March 25, 2010
SHKP named Caring Company for the eighth year running
Ma Wan Park Noah's Ark wins Outstanding Partnership Project Award
Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) is committed to 'building homes with heart' and was named a Caring Company by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service for the eighth year in a row in recognition of its corporate social responsibility. A total of 55 SHKP group companies and developments got the designation this year. One was Noah's Ark at Ma Wan Park, which won an Outstanding Partnership Project Award for the collaboration between SHKP and five non-governmental organizations to share expertise and resources in a sustained social project. The awards were presented by Chief Secretary Henry Tang.
Outstanding partnership lauded by judges
The Outstanding Partnership Project Award recognizes successful projects between the private sector and non-profit organizations. Eligibility criteria include sustainable solutions for meeting community needs, active involvement by all partners, investment in partnership relations, creative project development and the array of resources brought by the partners. There were three rounds of selection and the judges named five winners out of 55 projects, including Noah's Ark. The project joins SHKP's construction and commercial expertise and the NGOs' knowledge and dedication to serving the community and is the only attraction in Hong Kong with a theme of promoting love and social harmony. It drew high praises from judges.
Cooperation on the Noah's spirit
SHKP Executive Director Thomas Chan said: "Noah's Ark has educational and entertainment activities to promote positives values like love of life, family and the Earth. It is good for family fun and learning Noah's spirit of facing adversity with perseverance and faith. We are pleased to work with different NGOs on the same belief, and in the process we supported each other and learnt a lot."
Partnership for synergy
SHKP started to cooperate with St James' Settlement, the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, Boys' Brigade Hong Kong, Angela Luk's Education Foundation and Media Evangelism early in the planning stage of the project, listening to their views on how the Ark could be built to meet their long-term needs and striking the best balance between their different concerns. The St James' Settlement's Rainbow Gallery souvenir shop works with 15 social enterprises to stock 430 items and generated over $460,000 in sales and provided over 3,500 hours of employment for the underprivileged in the first nine months since its opening. It offers job opportunities for the disadvantaged and lifts public awareness about social enterprises.
Caring Company for the eighth year running
SHKP has fulfilled its corporate social responsibility for many years; organizing and supporting a variety of charities as part of its efforts to make Hong Kong a caring society. The developer has been named a Caring Company for eight consecutive years and recently received the 5-Year Plus designation in recognition of its efforts in charity and community care.
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