15 March 2012

Animals Asia in Hong Kong, which received donor support from 24 cities, won a bonus donation of US$5,000

Over US$735,000 Raised For Charities Around The World Through Everyone Gives

Everyone Gives, the global social giving campaign officially launched on 22 February 2012, has successfully raised over US$735,000 for charities around the world in less than three weeks. By encouraging participants to make a small donation to a charity of their choice through the platform, and then use their social networks to invite friends, co-workers, clients and family to give, this exciting global giving effort attracted more than 12,000 participants from 64 countries around the globe.

As the founding sponsor of Everyone Gives, Colliers International is proud to be a supporter of this campaign. “It is wonderful to experience first-hand the power of personal networks, and to be able to leverage this network to generate a global giving viral effect,” said Piers Brunner, Chief Executive Officer of Colliers International Asia. He added that since the campaign’s official launch in Asia, response has been fantastic, with enthusiastic participants quickly multiplying their donation through their personal networks.

“Community giving is firmly embedded into the culture of our company. There are many inspiring stories, and our participation in Everyone Gives serves as an important tool through which we can further strengthen our support to the community which we work in,” commented Brunner.

To build on the excitement in the lead up to Everyone Gives, Colliers International also sponsored a competition where additional bonus donations were awarded to the top three giving trees measured by the highest number of active participants, most cities covered and most money pledged.

In Asia, Animals Asia - a registered charity headquartered in Hong Kong and devoted to ending the barbaric practice of bear bile farming and improving the welfare of animals in China and Vietnam, bagged second place in the competition by having the highest number of cities impacted. The organisation will receive an extra US$5,000 bonus donation.

Speaking to the representative from Animals Asia following the prize presentation, Edwina Cheung said that, “Everyone Gives offers a simple and easy way for supporters to donate to Animals Asia. We are delighted to have received support from donors in 24 different cities. This shows that the Everyone Gives platform can drive awareness for our work to countries and potential supporters that we wouldn't normally be able to reach. It paves the way for increased funding for our vital work operating bear sanctuaries in China and Vietnam and campaigning to end bear bile farming.”

In the Philippines, Colliers International supported two charities, namely: The Philippine Red Cross and The Philippine Christian Foundation. The campaign generated a total of $1,318 - $486 & $832 respectively. PRC donation is given to the victims of the Sendong tragedy in the south whereas PCF’s focused on improving school IT facilities for indigent families of the Tondo dumpsite.


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