An auction of donated works of art that included pieces by Hongkonger Wilson Shieh and mainland painter Zeng Fanzhi raised nearly HK$3 million last night for programmes to help children and elderly in need.
Sixteen pieces were auctioned by Sotheby's at a charity dinner organised by the SCMP Group at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Wan Chai, with the money going to three non-profit organisations.
"The funds we raised today will go the distance towards helping both children and the elderly that need your help," said SCMP Group chairman Dr David Pang Ding-jung.
An oil painting on a round canvas by Zeng, titled Snow, went for HK$1.5 million. Sotheby's sold another of Zeng's paintings, The Last Supper, for US$23.3 million last year.
Also auctioned was a Chinese ink and gouache on silk painting titled Five Tallest Buildings in Hong Kong, by Shieh.
There were also works by Indian painter Sohan Qadri and the British-born Hong Kong painter and installationist Simon Birch.
In all, HK$2.76 million was raised for two programmes run by St James' Settlement: a soup kitchen programme to feed the needy for up to six weeks, and a programme to support low-income children, offering them help including breakfast and after-school activities.
The other beneficiaries are a home modification project by the Society for Community Organisation - which helps to design and organise living spaces for underprivileged families to improve their environment - and the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals' physiotherapy and occupation therapy programmes.
The gala was sponsored by Chow Tai Fook Jewellery and New World Development.
"Through the inspirational power of art, we hope to kindle the spirit of charity to help raise much-needed funds to kick-start four new and impactful programmes run by our designated charities," said Pang.
The SCMP Group has run various community campaigns over the years. It raised over HK$22 million for numerous charities in the 2013-14 financial year.