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Hong Kong private sector donates Covid supplies to vulnerable residents

Hong Kong private sector donates Covid supplies to vulnerable residents

Crowd-donation platform Share for Good says it has received many contributions from businesses, including 20,000 rapid antigen tests and HK$500,000 worth of dining vouchers.
Members of Hong Kong’s private sector have continued to support residents affected by the latest wave of the coronavirus epidemic through donations of medical supplies, daily necessities and services.

Newly launched crowd-donation platform Share for Good said on Thursday it had received a string of donors from businesses, including HK$500,000 (US$63,894) worth of dining vouchers provided by the catering group Cafe de Coral.

Hong Kong-based genetics and DNA testing company Prenetics and genome-research organisation BGI Genomics also donated 10,000 sets of rapid antigen test (RAT) kits each to the platform, which was founded by developer New World Development and features partners including Yan Chai Hospital and more than 30 NGOs.

The donations were then distributed via NGOs to low-income households, families staying in subdivided units, seniors living alone, young cancer patients, people with physical and mental disabilities, homeless residents and members of ethnic minority groups.

The platform also called for individuals and groups to donate 13 urgently needed items including RAT kits, oximeters, cellular SIM cards, supermarket cash vouchers and protective face shields.

“No effort is ever too small and every donation provides meaningful support to those in need,” founder New World Development said in a statement.

Other companies supporting residents during the fifth wave included iMeddy, a start-up nurtured by Polytechnic University. The enterprise has said it will provide a free video medical consultation service on its online healthcare platform to 3,000 Covid-19 patients.

The initiative was supported by an aggregate donation of HK$800,000 from The Y.Elites Association and the Hong Kong Youth Development Alliance.

Other charitable efforts included donations to young people, children and their families, with the newly established Youth Anti-Coronavirus Link set to distribute HK$150 million worth of anti-epidemic supplies donated by Hong Kong-based businesses as well as mainland China’s public and private sector.

The Link will distribute anti-epidemic packages, which will include RAT kits, surgical masks for all ages and data cards for mobile phones.

The first batch of 50,000 packages will be handed out at designated venues across the city on Sunday, with residents eligible to register from 9am on Friday.

The organisation said it aimed to give away 100,000 packages over the coming two weeks and about 300,000 kits overall.

Hong Kong Disneyland has stepped up to support residents by donating Halal food packages and other essential goods to more than 2,000 families from ethnic minority groups through the Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council and The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association. The resort operator said it expected the initiative would help over 10,000 people.

Meanwhile, Hang Lung Properties announced a partnership with Playright Children’s Play Association to donate 1,500 play packs to children in hospital with Covid-19.

The developer also offered two-month-long online interactive play sessions with Playright for 2,000 underprivileged children to help relieve feelings of anxiety and stress during the epidemic.

From the public sector, the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau said it had received more than 160 million RAT kits, which had been procured thanks to the help of the central government.

Other items arriving in the city from the mainland included disinfectant products, more than 320 million facial coverings and 32 million items of protective clothing, including coveralls and gowns, goggles, face shields and gloves.

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