Group not in social welfare field

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 March, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 March, 1996, 12:00am

BRENDA Hill's suggestion to include the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in the membership of the Community Chest (South China Morning Post, February 23), was proposed to and considered by the Chest in 1993.

Since the Chest is restricted by its constitution to member agencies 'engaged in social welfare work', the RSPCA was not eligible to become a member agency of the Chest as its work is not in the social welfare field.

The Community Chest aims to raise $188 million in 1995/96, but the demand for Chest support far exceeds this amount.

The Chest therefore explores every innovative opportunity to obtain funds and is most grateful to the Hongkong Electric Company for its 'Round Up Your Bill for the Chest' campaign.

If all its over 490,000 customers participate, the Chest will receive some $3 million a year, enabling the participants, through the Chest, to help many disadvantaged people in our community including the old and the frail, the mentally and physically handicapped, children and families at risk, the terminally ill and many many others.

The Community Chest really appreciates the support given by so many Hong Kong residents to its fund-raising activities and would welcome additional contributions of money, time and ideas.

VERNON MOORE Chairman Admissions, Budgets and Allocations Committee The Community Chest of Hong Kong