Jim Thomp­son

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features -

With his wife, Sally, Jim Thomp­son sup­ports count­less char­i­ta­ble ef­forts at home and abroad, in­clud­ing work­ing with the Cam­bo­dian gov­ern­ment to found schools in Ph­nom Penh fol­low­ing the ex­pan­sion of his lo­gis­tics group, Crown World­wide, to the cap­i­tal city.

“Our fo­cus is on chil­dren and ed­u­ca­tion. We’ve built schools and li­braries in Cam­bo­dia to give kids ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion. I think that’s the great­est tool they can have as they try to build their lives as adults. At the other end of the spec­trum, we also sup­port the So­ci­ety for the Pro­mo­tion of Hospice Care be­cause I feel the need to help the ter­mi­nally ill leave the world with dig­nity is very im­por­tant. I also chair the Asian Youth Orches­tra, which brings young Asian mu­si­cians from many coun­tries to­gether. The gap be­tween rich and poor is dra­matic in Hong Kong, but I be­lieve Hongkongers are very gen­er­ous and a great amount of money is raised from the wealthy by char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions. That said, it’s tough to ask peo­ple for money on a con­stant ba­sis and many peo­ple are asked to do­nate to more causes than they could ever sup­port. I try to make a case for the cause that donors will un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate. There are many gen­er­ous peo­ple that sup­port our char­i­ties year af­ter year—they’re Hong Kong’s he­roes. For younger peo­ple with lit­tle money, I en­cour­age them to vol­un­teer. I know I can­not fund the cures of the dis­eases of the world, but I will do what I can man­age. There is a real joy to help­ing oth­ers less for­tu­nate than you.”

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