Corporate charity helps kids find their own paths
When staff at Ultra Active Technology felt they needed to take a more cohesive approach to volunteering, their employer's solution was to set up its own charity.
The North Point-based audio-visual and video conferencing expert's organisation, the UAT Association, began fostering sport in the community and encouraging children to pursue further education.
These days, the firm holds at least one volunteering event a month to help children, elderly and disabled people or low-income families, public relations manager Erica Ko Wai-chun said. A year ago, the firm set up the Path to Adulthood - UAT Youth Cultivation Scheme to do even more to help the young people of Hong Kong.
"There are three parts to the scheme: the all-round development of children; careers advice for youngsters; and careers advice for students," Ko said.
"We also run donation programmes for children in China. This year the target is Aids-impacted children in Hubei province, so we've sponsored the charity walk in the province for the Good Hope Charitable Fund."
Ultra Active Technology has been nominated in the corporate citizens category in the Spirit of Hong Kong Awards 2014.
The firm works with three non-governmental children's organisations. Some of the programmes for fun and exercise include instruction in sports such as table tennis, with all the necessary facilities provided.
One of the NGOs is the Evangel Children's Home in Wong Tai Sin, where the resident children tend to be referred from social services.
"This is sometimes as a result of domestic abuse," Ko said.
The company holds fun days for the younger children and career workshops for the teenagers from both Evangel and the HKSKH Lady MacLehose Centre in Kwai Chung.