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Hong Kong Tatler and Ron­ald Ar­culli donate HK$100,000 to the Hong Chi As­so­ci­a­tion

Hong Kong Tatler - - Concierge -

on­ald Ar­culli is known for his sharp busi­ness acu­men and ex­ten­sive phil­an­thropic en­deav­ours. He is a se­nior part­ner of King & Wood Mallesons, chair­man of the FWD Group and vice-chair­man of the West Kowloon Cul­tural Dis­trict Au­thor­ity. He has worked as a nonof­fi­cial mem­ber of the HKSAR Gov­ern­ment and is a for­mer Legco mem­ber. In 2000, he suc­ceeded the Duke of Edinburgh as chair­man of the In­ter­na­tional Award As­so­ci­a­tion, a po­si­tion he held un­til Novem­ber 2007. He has served on the board of the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the board of gover­nors of the Lon­don Busi­ness School, and was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal in 2010.

It was ap­pro­pri­ate, then, that Ron­ald should re­ceive the pres­ti­gious Di­a­mond Award at the Hong Kong Tatler Ball last year, an honour that recog­nises great con­tri­bu­tions to shap­ing the city and ben­e­fit­ing the lives of oth­ers. The award comes with a pledge from Edi­presse Me­dia Asia, pub­lisher of the Asian Tatler ti­tles, to donate HK$100,000 to a char­ity cho­sen by the winner. Ron­ald nom­i­nated the Hong Chi As­so­ci­a­tion, which is ded­i­cated to as­sist­ing peo­ple of all ages suf­fer­ing from in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties. The foun­da­tion op­er­ates 80 ser­vice units, in­clud­ing 13 spe­cial schools, which pro­vide pre-school train­ing, spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion, job train­ing, sup­ported em­ploy­ment, res­i­den­tial services, fam­ily and com­mu­nity sup­port and pro­fes­sional ther­apy.

“I got to know the Hong Chi As­so­ci­a­tion sev­eral years ago through a friend,” says Ron­ald. “The char­ity aims to pro­vide services and sup­port to over 7,000 in­tel­lec­tu­ally chal­lenged and dis­abled peo­ple, their fam­i­lies and car­ers. I was struck by the close­ness of the fam­i­lies and friends and those who pro­vided care and sup­port with those they cared for. Their sit­u­a­tions are a life­time com­mit­ment. I was re­ally moved by that ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Edi­presse Me­dia Asia ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Michel La­mu­nière was de­lighted to make the do­na­tion to Ron­ald’s cho­sen cause. “Ron­ald has done so much for Hong Kong and has al­ways been a com­mit­ted phi­lan­thropist, thus it was only fit­ting that we should recog­nise his ex­ten­sive char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions in Hong Kong,” he said.

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