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Press Release 20 June 2017

Hong Kong Association of Banks announces launch of Food for Love Project

The Hong Kong Association of Banks ("HKAB") upholds its mission "Banks and the Community, We Care We Share" by bringing the industry's joint effort to care for the community. This year, in response to the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and its theme "Together • Progress • Opportunity", HKAB partners with a social enterprise CookEasy under Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and launches the "Food for Love Project" to raise public's concern over community needs.

The Project supports the operation of CookEasy to offer job opportunities to the disabled in preparation of food packs. With the support of bank volunteers from HKAB, the Project will make available fresh and nutritious food packs to the elderly, low income and single-parent families.

Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Chief Secretary for Administration of the HKSAR Government; Mrs. Ann Kung, Acting Chairperson of HKAB; and members from the HKAB Main Committee jointly officiated at the kick-off ceremony held today at iBakery Cafe. Representatives of HKAB took the opportunity to introduce the details of the Project, followed by demonstration of food packs preparation by staff from CookEasy.

Mr. Cheung said, "To people with disabilities, employment means much more than a job. It is symbolic of society's recognition over their ability. The Government will continue to implement multi-pronged measures to promote employment of people with disabilities. I hope that the Food for Love Project will enable friends of the Hong Kong Association of Banks to understand more the ability of people with disabilities, so as to provide people with disabilities with more internships and job opportunities."

Mrs. Kung said, "The Hong Kong Association of Banks hopes to raise the public's awareness of the disadvantaged through the HKAB Food for Love Project. We hope to express our care to the elderly who are living alone and the low-income families by delivering fresh food packs. Meanwhile, we also hope to support the employment of people with disabilities through the Project, thereby showing our long-term commitment to caring for the community and supporting the disadvantaged."

HKAB Food for Love Project covers the period from July to December and seven districts including Tin Shui Wai, Tuen Mum, Kwai Tsing, Sham Shui Po, Tsuen Wan, Tai Kok Tsui and Southern District. HKAB will join hands with volunteers from youth and women organisations to prepare lunch for the elderly living alone and deliver food packs by person to more than 10,000 beneficiaries.

HKAB and the banking industry are dedicated to caring the community and have been organising volunteer work and events to raise public awareness on banking services and financial knowledge. The Food for Love Project is also an accredited event celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.


The Hong Kong Association of Banks
20 June 2017


Photo captions:

Photo 1: Mrs Ann Kung, Acting Chairperson of HKAB and Deputy Chief Executive of Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited, states that HKAB continues to uphold its mission "Banks and the Community. We care, We Share" and introduces the HKAB Food for Love Project to embrace social inclusion.




Photo 2: Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBS, JP, Chief Secretary for Administration states that through Food for Love Project, HKAB will understand more about the ability of people with disabilities, so as to provide them with more internships and job opportunities.




Photo 3: Representatives of HKAB introduce the Food for Love Project, with staff from Cook Easy demonstrating how to make a fresh food pack.




Photo 4: Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBS, JP, Chief Secretary for Administration (middle); Mrs Ann Kung, Acting Chairperson of HKAB (6th from left); and Committee members of HKAB jointly officiate at the launch ceremony of the HKAB Food for Love Project.




Photo 5: Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBS, JP, Chief Secretary for Administration and representatives of HKAB Committee members give food packs to the beneficiaries.




Photo 6: Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBS, JP, Chief Secretary for Administration; Mrs Ann Kung, Acting Chairperson of HKAB; representatives from HKAB Committee; Dr. Lee Yuk Lun, JP, Chairman of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals; and beneficiaries attend the launch ceremony of the HKAB Food for Love Project to kick-start a series of volunteering activities.





Media enquiries:
HKAB Secretariat
Contact no.: 2521 1160 / 2521 1169


 


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