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Bringing renewed hope to disadvantaged children

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Manulife Children's Resources Centre

Nothing expresses the word “hope” better than a helping hand being extended to children with special needs. It was in this spirit that Manulife sponsored a new Manulife Children’s Resources Centre (MCRC) in Kowloon East, which was opened in May. Covering an area of about 300 square metres, the new centre facilitates the training services of Heep Hong Society for children with special educational needs (SEN) in the district, and support for their families.

The latest statistics reveal that there are about 1,500 SEN children lining up for such services in Kowloon East. They include kids suffering from autism, language delay, dyslexia, attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder and so on. According to Eva Chan, General Manager, Supportive Learning Project of Heep Hong, currently there are about 6,000 children under the age of six waiting for government pre-school special education services. And about 25% of them come from Kowloon East. Therefore the new facility will be a lifeline for those who are in urgent need of treatment.

Manulife Children's Resources Centre

Manulife's Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong, Michael Huddart described the new centre as a “first door” to be opened to the disadvantaged children and said that it fitted ideally with Manulife’s brand promise of helping as many people as possible achieve a better future. “Sowing seeds for the future,” he said in reference to recent Manulife voluntary work there, “is a metaphor for the important work that Heep Hong is embarked upon and which we are honoured to assist”.

Heep Hong Society’s Director, Nancy Tsang, expressed heartfelt gratitude to Manulife on behalf of the Society. She complimented Manulife on its unstinting efforts on behalf of society’s disadvantaged. Apart from funding the establishment of the Centre, Manulife also enlisted staff volunteers to jointly plant seedlings in the centre’s yard and help produce a colourful dinosaur mural on the external wall of the Centre prior to the opening.

Manulife Children's Resources Centre

Founded in 1963, the Heep Hong Society is one of the biggest children’s education and welfare organizations in Hong Kong. The Society promotes integrated education, helping children with learning disabilities to be better assimilated into mainstream schools and the community. In this respect, its work is in line with the mission of Manulife to create a better future for underprivileged teenagers. Since 2006, both parties have been working closely for the same cause. The new MCRC can serve more than 1,000 children and their parents every year.