Vice-Chancellor and President Nigel Thrift was in Hong Kong last week to launch a new charitable trust for Warwick.
The trust, known as The Friends of the University of Warwick in Hong Kong Ltd allows Hong Kong based alumni and friends to support Warwick's 50 Forward fundraising campaign with a tax-efficient philanthropic gift.
The Vice-Chancellor was joined at the launch by the Chair, Dr Roy Chung, his fellow board members and almost 100 alumni and friends of Warwick living in Hong Kong. The evening was a celebration of the rich shared history between Warwick and Hong Kong and a specially commissioned video was shown marking the milestones our two communities have shared.
The Vice-Chancellor thanked our Hong Kong alumni, noting that:
The Warwick community in Hong Kong has a very strong track record of giving back. Whether you have given your time, expertise or financial support, the University has been hugely grateful for the contributions you have made to the advancement and promotion of Warwick and our students, both in Hong Kong and the wider region. WGAHK is one of only a few alumni associations to have founded a scholarship programme and Hong Kong alumni are our most active in supporting recruitment activities - we recognise your passion and we want to build on it."
Dr Chung presented the Vice-Chancellor with the first gift given via the Friends trust, a generous personal donation of £50,000 which will support ten new scholarships for Hong Kong students at Warwick. A cheque for £50,000 was also presented from an anonymous Hong Kong donor to support the development of a prototype digital smart cane, to better supported visually impaired people. Dr Chung remarked that:
Together, the Hong Kong community can make a big difference and help Warwick reach its goal of raising £50 million pounds by the fiftieth anniversary in 2015. With our support, Warwick will continue to be a leading global University - connected, ambitious, successful and visionary."
For more information about the 50 Forward campaign and how to give a gift, visit the University's giving website at www.warwick.ac.uk/giving.