(Macao, November 27, 2012) -Sands China Ltd. presented a total of MOP 450,000 to three counselling centres Monday, as part of its ongoing support of responsible gaming initiatives in Macao. TheYoung Men's Christian Association of Macau, the Macau IEF Rehabilitation Centre for Problem Gamblers, and the Sheng Kung Hui Macau Social Service Coordination Office each received a cheque for MOP 150,000 to assist their efforts in providing counselling and support services for people needing help moderating their gaming habits, and their responsible gaming educational activities for youth.
"Sands China Ltd. believes in contributing to the quality of life in Macao, and is proud to be a supporter of these fine community organizations," said David Sisk, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Sands China Ltd., who was on hand to make the ceremonial cheque presentation. "Since 2006, we've retrieved a total of MOP 2.6 million from the company's unclaimed jackpots and lost & found to contribute to local non-profit organizations combating the social issue of problem gambling. Gaming in a responsible way is important to the community, and we're happy to work with organizations helping to minimize the social impact of problem gambling."
The company's cash donations to counselling centres and academic institutions represent only a part of its overall effort toward supporting responsible gaming. Sands China launched a self-exclusion programme in 2004, and was a pioneer in Macao in establishing its comprehensive responsible gaming programme in 2007, with the goals of contributing to the continuous development of the Macao community, bearing corporate responsibility in addressing social issues and developing an environment and a culture of responsible gaming in Macao.
The company regularly engages in offering responsible gaming training for team members, and in academic research and social activities, and for the past three years has been an annual participant in responsible gaming activities organized by the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), the Social Welfare Bureau and the University of Macau. Sands China Ltd. has its own CertifiedProblemGambling Counsellor on staff, and offers additional support via its Employee Assistance Program, a free 24-hour confidential counselling service available to all Sands China employees, launched in August 2011. The company posts responsible gaming information throughout all its properties, in both patron and back-of-house areas, and all team members receive mandatory responsible gaming training as part of their orientation programme upon joining the company. Sands China conducted a company-wide refresher training last year, and has also held its firstEducation Week, aiming to gauge team members' awareness of responsible gaming and problem gambling.
More information on the recipients of Monday's donations is available on the websites of the Young Men's Christian Association of Macau (www.ymca.org.mo), the Macau IEF Rehabilitation Centre for Problem Gamblers (www.moief.org) and the Sheng Kung Hui Macau Social Service Coordination Office (www.skhssco.org.mo).
Photo caption: Sands China Ltd. presented cheques totalling MOP 450,000 to three local counselling centres, to assist their community activities toward responsible gaming.
From left to right: Mr. Lee Kuok Hoo, Service Director of Sheng Kung Hui Macau Social Service Coordination Office; Mr. David Sisk, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Sands China Ltd; Ms. Elaine Wang Leng, Office Assistant of theMacau IEF Rehabilitation Centre for Problem Gamblers and Ms. Grace Kuan, Secretary General of the YMCA of Macau.
AboutSands China Ltd.
Sands China Ltd. (HKEx: 1928, Sands China or the Company) is a subsidiary of global resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS), and is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. Sands China is the largest operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The Company's Cotai Strip® development includes The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel, The Plaza™ Macao and Sands®Cotai Central. The Company also owns and operates the Sands® Macao on the Macao peninsula. The Company's integrated resorts contain 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 CotaiArena™ and the Venetian Theatre, and a high-speed Cotai Water Jet ferry service between Hong Kong and Macao. The Company's property development projects on Cotai have the goal of transforming Cotai into Asia's premier entertainment and business destination.
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