This year, with students learning from home due to class suspensions, access to computers and internet connections has become more important than ever. To help students from less-resourced families, the Group has joined hands with the Hong Kong Innovation Foundation (HKIF) to donate over 1,000 laptops with mobile data SIM cards to students from Primary 4 to Secondary 3. HKIF is also working with the Hong Kong Baptist University to offer training and job opportunities to university students as tutors to provide online learning support, and will conduct workshops and webinars to help students to unleash their potential in technology and innovation. All these have been made possible thanks to gracious support from partners including Google CS First, Microsoft Hong Kong and 3 Hong Kong.
The Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation has donated essential food items such as rice, noodles, hot meal coupons and drinks in collaboration with community partners, including the Society for Community Organization, Asbury Methodist Social Service, Christian Concern for the Homeless Association, St James’ Settlement, Kwun Tong Methodist Social Service and The Zubin Foundation. The NTFCF also engaged community kitchen Joyous Kitchen to use donated frozen food, rice and condiments to prepare nutritious hot meals. The NTFCF has donated around 40,000 meals through this programme.
The NTFCF and Sino Hotels have also launched a meal donation programme to provide 3,200 hot meal boxes for the needy. Sino Hotels chefs prepared nutritious meal boxes for care centres run by the J Life Foundation and The Church of Grace in Resurrection to distribute to people in Jordan, Mong Kok and Sham Shui Po. Ms Elli Fu, the Founder and CEO of the J Life Foundation said, ‘Food has always been the most direct and important support for people in our community. We are very grateful to Sino Hotels and the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation for their support during this critical time.’
In addition, the NTFCF gifted 4,200 packs to 42 elderly homes in August to support their frontline carers who have been taking care of the elderly. The gift packs included nutrition drinks, vitamin tablets, pain relief patches and disinfection products, and were delivered by volunteer partners. Beneficiaries included The Chinese Rhenish Church Hong Kong Synod, Heung Hoi Ching Kok Lin Association, Hong Kong Christian Service, Kiangsu Chekiang and Shanghai Residents (Hong Kong) Association, Sik Sik Yuen and The Women’s Welfare Club (Eastern District) Hong Kong.
The health and well-being of staff are our first and foremost concern. The Group distributed 10,000 care packs to employees in August, the second time this year. We wish all staff, partners and the wider community all the best in this testing period, and we remain committed to supporting the community.