The “Helping Hand HealthBank Cookie Campaign 2017” was over which successfully raised HK$4M to support our elderly homes and services. We would like to extend our thanks to all buyers of cookies and pandas, sponsors, donors, volunteers and supporters. We were particularly grateful to our “Principal Sponsor” HealthBank for their full support.
On 18 Feb we organised our “Share Cookies Share Love Day” event at Hysan Place again and our thanks go to Hysan Development Co Ltd for providing us with such a wonderful venue at no cost. Led by the officiating guest the Hon Ronald Arculli, GBM, CVO, GBS, OBE, JP, a galaxy of stars including Mr Hoffman Cheng, ReVe, Mr Alan Ho, Mr Simon On and Miss Carisa Yan lined up on the stage for the event. We were also much honoured to have superstar Mr Louis Koo selling cookies for us who attracted crowds of people to support! We were thankful to our loyal media partner Metro Broadcast Corporation Ltd for advertising the event on their channels, and Mr William Lam for acting as the Master of Ceremonies again.
The champion award of the Inter-school Cookie Competition was presented publicly on the “Share Cookies Share Love Day” and we are also visiting all winning schools to present in front of the students. Our congratulations to these winning schools:
Champion : W F Joseph Lee Primary School
1st Runner-up : Lingnan Kindergarten & Day Nursery (Siu Sai Wan)
2nd Runner-up : Sha Tin Wai Dr Catherine F Woo Memorial School
3rd Runner-up : SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School
4th Runner-up : Tak Sun School
We first introduced our “Double the Giving Action” in 2008 and were delighted to see the growing support from companies and individuals who bought cookies and pandas and then donated to other needy people in the community. This year we raised a total donation of a record-breaking $500K through this scheme alone. The beneficiaries, apart from our own residents, included the Down Syndrome sufferers, ethnic minority groups, deprived families, underprivileged children and those living in small group homes, victims of domestic violence, solitary elderly living in the community, the handicapped, chronic disease sufferers and street sleepers.
To show our appreciation to our elderly residents and volunteers who participated in the cookie selling this year, we organised a Thank-you Lunch Party on 26 Apr. Over a hundred of old folks, sponsors, volunteers and guests spent a happy afternoon together. We were grateful for the kind donations from Morinda Hong Kong Ltd and our committee member Mrs Siemen Mok to support the lunch cost.
Behind the success of our Cookie Campaign every year, there is a group of elderly residents and volunteers who have given invaluable efforts to the charity sale. Despite advanced years, they sell with vigor and sincerity, and are proud of being able to support their own Helping Hand family and help others in need. If you have a chance to see them selling cookies, please render your support!