On 1st of February, over 80 guests joined our annual cocktail generously hosted at the Residence of the Consul General of France in Hong Kong & Macao, Mr. Eric Berti. A crucial moment for the development of the Foundation in 2018.
Once again, our annual cocktail proved to be a great success. Companies, donors, volunteers, social workers and board members joined the event. In a series of interviews generously moderated by Kieran Cash from the French Chamber of Commerce and volunteer at the Foundation, guests had the opportunity to meet three faces of the Foundation while learning more about the impact the Foundation has in improving low-income workers’ living standards.
Foundation’s President Jean Baptiste Dabadie introduced last year’s figures and latest achievements to the audience. “From 35,000 meals served in 2016, we reached 42,000 this year” he said. With 35% of coached members who successfully found a better job last year. Insisting on the fact that the project had only 4 years of existence, Jean-Bapiste Dabadie pointed out highly encouraging results.
Kieran Cash then introduced Lee Lee, one of the Mong Kok Centre’ beneficiary. She discovered the Foundation two years ago and explained the sense of this initiative in providing a supporting environment and empowering self-confidence among the local community. She was followed by Thierry Neveux, Asia-Pacific Director of Moulin Roty, willing to highlight the unique opportunity for managers to promote social inclusion and responsibility in Hong Kong by hiring people helped by the Foundation.
An event that introduced 2018 in the most positive manner for the Foundation and its members, committed to have a decisive impact in the months to come.
For mid-January, the Foundation is proud to announce the launch of a new communication strategy on social media. Each week, you will meet the people who contribute and those concerned by the actions of the French Chamber Foundation. Beneficiaries, volunteers, donors, staff and board members will share their stories and thoughts on why the Foundation matters to them.
Join us soon on Facebook– 'Humans of the French Chamber Foundation'.
Ms. Fong in Tsuen Wan
Ms. Fong, a 25-year old single mother, struggled the direction of life and could not find a proper job. It was difficult for her parents to be financially supporting her and she would like to find ways to raise her child. Introduced by one of her friends, she had received the help from the Foundation and started working as a tutor in a community centre, which gave her economic stability.
Mr. Lam in Mong Kok
Mr. Lam was an ERB student of Barista Training when he came to the Foundation Club services. He originally had a part-time overnight job, but he needs to take care of his children. He looked for assistance to find a better job in Hong Kong-style diners, so he was invited to join the Milk Tea training organized by "Black & White", where he could enhance his skill sets. Finally, he successfully got an internship opportunity after the training program, which helped him find a full-time job in a Hong Kong-style diner afterwards.
Over 50 people gathered in each lunch club for our annual Christmas fair. Gifts, chocolates and pastries were distributed to the Lunch Club beneficiaries. Games were also organized in a very warm and joyful atmosphere. The Foundation thanks all the sponsors for their generosity.
Laury PACE, Volunteer and Organizer of the French Chamber Gala
Kieran CASH, Volunteer and Communications Manager at the French Chamber
Who are you?
LP: I lived in Hong Kong for the last six years. I joined the staff of the French Chamber of Commerce two and a half years ago as membership and event manager. One of my mission is to organize the annual gala of the Chamber aiming at raising funds for the Foundation.
KC: I worked at the French Chamber for one year and a half now. Laury and I are both volunteers of the Foundation. Every Friday, a staff member of the Chamber and one person from the Business Center go to the Lunch Club in Wan Chai to distribute pastries offered by Maison Eric Kayser.
Why does it matter to both of you?
KC: The people at the Lunch Club could be the person opening the door for you every morning or somebody you buy the newspaper from in the street. Helping the Lunch Club is a way of seeing another side of the city I live in and giving something back to the community.
LP: The idea is to create a true dialogue with the beneficiaries, trying to brighten up their daily life. Dedicating a lunch time to help low-income-workers is my way to thank Hong Kong for welcoming foreigners and allowing them to settle there. It is also about sharing.
Something that surprised you during your last visit?
LP: I realized how much the beneficiaries were happy as we are to share their own culture and I must say that some of them are even really familiar with France!
Three words to describe the foundation?
KC: Generosity, Caring & Meeting. The last one means a lot to me. Even if some beneficiaries are not English-speakers, meeting them is always enriching. It is my contribution to thank the Hong Kong community for all it gave me until now.