For many years now, Conyers’ Hong Kong and Singapore offices have celebrated Chinese New Year by sending custom-made red packet sets to our clients, contacts and friends across Asia and beyond. In 2020 alone, we gave away 5,000 sets of them.
Many local communities, especially school children, have been adversely affected by Covid, and so we have decided to use the resources usually set aside for giving away our branded red packets to help school children in need during this challenging time. Because of Covid, school children are restricted to e-learning and many do not have the e-devices needed for them to attend virtual class. In Singapore, some school children need support for food and tuition.
So for this year, instead of giving red packets, our Hong Kong and Singapore offices have made donations to the following local charities:
- Samsung tablets to the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Jockey Club Media 21
- iPads to the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong
- monetary donation to Singapore’s charity Children’s Wishing Well
Asia was hit by Covid first and it has been over a year fighting the pandemic in the region, and so we want to contribute in a different way this year to help others adversely affected by the pandemic.
If you wonder why you have not received our red packets this year, please know that we instead have dedicated our efforts to help those in need and we were able to do that because of all your support. You are part of the reason why we are able to help these children.
We wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous Year of the Ox!
About the charities
The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) is the city’s largest youth service organisation. Since its establishment in 1960, the HKFYG has been providing opportunities and facilities for the social, educational, cultural, emotional and physical development of young people. Income is obtained primarily from government subvention, as well as grants from the Community Chest of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, other trust funds, programme fees, and both private and corporate donations. The HKFYG, through its youth membership network, provides quality services that address the issues and concerns of young people and promotes healthy all-round development. Over 80 service units organise more than 25,000 activities annually, with attendance to the various programmes now standing at nearly six million a year. Over 450,000 registered members are engaged through the online platform, easymember.hk and the HKFYG app.
Founded in 1936, The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) is one of the longest serving local non-government organisations dedicated to the welfare of children and youth. Their mission to achieve a balanced and happy environment for the nurturing and growth of our young – physically, intellectually and emotionally – has never wavered in our focus of “Nurture the Young, Create the Future”. In response to rapid changes of our social milieu in recent years, BGCA has established new services in the context of early childhood intervention offered to children at pre-school age, those with special educational needs and their families requiring enhanced parenting support.
BGCA currently delivers services in Hong Kong through over 140 service points and reaches over 190,000 people this year, including over 70,000 members, thus pursuing likewise our coverage of “BGCA All The Way”.
Children’s Wishing Well is a registered charity and IPC founded since 2002. We won the Charity Transparency Award 2019 accorded by MCCY. Their beneficiaries are children from low-income families and disadvantaged backgrounds. Their parents could be unemployed, ill, have abandoned them, or are incarcerated in jail. Children’s Wishing Well serves the needs of more than 1,000 children and youth each year across all their programmes and centres. They are aged 7 to 12 and currently attending Primary Schools in Singapore. Conyers’ donation will go to ‘general donation’ where funding will be diverted towards the areas of greatest need.