HSBC Group donates GBP30,000
to Foundation for Educational Services
HSBC Group Chairman Sir John Bond yesterday personally informed the
Foundation for Educational Services Chief Executive Nora Macelli of
the Groups decision to donate GBP30,000 in a letter presented
by HSBC Bank Maltas Chief Executive Chris Hothersall in the presence
of Education Minister Dr Louis Galea.
HSBC Group has selected the Foundation for Educational Services (FES)
as one of just six organisations worldwide that it will be supporting
Every year instead of sending corporate Christmas cards, HSBC Group
distributes GBP180,000 among various charities in various countries.
This year, the Group has selected six charities and will be donating
GBP30,000 to each.
Apart from the Foundation for Educational Services in Malta, the HSBC
Group will be supporting Changing Faces, The Samaritans and John Groom,
all based in the United Kingdom, Foundacion Amistad Britanico in Mexico
and the HSBC fund set up to help victims of the terrorist attacks in
"The work carried out by the Foundation for Educational Services,
in collaboration with the HSBC Cares For Children Fund, has received
a lot of attention within the HSBC Group as an excellent example of
how HSBC can be actively involved in the communities where it operates
around the world. This fact has now been recognised by the decision
of the Group to directly support the FES in its continued efforts to
combat illiteracy," said Mr Hothersall during the presentation.
The HSBC Cares For Children Fund began supporting the Foundation for
Educational Services in March 2001, with a Lm12,000 donation towards
the Hilti Tezor project. Through this project, HSBC Malta plc staff
were trained to assist FES personnel in its after school family literacy
programmes, a bilingual reading pack was produced and used in a range
of family literacy programmes run by the FES, and three new childrens
books in Maltese were produced. Through this project, the first large
book in Maltese was produced for children. . The additional support
provided by HSBC Group will help FES to further expand and develop its
programmes range of family literacy and community literacy programmes
to combat illiteracy.
"Nearly three years ago, Dame Mary Richardson who heads HSBC Groups
Education Foundation visited Malta in order to participate in the launch
the FES Hilti Tezor Project. Over the years, she has continued to show
a keen interest in our efforts and I am delighted today to accept this
renewed support from HSBC Group which will directly benefit children
and their families in Malta and Gozo who have reading and writing difficulties,"
said Ms Macelli.
"With this new funding, FES will be able to expand its range of
family literacy programmes so as to reach more families who wish to
engage in processes leading to enhanced home curriculum," continued
Of particular interest is the fact that HSBC Cares For Children Fund
has become well known throughout the HSBC Group worldwide, with articles
on the Funds activities receiving frequent coverage in HSBC World,
the internal magazine which is distributed to every one of the more
than 9,500 offices which HSBC has around the world. The Fund has also
benefited from the direct interest of Lady Elizabeth Bond, who had visited
a number of projects which the Fund is supporting while in Malta with
Sir John in June 2001.
"HSBC has been a very active in assisting a number of educational
projects in Malta. Over the past few years the Bank, particularly through
its Cares For Children Fund has developed and implemented a number of
initiatives together with the Ministry for Education. Today, with this
additional and significant support from HSBC Group, we are seeing that
co-operation is strengthened. I am certain that, as a result, the Foundation
will be able to further improve the literacy rate among our students
in the coming years," said Dr Galea.
Dr Galea also mentioned the win-win relationship that has been created
between HSBC Cares For Children Fund and the Foundation for Educational
Services where both organisations are working together for common goals.
Last year the Foundation was commissioned to create and run an English
for Children in Care programme by the HSBC Cares For Children
Fund which also funded the project. This programme which has now run
for almost a year has helped 45 children in two residential care institutions
to improve their English through innovative ways of teaching.
Dr Galea said that when he had launched the Foundation for Educational
Services he hoped that the Foundation would not only manage to fulfil
its role of supporting schools and parents for the benefit of the children,
but also become a pro-active agent which would tap funds on a regional
and global scale for the improvement of our countrys education
and that of the Region. Minister Galea said that apart from the support
of the HSBC Cares For Children Fund, the Foundation was also tapping
into European Union Funds which are being used for the Parent Empowerment
Family Literacy (PEFaL) programme which is being co-ordinated by Malta
through the foundation and involves a number of EU member countries.