The Hong Kong Jockey Club helped kick off the “Celebrations for All” campaign today (11 June), spreading love to many community members, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). It is one of the many anniversary initiatives organised by the Government, which the Club is supporting through an approved donation of HK$630 million.
Club Chairman Philip Chen joined Chief Executive of the HKSAR Carrie Lam in distributing gift packs to the underprivileged in Wong Tai Sin district. Also participating were Acting Secretary for Home Affairs of the HKSAR Government Jack Chan, Club Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges and Executive Director, Charities and Community, Leong Cheung.
Club Chairman Philip Chen said: “I am truly delighted to attend today’s event and to take this opportunity to send love and care to the families we visited. Supporting our community and working for its betterment has been the Club’s purpose over the past 25 years and we remain dedicated to it. This campaign highlights the importance of caring, connecting and spreading love, especially to those most in need, as together we build stronger communities. In everything we do, the Club is fully committed to Hong Kong - that will never change.”
The “Celebrations for All” campaign is spearheaded by the Home Affairs Department and implemented by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) across Hong Kong’s 18 districts. There will be home visits to those in need and support to help them participate in city-wide and district celebratory activities. Volunteers from participating NGOs will visit around 300,000 households and present them with gift packs.
The Club’s employee CARE@hkjc team is helping to prepare the packs and taking part in home visits to share positivity with families. Joining the CARE@hkjc team today and participating as one of the volunteers, Club CEO Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges said, “I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to our colleagues in CARE@hkjc team for their efforts throughout the pandemic. They have devoted their own time and personal effort to help the community, all of which demonstrate the city’s resilience and ‘can-do’ spirit.”
The Club’s support for this project, like all of its charity donations, is made possible by its unique integrated business model through which racing and wagering generate tax and charity support for the community.
Over the last 25 years, the Club has grown together with the community, creating one of Hong Kong’s most iconic and global brands and becoming a world-leader in the sport of horse racing. Today, as the largest taxpayer in Hong Kong and one of the ten largest charitable donors in the world, the Club is resolute in pursuing its purpose of acting continuously for the betterment of our society, all in support of creating stronger communities together.