23 Aug 2009 – our first update

Post Date: Aug 23rd, 2009 | Categories: Advocacy | COMMENT

Dear supporters –

Since returning from my trip to Italy and France mid-July, we have been very busy, more than expected, but that’s great in this field. We have been thinking how to write monthly updates ahaed of the blog we plan for our website and ‘short & simple’ is preferable to keep you informed. Of course, if you want to hear more about a particular task or wish to participate and contribute your ideas, then let’s have coffee sometime. First some basic information:

– Vision First Limited was incorporated 25 June 2009 with the support of auditors Cheng & Cheng
– Vision First’s certificate of incorporation is No. 1348537
– Vision First’s business registration certificate is No. 50924197
– IRD charity approval should be obtained by December
– CR deletion of “Limited” will take at least one year

Our recent activities:

• Danielle resigned her former job and is now our founder/manager, working from Lyndhurst Tower
• rented and furnished a second mini-shelter in Hung Hom (HH2)
• rented and furnished a third mini-shelter in Hung Hom (HH3) for a total of 12 beds
• designed our logo, see below [Thank you Stephen!]
• launched our holding page website www.visionfirstnow.org
• discussed our role with the two executives at UNHCR in Yaumatei
• meetings and cooperation with ISS (International Social Services) for assistance to shared clients
• registration of 40+ Vison First clients (Danielle has an active list of 50+ from her previous work)
• several medical check-ups with kind Dr. Tsang, who’s offering indispensable and kind support
• purchase of an inter-ocular lens for a diabetic client losing her right eye due to infection
• purchase of red/white Lotto shirts for the East African soccer team (to play on government fields)
• support at dozens of medical visits at Queen Elizabeth Hospital
• emergency assistance to first African child with Swine Flu
• back-rent settlement for six clients and one family (two children) threatened by landlord
• rent top-up agreement with ten deserving clients’ landlords to retain their one-room-home
• internet connections in three shelters, shared by many visiting friends
• broad support for transportation and survival cash for all registered Vision First clients
• one-off intervention to settle power and water bills in distress cases
• opening of HSBC bank account

For those with auto-pay instructions, could you kindly change the details to:

Beneficiary Account Name: Vision First Limited
Beneficiary Bank Name: HSBC Hong Kong
Beneficiary Bank Code: 004
Beneficiary Account Number: 400 – 672952 – 001

Thank you for your support~

Cosmo Beatson
Mobile: 9370 2039 | Office: 2851 0885 | Fax: 2851 0655
Email: cosmo@visionfirstnow.org | Website: www.visionfirstnow.org
VISION FIRST – 1901 Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong