Sands China Supports Macau Holy House of Mercy’s Welfare Shop for Seventh Year in a Row

Volunteers deliver food hampers in preparation for Chinese New Year

                                                                

(Macao, Feb. 2, 2019) – Nearly 70 Sands Cares Ambassadors helped distribute over 360 Chinese New Year food hampers to disadvantaged families Saturday, volunteering at Macau Holy House of Mercy’s Welfare Shop for the seventh straight year.


The event is one in a year-long series of celebratory activities leading up to the 10th anniversary of the Sands Cares Ambassador programme in August 2019, with the theme Spreading Love and Embracing Our Community.


The hampers contain staple items like rice, noodles, biscuits, canned food, cooking oil, toothpaste, shower gel and others. Sands China has also added a specially prepared New Year’s gift pack this year, containing dried foods like mushrooms, conch and scallops.


The Welfare Shop began monthly distribution of food and essentials in 2013 to help families with financial difficulties. The service has since helped several thousand households from disadvantaged neighbourhoods get relief from rising living costs.

Sands China has been a major sponsor of the programme since 2013, and has donated MOP 2 million to date, including this year’s donation of MOP 300,000.


“The Sands Cares Ambassadors continue to do good work in the community, and the company is proud to see their ongoing support of Macau Holy House of Mercy’s Welfare Shop,” said Dr. Wilfred Wong, president of Sands China Ltd. “We are also pleased to offer the company’s further support through annual donations, so that the Welfare Shop can continue its service of assisting households in financial need. The company also sends it congratulations to Macau Holy House of Mercy on celebrating its 450th anniversary.”


Dr. Wong presented a cheque for MOP 300,000 Saturday to Macau Holy House of Mercy President António José de Freita, member of the Board of Trustees Bruno Nunes, and President of the Supervisory Committee José Ricardo das Neves. Chan Kam Meng, President
of the Federation of Macau Workers Associations, and Leong Iok Va, President of the Supervisory Committee; Ng Sio Lai, president of the board of the General Union of the Neighbourhood Associations of Macau; Io Hong Meng, President of the Supervisory Committee; and Winnie Wong, vice president of corporate communications and community affairs for Venetian Macau Limited;  were also in attendance.


The Sands Cares Ambassador programme was established in August 2009 to give Sands China team members an outlet for serving the local community by organising community activities and initiatives that work toward creating a better Macao. With membership of more than 3,300 volunteers from across all Sands China properties – Sands® Macao, The Venetian® Macao, The Plaza® Macao, Sands® Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao – the Sands Cares Ambassadors have contributed 100,000 hours of voluntary community service since the programme’s founding.


Sands China Ltd. considers initiatives like its support of
Macau Holy House of Mercy’s Welfare Shop as central to its commitment toward social causes and community involvement; it is one of the many ways the company’s team of volunteers expresses its care and spreads warmth to vulnerable and less-advantaged groups in the Macao community.


Sands China’s community work is part of
Sands Cares, the global corporate citizenship programme of parent company Las Vegas Sands Corp.


 

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Photo caption: Sands China President Dr. Wilfred Wong presents a cheque for MOP 300,000 to Macau Holy House of Mercy’s Welfare Shop Saturday. Since 2013, the company has donated MOP 2 million to help provide disadvantaged families with relief against the rising cost of living.


Left to right: Gisela Nunes, secretary general of Macau Holy House of Mercy;
Winnie Wong, vice president of corporate communications and community affairs for Venetian Macau Limited; Isabel Marreiros, principal of Day-Care Centre; Leong Iok Va, President of the supervisory committee of the Federation of Macau Workers Associations; Chan Kam Meng, president of the Federation of Macau Workers Associations; António Jose de Freita, president of Macau Holy House of Mercy; Dr. Wilfred Wong, president of Sands China Ltd.; Ng Sio Lai, President of Board of the General Union of the Neighbourhood Associations of Macau and Io Hong Meng; President of the Supervisory Committee; Bruno Nunes, member of the Board of Trustees of Macau Holy House of Mercy; José Ricardo das Neves, president of the supervisory committee of Macau Holy House of Mercy

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Photo caption: Sands Cares Ambassadors meet outside Macau Holy House of Mercy’s Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Blind at Fai Chi Kei Saturday, before distributing food hampers to disadvantaged families through the centre’s Welfare Shop. It is Sands China’s seventh year in a row supporting the initiative.

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Photo caption: Dr. Wilfred Wong, president of Sands China Ltd. and Sands Cares Ambassadors help distribute food hampers to disadvantaged families Saturday through Macau Holy House of Mercy’s Welfare Shop, spreading blessings and good cheer for the Year of the Pig.

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About Sands China Ltd.

Sands China Ltd. (HKEx: 1928, Sands China or the Company) is a Cayman Islands registered company 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 portfolio is comprised of The Venetian® Macao, The Plaza® Macao, Sands® Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao. The Company also owns and operates 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 Cotai Arena, The Venetian Theatre, The Parisian Theatre and the Sands Cotai 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.