France Macau Chamber of Commerce 2021 charity gala dinner to be held on May 28

After several pandemic-related postponements, the France Macau Chamber of Commerce (FMCC) has announced today (Monday) that its 11th charity gala diner will take place on May 28 at MGM Macau, with raised funds to again revert to the elderly support group Macao Fok Sin Association.

“It has been a while, we must have postponed the event probably five times […] but now I think we can see we are stepping slowly out of the pandemic so this is the right time to be the first chamber of commerce in Macau to organise an annual gala dinner, FMCC Chairman, Rutger Verschuren, explained today (Monday) in an event to present the 2021 Charity Gala Dinner.

The last FMCC gala dinner had taken place in January, 2019, with raised funds also reverting to the Macao Fok Sin Association.

Named ‘A Night at the Museum’ the 2021 gala was described as “an exclusive evening into the world of of the most famous temples of art” from the Louvre to the Ashmolean Museum, with live music, cocktails, and fine French cuisine and wines.

According to the Vice President of the Macao Fok Sin Association, Karen Wong, the event will look to raise a minimum of MOP50,000 (US$6,249) for its elderly visit programme via a lucky draw during the gala.

“We are a group of locals who want to contribute our services and time to the community […] This is our third year working with the FMCC and we look forward to a successful event to raise funds for the 2021 programme,” Wong said today.

The ‘Visit the Elderly’ project aims to provide visits and bring useful gifts to unprivileged groups of local elderly adults with low mobility, who do not have families, and who lack emotional and financial support.

In total, the association has raised MOP150,000 in funds for the initiative, money used to purchase food and essential goods baskets for more than 300 elderly households.

In 2019 the FMCC raised about MOP70,000 for the initiative, with members also joining four visits to some 200 underprivileged elderly households for four days.