Vena Cheng

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features -

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.”

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