a no-brainer!"



Rose is sharing the story of her father-in-law and mother-in-law's legarcy giving


"The first sentence of my father-in-law's will says, 'I hope my children and grandchildren can continue to do good deeds and help those in need."

Twelve years ago, Rose's mother-in-law was diagnosed with leukaemia and required blood transfusions twice a week. At that time, the chemotherapy course was very hard on her mother-in-law. Her body would only feel a little better after each blood transfusion. Eighteen months later, Rose's mother-in-law lost her battle and left them. Rose's family have been eternally grateful for the services that Hong Kong Red Cross provided them for many years. After her mother-in-law left, they donated part of the inheritance to the Hong Kong Red Cross, hoping to take this opportunity to give back to the community.

Before Rose's father-in-law left them last year, he still remembered the help he had received from Hong Kong Red Cross during their hard times. He often mentioned several charities, including Hong Kong Red Cross, which he considered reliable that did tangible work to help people. As a beneficiary family, he hoped to give back. "Father-in-law was very open about his imminent death and expressed his wishes to us. Although we were all  saddened when carrying out father-in-law's will, we were also very calm and relieved to fulfill his wishes simultaneously."

Rose said that, "the donation process is not complicated. If you clearly know your wish, it is immensely helpful to find someone you trust to help you execute them, because when you leave this world, there's nothing you can do anymore." Rose said that she learned a lot from her father and mother-in-law, "My father-in-law and mother-in-law both had a kind and grateful heart. My mother-in-law often said, 'Do what should be done, and don't do what is bad.' My father-in-law often did many charitable acts and we as children, will strive to continue carrying their spirit of caring moving forward."


 Moon is sharing the story of his legarcy giving


"There are too many uncontrollable in life and I don't know when I will die. Make a will to distribute your assets according to your wishes, you can change the contents of the will at any time anyways, it should be dealt with as soon as possible." Moon, 39, shared.


Most people think that creating a will is something only the older generation does, but Moon made one while she was still young. "A family member passed away a while ago, and the situation happened abruptly. What happened gave me a deep understanding of the impermanence of life. If I pass away in the future, I hope that all arrangements will be carried out according to my own wishes rather than having to follow legal arrangements." Since Moon joined Hong Kong Red Cross as a child, she deeply recognized the organization's purpose and values, which is why she chose Hong Kong Red Cross as her will beneficiary organization without hesitation.


Talking about the significance of making a legacy donation, Moon said earnestly that "money is not the most important thing. When I die, if the money I leave can help those in need, it will not only perpetuate my heart, but also make my life worthwhile." Since making a will was something Moon had to do anyways, she feels very calm afterwards. "The process of making a will is very simple. As long as you express your wishes, the lawyer will arrange it, which is highly flexible. If you change your wishes in the future, you can also modify it at any time. This matter should be dealt with when you are cognitively coherent. It is best to have a plan in life."

 Song Guang is sharing the story of his legarcy giving


"I'm not a rich man, I don't have much money, but if I still have something left after a hundred years, I hope I can leave it to those in need." 79-year-old Tan Songguang shared.


Song Guang, 79, who lives alone in a public housing estate has been retired for nearly 20 years. He is not only a member of the Hong Kong Red Cross Society for Senior Citizens, but is also an active volunteer for many non-profit organizations serving in various districts. Songguang smiled and said, "I have many perquisites for choosing where to volunteer. I have served in Hong Kong Red Cross for 10 years already. I feel that the organization is reliable and truly helps people. Volunteering makes my life more fulfilling. In fact, the work is mutually beneficial. The days of being a volunteer are sometimes even busier than going to work."


When it comes to inheritance donations, Uncle Tan used to shy away and said with a smile, "I have always considered setting up a will, but I am afraid that it will be auspicious, and I don't want to pass away so quickly." However, after learning more about life and death education, he believes that "establishing a will does not mean anything bad, but rather it can help avoid disputes when dealing with one's wishes." Uncle Tan is someone who plans everything regardless of his daily activities to afterlife arrangements. After realising there is nothing much he can take away with him, he hopes to "do as much as possible, and leave a little of what he has to future generations" with what he will leave behind, so he made a will with his younger brother as the executor. "The whole process is very simple, and after completing this wish, I feel very calm."


Donation Method via a Will

Information you might need for Making a Will Donation registration:
Organization Name: Hong Kong Red Cross
Address: 19 Hoi Ting Road, West Kowloon
IR. No. (Tax Exemption): 91/356
Company No./Society Reference No.: SO9000004


Donate specific assets to the Hong Kong Red Cross as you wish. For assistance in writing a will and listing the Hong Kong Red Cross as a beneficiary, please contact "ForeverGift.hk"

"ForeverGift.hk" is a legacy giving platform, to promote legacy giving through will-making service. You could make a will with the help of the solicitors and are invited to include Hong Kong Red Cross in your will. Your gift can enable us to sustain and extend our humanitarian works to the vulnerable and needy around the world.

ForeverGift.hk would assign a Hong Kong practising lawyer to write your will according to your wishes. When the will is ready, you would be able to meet the lawyer and have your will signed and witnessed at the lawyer' s office. It' s a simple and easy way to make a legally effective will.

To make your Will for free, please register through:

i: This website: https://www.forevergift.hk/hkredcross-eng

ii: WhatsApp: (852) 5468 3635 (ForeverGift.hk)


If you have any enquiries about the above, or plan to donate a Will or the policy sum to the Hong Kong Red Cross, please contact:

Ms. Linda Law, Donor Relationship Manager, Communications and Resource Development

Tel: +852 2507 7508

Email: linda.law@redcross.org.hk