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Sands Cares Ambassadors Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Sands China's volunteer programme looks ahead to next decade of community service
2019-08-30 20:43 1821

MACAO, Aug. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Sands China Ltd. celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Sands Cares Ambassador Programme with a gala dinner Thursday at The Venetian® Macao.

Guests of honour toast at a gala dinner Thursday at The Venetian Macao in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Sands Cares Ambassador programme.
Guests of honour toast at a gala dinner Thursday at The Venetian Macao in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Sands Cares Ambassador programme.

 

Government officials, community partners and Sands China executives attended a gala dinner Thursday at The Venetian Macao to celebrate Sands China’s team of volunteers for their decade of service to the Macao community.
Government officials, community partners and Sands China executives attended a gala dinner Thursday at The Venetian Macao to celebrate Sands China’s team of volunteers for their decade of service to the Macao community.

 

Sands Cares Ambassadors attend a gala dinner celebration for the 10th Anniversary of the Sands Cares Ambassador Programme Thursday at The Venetian Macao.
Sands Cares Ambassadors attend a gala dinner celebration for the 10th Anniversary of the Sands Cares Ambassador Programme Thursday at The Venetian Macao.

Attended by government officials, community partners and Sands China executives, the commemoration honoured Sands China's team of volunteers for their decade of service to the Macao community. A total of 250 Sands Cares Ambassadors attended the event.

Part of Sands Cares, the global corporate citizenship programme of parent company Las Vegas Sands Corp., the Sands Cares Ambassador programme was established in August 2009. It gives Sands China team members an outlet for serving the local community by organising community activities and initiatives that work toward creating a better Macao. Beginning with only 200 or so volunteers, membership in the programme now surpasses 3,300 volunteers from across all Sands China properties - Sands® Macao, The Venetian Macao, The Plaza® Macao, Sands® Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao. Together they have contributed more than 100,000 hours of voluntary community service since the programme's founding, having worked with over 300 organisations to date.

"We are very proud of our volunteers, who have been working tirelessly in their free time over the last 10 years to help make Macao a better place to live for everyone - in particular for some of society's more vulnerable groups," said Dr. Wilfred Wong, president of Sands China Ltd. "Sands China is a firm believer in the importance of corporate social responsibility, and we strive to have a positive impact in the Macao community - whether that's in the form of providing family-friendly leisure experiences, running an environmentally sustainable operation, or engaging with the local community. We congratulate the Sands Cares Ambassadors on this milestone as the company looks ahead to another decade of service to the community."

Guests at Thursday's gala dinner received a commemorative gift pack designed by Antonio Luis Leong, the president of Macau IC2 Association, as a token of appreciation to the Sands Cares Ambassador programme's supporting entities and volunteers. The first association of its kind in Macao to be led by members with intellectual disabilities, IC2 (I can too) is a self-help and non-profit organisation formed in 2016. Leong was invited to create a design that reflected the Ambassadors' 10th anniversary theme of Spreading Love and Embracing Our Community, as an artistic representation of the Sands Cares spirit. 

Thursday's event included an awards presentation which honoured Sands Cares Ambassadors with top service hours, and a special performance by winners of Sands China's team member talent competition Start Your Show. Meanwhile, homegrown Macao pop-trio MFM was invited to perform "Be With You," a theme song written especially for the 10th anniversary of the Sands Cares Ambassador volunteer programme, highlighting the positive impact the programme has had in the community. Sands China's support and encouragement of MFM is part of the company's effort to support local talent and youth development, in line with the values of Sands Cares.

Guests of honour for the evening included: Director of the Social Work Department and Deputy Secretary General of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Macao SAR, Huang Huagai; President of the Municipal Affairs Bureau, José Tavares; Acting Director of the Macao Government Tourism Office, Cheng Wai Tong; Acting Director of the Social Welfare Bureau, Hon Wai; Adviser to the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Heidi Ho; Deputy Director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, Anthony Leong; President of the Macau Federation of Trade Unions, Chan Kam Meng; President of the General Union of Neighborhood Associations of Macao, Leong Heng Kao; Macao Member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Committee, Melina Leong; President of the Macau Holy House of Mercy, António José de Freita; President of the Directive Council of the Charity Fund from the Readers of Macao Daily News, Vong Kok Seng; Vice President of the Women's General Association of Macau, Iong Weng Ian; Chairman of the Management Committee of Fuhong Society of Macau, Chan Choi Fat; Secretary General of Caritas Macau, Pun Chi Meng; President of the Directive Council of Macau Red Cross, Quin Va; Chief Executive Officer of Macao Special Olympics, Hetzer Siu Yu Hong; and Sands China executives.

About Sands China Ltd.

Sands China Ltd. (Sands China or the Company) is incorporated in the Cayman Islands with limited liability and is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKEx: 1928). Sands China is the largest operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The Company's integrated resorts on the Cotai Strip comprise The Venetian® Macao, The Plaza® Macao, Sands® Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao - with Sands Cotai Central to be reintroduced as The Londoner Macao. The Company also owns and operates Sands® Macao on the Macao peninsula. The Company's portfolio features a diversified mix of leisure and business attractions and transportation operations, including large meeting and convention facilities; a wide range of restaurants; shopping malls; world-class entertainment at the Cotai Arena, The Venetian Theatre, The Parisian Theatre, the Sands Cotai Theatre and the Sands Theatre; and a high-speed Cotai Water Jet ferry service between Hong Kong and Macao. The Company's Cotai Strip portfolio has the goal of contributing to Macao's transformation into a world centre of tourism and leisure. Sands China is a subsidiary of global resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).

For more information, please visit www.sandschinaltd.com.

Sands Cares

A firm believer in the importance of corporate social responsibility, Sands China Ltd. engages with the local Macao community as a part of Sands Cares - the charitable giving programme of parent company Las Vegas Sands Corp. Sands Cares integrates the company's philanthropic work worldwide in four key areas: financial giving, community problem solving and collaboration, in-kind donations, and team member volunteerism.

Key areas of Sands Cares in Macao include the Sands Cares Ambassador programme for volunteering in the local community; charitable contributions to NGOs and community organisations; and sponsorship of community events.

For more information, please visit www.sands.com/sands-cares/our-commitment.html.

Media contact:

Corporate Communications, Venetian Macau Limited
Simpson Lei
Tel: +853 8118 2054
Email: simpson.lei@sands.com.mo 

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Source: Sands China Ltd.
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