Hong Kong Round Table
Like many of you I’m sure, I give money regularly each month to a few selected charities, the same amount, automatically. I don’t even think about it and it quickly became just another ‘overhead’ to budget for in order that myself and my wife feel like we are doing our part. But for many years we wanted to do more than just give money – so many people, animals and charitable organisations are in need – dire need at the moment what with the negative global economic impact of COVID-19 – that we can’t reach as many as we wanted to and we had no hands on impact or transparency with exactly where our money and ‘efforts’ (albeit very little) were going.
We started our Pinnacle Foundation in 2015 through our gym brand with the purpose of assisting local Hong Kong children who weren’t able to play sport or be active, due to a variety of socio-economic reasons. But this quickly became limited in terms of time, resources and scope – essentially we had to choose one very specific area of charitable giving that quickly became reliant on resources we didn’t have or weren’t able to expand upon.
It is difficult to truly explain the selfishness or altruistic benefits of ‘making a difference’ to those ‘in need’ (however you want to define either quoted terms). Academics will say (and prove) that through wisdom and the true definition of ‘transcendence’, both selfish and selfless acts or ways of life can exist in harmony together, and those people that don’t need to identify one or the other are those that make the most difference in society overall. The fact I am writing this on my website in the hope of ‘spreading the word’ for our most recent project clearly states that a) I want visitors to my site, and b) I want participants and donors to our important cause, both of incentives of which should exist without collision.
There is a difference between inspiration and motivation, and there is a large variance between excitement and fulfillment. Round Table has provided me, and my fellow peers in Hong Kong and all around the world with motivation to be part of making an impact, and excitement of doing so, but more importantly we become inspired by not one another, but by the charities we are able to help develop, progress and succeed – they are the true heroes in our eyes and we are able to not only be fulfilled in being part of their journey but dearly hope we can be a part of their fulfillment in the end cause of each respective NGO that we support.
There are many ‘Round Tables’ around the world doing such amazing work, raising funds and distributing them in a responsible, fair and diligent manner. As part of our Hong Kong ‘table’ (Hong Kong Round Table 10 – RT10), we get together each month, drinking and socialising – we are privileged to have had the opportunities to work hard and get to the positions we are in – but we get to work in the few hours that we are together and proceed through various due diligence agendas pertaining to charities we have donated to or have been approached for donation. This may include updates of very recent donations (usually capital expenditure donations), performance reviews or longer and well established NGO partners, budget discussions, fundraising initiatives, donation proposals (usually one or two charities each month have to be considered) and much more. All of this is done with our core objectives at mind:
1. The relief of poverty;
2. The advancement of education;
3. The pursuit of charitable causes that benefit the community in Hong Kong and
Put simply in our President and Chairman’s words, the reason we are part of Hong Kong Round Table 10 is to “make an impact and have fun”.
Due to COVID-19 we were not able to arrange our annual fundraising pedal cart race around Hong Kong, which usually nets us our year’s worth of donation pot, and so we are having to think outside the box and get out into the invidiual market in order to raise cash for our future projects.
The Million Dollar Challenge
The purpose of this initiative is to identify amongst our friends, family, colleagues (and beyond), those with Hong Kong Permanent Residency that feel they can forgo half of the handout money being offered by the Government (HK$10,000) for individual financial relief from the impact of COVID-19. If we find 200 people that can donate half of their handout, we will hit our HK$1m target! If you are non-PR like some of our volunteers, you can still donate, of course, and we suggested asking for half but anything you can afford to give will aggregate to a meaningful amount.
We know there are a few initiatives doing similar things but of course we think ours is the best! We really do make a big difference and have the proof from 40 years of experience to back it up. We are a registered, audited charity and 100% of money donated goes to the charities, nothing less. Below are links to the deck, the fundraising page and our website for more information.
Please find it in your heart to donate, whatever you can. Please share this with anyone you know – we would greatly appreciate it.