Enable Field Volunteers Promptly Response to Emergencies

"MSF Day 2008" will be held tomorrow. With the slogan of "Let's Donate a Day's Income and Volunteer for MSF", we invite the public to join "MSF Day 2008" and donate a day's income to support the worldwide medical relief work of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). With the kind support from the public and the private companies, MSF Hong Kong has raised more than HK$ 2.5 million.

The Campaign Finale of the "MSF Day 2008" is held at Citywalk today. Mr Dick van der Tak, Executive Director of MSF Hong Kong, mentions the two devastating emergencies in Asia a few months ago, namely cyclone in Myanmar and earthquake in Sichuan, led to hundreds of thousands of casualties. MSF quickly mobilised 250 volunteers to the affected area, distributing relief items and providing medical assistance once the cyclone occurred. And MSF sent relief teams to Sichuan two days after the massive earthquake, and they continue to provide mental health care to the victims.

Dick emphasises the financial contribution to MSF general funds from the public, including the fund raised in "MSF Day" campaign, is so important that it enables MSF to act immediately to alleviate suffering in Myanmar, Sichuan as well as other natural and man-made disasters. These non-earmarked donations allow MSF to react swiftly to emergencies as soon as they occur, without launching a specific fundraising emergency appeal. They also give MSF the flexibility to provide independent medical aid to those who need it most. With the public support to MSF Day, "it makes the humanitarian work carried out by our doctors, nurses and other professionals possible," he adds.

Officiating guest and Executive Council Member Prof. the Honourable Anthony Cheung Bing-leung salutes to MSF volunteers who provide medical humanitarian aid to people worldwide. He shares that although he and many citizens cannot go to the front line, by donating a day's income to MSF, they can also share the volunteering spirit of MSF. Mr. Anthony Wu Ting-yuk, Chairman of Hospital Authority, also echoes that HA sent posters and mass emails to encourage the colleagues who cannot join the front-line relief work to join "MSF Day 2008".

Prof. Joseph Sung Jao-yiu, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of CUHK, says the Faculty always encourages medical students to know more about humanitarian work, hoping that more students will participate in humanitarian work in the future. And joining MSF Day is another good way to support MSF's humanitarian work, he adds. Film director Mr. Stephen Fung Tak-lun, who experienced earthquake in Taiwan several years ago, thanks MSF volunteers for providing mental health assistance to the victims in Sichuan and help them overcome the trauma.

Since the launch of "MSF Day 2008" in April, 97 companies and organisations from private and public sectors, together with government departments and individual donors, have shown their great support. Participants will wear the "MSF Day Badge" together and experience the volunteering spirit of MSF tomorrow.

Celebrities including Mr. John Tsang, Financial Secretary and the "MSF Day 2008 Honourable Campaign Leader", have shown their support to the campaign in the videos of encouragement. Please visit www.msf.org.hk/msfday.

Special thanks to the Key Sponsor New World Department Stores Limited, the Field Supporter RCG (Hong Kong) Ltd, the Supporting Companies including AsiaWorld-Expo Management Limited, Blue Cross (Asia Pacific) Insurance Ltd, Centro Design & Furniture Limited, Chen Hsong Group, Chinese Estates Holdings Limited, Citicall Retail Management Ltd, Decca Holdings Limited, East Ocean Victoria City Restaurant (HK Group), Freeman Corporation Limited, Oriental Watch Holdings Limited, Pacific Andes International Holdings Limited, Shun Tak Holdings Ltd, Tai Shing Group (Holdings) Company Limited, United Italian Corp. (HK) Ltd, and the Other Supporting Companies including DP World, Inland Revenue Department Sports Association, Okia Optical Co. Ltd and Triple Faith Engineering & Supply Ltd.



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