Helping combat COVID-19

With the scale of the human costs and global economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to unfold, Swire group operating companies have been working hard to find ways in which they can help: by supporting those in their communities who are fighting the virus, as well as those most vulnerable to infection.
In Hong Kong, the Swire Group Charitable Trust has donated over HK$12 million to St. James’ Settlement and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, to support three projects designed to assist underprivileged members of society; these initiatives have included the distribution of food and disinfectants. The group has also donated RMB 10 million to The Red Cross Society of China to purchase medical supplies and equipment on the Mainland. These donations have helped bring immediate relief to those most in need.
Swire Trust distributes food packs and hand sanitisers to the needy.
Swire Trust distributes food packs and hand sanitisers to the needy.
Cathay Pacific Group charter flights repatriate Hong Kong residents from affected areas.
Cathay Pacific Group charter flights repatriate Hong Kong residents from affected areas.
The rapid spread of the virus has caused unprecedented disruption to the global transportation network and also a surge in demand for essential goods, posing significant challenges to the worldwide logistics sector. The Cathay Pacific Group has made use of its network and capacity to fly vital medical supplies, including surgical masks and other personal protection equipment, via its Hong Kong hub to cities across the world. The Cathay Pacific Group has assisted the HKSAR Government by operating 11 charter flights to repatriate Hong Kong residents stranded in Tokyo and Hubei Province – with all flights being operated by volunteer crew members. Subsidiary airline HK Express has supported the Post Crisis Counseling Network by transporting 1,700kg of medical supplies from Japan to Hong Kong. Cathay Pacific Services has meanwhile set up a temporary mail-handling centre at the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal, to assist Hongkong Post in coping with the huge volume of medical supplies in transit.
Cathay Pacific transports medical supplies to cities worldwide.
Cathay Pacific transports medical supplies to cities worldwide.
Swire Coca-Cola and its bottlers from 12 provinces and cities have donated over a million bottles of drinking water and other beverages to local governments, frontline healthcare workers, and workers on hospital construction sites in cities across the Mainland. Around half of the total beverages donated were distributed in 45 days in Wuhan, the city most severely affected, by a special team of staff volunteers formed immediately after the outbreak; Swire Coca-Cola Hubei has meanwhile donated RMB 1.5 million to the Wuhan municipal government to assist its relief efforts and the beverage group has also donated surgical masks and an additional RMB 116,000 on behalf of staff at Swire Coca-Cola Beverages Zhejiang. Swire Coca-Cola Hong Kong has supplied bottled water and other beverages to seven quarantine centres around Hong Kong and has also donated medical supplies and disinfectant to members of The Hong Kong Federation of the Blind.
Swire Coca-Cola delivers bottled water and other beverages to affected areas.
Swire Coca-Cola delivers bottled water and other beverages to affected areas.
With the closure of bars, cinemas and other ‘high-risk’ venues and government tightening of social distancing rules, the retail sector has been hard hit. Swire Properties was one of the first landlords to offer rental concessions and other tailored support to its tenants in Mainland China and Hong Kong, with the aim of helping businesses to keep their operations afloat during these challenging times. In addition, Swire Properties has been implementing a variety of outreach programmes to help sustain local communities. In Hong Kong, the company’s staff volunteer network, the Swire Properties Community Ambassadors, have launched “Dial a Lo Yau Gei” – a service to regularly telephone senior citizens who live alone in the Island East district. The Community Ambassadors in Mainland China have also distributed care packs, including food, sanitiser and face masks, to disadvantaged families. Another initiative, funded by Swire Properties Community Caring Fund, is the “Caring Starts from Home” programme, which has distributed 2,800 safety care packs to at-risk frontline workers.
Swire Properties provides frontline workers with sanitising products, hot drinks and food.Swire Properties provides frontline workers with sanitising products, hot drinks and food.
Swire Properties provides frontline workers with sanitising products, hot drinks and food.
Swire Properties Community Ambassadors help package care-packs for frontline teams.
Swire Properties Community Ambassadors help package care-packs for frontline teams.
While the coronavirus pandemic will continue to have profound and long-term effects, it is hoped these contributions will go some small way towards sustaining the communities where Swire operates and help equip them to meet the challenges they face.
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