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29 Sep 2020

Café de Coral Group launches Phase 3 of ‘‘Cheer YOU up’’ Community Support Programme
- Distributed 120,000 hot meals to the needy with festive blessings -

Café de Coral Holdings Limited (SEHK: 0341) (“the Group”) announced a donation of 120,000 hot meals to over 3,000 needy affected by COVID-19 pandemic for a period of up to ten weeks as the Phase 3 of its “Cheer YOU up” Community Support Programme. The meals have been distributed through 40 organisations under The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council (“NAAC”), FOOD-CO of St. James' Settlement and Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service. Since the launch of the “Cheer YOU up” Community Support Programme in March, the Group has donated 220,000 hot meals, HK$300,000 worth of restaurant cash coupons and 40,000 surgical masks to a total of 12,000 beneficiaries.

With the Mid-Autumn Festival approaching, Café de Coral Group today held “Joyful Mid-Autumn Festival” community care activity at NAAC Tung Chung Integrated Services Centre in Yat Tung Estate. Volunteers from the Group and Link Asset Management Limited (“Link”) distributed hot meals, festive fruits, Café de Coral’s mooncakes and Link’s reusable cutleries to the elderly and families in need, as well as expressed warm festive blessings to them.

The ‘‘Cheer YOU up’’ Community Support Programme aims to make use of the Group’s catering expertise and resources to provide various forms of short-term food assistance to the needy, thereby reducing their economic burden and caring for the community. Positive feedback from the public was received since the programme’s commencement in March. In response to the increasing demand for hot meals during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Group started off the Phase 3 programme in July by donating 120,000 hot meals made by its school catering brand, Luncheon Star to the needy from all districts for up to ten weeks through NAAC, FOOD-CO of St. James' Settlement and Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service, a new NGO partner.

Peter Lo, Chief Executive Officer of Café de Coral Group, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the community, especially the elderly and low-income families. Therefore we leveraged our catering expertise and resources to provide short term food assistance to them. There are also different kinds of support offered by various organisations based on their expertise. We hope to maximise the positive impact of our CSR initiatives and care to the community through collaboration with different parties.”

Pauline Chan, Project Manager of Hotmeal Service from Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service, expressed, “Make It Work HK’s hot meals are prepared by designated canteens and sold to the working poor at affordable price. However, hot meals cannot be provided as normal due to months of canteen suspension during the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the increasing cases of unemployment and underemployment, the demand for hot meals is on the rise. The donation from Café de Coral Group did fulfill the pressing needs to offer them not only food, but also care.”

Picture 1. Café de Coral Group launched Phase 3 of “Cheer YOU up” Community Support Programme to provide 120,000 hot meals to the needy.

Picture 2, 3: The volunteer teams from Café de Coral Group and Link distributed hot meals and festive food to show support and send blessings to Tung Chung residents.

Picture 4: Volunteers presented Café de Coral’s mooncake and pomelo to Tung Chung residents to cheer them up. (The Cantonese pronunciation of pomelo representing the meaning of “Cheer Up”.)

Picture 5: Volunteers from Link sent reusable tableware to Tung Chung residents in order to enhance environmental awareness.

 Organisations that received hot meals

25 Units under The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council:
1. Tai Hing Hostel
2. Yuen Long District Integrated Home Care Services Centre
3. Tuen Mun District Integrated Home Care Services Centre
4. Tuen Mun District Integrated Services Centre for the Elderly
5. Pak Tin Community Service Team
6. Martha Baker Social Centre for the Elderly
7. Together Home Care Service for Persons with Severe Disabilities
8. Sau Mau Ping Social Centre for the Elderly
9. Harmony Manor
10. Wellness Manor
11. Sunny Manor
12. Fairyland
13. Healthy Manor
14. Tung Chung Integrated Services Centre
15. Kowloon Central Cluster Integrated Discharge Support Programme for Elderly Patients - NAAC Home Support Team
16. High Street House (Singleton Hostel)
17. Pleasant & Leisure Manors
18. Shamshuipo Family Support Networking Team
19. Shamshuipo District Elderly Community Centre Integrated Home Care Services
20. Wongtaisin Day Activity Centre
21. Wongtaisin District Integrated Home Care Services Centre
22. Wong Tai Sin Wellness Support Centre
23. NT West Community Rehabilitation Day Centre
24. Jockey Club Tai Po North Integrated Children & Youth Services Centre
25. Jockey Club Lok Fu Hostel

FOOD-CO of St. James' Settlement:
1. Kowloon Women’s Organisations Federation Lau Shun Man Fu Cheong Mutual Help Child Care Centre Cum Women Services Centre
2. Kowloon Women’s Organisations Federation Wai Yin Association Women Integrated Service Centre
3. The Industrial Evangelistic Fellowship Ltd.
4. E.F.C.C Fook On Church Elderly Centre
5. Pentecostal Holiness Church Shau Ki Wan Assembly Limited - Gilead Social Service Centre
6. The Church of Livingstones Hong Kong Limited
7. Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong Jordon Centre
8. Community Services Ltd. - The Prospect Association
9. Pok Oi Hospital Wai Yin Association Family Multiple Intelligences Centre
10. Mission to New Arrivals Limited (Yuen Long)
11. S.K.H. Holy Carpenter Church Community Centre
12. Jubilee Ministries Ltd

Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service:
1. Make It Work HK - Lunch Club Hotmeal Canteen (Mong Kok)
2. Make It Work HK - Lunch Club Hotmeal Canteen (Tsuen Wan)
3. Make It Work HK - Lunch Club Hotmeal Canteen (Wan Chai)

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