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17 February 2020
 
Bank of China (Hong Kong) Donates HK$13 million for Novel Coronavirus Relief
Care Kits for the Underprivileged and Medical Staff
Financial Assistance for Victims and Their Families
 
Different sectors in Hong Kong are stepping up their efforts to support the community fight against the epidemic of novel coronavirus. Amid the coronavirus threat, Bank of China (Hong Kong) generously donated HK$13 million to The Community Chest of Hong Kong to help the underprivileged, medical staff as well as the virus patients and their families.
 
To safeguard the health of the underprivileged in this critical period, 50,000 Care Kits in an assortment of surgical mask, hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial spray, 1 kg rice bag, vitamin C tablet and immunity-boosting soup pack will be distributed through the Chest’s member agencies from late February to March. The first batch of Care Kits will be distributed to the needy next week.
 
To show the deepest gratitude to the medical staff, 90,000 Care Kits (hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial spray) will be sent to the Hospital Authority for arrangement of distribution to its staff.
 
To help the virus confirmed patients to cope with financial difficulty, special fund will be reserved for families of Hong Kong residents who died and afflicted by the disease. Each family of the deceased will receive HK$50,000, and confirmed cases will each receive HK$20,000.
 
Over the years, the Chest has been proud to help direct community resources into local social welfare system. Bank of China (Hong Kong) has been heavily involved in community investment via corporate donations and staff participation in Chest events.
 
About The Community Chest of Hong Kong
The Community Chest of Hong Kong was established in 1968 as an independent, non-profit making organisation neither funded nor operated by the Government. The Chest has been serving Hong Kong for over 50 years. Each year, the Chest organises fund-raising events for over 160 social welfare member agencies to provide services to more than 2.5 million beneficiaries in Hong Kong in six major areas of services: children & youth, elderly, family & child welfare, medical & health, rehabilitation & aftercare, and community development. The Chest’s administration expenses come from a subsidised grant from our partner-in-charity, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, in addition to income from investments. This allows the Chest to allocate 100% of funds raised to charitable use; this operations model makes the Chest unique among its peers, and helps fulfil its mission to act as trustee of the donors. For more information, please visit our website www.commchest.org.
 
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