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Philanthropy – News      2015/11/29


The opening ceremony of HSBC Community Festival was held at the HSBC Main Building today. With this year’s theme “Bringing People Together”, the recipients of grants from HSBC Community Partnership Programme arranged a wide range of interactive games and performances today, at Chater Road in Central and at 18 districts of Hong Kong in supporting social participation and community partnership. 

The Honourable Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, GBS, JP, Chief Secretary for Administration, The Government of the HKSAR co-officiated the launch ceremony with Ms. Helen Wong, Chief Executive, Greater China, HSBC, Ms. Diana Cesar, Chief Executive, Hong Kong, HSBC, Dr. Rosanna Wong, DBE, JP, Non-Executive Chairperson, Hongkong Bank Foundation, Mr. Chua Hoi Wai, Chief Executive, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Ms. Carol Yip, JP, Director of Social Welfare, Mrs Candy YEUNG, JP, Assistant Director of Home Affairs. 

Five special awards were presented at the launch ceremony today in recognition of the outstanding initiatives by the charity partners. The outstanding District Efforts Award goes to Kowloon City, while ‘The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups – ‘Love to Gather’ Inclusive Arts Project wins the Outstanding Community Project Award. The project led by Mr. Andy Wong, a renowned dancer and choreographer, best exemplified the theme “Bringing People Together” by encouraging community participation which fosters the talents and embraces capabilities of the community. It promotes the spirit of integration and social inclusion by gathering 40 young dancers, 15 students in wheelchair and 20 mentally challenged persons to perform interactively with sign languages and dance movements at HSBC Community Festival today. 

Mr. Chua Hoi Wai, Chief Executive, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service said, ‘The HSBC Community Partnership Programme has opened up a wide range of opportunities for people to serve, share, learn and innovate for the betterment of the community. Through participation and collaboration, our community is growing sustainably. The HSBC Community Festival today amplifies this achievement by bringing people across the 18 districts celebrate together.’ 

After the opening ceremony, officiating guests also toured the HSBC Community Festival at Chater Road. The festival featured multi-cultural performances, photo booths and interactive games including a “Time Tunnel” that provides new perspectives on the meaning of “young” and “old”, an opportunity to learn about international humanitarian relief work by putting on armour for a land mine-clearing experience, rugby and African drum training and showing your love and care to your loved ones by sending out postcards. Part of Chater Road was transformed into an herbal garden for people to enjoy the beauty of nature and learn the medicinal value of different herbs. Free arts and craft workshops were also provided. 

To encourage public participation in the HSBC Community Festival, a photo-taking activity called “Photo In Your Community” was held. People uploaded group photos taken at the HSBC Community Festival in all 18 districts to the Facebook Fan page and hashed tag the district in which they were taken and shared the happy moment with everyone 

The HSBC Community Partnership Programme, which is supported by the Home Affairs Department, the Social Welfare Department and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), was launched in 2012. It aims to inspire district-based community initiatives to foster a more inclusive society and to enhance cross-sector collaboration. In 2015, a total of HKD18 million is being allocated to 163 district-based community initiatives across 18 districts in Hong Kong through this Community Partnership Programme. These initiatives cover a wide range of social service, including activities supporting child and youth development, caring for the elderly, family support, community harmony and environmental protection. HSBC has appointed HKCSS to administer the applications and monitor the funded projects. 

HSBC Community Partnership Programme 2015 – Award Winners

Outstanding Community Project Award

The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups – 
‘Love to Gather’ Inclusive Arts Project

Outstanding District Efforts Award

Kowloon City

Outstanding Collaborative Partnerships Award

Po Leung Kuk – 
All Around Blessing Cultural Community Project

Outstanding Creativity Award

Senior Citizen Home Safety Association – 
When We Were 60

Outstanding Participation Award

Tung Wah Group of Hospitals – 
Art for LOVE–Caring for the elderly people with dementia

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Notes to Editors: 
The Hong Kong Council of Social Service 
The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) is a federation of non-government social service agencies of Hong Kong. The Council represents 440 Agency Members, providing quality social welfare services through their 3,000 operating units in Hong Kong. We are committed to build a social service sector that is highly accountable, efficient, effective and responsive to social needs, upholding the long-term sustainable development of society and the well-being of our citizens. 

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited 
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited is the founding member of the HSBC Group, which serves around 48 million customers through four global businesses: Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Global Private Banking. The Group serves customers worldwide from over 6,100 offices in 72 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. With assets of USD2,549bn at 30 September 2015, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.