(Melco Chief Advisor, Dr. Kent Wong presents a MOP 5 million donation cheque to Mr. Lee Chong Cheng, President of Macao Federation of Trade Unions for the set up of the Special Aid Fund for Workers in Need.)
Melco Resorts has announced a MOP 5 million donation for a new fund being established by the Macao Federation of Trade Unions, which is designed to support local SMEs and self-employed individuals impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
The Special Aid Fund for Workers in Need will support people with irregular incomes who have been particularly impacted by the economic slowdown caused by the outbreak. Beneficiaries are likely to include taxi drivers, coach drivers, and tour guides, who have seen business dry up as tourism numbers have plunged recently. Melco will work closely with the federation to identify candidates and distribute the funds.
Lawrence Ho, Chairman & CEO of Melco, said, “Melco stands hand in hand with the local community through these particularly difficult times. Our thoughts and concerns go to those families and persons affected by recent events, and we are grateful for the help of Macao Federation of Trade Unions for working with us and the community to fight against the virus. We will continue to work closely with the government to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our customers, colleagues, as well as their families and the community. We will do everything in our power to continue supporting those in need.”
Lee Chong Cheng, President of the Macao Federation of Trade Unions, said, “Currently, many workers are faced with reduced income as a result of the coronavirus and are in dire need of assistance to combat increased pressures on their livelihood. The fund donation demonstrates Melco’s concerns and care for the community, as well as its role as a socially responsible corporate citizen. The Macao Federation of Trade Unions vows to continue working with Melco and members of wider community to together combat and overcome this virus and to contribute to a healthy and stable Macau.”