<span>Community </span><b>Care</b>

Community Care

We are firmly committed to generating sustainable value to the environment and communities in which we operate. Our approach involves making effective use of our capabilities and resources, as well as donations through the Group’s charity arm, NWS Holdings Charities Foundation (“the Charities Foundation”), to champion meaningful causes. These efforts are supported by our corporate volunteer team who offer practical support to empower people in need through year-round community services.

NWS Holdings Charities Foundation

NWS Holdings Charities Foundation

The Charities Foundation has funded hundreds of projects to the tune of over HK$40 million as at 30 June 2018. To generate long-term benefit from our community investments, we initiate programmes with multiple years of funding and resources support to address social needs in four focus areas, namely community welfare, education, health care and environmental protection.

NWS Volunteer Alliance

NWS Volunteer Alliance

Since its inception in 2001, our volunteer team, the NWS Volunteer Alliance, has been devoted to serving underprivileged groups, including the elderly, single-parent families, at-risk youth, people recovering from mental illness, and those with intellectual disabilities. To date, our volunteers have together contributed more than 177,000 hours of community service by making use of their talents and skills.

Community Welfare

 

At NWS Holdings, we have established a unique tradition to commemorate the anniversary of our listing in Hong Kong through large-scale volunteer services. Corporate volunteers from across the Group are mobilized to provide services to a select group of beneficiary every year at this celebrative occasion, dubbed “NWS Caring Day”. Meanwhile, to serve the community on a regularly basis, our corporate volunteers also actively take part in community welfare projects organized either by the Group or our non-profit organization partners.

Reaching Out to the Underprivileged

2017

Reaching Out to the Underprivileged

The Group's corporate volunteer team, NWS Volunteer Alliance, is a pillar of our corporate citizenship. The team's 1,600-strong active members make use of their skills and interests as varied as haircutting, dancing, clown performance and handicraft to serve needy groups. In FY2017, our corporate volunteers collectively clocked up over 14,000 hours of community service.


In marking the 15th anniversary of the establishment of NWS Volunteer Alliance, a series of celebratory initiatives, including a new brand identity and uniform, additional service tools, a commemorative gathering with nonprofit partners, and promotional videos, have been rolled out. New members of the NWS Volunteer Alliance Standing Committee were inaugurated to instill energy to volunteering development across the Group.

NWS Caring Day

2015

NWS Caring Day

As NWS Holdings entered the 12th anniversary of listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, we initiated a volunteering programme, Home Sweet Home, to mark this corporate milestone and extend our community outreach efforts. This volunteer service programme, co-organized with the Christian Family Service Centre, was designed to nurture and promote family values among grassroot families in Kowloon East. Over 300 participants, comprising Group employees and 50 beneficiary families, participated in the full-day NWS Caring Day 2015 activities, which included games and a guided tour. Thematic activities and events, such as movie appreciation and family portraits photography, continued over the course of the year and benefited over 200 families.

Education

 

The future of Hong Kong rests in the hands of today’s youth. At NWS Holdings, we aim to inspire tomorrow’s leaders through education projects that can help the younger generation develop positive life attitudes, elevate self-confidence, acquire new interest and skills, and cultivate creativity.

Donation to Hong Kong Shue Yan University

2018

Donation to Hong Kong Shue Yan University

The NWS Holdings Charities Foundation donated HK$10 million to Hong Kong Shue Yan University to fund the refurbishment of its iconic Academic Building, improving the learning environment for students and supporting the university's mission to nurture the next generation of leader.
NWS Career Navigator for Youth

Since 2016

NWS Career Navigator for Youth

In late 2016, the Group launched a long-term life-skills and career planning programme, the NWS Career Navigator for Youth, to help the younger generation unlock their potential through a multi-partnership collaboration. This programme was developed with the support of the Association of Heads of Secondary Schools of Tsuen Wan, Kwai Chung and Tsing Yi District, Hong Kong Council for Social Services, Po Leung Kuk, the Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association and Hong Kong Playground Association.


Underpinned by this strong community partnership, the programme offers a broad range of career-planning support, including corporate visits, mentoring, career talks, mock interviews, meetings with CEOs, and job shadowing. In its first four years, this career project will benefit more than 400 students and 100 teachers from secondary schools, as well as early school leavers in Tsuen Wan, Kwai Chung and Tsing Yi District.


In February 2017, this project was officially kicked off on NWS Caring Day, an event we hold every year to mark the anniversary of NWS Holdings’ listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The full-day event involved more than 300 students and corporate volunteers in fun-packed job trials at the workplaces of the Group and our NGO partners.

Fairy Mentorship Programme

Since 2008

Fairy Mentorship Programme

Hans Andersen Club (“HAC”) is a long-time partner of NWS Holdings and a beneficiary of the Charities Foundation. This non-profit organization promotes creative storytelling and games, focusing on reading-related activities for young people. In partnership with HAC, we have established the long-term "Fairy Mentorship Programme", an initiative aimed at inspiring children to pursue their passions. This educational programme features storytelling and related activities like drama training, clown performance and balloon twisting for underprivileged children in Wong Tai Sin. The activities were combined with social services that allow the children to practise the skills they have learnt. Our corporate volunteers supported this initiative by acting as mentors to the children and tutors at some of the training classes. Through this project, we are able to promote participants' curiosity, positivity and confidence – fostering the essential qualities of the next generation of leaders.

Art Education for the Community

2014

Art Education for the Community

Art can nurture creativity and bridge communities, showcasing culture and local spirit. Across the Group and particularly through our transport operations, we remain committed to nourishing the development of art locally by providing multiple platforms for the younger generation to exercise and advance their imagination and creativity.


To promote Hong Kong’s unique history and fishery traditions, New World First Ferry Services Limited ("NWFF") hosted a Multivariate Art Workshop in 2014, encouraging outlying-island students to illustrate their impression of “the sea” or Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour through art. To highlight the outstanding work created through this project, NWFF presented “Ferry Tales”, a giant mural formed with the creative contributions of over 50 students, at the Cheung Chau and Mui Wo piers. This project is part of NWFF’s on-going efforts to promote community art. Over 400 pieces of art that promote local culture and artistic talent have been exhibited in NWFF’s premises.


On the roads, “Arts Bus: On the Move!”, a community art project co-organized by NWFB and Citybus and the Hong Kong Institute of Education (now renamed as “The Education University of Hong Kong”), groomed art and design talent among primary and secondary school students through art education and community outreach. The theme of the project was “Stories of Hong Kong” in 2014/2015. It featured a Bus Body Design Competition with creative contributions from students across Hong Kong, reflecting the territory’s unique history and culture. Twenty winning entries were chosen for display on bus bodies over a six-month period. The Hong Kong Museum of Education also contributed towards the project by converting one of the two thematic “Arts Buses” into a mobile museum. Inside, old teaching aids and textbooks were exhibited to show passengers how education had developed in Hong Kong over time.


We endeavour to build an inclusive society and this work extends to our involvement in art education. We firmly believe that disability need not be a barrier to creative and artistic expression. “Paint Beyond Sight” was a nine-month art programme sponsored by the NWS Holdings Charities Foundation to develop the artistic skills of students from the Yan Chai Hospital Chan Iu Seng Primary School and visually-impaired students from Ebenezer School. With the help of professional tutors and artists, the students were trained to create oil paintings and were given the opportunity to learn from each other. An exhibition of their collaborative art pieces was staged at the Central Pier of NWFF to promote social inclusiveness.

Healthcare

 

As Hong Kong’s ageing population grows, there will be an ever-increasing demand for social and health care services among the elderly. At NWS Holdings, we work with our non-profit partners to provide comprehensive day care and health care services to needy elderly in Hong Kong through our financial resources, volunteers and operational support.

Count On You – Safe Home For Seniors Programme

2018

Count On You – Safe Home For Seniors Programme

An ageing population is putting pressure on Hong Kong’s public healthcare system, and there is a growing need to enhance community care services. In FY2018, at our annual NWS Caring Day, the Group launched the Count on You - Safe Home for Seniors programme. In partnership with the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council, the programme helps vulnerable, elderly people in Wong Tai Sin district with wheelchair maintenance and small-scale home modifications. The programme enables retired craftsmen and corporate volunteers to help make the homes of elderly residents safer and more comfortable. It also features workshops and activities to promote home safety and inter-generational interaction.
NWS Y-Care Centre (North District) and the Joyful Age Programme

Since 2013

NWS Y-Care Centre (North District) and the Joyful Age Programme

NWS Holdings has partnered with the Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association (“YWCA”) since 2013 to provide better elderly care in North District. With a HK$3 million donation from the Charities Foundation, the YWCA established an elderly day care centre in Fanling, named YWCA NWS Y-Care Centre (North District). This centre provides a full range of elderly care services, including day care, rehabilitation, physiotherapy and cognitive training. Our donation was also used to procure a well-equipped service coach in order to reach out to service users residing in distant villages.


Our corporate volunteers support the centre through a three-year Joyful Age volunteering programme, which serves the elderly living in rural villages. Through regular outreach and activities, including a farming day, cognitive training, haircuts and clown performances, members of the NWS Volunteer Alliance keep the elderly engaged with their community. Building on the success and experience gained from this programme, which was concluded in 2016, the Group renewed its support for the centre, and will begin a new programme with YWCA to educate the wider community on elderly care and diseases that affect the elderly, such as dementia.

Environmental Protection

 

Our geological heritage is one of the city's most important environmental resources, and it is also what makes Hong Kong a vibrant tourist destination with a wealth of varied attractions. We continue to instill a public sense of pride and care for the natural environment through our long-running NWS Hong Kong Geo Wonders Hike and Young Ambassadors for Geoconservation programmes.

Protecting Hong Kong's Precious Geological Heritage

Since 2008

Protecting Hong Kong's Precious Geological Heritage

For a decade, the Group has supported geological conservation through its partnership with the Association for Geoconservation, Hong Kong. The NWS Hong Kong Geo Wonders Hike initiative, which includes guided public tours, geopark clean-up activities and the popular NWS Geo Hero Run which first launched in 2015, has involved over 30,000 members of the public since 2008.
The Young Ambassadors for Geoconservation Training Programme

Since 2011

The Young Ambassadors for Geoconservation Training Programme

As part of the NWS Hong Kong Geo Wonders Hike campaign, the Young Ambassadors for Geoconservation Training Programme was introduced in 2011. This programme sets out to educate Hong Kong’s young people on the value of geoconservation through an array of activities including field trips, classroom training and overseas study tours. The programme has logged more than 46,000 cumulative training hours since its inception, with over 1,600 students from 250 schools having been trained.