FWD and Hong Chi held the first “Live Up Today” award presentation ceremony
Recognising people with autism for excellence and progressive improvement
HONG KONG, 10 December 2014 - FWD Hong Kong and Hong Chi Association jointly held the first award presentation ceremony for the “Live Up Today” Award Scheme, recognising people with autism for their achievements in respective fields such as arts, sports, academic, vocational and personal progress.
The ceremony is the first official event of the FWD x Hong Chi “Live Up Today” Programme, which was launched in September 2014 with an aim to help people with autism develop, and engage fully and independently in their families and the community. FWD Hong Kong partners with Hong Chi Association on corporate social responsibility and has committed an annual sponsorship of HK$1 million.
Mr David Wong, Chief Executive Officer, FWD Hong Kong & Macau and Executive Vice President, FWD Greater China, spoke at the ceremony, “FWD encourages passionate living and trusts everyone possesses the right to utilise potentials and live life to the fullest. Owing to the lack of social awareness and understanding on autism among the general public, we partner with Hong Chi hoping to call for public attention to people with autism in our community.” David continued, “We are taking the initiative to support social integration of people with autism by equipping them with skills and experience. The awardees’ perseverance and passions for pursuing their goals have not only taken them to the stage today, but more importantly made them great role models of the “Live Up Today” spirit for the young generation.”
Mr Philip Poon, Chairman of Hong Chi Association said, “Thanks to the great support and participation of FWD Hong Kong, we are able to provide more comprehensive support and services to people with autism through training, education, recognitions, and job opportunities so as to help them unleash their potentials and integrate with the community . We are really proud of the awardees and their families, as well as their Hong Chi teachers and coaches!”
Held at Chiang Chen Studio Theatre of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the ceremony was officiated by Ms Carol Yip, Director of Social Welfare Department, HKSAR; Hon Ronald Arculli, Chairman of FWD Group; Mr David Wong, Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong & Macau and Executive Vice President of Greater China, FWD; and Mr Philip Poon, Chairman of Hong Chi.
50 awardees received a total of 9 Scholarships, 10 Outstanding Awards, 20 Excellence Awards and 11 Merit Awards for their remarkable performance and improvement in respective fields from the officiating guests. The event was further fuelled by a series of spirited performances and sharing by the awardees, amidst the cheering and applause of their families and friends.
FWD Hong Kong commits an annual sponsorship of HK$1 million to support the FWD x Hong Chi “Live Up Today” Programme. Hon Ronald Arculli, FWD Group Chairman (second from left) and Mr David Wong, Chief Executive Officer, FWD Hong Kong & Macau and Executive Vice President, FWD Greater China (first from left) presented the cheque to Mr Philip Poon, Chairman of Hong Chi Association (second from right) in witness of Ms Carol Yip, Director of Social Welfare Department, HKSAR (first from right).
Hon Ronald Arculli, FWD Group Chairman, presented the Outstanding Awards to 10 awardees who have well exemplified the “Live Up Today” spirit.
Mr David Wong, Chief Executive Officer, FWD Hong Kong & Macau and Executive Vice President, FWD Greater China, presented the Excellence Awards to 10 awardees, recognising their perseverance and passions for pursuing their goals.
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About FWD x Hong Chi “Live Up Today” Programme
FWD x Hong Chi “Live Up Today” Programme was jointly launched by FWD Hong Kong and its corporate social responsibility partner, Hong Chi Association in September 2014. It is a long-term partnership with an objective to help people with autism develop and engage fully and independently in their families and the community. It sets to raise public awareness, promote understanding of autism among the general public, as well as explore and develop the potentials of autistic participants by equipping them with relevant skills and experience.
The programme comprises of three projects, namely the abovementioned “Live Up Today” Award Scheme, ‘Employability Sparkle’, and ‘Talent Shine’.
‘Employability Sparkle’ aims to promote employability of autistic adults through community activities and career exhibitions targeting private and public employers. ‘Talent Shine’ will provide opportunities such as annual shows for people with autism to show their talents and strengthen confidence through performances.
About FWD Hong Kong
FWD is the insurance business arm of the private investment group, Pacific Century Group. FWD’s business spans Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand and the Philippines offering life insurance services, as well as general insurance, employee benefits and financial planning services in Hong Kong. FWD also has a brand presence in Indonesia. FWD’s strategic focus is to leverage technology to enhance customer experience, deliver innovative products, and invest in talent to create a leading pan-Asian life insurer that changes the way people feel about insurance.
The life insurance and general insurance operating entities of FWD Hong Kong have been assigned strong financial strength ratings by international rating agencies. FWD Life Insurance Company (Bermuda) Limited is rated “A3” by Moody’s and “A” by Fitch. FWD General Insurance Company Limited is rated “A” by Fitch.
Hong Chi Association (formerly the Hong Kong Association for the Mentally Handicapped) was founded in 1965 and has grown to become the most well-established non-profit organization dedicated solely to serving some 7,000 people of all ages and all grades of intellectual disabilities and their families in Hong Kong. It operates 81 service units to provide through-train services. For details please browse www.hongchi.org.hk.