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International Child Protection Dinner 2017 Raised An Unprecedented $2 Million

The International Child Protection (ICP) Dinner 2017 was held on 20th October at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, raising over $2 million, the highest amount since the event’s inauguration in 2014.

The event was well attended by Consul-Generals as well as representatives of the local and overseas business sectors. It is the 4th year when donors gather to raise funds for International Social Service Hong Kong Branch (ISS-HK)’s cross-border work to help children from families divided by geographical boundaries, for which ISS-HK receives no funding.

The Guest of Honour, Mr Bernard Chan, the Convenor of the Non-official members of the Executive Council of the HKSAR Government, commended the work of ISS-HK during his address. “Having descended from people who have migrated, I am particularly impressed by the work of ISS in providing inter-country social-work assistance to protect children and unite families separated across borders. ISS Hong Kong is uniquely positioned for this mission as the only local NGO that links social welfare agencies around the world.”

Mr C P Ho, Chairman of ISS-HK called for the support from guests for a worthy cause. “Set up shortly after the 1st World War, ISS helped with matters like migration and people displacements. Matters that we still face today. Tonight’s event raise funds for our services in helping children and families caught in abduction, trafficking and cross-border family conflicts. I know you will be generous because we were children once. We knew we needed the support of caring adults, like people who are here tonight.”

Highlight of the event was a Live Auction conducted by Christie’s, with attractive prizes such as art works, luxury hotel accommodation package, fine wines, jewelleries and dining experiences either donated or arranged by vendors supportive of the International Child Programme. Following the successful auction, a new “Sponsor A Case” session was conducted to call for support from guests to provide services for every child in need. A silent auction and lucky draw also helped raise more funds for the cause.

ISS was established in Switzerland in 1924 with the initial aim of reuniting families torn apart by the First World War and is now present in over 120 countries across all 7 continents.

Since 1958, ISS-HK has a truly unique role carrying out specialized work to protect children and bring families together on an international scale. It is the only non-governmental organization locally that helps reunites families in cases that involve Hong Kong, China and other countries.