Anne Mar­den

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features -

In the 1960s, Anne Mar­den and her late hus­band, Whee­lock Mar­den founder John Mar­den, cre­ated the Mar­den Foun­da­tion, which fo­cuses on health is­sues and giv­ing un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren a bet­ter start in life.

“I started the Mar­den Foun­da­tion with my hus­band, John, be­cause we thought that ed­u­ca­tion in gov­ern­ment schools was too rigid and that a wider cur­ricu­lum would suit stu­dents bet­ter. Orig­i­nally there was just go­ing to be one school, but then the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment agreed to give us sup­port and three schools were built. When the schools were fin­ished, we de­cided to build a foun­da­tion that gave out money ev­ery year to dif­fer­ent causes. We’re still go­ing strong and our com­mit­tee is mostly made up of fam­ily mem­bers. My son Anto is

the chair­man and I write the let­ters. We of­fer schol­ar­ships to those who would never get an op­por­tu­nity oth­er­wise, like get­ting deaf chil­dren into uni­ver­sity. In Tuen Mun, we have a sec­tion cater­ing for mi­grant chil­dren where we teach English with Chi­nese as a sec­ond lan­guage. The chil­dren are mostly Pak­istani and ea­ger to learn. We also sup­port new ven­tures that would not at­tract help from the usual sources. For in­stance, we give money to the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs As­so­ci­a­tion to pro­vide coun­selling to par­ents and chil­dren on sex­u­al­ity is­sues.”

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