Young people are the future pillars of society. To help develop and enhance their creativity, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust has been supporting a series of “Make a Difference” (MaD) projects since 2010, including the MaD Festival and the establishment of the Jockey Club Make a Difference School. The Assembly @ MaD Festival 2019, an event that concludes this year’s MaD Festival, was opened today (12 January) at Tai Kwun - Centre for Heritage and Arts by the Club’s Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, HKSAR Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Dr Bernard Chan, and Chairperson of the MaD Institute Ada Wong.
Under this year’s theme of “The Grounded Odyssey”, some 1,000 young people from Hong Kong and other cities across Asia and overseas are expected to participate in various activities during the two-day Assembly, such as keynote conversations, “open studios”, a “free market”, “ripple forum”, cinema screenings and excursions, sharing their experiences with innovators from around the world.
Besides supporting the MaD Festival, the Trust has provided funding to establish the MaD School, which offers a wide range of programmes and activities to help the city’s young generation expand their horizons, inspire them to “think out of the box”, and encourage them to bring positive change to society. In addition, the Trust has since 2016 been supporting the Jockey Club Make a Difference Social Lab, a three-year project seeking to tackle social challenges through cross-sectoral collaboration and co-creative experiments. A symposium of the social lab will be held tomorrow (13 January) at Tai Kwun - Centre for Heritage and Arts.
Youth is one of the strategic focus areas of the Club’s Charities Trust. Over the past decade, the Club has contributed some HK$2 billion to youth-related projects, aiming to empower the city’s youth for building a hopeful future.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Founded in 1884, The Hong Kong Jockey Club is a world-class racing club that acts continuously for the betterment of our society. The Club has a unique integrated business model, comprising racing and racecourse entertainment, a membership club, responsible sports wagering and lottery, and charity and community contribution. Through this model, the Club generates economic and social value for the community and supports the Government in combatting illegal gambling. In 2017/18, the Club made a record return to the Government of HK$22.6 billion in duty and profits tax and contributed HK$1.2 billion to the Lotteries Fund. Approved charity donations were HK$4.2 billion. The Club is Hong Kong's largest single taxpayer and one of the city’s major employers. Its Charities Trust is also one of the world's top ten charity donors. The Club is always "riding high together for a better future" with the people of Hong Kong.
The Club’s Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges (3rd left), HKSAR Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Dr Bernard Chan (4th left), Chairperson of the MaD Institute Ada Wong (4th right) and other guests at the opening ceremony of the Assembly @ MaD Festival 2019.
The Club’s Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges (2nd right), HKSAR Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Dr Bernard Chan (back row, 2nd left), Chairperson of the MaD Institute Ada Wong (1st right), and young participants of the Assembly @ MaD Festival 2019.