There’s no better way to demonstrate the power of community – we are thrilled to announce that our six-week bushfire fundraising appeal has raised more than AUD$180,000.

This is testament to the extraordinary generosity and efforts of individuals and companies in the wider Australian-Hong Kong business community.  It’s all the more outstanding when we consider the challenges Hong Kong is facing.  This brings to life the enduring ties between Australia and Hong Kong which are borne of 200 years of co-operation and collaboration.

We may be thousands of miles away but clearly distance does not diminish our desire to respond to the scenes of devastation caused by the catastrophic fires of Australia’s “Black Summer”.

The appeal brought out the best in us – from a young executive in our mentor program who raised funds through an Anzac biscuit bake sale at her office, to a run on margaherita pizzas, through to school children chipping in, corporate matching and community fundraisers.  And there were many more offers to help and others who donated separately.

There are many to acknowledge but we want to give a special shout out to Cathay Pacific and Societe Generale whose staff pulled out all stops with the companies matching their generosity; to Pizza Express, Treasury Wine Estates, the HK Lions Club and Lipman Karas.

Thank you again. Your efforts and donations will go on to help devastated communities rebuild and revive through the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery fund.   #Strongerstandingtogether