Encouraging Staff Involvement

The CX Volunteers team was set up towards the end of 2007, and more than 1,000 staff had signed up by December 2011. The team initiated a number of community projects, while staff also actively participate in events organised by other charities. In Hong Kong, 381 Cathay Pacific employees completed 4,037 hours of volunteering this year.

In addition to encouraging staff to participate in company-organised initiatives, Cathay Pacific seeks to support staff in their own charitable endeavours and benefit a wide cross-section of charitable needs. This is the aim of the Cathay Pacific Charitable Fund, which was launched in November 2011 and is open to all staff from the Cathay Pacific Group, including Cathay Pacific Airways and its wholly owned subsidiaries.

In launching the Fund, we hope to give financial support to those already engaged in charitable activities, and to encourage those who see the value in helping others, but have not yet taken up the opportunity to offer their support.

A volunteer’s story

Some people may feel admiration for those who devote most of their spare time helping others. But to Raymond Ng (Airline Purchasing Department), volunteering has become a way of life.

“I first started helping charities sell Christmas cards on the streets and joining outings with mentally handicapped children when I was in primary school.”

He continued serving others when he went abroad for tertiary education. When he joined Cathay Pacific in 2007, it was only natural that when there was a call for helpers to visit the elderly, he signed up. Thereafter, he has been regularly participating in English-On-Air, Christmas parties for disadvantaged children, beach clean-ups, distributing recycled computers, and mentoring youths in anti-drugs campaigns. It was this latter scheme that left one of the most lasting impressions on him.

“Through being involved with these different activities, I have acquired an appreciation and understanding of the different cultures, upbringing and life circumstances of the people I met, whom I would not have had the chance to come into contact with otherwise.”

Cargo Team’s Mount Kinabalu climb

Five hardy souls from the Cargo Terminal Project team wanted to raise funds for the Hong Kong branch of the Lighthouse Club, a charity which supports victims of accidents and illnesses within the construction industry and to dependants after a fatal accident. They scaled Asia’s highest mountain, Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia, which took them eight hours in the freezing cold, reaching the 4,095-meter summit just in time to see the day breaking over Sabah state.

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