HONG KONG, 23 September 2014 - FWD Hong Kong is pleased to announce the launch of FWD x Hong Chi “Live Up Today” Programme (“Live Up Today” Programme), a corporate social responsibility partnership with Hong Chi Association to help autistic adults develop and engage fully and independently in their families and the community. The “Live Up Today” Programme aims to raise public awareness, and to promote understanding of autism among the general public as well as to support social integration of the programme’s autistic participants by equipping them with skills and experience.
The “Live Up Today” Programme comprises of three projects – ‘Employability Sparkle’, ‘Talent Shine’ and the “Live Up Today” Award Scheme.
‘Employability Sparkle’ aims to promote employability of autistic adults through community activities and roving exhibitions that are designed to encourage private and public organisations to provide working opportunities for autistic adults. FWD Hong Kong sets an example with ‘Employability Sparkle’ by using Hong Chi’s services. Trainees of the association are responsible for tea and coffee services, assisting in training room facilities management and providing scanning service at FWD’s offices in Quarry Bay and Sheung Wan.
‘Talent Shine’ will provide opportunities such as an annual show for autistic adults to show their talents in arts performance. Awards and scholarships are set up under the “Live Up Today” Award Scheme to encourage autistic trainees to pursue excellence and to recognise their achievements in their specific fields.
Mr. David Wong, Chief Executive Officer of FWD Hong Kong & Macau and Executive Vice President of Greater China, said, “At FWD, we believe all people should be able to reach their full potential and pursue a passionate life, and autistic adults are no exception. It is such a pleasure for FWD Hong Kong to partner with Hong Chi Association to help autistic adults live a fulfilling life. We will offer full support to Hong Chi Association and continue our commitment to caring for the community.”
Mr. Aldan Kwok, General Secretary of Hong Chi Association thanked FWD Hong Kong for its support, “What makes the partnership even more valuable is that it is a long-term relationship with the dedication of human and financial resources, rather than just a one-off campaign. FWD will help us provide significant commitment and support to the people in need in our society. We are confident with the sustainability of the programme, which has expanded the horizon of business-NGO partnership. Most importantly, it is beneficial to our service users.”
Hong Chi Association is a non-profit making organization in Hong Kong dedicated to serving 7,000 people of all ages and all grades of intellectual disabilities and their families. It is estimated that around 15% to 20% of our service users are of intellectual disabilities in comorbidity with autism.
For more information about Hong Chi Association, please visit www.hongchi.org.hk.