New boards members and volunteers recently joined the French Chamber Foundation.
Jean-Baptiste Dabadie, President, and Servane Delahaye, General Manager, gathered the whole team on November 13th around the Honorary President of the Foundation, Ms. Cecilia Cheung.
The 4 new Board members are
When asked about their motivations to join the Board of the Foundation, Thierry says: “I joined the Foundation because I heard of their actions to help the working poor improve their lives and I felt that getting involved in it would be one of the most efficient way for me to give back to Hong Kong, my community.”
Celine says "1 person over 5 leaves under the poverty line in Hong Kong*". I have been surprised by this dramatic figure and amazed to know that the Foundation were actively working on helping people in needs by allowing them having affordable but balanced meals and more importantly finding better jobs. Joining the Foundation is so inspiring and I am happy to give back some time to work on making people life here in Hong Kong better and more pleasant."
As for the volunteers, they now include:
All the Foundation team is working hard to assist the underprivileged in Hong Kong, with the aim of improving their livelihood.
We’re only a few weeks away from Christmas! This year again, a Christmas fair will be organized in each of the 4 lunch clubs, as an opportunity to celebrate with our beneficiaries.
Last year, over 200 underprivileged people gathered for the event, in a very warm and joyful atmosphere.
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Ms. Lau, how to move on after a job loss
Ms. Lau, 47, became unemployed after the company that she worked for ended its business in June 2018. She came to us for help. Thanks to the assistance of the Foundation’s volunteers, she successfully applied for a job as a pet food salesperson.
Ms. Ko, a successful change for a better job
Ms. Ko is 31 years old. She left her position as a saleswoman a few months ago in search for a better place. The social workers in Tsuen Wan noticed she enjoyed interacting with people, and introduced her to a job offer as a cashier and waiter in Lai Chi Kok. She is very happy with her new job and earns a much better salary than before.
The French Chamber Foundation released its Annual report for 2017-2018.
To find out what is happening in the Lunch Clubs, to learn more about our latest achievements, to understand how we help the underprivileged and to discover who is who at the Foundation from the Board of Directors to the Beneficiaries, have a look at the Annual Report 2017-2018. The Annual Report gives you comprehensive information about our activities throughout the past financial year.
A special thanks to our communication partner “Wild at heart” for their contribution to the realization of this report.
To read the full report, click here.
Around 50 people gathered in each of the lunch clubs of Mongkok, Wan Chai and Tsuen Wan for Mid-Autumn Festivals. Activities included lunch gathering, riddle guessing, giving gifts and sharing moon cakes.
In Mongkok, some of the beneficiaries took part themselves in the preparation of the event and were proud of being in charge. In Tsuen Wan, the lunch was also the opportunity to celebrate all birthdays from July to September and share birthday cakes. Those who blew their candles said they were very happy and touched because they had not celebrated their birthday for a long time.
In each location, the event was a big success in a sense that people had a chance to connect together, share their experiences and feelings, and help each other. Even the most reserved ones joined and enjoyed the events. It was a real pleasure to see everyone being involved.
What is “Guessing riddles”?
Guessing (solving) lantern riddles is one of the most important and popular activities of the Lantern Festival. Usually, Lantern owners write riddles on paper notes and pasted them upon the colourful lanterns. People crowd round to guess the riddles. If someone thinks they have the right answer, they can pull the riddle off and go to the lantern owner to check their answer. If the answer is right, there is usually a small gift as a prize.