Nine local charities will share in HK$1million given to run child development projects that improve family relationships, thanks to the Walt Disney Company and its Disney Children's Fund.
Since the fund was set up in 2008 it has given HK$3 million to help more than 50,000 children.
Groups and charities supported include 'Learning with Vision and Exploration Challenging Scheme' by St James' Settlement, 'Friends with A Cappella' by Hong Kong Federation of the Blind, 'Capture My Life: Youth Photographers Training Programme' by Physically Handicapped and Able-Bodied; and Community Drug Advisory Council's 'Healthy Family's Wonder World'.
The Choi family benefitted from the fund in 2009, when her children took part in the St James' Settlement's learning project, 'It's Magic'. It helped to improve communication and atmosphere within the family.
Mrs Choi says: 'The children enjoyed learning magic and love to show us their tricks. Even my husband, who goes to work at 4am and seldom talks to the children after work, now likes to watch them play. There's so much laughter in the family.'
Christine Fang Meng-sang, chief executive of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, says the fund will help to improve relationships within families.
'I'm impressed the inclusive element of 'family' has been added to the fund this year. The nine sponsored projects will encourage a healthier, happier and more harmonious family and strengthen the links between generations,' she says.
Disney volunteers will help develop the projects. 'With the expertise of our volunteers, we hope to bring professional knowledge, skills and creativity to the community,' says Andrew Kam Min-ho, manager director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.