The Hong Kong Jockey Club announced today (18 May) that it has offered immediate assistance through the Jockey Club Emergency Relief Fund to the families of the two victims of the fatal industrial accident in Lok Ma Chau on Monday. Each family was provided with a donation of HK$100,000 and the cheques were despatched through the Social Welfare Department (SWD) today.
The Club’s Chief Executive Officer, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges expressed deepest condolences to the families of the victims. “The Club’s Charities Trust has promptly taken the initiative to contact the SWD to discuss how to provide immediate relief to the families of the deceased,” he said. The Club will continue to work closely with the Government and monitor the situation to see if further assistance is required.
The Jockey Club Emergency Relief Fund has been specifically established for the purpose of providing rapid relief to victims of natural disasters, accidents, epidemics and the like. It is aimed at enhancing the efficiency and flexibility of processing urgent donation requests, enabling the Club to quickly respond to those urgently in need. Relief payments from the Fund were previously provided to victims of last year's building collapse in To Kwa Wan, the flooding in Tai Po, and Manila hostage tragedy.