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Austcham presents HK$42,000 cheque to Macau charity

Posted by Kimberly on October 6, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
October 6, 2007, page 4 (556 words)

The Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) Chairman Mr Clement Chan presented the International Ladies Club of Macau (ILCM) a cheque worth HK$42,000 last night during a social gathering held by AustCham at Café Deco in The Venetian Resort Hotel.
The money was raised through the auction of sporting and music memorabilia during AustCham’s first ball held at Fisherman’s Wharf last month.
Of the value of the cheque, Mrs Andrea Mansfield said, “it’s fabulous! We are completely appreciative that they [AustCham] thought of us to donate the funds. It’s a lot of money.”
Asked what the money will be spent towards, Mrs Mansfield mentioned two charities the organisation supports, Cradle of Hope and Penha Home.
This is “because Cradle is moving to a new building [in Taipa] but the kids will stay at their current school [in Macau] and the funds will go towards a new school bus and the wages for a driver,” said Mrs Mansfield.
As well, funds raised during ILCM’s quiz night last week will also go towards this venture.
“Penha always needs equipment such as wheelchairs and physiotherapy equipment,” she added.
This will have been the most significant contribution to the Ladies’ Club over the past 12 months, said Mrs Mansfield who believed that the reason the organisation was chosen was because, “we try to assist so many of the charities.
“At the moment we support about 36 charities. We’re very careful where the money goes and its managed quite well,” she added.
This statement was echoed by AustCham Chief Executive Mrs Deborah Biber who said that ILCM were “very involved in a variety of different causes, are a completely voluntary organisation and are very much engaged in the fabric of Macau, so we wanted to support that.”
She added that the organisation had come to her attention through a meeting with Crown Macau’s Greg Hawkins who recommended the charity.
“I got in touch and attended their Melbourne Cup lunch last year,” she added.
The ICLM had been informed about two weeks prior to the AustCham ball that they were going to be the recipients of the raised funds and can also look forward to sponsorship from the Coloane half marathon which will take place next September.
AustCham currently consists of about 1000 members and is the second largest international chamber in Hong Kong, who represent the largest group of Australian business people anywhere in the world outside of Australia.
The 20-year-old chamber exists for business networking for its members, providing professional development and a neutral platform to members to meet officials, as well as access to people and organisations.
“AustCham is very much a part of the fabric of Macau and we see our role as helping our
Members in Macau and in Hong Kong to both do business in this vibrant city and to contribute
to the society that we are part of.” said AustCham Chairman Clement Chan.
The chamber’s next big goal is to build their membership base in Macau and are looking at a series of events to assist with this, including one following Australia Day called ‘The Great Australian BBQ’.
The ILCM is an organisation of English speaking women of all nationalities who utilise their combined expertise to aid the charities of Macau. Since its inception in 1984 the charity has distributed over MOP4.5 million to local organisations.


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