Hong Kong, December 23, 2008 - Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Managing Director Andrew Kam and Resort Operations Vice President Dave Vermeulen, together with Santa Mickey today granted wishes to underprivileged children from the Society for Community Organization.
As well as a visit to the Park, the kids also received surprise Christmas presents from Kam, Vermeulen and Santa Mickey. Donated by the Resort’s management, the gifts were drawn from the children’s Christmas wish list, which included rice cookers, duvets and sports shoes, as well as bookstore and supermarket coupons.
The kids were among the first group of about 200 underprivileged children and families to visit the Park since Kam announced a complimentary ticket program last week. To share the joy of the Resort with the less fortunate during the economic downturn, Kam declared the Resort would offer 20,000 free park tickets through non-profit-making organizations to those in need.
"We are delighted to give the children the Christmas gifts they’ve been hoping for and to share Disney’s magic with them today," said Kam. "Between now and New Year's Eve, we are expecting to receive more than 2,500 underprivileged children and families at the Resort. This is more than one-tenth of the complimentary tickets that we have pledged for those in need. We expect the remaining tickets to be distributed in the coming months."
He continued, "Complimentary tickets are just one of the ways we can give back to society. The Resort will continue to reach out to the less fortunate through corporate philanthropic and community initiatives, such as Disney Children's Fund and the various Disney VoluntEARS activities."
The children from the Society for Community Organization spent the rest of the day at Hong Kong Disneyland enjoying various attractions and the special activities of Sparkling Christmas.