29 March 2022

City’s largest Community Vaccination Centre on private land opens today, offering convenient service for hundreds of thousands

A new pop-up Community Vaccination Centre (CVC) commenced operations in the heart of Causeway Bay today (29 March), potentially allowing several hundred thousand more citizens to get fully vaccinated and help Hong Kong return to normal life as soon as possible. The CVC at the junction of Leighton Road and Caroline Hill Road is the largest yet set up within a private property portfolio, having been jointly offered to the Government for three months by Chinachem Group (the Group) and Hysan Development, who will later be developing a retail, commercial and community complex on the 160,000 sq ft site. Constructed in an exceptionally short period of just 18 days, the CVC offers 18 vaccination booths, providing a smooth and comfortable experience for the public. Gammon Construction, which has also sponsored the initiative, took the lead in creating the temporary facilities using pre-fabricated containers, working alongside other partners including Arup, Ronald Lu and Partners and WSP. The site was handed over to the Hong Kong Government on 23 March 2022 and will be operational for three months until the end of June. The School of Nursing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University will operate the vaccination centre in a non-profit-making mode. “Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve assiduously explored how we can use our property spaces and other resources to help the Government and the community combat the pandemic,” explains Chinachem Group’s Executive Director and CEO Donald Choi. “As in this case, we’ve also joined hands with like-minded partners where possible to maximise the support we can offer, and help speed Hong Kong’s recovery through a team effort. This exemplifies our people-centric philosophy and our vision of creating shared value for the community through a ‘Triple Bottom Line’ approach, which balances People, Prosperity and Planet.” Chinachem Group has also made a number of its hotels available for quarantine or isolation purposes, while Nina Hotel Tsuen Wan West recently hosted a community vaccination day co-organised with Tsuen Wan District Office. In late January, the Group organised pop-up mini-flower markets at selected properties to support local farmers affected by the last-minute cancellation of the traditional Chinese New Year markets. Besides putting its properties to good use amid the pandemic, the Group has helped make 100,000 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits available to people in need, donating 50,000 kits directly and a further 50,000 through matching donations by C-MER Eye Care Holdings and Shenzhen YHLO Biotech. The first batch of 20,000 RAT kits were delivered to the Fu Hong Society to help its residential care homes and daycare centres combat the pandemic. The remaining 80,000 were packed into 8,000 goodie bags – together with other anti-epidemic supplies and daily necessities such as masks, hand sanitiser, canned food and more – then distributed to subdivided flat households in Tsuen Wan, Sham Shui Po and Yau Tsim Mong districts, benefiting around 4,000 low-income families. To ensure the timely and safe delivery of these supplies and ease the current pressure on NGOs, the Group arranged distribution through smart logistics start-up Zeek, in which it is an investor. The Group has also donated HK$500,000 to Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council to alleviate their substantial expenses of employing temporary care workers, paying special allowances, and purchasing anti-epidemic supplies and disinfection. In the earlier stages of the Government’s vaccination drive, the Group organised a HK$20 million Vaccination Lucky Draw to encourage more people to get vaccinated. By playing its part to boost the city’s vaccination rate, the Group hopes that Hong Kong can build a sufficient immunity barrier to speed up its relaxation of anti-epidemic measures and return to a healthy economy. The Group will continue to provide support and care to citizens in need while paying close attention to their well-being. The Group will join hands with others in the city to fight against the epidemic and build a beautiful home together.
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25 February 2022

Chinachem Group joins hands with partners to support low-income groups with anti-epidemic supplies amid 5th COVID-19 wave

Chinachem Group (the Group) has long been committed to the community. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Group has been working alongside the public to help them tide over this difficult time through donations and other forms of support. The fifth wave of the epidemic has severely impacted society, with many non-profit organisations finding their manpower and resources stretched to the limits in supporting low-income groups. The Group is therefore responding by co-operating with various partners to help them immediately deliver anti-epidemic supplies to those in need, benefiting around 4,000 low-income families. The donation includes 100,000 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits, of which 50,000 have been donated by the Group and the other 50,000 are matching donations by C-MER Eye Care Holdings Limited (C-MER Medical) and Shenzhen YHLO Biotech Co. Ltd (YHLO). The first batch of 20,000 RAT kits has already been delivered to the Fu Hong Society to help its residential care homes and daycare centres combat the pandemic. The remaining 80,000 will be packed into 8,000 goodie bags, together with other anti-epidemic supplies and daily necessities such as masks, hand sanitiser, canned food and more. From today onwards, the goodie bags will be distributed to subdivided flat households in Tsuen Wan, Sham Shui Po and Yau Tsim Mong districts to help solve their urgent needs through the Society for Community Organization, Caritas Community Centre-Tsuen Wan, The Urban Peacemaker Evangelistic Fellowship, Asbury Methodist Social Service-Help Community Service Centre, Kei Yam Family Services Centre, and Wong Kam Lutheran Whole Person Development Centre. Donald Choi, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Chinachem Group said, “With Hong Kong going through an unprecedentedly difficult time, caring for others and mutual aid are more important than ever. The Group cares for the community and is shouldering its social responsibilities by taking concrete action in support of the community's anti-epidemic work. The city’s crowded living environment poses a high potential risk of cross-infection. Because of this, we are putting a focus this time on subdivided flat residents. The anti-epidemic goodie bags will be delivered directly to their homes to lighten their financial burden and reduce their risk of contracting the virus in public spaces. In this operation, we have co-operated with and leveraged the strengths of various community groups to ensure that more people in need can benefit as soon as possible.” Dr Dennis Lam Shun-chiu, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of C-MER Eye Care Holdings Limited, said “C-MER Medical and YHLO are thrilled to partner with Chinachem Group in delivering the COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits donated by us to underprivileged families, so as to meet their urgent needs. This collaboration demonstrates the synergy effect created by the business community joining together to improve the effectiveness of the fight against the pandemic. We hope various sectors of the community can give full play to their own advantages and join forces in a bid to end the pandemic.” Timely and safe delivery of supplies is one of the key aspects of this donation. Zeek, a smart logistics start-up in which the Group has invested, is sending its anti-epidemic delivery team to provide service for the beneficiary families in Sham Shui Po and Yau Tsim Mong districts. KK Chiu, CEO of Zeek, said “We have been monitoring the pandemic situation in the community and understand that it is dealing severe challenges to both businesses and citizens’ daily lives. We swiftly set up a designated delivery team to provide contactless, safe delivery services for quarantine facilities, restricted areas, and other premises or individuals with urgent needs. With couriers’ safety our priority concern, comprehensive protection is provided to the delivery team. In addition, the company has an earmarked an emergency fund for the team. Couriers who are diagnosed with COVID-19 will receive a one-off emergency subsidy.”   Sylvia Chung, Chief Business Impact Officer of Chinachem Group (middle), Chapman Chan, Chief Strategy & Investment Officer, C-MER Eye Care Holdings Limited (left), and KK Chiu, CEO of Zeek (right) help package the goodie bags to support the donation. Each family will receive two goodie bags, each containing 10 rapid antigen test (RAT) kits, anti-epidemic items and daily necessities including surgical masks, sanitiser and canned food.
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