Riding on the successful inaugural edition in 2016, the Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum will return this year on 20-21 September 2018.
The Forum will provide a platform for 50+ distinguished speakers and 1,000+ philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, thought leaders, policy-makers, academia and NGOs from around the world, especially the Asia-Pacific and Greater China region, to exchange views, facilitate cross-sector collaboration and cultivate long-term partnerships and engagement, all in the hope of creating better cities.
The member of The French Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Hong Kong can enjoy a special discount.
The Forum will focus on metropolitan social issues with particular interests on 5 thematic areas: Leveraging the Market, Sustainable Development, maximising Impact, Youth & Creativity and Health & Well-being. The 2 full-day programme will comprise 2 keynote presentations, 2 plenary sessions and over 10 thematic breakout discussions.
Professor Michael Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, Harvard University
Other confirmed speakers include:
As a member of The French Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Hong Kong, you can enjoy discount at HK$2,120 per ticket. Register now with the discount code 13I15-6FCCI at http://www.citiesphilanthropy.com/ to secure your tickets.
Discover our new Facebook page ‘Humans of the French Chamber Foundation’ sharing the stories of people who make this project relevant.
Clementine Pons, Certified professional coach, specialized in public speaking
"The way you pitch a project is decisive in order to get new opportunities. You may have sometimes only a couple of minutes to convince someone and it is even more crucial when it comes to a charity because people lives are at stake.
I arrived in Hong Kong very recently and I love the city and its communities. I attended last February‘s cocktail at the Residence of the Consul General of France and I was moved by the testimony of Lilly, a beneficiary of the Foundation from Mong Kok. I did not hesitate one second: I asked Jean Baptiste Dabadie, the President of the Foundation, in what ways I could help him. As an actress, I try to help people improving their public speaking skills. Helping board and staff members to introduce the Foundation would be my contribution to this meaningful project."
Like Clementine, we hope you can share your skills and expertise with us and contribute to our initiative!
Wellington Road-based fashion designer Lulu Cheung has long been part of Hong Kong’s style landscape, featuring modernity as well as the image of natural feminine beauty. Founder Lulu Cheung recently took a remarkable stand by sharing the fruits of her success to collaborate with the French Chamber Foundation and help people in need.
Lulu Cheung made the bold decision of funding the French Chamber Foundation with 3% of last June sales. A cocktail was held on 21st June to celebrate this initiative at Lulu Cheung boutique, involving personalities of the French community and Hong Kong celebrities as well as major clients of the boutique. The French Chamber Foundation expresses its deep gratitude to Lulu Cheung for its generosity and support in helping the low-income workers in Hong Kong. Let us hope this great initiative will inspire other entrepreneurs to launch similar actions in the future!
Lulu believes in nature, purity and simplicity, her creations are all based on the finest elements of life which fuses with a sense of French taste. My encounter with Marie Helene Prevot, Director of the French Chamber Foundation, who shared a lot about her French life, inspired this collaboration and connected us with the Foundation:
“I am deeply impressed by the hard work the Foundation have done to enhance the livelihood of the community in HK, especially the affordable Lunch Club. Through this collaboration and our donation, we do our best to contribute to the Foundation."
The famous brand founded in Hong Kong by Malaysian origin and China raised Lulu Cheung has spread in Japan and Singapore, dressing celebrities like model Vanessa Yeung. Ideally located in Hong Kong Central district, Lulu Cheung boutique aims at offering a clientele of active women trendy simple and comfortable outfits, ranking from working attire to leisure and social activities, the whole being inspired by nature.
(From Left to Right: Renowned Fashion Designer Benny Yeung, Actress & Fashion Icon Daisy Dai, Fashion Designer Lu Lu Cheung, renowned Fashion Designer Judy Mann, Renowned Models Janet Ma, QiQi & Mikki Yao)
Mr Wong, recruited by Baseline, member of the French Chamber of Commerce
Among the people recently helped by the French Chamber Foundation, the case of Mr Wong is a rather particular one. After three years without a stable job, his situation was finally put back on track thanks to Baseline, a member of the French Chamber in Hong Kong.
Baseline – a French Lighting Design Studio- is providing lighting consultancy services to all kind of industries including hotels, fashion & luxury retail sector as well as residential. When he learnt about the situation of Mr. Wong who had quit his previous job to assist his ill mother, Boris Duhamel, the founder of Baseline, was deeply moved and decided to give him a chance. Since May, Mr. Wong has started to work as a part-time office assistant at Baseline. A great example of solidarity and expertise brought by the French Chamber of Commerce in helping the needy people to improve their livelihoods.
Ms Lam and Mr Choi, bringing hope to a couple in need
Facing a dead-end situation, Ms Lam visited the Lunch Club in Tsuen Wan seeking help. She found support and assistance thanks to the social worker who encouraged her and helped to solve her desperate situation.
When Ms. Lam’s grandmother recently passed away, there was a risk that she and her husband would have to leave the public housing apartment they shared with her. Ms. Lam’s husband had already lost his job as a bus driver after suffering a heart attack, creating a very precarious financial situation for the couple. Through the contact with the Lunch Club, a solution was eventually found in March 2018 with a position of swimming pool cleaners for both of them and a stable monthly income which allows them to make ends meet.
The French Chamber Foundation is delighted to partner with Janat Paris and its ‘Tea for Two Project’. Janat products are produced by 1,000 female tea-leaf pickers in Sri Lanka. We are grateful to benefit from their generosity in offering tea bags to the beneficiaries of all our Lunch Clubs in Wan Chai, Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan and Mong Kok.
Janat believes tea is a message of love and time slowing to establish trust and love with others. Janat is the official supporter of “Femmes du Monde”, a foundation active in Sri Lanka aiming at empowering women. Its mission is to reward people for their labor and to open a door for them to learn new skills and improve their daily life. By raising woman’s skills, the Foundation raises the quality of their production and hopes to build a long-term and sustainable solution to improve their contribution with dignity.
Thanks to Janat’s support, love and time sharing were spread among the 830 members of the lunch clubs in Hong Kong.
A volunteer in Wan Chai lunch club