‘Drink for Good’ charity event returns to Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s bar hoppers now have a good cause to drink to, as the city’s annual fundraising initiative ‘Drink For Good’ returns next month, promising to donate 5% of sales from every drink purchased at participating venues to help children with special needs.

Popular venues across Central, Lan Kwai Fong, Pacific Place, Sai Ying Pun and Soho are participating in the initiative including: Commissary, Foxglove, Potato Head, RED Bar & Restaurant, Runway and Tivo, according to HandsOn, a Hong Kong based charity.

Since its launch in 2013, the event has raised over HKD$400,000 (US$51,222) to support children with intellectual disabilities. In 2016, funds raised enabled HandsOn to provide volunteer services to NGO partners for 110 activities, serving 1,300 children with special needs, with the support of around 550 volunteers.

“It is fantastic to see Hong Kong’s citizens, bars, restaurants and corporates come together each year to do their bit for the local community by supporting Drink For Good,” says Sue Toomey, executive director of HandsOn Hong Kong.

“Knowing that for every glass raised a student with intellectual disabilities will benefit is a powerful motivator for all our supporters. This year is even more exciting because people have the opportunity to support the cause four times in October—rather than just on one night as in years past,” she added.

One of the participating venues, RED Bar & Restaurant, owned by Pure Group, has supported Drink for Good for the last four years.

“We strongly believe in the incredible work HandsOn Hong does and we are proud to support many of their initiatives. We are delighted to see how the Drink For Good programme has grown year after year. Bottoms up for a good cause!” commented Cristiane Ross, head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Customer Experience and Corporate Accounts at the group.

In addition, there will also be an option for corporate groups to ‘adopt’ a venue for a night allowing them to host clients and colleagues at some of Hong Kong’s top venues – for these parties 30% of the booking will be donated to HandsOn. This year’s party hosts include Axiom, Colliers, Deacons, Ernest Maude, GLG, Kroll, Marriott and Vistra.

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