Michelle Ong

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features -

As the founder and chair­woman of the First Ini­tia­tive Foun­da­tion (FIF), Michelle Ong has worked tire­lessly to im­prove Hong Kong through ed­u­ca­tion, in­ter­na­tional ini­tia­tives, and arts and com­mu­nity out­reach pro­grammes.

“By 2011, I’d worked for more than 25 years on be­half of dif­fer­ent char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions and I felt the time was right to start a foun­da­tion of my own. So I sought the sup­port of a won­der­ful group of busi­ness and com­mu­nity lead­ers, artists and phi­lan­thropists who have helped enor­mously with our aim to cre­ate ini­tia­tives that are ed­u­ca­tion­ally pos­i­tive. We’re very am­bi­tious—we’re ex­pand­ing our out­reach pro­grammes and are com­mit­ted to ex­tended ini­tia­tives that make a dif­fer­ence, for ex­am­ple, our FIF/LANG Lang Young Schol­ars Pro­gramme, which helps out Hong Kong’s re­mark­able young mu­si­cians, or our Can­tonese opera ed­u­ca­tion and her­itage ini­tia­tive, which sup­ports ed­u­ca­tion, preser­va­tion and schol­ar­ship. Ul­ti­mately, Hong Kong is a won­der­ful place to have a char­ity. Hongkongers have a real sense of iden­tity and are in tune with their com­mu­nity. I think ev­ery­one does what they can. Whether it’s HK$1 or HK$100,000, it’s mean­ing­ful when it comes from the heart.”

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