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.”