Approximately 300 local and international guests and members of the France Macau Chamber of Commerce (FMCC) joined Friday’s 10th FMCC Annual Charity Gala Dinner, themed “First Class to Tahiti.”
The event was in support of Macao Fok Sin Association’s (MFS) “Visit the Elderly” project, which arranges personal visits and brings useful gifts along to underprivileged local elderly adults who either have low mobility, broken or no families, or lack emotional and financial support.
During the charity event, FMCC raised over MOP70,000 through donations by generous sponsors and guests. Macao Fok Sin Association is expecting to cater to over 200 elderly people. FMCC chairman, Rutger Verschuren and the executive board of members welcomed the Deputy Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Paule Ignatio, Macao Government Tourism Office’s (MGTO) director, Helena de Senna Fernandes, among other leading executives from Macau and the Greater Bay Area.
The Annual Charity Gala Dinner commenced with a welcome speech from Ignatio, followed by Verschuren, who said that this year’s 10th Charity Gala Dinner was the Chamber’s first gathering in 2019. He added that the networking event aimed to bring closer together the business and community leaders in the Greater Bay Area.
FMCC, one of Macau’s largest chambers of commerce, connects to the CCI France International network that unites via French Chambers of Commerce in 92 countries to over 35,000 companies globally, hence members benefitting tremendously by reaching across borders, as well as within the region. Accompanied by the founders, the VIP guests and Board of Directors, Verschuren made a toast and wished everyone a successful year.
MFS is a local non-profit association that provides a platform for young residents to participate in community work, in order to understand, appreciate and accept that the unfortunate and underprivileged are part of our community.
Through the project “Visit the Elderly,” MFS organizes visits and provides gifts such as food, clothes and essential articles to unprivileged elderly.
The MFS volunteers also bring support on special days such as Chinese New Year, allowing disadvantaged elderly residents in Macau to be part of the celebrations. JZ