COVID-19 URGENT APPEAL for The Hub Hong Kong

Watch our recent webinar with the extraordinary leaders, heading the three foundations:

  • David Boehm, Co-Founder and Chairman of The Hub Children and Youth Centre
  • Michelle Penfold, Founder and Director, Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF)
  • Laura Lee, Chief Representative, Hong Kong and ASEAN, The Fred Hollows Foundation

Driven by the Women in Business Network, this session discussed how corporates and individuals can to spend funds responsibly and effectively, and the different approach Millennials and Gen Z are bringing to shared value and strategic philanthropy. 

All proceeds from this event were evenly distributed to AustCham’s three CSR partners: The Hub, the Fred Hollows Foundation and the AIEF.

WATCH | Bang for your buck: How companies can create a strategic plan for impactful engagement

The Hub Hong Kong is a registered charity in Sham Shui Po, one of the poorest districts in Hong Kong, offering a space where underprivileged kids can learn, develop and grow healthily and happily despite adverse living conditions. Founded in 2013 by two Australians, David Boehm and Bruce Stinson, long-time residents in Hong Kong, they believe that children hold the key to the future and they are committed to offer the same opportunities to those less privileged in Hong Kong. Focusing on our four pillars of service – Education, Empowerment, Development and Family Relief, it is our mission to enrich, embrace and empower disadvantaged children and youth with equal opportunities to become valuable members of our community. Programs we offer range from daily homework guidance, language lessons, STEM, recreational activities like music, art, drama, sports to health and wellness, personal counselling and parenting. We currently care for a community of over 1,200 members annually, including children aged 6-12, youth aged 12-18 and their parents. Through the services we provide, our members benefit from improvement in academic performance, well-being, self-confidence and better family relationships for a healthier and well-balanced upgrowing. As the name implies, The Hub Hong Kong is not just a space where children can learn and play but also a place where they can call their “second home”.
The Hub also has a presence across Asia under “The Hubs of Asia” – including The Hub Hong Kong, The Hub Bangkok (in collaboration with Childline Thailand) and The Hub Yangon, Myanmar (in collaboration with Shwe Ya Min Foundation). Together we share our learnings and resources within our network to help underprivileged children and youth in Asia improve living conditions, break the poverty cycle and pursue their dreams. 

The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) was established in 2008 in response to community demand from Indigenous families who choose to enrol their children in boarding schools.

Bringing together the government and private sector, AIEF provides scholarship funding for Indigenous students to complete Year 12 or tertiary studies, with career support to help them make a successful transition to their chosen fields.

Backed by some of Australia’s most influential business and community leaders, AIEF has grown from one scholarship student in 2008 to now having around 450 students on scholarships annually, with a network of over 600 alumni and growing by over 70 graduates each year, from over 400 communities in every state and territory of Australia.


The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) has released their 2021 Annual Report, showcasing the incredible outcomes of AIEF Scholarship Students and Alumni across the nation.

In 2021 students supported by AIEF achieved a 94% annual retention and Year 12 completion rate, among their best results. AIEF supported 345 scholarship students at school and university from 168 communities across Australia, including 66 year 12 graduates.

AIEF Alumni have also seen great success, transitioning from Year 12 and beginning their career journeys. From work placements and internships to financial literacy and interview skills, alumni are supported to develop the tools they need to reach their career goals and exceed their own expectations.

These achievements are underpinned by hardworking AIEF Educational Partners, a network of influential businesses and community leaders, and the encouragement of parents, carers, families and communities.

“For us to inspire the next generation of leaders, we need to be the ones that go out and get a good education and achieve our dreams,” says AIEF Alum Kyh Samuelsson.

This report is not only a reflection of a year past but an encouraging reminder of what is achievable. If you are interested in supporting AIEF please visit 

The Fred Hollows Foundation has released their 2021 Annual Report, showcasing the global outcomes and development towards ending preventable blindness. 

The Fred Hollows Foundation has a very clear goal: we’re putting an end to avoidable blindness. When this day comes, people in developing countries will get the same quality eye care the rest of the world takes for granted – and we won’t stop until this is done.


Since its humble beginnings in Fred and Gabi’s kitchen, The Foundation now works in more than 25 countries and has restored sight to over 2.5 million people.

Since that time, The Foundation’s global work has been driven from its head office in Sydney but in 2015 has expanded its operations in Asia with the establishment of a new office in Hong Kong.  The Foundation’s Hong Kong office will act as a regional hub to support its ever-growing Asian program work, which accounts for the world's 30%'s blind.  China accounts for 20% of the world’s blind live.
We are driven by Fred’s vision to eliminate avoidable blindness. We believe that collaboration, getting things done with integrity and that empowering local communities is the best way to make a difference.
Today, there are 36 million people in the world who are blind – but many don’t need to be. We focus on preventable and treatable diseases such as cataract, trachoma and diabetic retinopathy. Our in-country work involves local training and providing affordable technology, so doctors, nurses and health care workers can recognise, diagnose, refer and treat eye problems in their communities. We use research to improve our understanding of avoidable blindness, then use our findings to implement strategies and advocate for change.    
The Foundation is overseen by our Board of Directors, which includes Gabi Hollows. CEO Ian Wishart leads day-to-day operations, and we’re still advised by Fred’s great friend and fellow humanitarian, Dr Sanduk Ruit. We are independent, not-for-profit, politically unaligned and secular.

Learn more about The Fred Hollows Foundation here


WATCH | Bang for your buck: How companies can create a strategic plan for impactful engagement