Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong’s first ever Family FUNdraiser has so far raised over HKD 200,000, supporting the organisation’s programmes, research and public policy work. Held on 18 February, the family-friendly virtual event featured quizzes, challenges, a silent auction and a lucky draw, ensuring entertainment and engagement for guests of all ages. Volunteers and donors alike, shared why they chose to join the Habitat family and support Habitat Hong Kong efforts to raise awareness and resources for families in need of safe shelter in Hong Kong.
At the event, Board Director and event MC, Marie Claire Lim Moore announced the launch of an annual campaign, A Year of Giving, a year-long initiative to grow the Habitat family’s monthly donor base. “COVID has exacerbated the needs of the most vulnerable groups in Hong Kong,” says Lim Moore. “To continue to deliver our impactful programmes, we need the continued support from our partners and supporters. We call our monthly donors Hope Builders because they enable us to plan strategically and build homes, communities and hope through sustained funding.”
Habitat is extremely grateful to event sponsors Bloomberg, PlayStudios Asia and Jules, Baby! Photography as well as all donors of silent auction and lucky draw prizes. Whilst Habitat welcome PlayStudios Asia and Jules, Baby! Photography as new partners this year, Bloomberg has been supporting Habitat for Humanity in Asia Pacific since 2015.
Since the start of the outbreak, Habitat has seen both an increase in demand for its services, as well as new needs emerging. The families Habitat serves face higher risks now, as they need home hygiene products and deep cleaning services to maintain a safe and clean-living environment. Habitat Hong Kong CEO, Jo Hayes shared with the event supporters that; “Habitat Hong Kong usually helps around 200 families a year, but in 2020, we served nearly 4,000 families, distributing over 140,000 home hygiene products. As Hong Kong’s public gathering restrictions loosen up, we are scaling up our programmes and our public policy work to serve even more families and address the root causes of substandard living conditions.”
Hong Kong is ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world in which to live, and with 20 percent of the population living below the poverty line, the pandemic has exposed the extreme inequalities in the housing market. This is not just a public health emergency, but also a housing emergency, and home is the first line of defence against the virus.
Habitat Hong Kong has been serving vulnerable families in Hong Kong for over 16 years, providing essential home repairs and renovation services for the elderly and disabled living in substandard housing.