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.”