• Lighthouse Club Asia Pacific Region Trust – HK$ 100,000 Donation From Macau Branch

    4 September 2017

    The Trustees of the Lighthouse Club Asia Pacific Region Trust were delighted to receive a most generous donation of HK$ 100,000 from the Lighthouse Club Macau in the last week of June. As members may be aware, the Trust was established in 2009, when an International Conference was organized by the Hong Kong branch in May 2009 and raised just over HK$ 600,000 to get the Trust started and it has been helping people all over Asia ever since. The Trust’s objectives are :

    • relieving poverty and financial need suffered by persons employed or formerly employed within the building and civil engineering industries and allied trades in any country or territory within the geographic area of Asia, Australasia, the Pacific Islands and North and South America and the widows, widowers, children and dependants of such persons, where such persons, widows, widowers, children and dependants are suffering hardship as a result of accident, disability or ill-health;

    • Providing or assisting with the provision and advancement of education for persons employed or formerly employed within the building and civil engineering industries and allied trades in any country or territory within the geographic area of Asia, Australasia, the Pacific Islands and North and South America and the widows, widowers, children and dependants of such persons, where poverty is preventing such persons, widows, widowers, children and dependants from fulfilling their education; and

    • Providing or assisting with the provision and advancement of education, being education and training in the construction industry for persons who are resident in any country or territory within the geographic area of Asia, Australasia, the Pacific Islands and North and South America and who desire to obtain such education and training, but where poverty is preventing such persons from fulfilling such education and training.

    The above is particularly relevant in places where the Club does not have formally established branches, for example, Vietnam and Cambodia where it is currently providing assistance to nearly 30 students, but it has also provided much-needed aid in the Philippines and Singapore.

    In past years there have been some inter-branch events which have contributed to the Trust, most notably the Mount Kinabalu Challenges in 2012, 2013 and 2014, which raised over HK$ 1 million in total. Since that time, there has been some support from branches but mostly the Trust receives its donations from Hong Kong, mainly from the annual conference or seminar events.

    As Keith Buckley, former APR Chairman and current Lighthouse Club Macau Chairman stated, “Following a successful year of fund raising the Lighthouse Club-Macau has donated the sum of HK$ 100,000 to the Lighthouse Club Asia Pacific Region Benevolent Trust.

    The Trust provided HK$ 377,109 of assistance to people in need in 2016 and is reliant upon donations from the branches to allow this level of assistance to continue.”

    Thanks to the generosity of Macau, perhaps it is time for other branches to consider fund-raising events they might hold – the proceeds of which could (partly!) be donated to this worthy charitable Trust. To this end, Barry Adcock has volunteered to lead the APR Fund-Raising initiative and is looking forward to hearing from all branches about their plans for golf days, rugby tournaments, bike rides etc, all of which could generate cash for the coffers of this charity.

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