Investigations lawyer Vena Cheng dedicates a great deal of her free time to philanthropy, supporting charities such as the New Hope Foundation, Medart and the Child Development Matching Fund.
“My late great-grandfather taught us from a young age to share our Chinese New Year red packet money with the less fortunate, so we understood our responsibility to those less fortunate than us. I work on a number of different projects, but this year I am helping the First Initiative Foundation and the Hong Kong Ballet organise their fundraising events. I’m also helping Medart with their corporate governance restructuring and fundraising, and advising the management on their legal needs. Raising money is not as easy as it once was. The global economy has not been very stable in recent years. In turn, large corporations and banks have significantly scaled down their financial support to charities and art groups. This has caused many charities serious financial troubles. It is also hard to find talent to manage charities. To help, Hongkongers should start appreciating and being grateful for what they have, and contribute more to society. Hong Kong currently has a lot of negative energy. People focus constantly on what they don’t have and what they cannot achieve, and this needs to change.”