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International Child Protection Dinner 2016 Raised $1.4 Million for ISS-HK's Intercountry Services

The International Child Protection (ICP) Dinner 2016 held on 24th November at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center raised a total of around HK$1.4 million for International Social Service Hong Kong Branch (ISS-HK)’s cross-border work, helping children from families divided by geographical boundaries. The event was well attended by senior government officials as well as representatives of the local and overseas business sectors.

The Guest of Honour, Mrs Regina Leung, Patron of ISS-HK commended the work of ISS-HK during her address. “Guided by the tenet of ‘prioritising the best interest of the child’, ISS-HK’s international child placement service and child protection service bring children back to their homeland and prevent child abuse and exploitation. Its family support service and international family mediation service also help to prevent family tragedies and resolve conflicts between couples. These achievements are testament to the organisation’s long standing know-how, commitment and strength in the area of child protection.”

Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary for Administration of the HKSAR Government, described ISS-HK as being a “superconnector” at her speech. “As more and more Chinese are going to travel, to live abroad, and to study, there will be a greater need for ICP service. I cannot think of another NGO which is better placed than ISS-HK to provide this service, as they have the international network backing up their work. They also have a very strong mainland presence, since over the years, ISS-HK has been an important partner of the HKSAR Government in providing service in the Mainland. Very well done!”

Mr C P Ho, Chairman of ISS-HK, thanked all sponsors, partners and supporters for making the ICP Dinner possible. “This evening's event aims to assist children and families requiring cross-border social work assistance between China and other parts of the world, which ISS-HK receives no funding for such work, despite what has been recognised - publicly and widely - as a very successful service over its 58 years of operation here. We would not have made it without your support, participation and generosity.”

ISS was established in Switzerland in 1924 with the initial aim of reuniting families torn apart by the First World War and is now present in over 120 countries across all 7 continents.

Since 1958, ISS-HK has a truly unique role carrying out specialized work to protect children and bring families together on an international scale. It is the only non-governmental organization locally that helps reunites families in cases that involve Hong Kong, China and other countries.