Bankers & Lawyers raised HK$1.22 million to invest in education and save children from poverty!
On 10th of June, 40 Hong Kong’s top bankers and lawyers sat “on detention” at the American Club. They competed in an exciting quiz night as part of a fundraising campaign to support thousands of young, bright, but very poor Filipino children to continue elementary schooling under the scholarship program of International Care Ministries (ICM). The campaign was a tremendous success as an outstanding HK$1.22 million was raised.
“Bankers and Lawyers on Detention” saw professionals from 19 corporations including Macquarie, Goldman Sachs, ABN AMRO, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities and Linklaters, which have matched or donated funds as their employees participated in this worthy cause. A total of 44 bankers and lawyers from Hong Kong, Singapore and the Netherlands have participated. Each of them was challenged to represent 100 children and raise US$5,000 or HK$40,000 so they can attend another year of school. These are all graduates of kindergartens run by the ICM in the poorest areas of the Philippines.
In a recent interview, Chairman of the ICM Board - David Sutherland, former Chief Financial Officer of Morgan Stanley Asia Pacific, shared his vision for fighting poverty, “We don’t just fix one orphanage, or build one community center. We want to change the entire society – to really change people’s whole lives.”
The funds raised will support over 3,000 children in ICM’s scholarship program. This program is one of the many ways ICM works to help families in the Philippines who live on an average of US0$.37 per person per day. For many of these families, education is an unattainable dream. According to UNESCO, one million Filipino children aged six to 11 are not attending school.
> Click HERE for the post-event writeup in South China Morning Post's Lai See Column dated June 28, 2013.
Photo credits to David Mclntyre & Michal Joachimowski
Top 10 Individual Fundraisers:
|1. Oscar Chow||Mitsubishi UFJ Securities||$107,700|
|2. Stephen Birkett||Morrison Foerster||$103,200|
|3. Joyce Tam||Goldman Sachs||$76,550|
|4. Edward Tsui||Banker||$58,852|
|5. Jeremy Wernert||Macquarie||$57,200|
|6. Tim Steinert||Alibaba||$48,500|
|7. Nick Norris||Kirkland & Ellis||$45,038|
|8. Guangjie Hopton||Alibaba||$43,440|
|9. David McKeller||Mayer Brown JSM||$41,300|
|10. Hwee Lynn Tan||Pinset Masons||$40,000|
Top Fundraising Teams:
|1. The Six Amigos||$213,070|
|2. ABN AMRO||$189,018|
|6. ReedSmith Richards Butler||$22,388|
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