Sandra D’Auriol: tributes to late Hong Kong socialite from charity she co-founded

Sandra D’Auriol

A children’s charity co-founded by a Hong Kong socialite who plunged to her death from the top floor of a Los Angeles medical clinic says it has lost a “mentor and a friend”.

Wednesday, 29 January, 2014, 4:58pm

Shipping chief with a big heart for orphans

Tim Huxley

Philanthropy is a very personal decision - the who, what, why and how much of giving are determined by life experiences, and the very act of giving has an impact on the giver.

For long-time Hong Kong resident Tim Huxley, a board director of children's charity Half the Sky, it was holding a six-week-old orphan on the mainland that tweaked the heartstrings.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:17am

US$1m bid for lunch with Warren Buffett, down from US$3.4m

Warren Buffett

The annual charity auction of a private lunch with billionaire investor Warren Buffett went for just more than US$1 million - a bargain price compared to past years for an opportunity to sit down with one of the world's most successful philanthropists.

9 Jun 2013 - 9:19am

Li Ka-shing doing a lot for charity

Li Ka-shing. Photo: Reuters

Bernard Chan is a long way off the mark in the article ("How much do our tycoons care about Hong Kong?" May 31).

Caring is demonstrated by doing, not by talking, and certainly not by pointing fingers. It makes no difference whether you are a "big tycoon" or a small potato. Each of us has a duty to care for and contribute to the community according to our own means.

5 Jun 2013 - 12:47am 8 comments

Hong Kong trio set for London to Mongolia rally

Panda team Natalie, Aaron and Jonathan. Photo: Jonathan Wong

As the Panda Express team, the three 26-year-olds will embark on an epic journey across a third of the world on July 13. And as the Mongol Rally website makes clear, it's an unsupported adventure that can be extremely dangerous.

2 Jun 2013 - 8:18am

Doctor finds her calling deep in the African jungle

Joyce Samoutou-Wong and her husband Henri with their three children. The couple run an eye surgery clinic in Congo-Brazzaville. Photo: Joyce Samoutou-Wong

When Dr Joyce Samoutou-Wong is asked to share some of her experiences of working with patients in Congo-Brazzaville, she has no end of inspirational stories to tell - each one a tale of a life transformed.

27 May 2013 - 4:22am

Watchdog steps up pressure on non-transparent Hong Kong charities

With so many groups seeking funds, it can be tough figuring out which cause to give to.

With so many groups seeking funds, it can be tough figuring out which cause to give to. Are the organisations all they're cracked up to be and how much of the contribution really goes to people in need?

21 May 2013 - 9:52am

Appeal for help to rebuild in Sichuan

A man repairs a damaged house in Lushan, Sichuan. Habitat for Humanity wants to help restore quake-damaged homes. Photo: Reuters

In a race against time, a charity is attempting to rebuild quake-damaged homes in Sichuan before the arrival of winter, and the group has asked Hongkongers for help.

20 May 2013 - 5:27am

Football veteran Willie Henderson in trek for cancer charity

Willie Henderson (left) arriving to play football in Hong Kong.

A former Scottish international footballer who played in Hong Kong during the 1970s has trekked 100 kilometres in Indonesia to honour his daughter, who died of cancer.

19 May 2013 - 7:42am 1 comment

How to make charity dollars count

Relief efforts and aid are most effective when disaster-hit communities are invited to help plan, carry out and monitor the reconstruction. Photo: AFP

Since the Yaan earthquake on April 20, Oxfam staff have often been asked how to best ensure donations are well spent in the community. This is a healthy reminder that keeps pushing us to refine our monitoring systems.

12 May 2013 - 4:00am

Big-hearted Hong Kong executive gets to be fashion celebrity for a day

Glimpses of Eve Patton's day of pampering. Photo: Carmen Chan

When Eve Patton joined 40 glamorous women from around the globe for a classic car tour of Tuscany in 2011, she did it in style: in a 1957 Ford Thunderbird.

11 Nov 2013 - 3:50pm

Pay it forward: Raising children who are 'bucket fillers'

Pay it forward: Raising children who are 'bucket fillers'

March was volunteer month in my family. It started with flag day, standing outside a shopping centre in Causeway Bay, soliciting donations for the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation.

7 May 2013 - 11:41am

More transparency vital to restoring faith in Chinese charities

Guo Meimei

Internationally, there are few charities as venerable and respected as the Red Cross. On the mainland, though, the organisation is distrusted, in part for being closely tied to the government, but mostly due to the microblog boasts two years ago of a young woman named Guo Meimei, who appeared to be an employee with extravagant tastes. Although the organisation has denied any connection, it has been unable to repair the damage or change perceptions that it mishandles donations. Regaining trust is not about pledges and promises, but genuine transparency and accountability.

6 May 2013 - 2:55am 1 comment

'Community kitchens' to serve unused food to needy

A community kitchen in Chai Wan operated by charity Food Angel. Food for Good plans to open its own. Photo: David Wong

"Community kitchens" will be set up around the city to serve the needy using foods unused by catering outlets, the new chairman of Food for Good, Professor Joe Leung Cho-bun, said.

6 May 2013 - 8:45am

Dishing up generous servings for the needy

(From left) Pupils Yan Yan, Mei Mei and Him Him enjoy free dinners delivered by Cat Tso's (second from left) restaurant. Photo: Felix Wong

At a time when many restaurants are trying to cut costs to cope with soaring rents and higher wages, one cha chaan teng in Sham Shui Po is doing exactly the opposite - providing meals for the needy.

6 May 2013 - 8:45am