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Bringing the spirit of giving into work
I love kids and have enjoyed many of my interactions with them.
Which is why my favourite CSR event of this year would be organising our office’s participation in the Ronald McDonald House Charities Open Day, which was held two weeks back. The Open Day, which celebrated the organisation’s 20th year of operations in Hong Kong, served two purposes: fundraising and publicity. In addition to raising funds for current operations, the organisation is also preparing to build a second house in Hong Kong very soon.
Ronald McDonald House’s goal is to provide a ‘home away from home’ — accommodation for families so they can stay close to their hospitalised children.
A total of 13 consultants from Michael Page raised their hands to volunteer at this activity. Before the Open Day, we spent time discussing the best games we’d like to prepare for the kids and their families. Then we divided ourselves into groups to prepare the materials. We spent a total of 60-65 man hours combined on prep work and this paid off on the Open Day.
There, seeing all the smiling faces from the kids and families who had fun at our booth delighted and warmed our hearts. In addition to games, we also made hats (with different themes such as Christmas, animals, flowers etc.) to the kids. They were all happy to receive these “crowns” after playing and scoring at the games.
As I look back on the day, I’ve come to realise how much I have received from the event. Internally, it was a good platform which allowed consultants across our three offices to group together and accomplish organising a CSR event together.
Externally, our interactions with the kids and their families made us all treasure what we have in life even more. We also had a chance to visit the Ronald McDonald House itself and understand the role played by the organisation in supporting sick children. Some of the children who played games at our booth were still under cancer treatment or at the recovery stage. Being able to show them our care and encourage them to stay strong and positive throughout the treatment journey meant a lot to us. #beresilient
As a member of Michael Page Hong Kong’s CSR committee, I am also proud to share with you that PageGroup Hong Kong, as a whole, has participated in a total of nine CSR events in Hong Kong in 2016. They include:
- ACCA Rickshaw Race (charity run)
- Goodman Interlink Magic Mile Charity Run (charity run for Feeding Hong Kong)
- Engage Mentorship Program for Community Business (career workshop day)
- St. Baldrick’s Foundation (fundraising – Brave a Shave for Kids with Cancer)
- American Red Cross (blood donation)
- Food Angel (same-day preparation and distribution of 1,670 meals)
- Feeding Hong Kong (collection of over 500 pieces of left-over bread which were then distributed to various non-profit organisations and the needy)
- Ronald McDonald’s House Charities Open Day (Game preparation and operation of the games booth)
- HK Breast Cancer Foundation (fundraising)
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