Today is MSF Day, the annual fundraising event of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Hong Kong. This year, singer-songwriter Ms. Ellen Loo is the Principal Guest of the MSF Day Finale to call for public support in donating today’s income and volunteering for MSF. The event has so far raised over HKD$6.3 million to support humanitarian work in over 60 countries.
MSF Day 2015 Finale was held in Megabox in Kowloon Bay today. When asked why she supported MSF Day, she said she had heard about MSF since she was young and agreed very much with MSF’s spirit of recognizing people’s rights to access healthcare and treating them regardless of their nationalities, races and religious beliefs. So she accepted the invitation to be the Principal Guest straight away.
Ellen, who is also an amateur painter, gave more of her time to prepare an oil painting, which was presented in the Finale as tribute to MSF field workers. The painting uses the French name of the organisation “Médecins Sans Frontières” as the main theme, with blue and red splash-ink as background. “Red and blue are strong colours. The red paint represents blood vessels and rivers. It means MSF field workers infiltrating every corner of the world and helping different people,” Ellen explained.
Ellen’s painting was received by MSF field workers Dr. Akin Chan and Mr. Chiu Cheuk-pong on behalf of MSF. In the Finale, they shared their field experience in Pakistan, South Sudan and the Ebola affected area in Liberia where they had joined front line humanitarian work.
Mr. Rémi Carrier, Executive Director of MSF-Hong Kong, thanked participants for their support. He highlighted the humanitarian situation in South Sudan, where many people have been displaced because of violent conflicts, as well as West Africa, where the Ebola epidemic is still devastating the health system. He urged the public to side with MSF in delivering much needed assistance to the vulnerable populations.
In the ceremony, Ellen and other officiating guests introduced MSF’s work in various locations on a map, while MSF Day’s sponsors placed car magnets on the roads connecting these locations, as a symbol of their support for MSF in accessing those in need.
This year a total of 90 organisations from the public and private sectors, 22 government departments and 5,700 individuals support MSF Day, raising a record-breaking amount of over HKD$6.3 million. Moreover, around 600 students from 47 kindergartens, primary and secondary schools were recruited as Student Ambassadors of MSF Day to help raise awareness amongst their friends and families about humanitarian work.
From today until 7 August, Hong Kong people can donate through the event website (www.msf.hk/msfday) to support MSF Day and volunteer for MSF. All participants will be given an MSF Day bracelet as a recognition of their volunteering spirit.
Special thanks to the Key Sponsor Tak Lee Machinery Co Ltd; Medical Action Partners: BB Group Co. Ltd., Consolidated Marketing Group International Wealth Management Limited, CNA Metals (Asia) Ltd., Rayform Limited and Watsons Hong Kong; Field Supporters: BAS (H.K.) Ltd., New Plaza Garment Factory Co. Ltd. and The Revolution Group Company Limited; and Supporting Companies: Centro Design & Furniture Ltd., Dah Chong Hong Holdings Limited, Oriental Watch Holdings Ltd, Tai Shing Group (Holdings) Co Ltd and TPV Technology Ltd.