20 Years MTO Anniversary - Charity Projects
|On May 10th, Markant Trading Organisation (Far East) Ltd. (MTO) was celebrating its official 20th Anniversary. Established in 1988, MTO has been active for 20 years not only in providing a business-bridge between clients and suppliers in China, but also in giving back to people in need in most various charitable projects.
Similar to our 15th Anniversary in year 2003, we again started a charitable fund raising event and would like to also express at this point and on this site again our deepest gratitude towards the generous contributions from our suppliers and other service providers of MTO. A substantial amount for charitable projects had been collected. The details of these projects and amounts spent you can find in the paragraphs below. Due to the recent natural disasters in Asia, namely the Myanmar cyclone hit and the devastating Sichuan earthquake we decided to refocus previously planned projects to provide immediate relief to the affected areas instead.
The overall raised money has or will be contributed as follows:
Cyclone Nargis was sweeping on the 2nd of May across the southern part of Myanmar bringing heavy rain, strong winds and flooding, killing thousands of people and damaging countless homes and Myanmar's infrastructure in that region. MTO immedtiately donated an amount of HKD 10,000.- to the Hong Kong Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org.hk) in order to support the relief efforts by the Red Cross workers.
Just ten days after cyclone Nargis hit southern Myanmar another natural disaster stroke in Asia. At 2:28pm on
On May 16th therefore MTO redistributed its internal financial charity planning and contributed
The biggest portion of the raised money is spent on a previously planned project in an joint-effort with the Hong Kong Worker's Health Centre (http://www.hkwhc.org.hk/eng/home.htm).
On July 31st, a group of five representatives of MTO together with one full time social worker of the Hong Kong branch of the Worker's Health Centre went to Guangzhou to pay a visit to the mainland facilities of the organisation. The first part of the trip was dedicated to the Guangzhou office of the Centre. During a very detailed presentation held by the Guangzhou staff the structure of the organisation and activities in the mainland had been introduced. Some of the recovered workers do themselves now act as volunteers in the centre with administration work or to help others with work-related injuries to recover and cope with their newly faced challenges in life. The second part lead to the actual rehabilitation centre at the Liu Xi Riverside. After personally meeting one worker being paralysed due to spinal injuries caused by a work related accident 10 months ago we have been shown the rehabilitation facilities. The overall impression was very positive with very dedicated medical staff taking care and recovering all kind of work related injuries including severe burns. With the manufacturing industry being huge in Southern China and the number of accidents numerous of course only a small fraction of injured workers will have the chance to get access to this or similar facilities.
Despite our genuine belief that one of the best supports in general rests in providing adequate education for all,
With air travel being part of our daily business routine, we are not closing our eyes to the recent discussion and noticeable effects of environmental pollution. Preserving our resources and environment for generations to come should be our utmost priority. Especially in China and Hong Kong the effects of air pollution have become dramatically visible over the last years. Atmosfair (http://www.atmosfair.de) is a charitable organisation based in Germany which allows to calculate the approximate amount of CO2 emitted by air travel for specific flights per passenger. Based on the calculated amount of emitted CO2, a donation can be made directly to atmosfair which will be invested in green projects counteracting the emission of CO2. An amount of Euro 2,500.- (approximately HKD 30,000.-) as a lumpsum had been handed over to atmosfair on July 10th, 2008 (Certificate in German language).
Once more, a last very big Thank You to all suppliers and service providers contributing to our charitable projects as well as to all employees and voluntary workers of the aforementioned charitable organisations.
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