New World Development’s latest philanthropic effort aims to provide immediate support to a city embattled by recent Omicron spike.
TEXT: CoBo News
IMAGE: Courtesy of New World Development
To aid with the battle against Hong Kong’s fifth COVID-19 wave, New World Development has loaned a site occupying approximately 3.5 hectares in Fanling, Hong Kong, with road connections, water, electricity and gas supply in place, free of charge to the government for the construction of a mobile cabin hospital. Construction has already begun. By actively supporting community-wide anti-epidemic efforts, the Group hopes that it can help relieve the mounting pressure of Hong Kong’s public healthcare system.
“The fifth wave of COVID-19 is looking extremely challenging. In the spirit of Creating Shared Value (CSV), the Group will continue to closely monitor the needs of the community and we will do our best to provide the most essential support and care to those in need. As always, we will work together with the community to overcome the pandemic,” says Adrian Cheng, CEO of New World Development and Founder of K11 Group, in a statement.
The loan follows a slew of other significant philanthropic donations and timely measures New World Development has announced since the onset of Hong Kong’s fifth wave in January which has seen the greatest impact on the city since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020.
Just two weeks ago, when social restriction measures were stepped up, New World Development, together with biotech firm Prenetics, announced the donation of 200,000 sets of rapid antigen test kits to six NGOs for distribution to the underprivileged; while last week, as case numbers continued to swell and overwhelm the city’s existing facilities for isolation, 700 rooms at PentaHotel Hong Kong, Kowloon, were made available for community isolation.
With philanthropy a core value, New World Development has also initiated the donation of 70,000 sets of protective medical equipment to frontline medical staff, cleaners and staff of elderly homes; 500,000 masks to low-income families; 10,000 medical equipment-grade oximeters to people who tested preliminary-positive; cellular SIM cards to underprivileged students for free for at-home online classes; and distributed more than 150 heaters to patients on gurneys outside emergency rooms, outdoor testing stations in public housing estates and buildings under compulsory testing.
As Hong Kong goes through this critical moment, more and more big businesses are upping their charitable game offering monetary support, rapid antigen test kits, and basic amenities, amongst other forms of assistance , to help those vulnerable to the crisis. New World Development revealed that it is currently actively exploring other feasible measures to support the community and will make further announcements in due course.