Hong Kong public raised record-breaking HK$5.3 million for MSF
MSF Day, the annual fundraising event of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Hong Kong, is held today. As the MSF Day 2014 Honorary Campaign Leader, famous artiste Mr. Moses Chan attended the Finale today and called for public support to donate a day’s income. This year the Campaign has successfully raised more than HK$5.3 million, breaking the record for the event.
Speaking at the Finale, which was held today at iSQUARE in Tsim Sha Tsui, Moses said he was impressed by the humanitarian spirit of the organisation. “The number of places in need of medical care is far more than we can imagine, and MSF is providing the urgent services to patients in the frontline. Their spirit and action deserve our respect.”
Moses said that he knew MSF doctors would go to many places to deliver the much needed aid, but it is only after this Campaign he got to know there are also nurses, engineers and logisticians in the field to make the life-saving work possible. While many Hong Kong people may not be able to join the front line humanitarian work, they can still show their support in different ways. He appealed to the public to join MSF Day and donate a day’s income together with him as a way to cheer the field workers on.
In the ceremony, MSF field worker Dr. Ethan Lee, who is a Taiwanese anaesthetist and just came back from his mission in Afghanistan, shared his front line experience. Having worked with MSF in Syria and Pakistan before, he said that MSF implemented safety measures to protect the field workers, so he was not particularly worried about the security. Although he was very busy and often faced a lot of psychological pressure in the front line, he enjoyed his missions very much.
Mr. Rémi Carrier, the Executive Director of MSF-Hong Kong, also thanked participants for all their support. He highlighted the large number of humanitarian crises around the world at the moment. MSF’s capacity to work in these crises has been stretched to its limit, and ongoing public support is essential in continuing the work. He also highlighted that this year marks the 20th anniversary of MSF-Hong Kong and he hoped that supporters could continue to stand by MSF on the front line.
In the ceremony, Moses and other officiating guests revealed the amount of funds raised on MSF Day and the help that would bring to front line projects. This year, a total of 149 organisations from the private and public sectors are supporting MSF Day.
Hong Kong people can donate through the event website (www.msf.hk/msfday) and all participants will be given a MSF Day bracelet. They can wear it on MSF Day to be identified as a MSF volunteer.
Special thanks to the Key Sponsor Tak Lee Machinery Co Ltd; Medical Action Partners B.B. Battery Co. Ltd., Consolidated Marketing Group Int’l Wealth Management Limited, CNA Metals (Asia) Ltd. and Rayform Limited; Field Supporters BAS (H.K.) Ltd, MGI (Far East) Ltd. and New Plaza Garment Factory Co., Ltd.; and Supporting Companies Centro Design & Furniture Ltd., Dah Chong Hong Limited, King Power Group, OneAsia Network Limited, Oriental Watch Holdings Limited, Platinum 2000 Limited, Tai Shing Group (Holdings) Co Ltd, TPV Technology Ltd. and Twincity (Far East) Ltd.