HSBC anniversary banknotes help raise HK$477 million for key organisations

Bank announces recipients after thousands rushed out to buy one of the two million HK$150 commemorative bills issued last year

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 September, 2016, 7:33am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 September, 2016, 7:33am

E-learning, intelligent robots for special schools, mental health and environmental protection were among recipients of the HK$477 million public donation raised from the sale of HSBC’s anniversary banknotes.

Tens of thousands of people rushed out to buy the 2 million anniversary banknotes last year, each worth HK$150 and issued to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

The bank’s Asia-Pacific chief executive Peter Wong Tung-shun, said of the HK$477 million public donation, HK$377 million will be allocated to 11 projects through the Hongkong Bank Foundation, which focuses on three themes – youth and education, medical health and the environment.

The remaining HK$100 million will be offered to the Community Chest of Hong Kong, for 24 local charities, he said.

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This includes Intelligent Robots for SEN Children Learning, Castle Peak Hospital’s mental health experience museum, Breast Health for Life, Personal Air Quality Solutions and others.

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah, who attended the charity allocation ceremony on Thursday, said preparing for the anniversary banknotes was not an easy task as it took four years to design and issue.

“The HK$150 banknote is legal tender, which is issued according to all the Hong Kong legal requirements,” Tsang said. “People can use it, although I do not believe anyone will do so.”

Tsang said.