Melco Resorts & Entertainment has announced a new wave of contribution by donating 500,000 surgical masks to the Government and the local community, with 200,000 such masks being donated directly to designated operating NGOs under Social Welfare Bureau (IAS). The masks will go to help vulnerable groups in the community, such as the elderly, single families, long-term patients, and medical patient support staff.
Mr. Lawrence Ho, Chairman & CEO of Melco Resorts & Entertainment, said, “We trust the combined efforts of the Macao SAR Government, businesses and members of the public will enable us to collectively overcome COVID-19 and become an ever-stronger and more united community. We are grateful for the Government’s continued anti-epidemic efforts and hope the mask donation will support frontline medical workers in their daily fight against the spread of the virus. We also express gratitude to our community partners for joining us in distributing the 200,000 masks at this difficult time to persons in need through operating NGOs under Social Welfare Bureau, as well as reaching out to the community’s accommodation service users.”
Ms. Ao Ieong U, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture said she is appreciative of corporate donations and is pleased to witness the collective anti-epidemic efforts from parties throughout the community.
Today’s announcement follows Melco’s recent initiatives to help minimize the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19, including hiring 100 local resident construction workers as part of its commitment to local people; an HKD 20 million donation to Wuhan and Hubei in support of Government health initiatives; a MOP 8 million donation comprising a MOP 5 million donation for the local Macau community to set up a Special Aid Fund for Workers in Need in partnership with Macao Federation of Trade Unions (FAOM), helping to take care of the unemployed; and a MOP 3 million donation to Women’s General Association of Macau for the purchase of surgical face masks and providing allowance scheme to impacted families. The Company is also supporting Macau Daily News’ public health awareness and wellbeing online video series to further publicize the government’s Coronavirus prevention appeal.