To say that Hong Kong has been doing it tough with COVID-19 this year would be an understatement! And the hard times have prompted New World Development (NWD) to launch a new large-scale crowd-donation platform to help those in need. “Share for Good” aims to connect donors and beneficiaries in innovative ways to provide anti-pandemic resources to all corners of the city. Here are five things to know about this very welcome service.
#1 Sharing via an app and online
Available as both a mobile app and a website service, Share for Good is an open platform that welcomes all Hong Kong individuals, groups and corporations to participate in charity action.
#2 A focus on the important things
After researching the urgent needs of target beneficiaries, NWD and participating organisations compiled a list of the 13 most-needed items. These include COVID testing kits, food coupons, supermarket vouchers and learning materials, among others.
#3 Long list of participating NGOs
Plenty of non-profit organisations and social enterprises have been invited to participate in the initial phase of Share for Good. Key partners include Yan Chai Hospital, LALAMOVE and over 30 other NGOs.
#4 A focus on the truly needy
Target beneficiaries of the service include low-income families, those living in subdivided units, elderly people on their own, young cancer patients, mentally-handicapped and disabled people, the homeless and ethnic minorities.
#5 Good news for donors
Aside from being a completely free service to use, it’s also efficient. After registering as a donor, you can browse through the overall needs list and the requests from each NGO on the app or website. You can then choose to make in-kind donations, or cash donations. If you choose in-kind donations, the platform will match you with your selected non-profit organisations directly, for donation and delivery arrangements.
New World is taking the lead by donating 200,000 items through the platform.
Keen to help?
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