In honor of the 3rd annual Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Citizenship Award, presented by Sands Cares, we are featuring our 12 Sands Cares Heroes, finalists for the Adelson Citizenship Award. Las Vegas Sands established the award to recognize Team Members across all of our regions who have demonstrated a dedication to giving back to local communities and important causes. The award was created to honor the Adelson family’s long-term commitment to philanthropy and the legacy of giving that they have instilled in the company. The winner will be announced Wednesday, April 17.
Last week you met our Las Vegas finalists, this week we’re highlighting our finalists from Macao:
Leong Ka Hou
What types of organizations have you volunteered for over the past year and what did you do for them? I mainly participated in volunteer projects organized under the Sands Cares Ambassador program. They include helping the elderly clean their homes for Chinese New Year, visiting the elderly to help tape up windows and provide them with non-perishable food items in preparation for a typhoon, and helping medical professionals conduct check-ups for Macau Special Olympics athletes.
What was the first volunteer experience you were a part of through Sands Cares? My first volunteer experience was with Ice World with DreamWorks. The event was a wonderful experience for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Some of them had never visited The Venetian Macao before, even though they lived in Macao. This event made me realize that there are a lot of children out there who need love and care. And so my volunteer journey began right then and there.
What impact does Sands Cares have on your community? Sands Cares has a great impact on our community, and especially on my family. First of all, both my wife and my daughter have been an important source of support for me as I continue with my commitment to volunteering. My daughter would proactively ask me what kind of volunteer work I do. I want her to know that there are many vulnerable groups in Macao who need help. She would also join me in my volunteer work at times, and that helped her grow as a person.
Why is Sands Cares important to you and your fellow Team Members? Sands Cares has provided a platform for Team Members to give back to society. The program pools all resources together and the efforts synergized are always more than the sum of their parts. It allows us to help more people in need.
What has been your favorite volunteer opportunity in 2018? Sands China and Macau IC2 Association’s IC2 Charity Fund Fun Walk was my favorite event in 2018. The event was organized by a group of IC2 members with intellectual disabilities, and the Sands Cares Ambassadors provided assistance. It was an eye-opening experience for me that the event ran smoothly with a series of activities that even the Sands Cares Ambassadors enjoyed very much. It also enabled us to learn more about people with intellectual disabilities, to respect and accept them, and to facilitate their integration into the community.
Why do you think the company encourages Team Members to give back to the communities in which we operate? Sands China is one of the largest employers in Macao. The company not only brings huge economic benefit to the city but also takes its social responsibility by giving back to the local community seriously. There are still many people in need who have yet to be able to benefit from our services. I hope Sands China can encourage more people to take part in volunteer activities, so as to spread warmth and care to those in need, and to foster the harmonious development of society.
Kun Sok Fong
What types of organizations have you volunteered for over the past year and what did you do for them? In the past year, besides taking part in volunteer activities organized under the Sands Cares Ambassador program, I have completed volunteer work with other institutions in Macao, such as the Macao Gaming Practitioners Volunteers Association, Guangzhou Love Cars and the Macau Protestant Church. This year, the volunteer activities organized by the company that I have participated in include visiting elderly people who live alone to do spring cleaning in preparation for Chinese New Year and interacting with people with intellectual disabilities.
What was the first volunteer experience you were a part of through Sands Cares? My first volunteer experience was helping medical professionals conduct check-ups for Macau Special Olympics athletes. We were there to assist medical professionals in carrying out various health examinations, including muscle strength and hearing. Activities like this helped me understand the importance of teamwork and made me more aware of the physical condition of children with special needs. Now I can take care of their needs more adequately.
What impact does Sands Cares have on your community? Becoming a Sands Cares Ambassador has been one of the happiest parts of my life. It has been a positive influence on myself and my fellow Team Members. I have been able to get many of my colleagues to volunteer, helping to gather together a group of loving, caring people for the company and for society as a whole.
Why is Sands Cares important to you and your fellow Team Members? Sands Cares has helped breed the spirit of teamwork between me and my colleagues. Whether we are doing a volunteer activity together or at work, we always try to support each other and send positive energy to one another.
What has been your favorite volunteer opportunity in 2018? My favorite volunteer opportunity in 2018 was when we visited live-alone elderly residents and carried out spring cleaning for them in preparation for Chinese New Year. It has become an annual tradition for us. Chinese people pay particular attention to traditional preparations ahead of the Chinese New Year. Since the majority of elderly residents are not mobile enough to clean their homes themselves, we are happy we get the chance to help clean and tidy their homes for them every year.
Why do you think the company encourages Team Members to give back to the communities in which we operate? Las Vegas Sands is an internationally-renowned company. It is a socially responsible company that cares for the disadvantaged and cares about its employees. By involving more Team Members in volunteering, the company strives to give something back to society.
Lam Kam Hang
What types of organizations have you volunteered for over the past year and what did you do for them? I volunteer with the Sands Cares Ambassador program and with Gaming Employees Home. Major activities I have participated in include visiting elderly who live alone, visiting children living in poverty in mainland China, as well as promoting responsible gaming and veganism.
What was the first volunteer experience you were a part of through Sands Cares? My first time volunteering as a Sands Cares Ambassador was with a visit to an elderly center, where we talked, sang and played games with the elderly there. Their joyous eyes and smiling faces make me want to take part in more volunteering activities. I am always looking forward to the next volunteering opportunity.
What impact does Sands Cares have on your community? I have become a cheerful and caring person since I joined the Sands Cares Ambassador program. Not only have I learned to care more about my family and friends, but also some of my friends have even started volunteering with me. When we give back to the community through Sands Cares, it helps build a more harmonious and caring society.
Why Sands Cares important to you and your fellow Team Members? The program has allowed Team Members to take part in volunteering activities and give back to the community, and that has enabled us to achieve a work-life balance.
What has been your favorite volunteer opportunity in 2018? Was it a Sands Cares opportunity? My favorite activity is to go with other Sands Cares Ambassadors to visit elderly who live alone. The elderly are like encyclopedias; they share with us their philosophies on life. They are as friendly as our parents, and their thoughts and lifestyle are simple – so I feel comfortable when spending time with them. They are my main service target.
Why do you think the company encourages Team Members to give back to the communities in which we operate? Giving back to the community allows Team Members to learn that many people are in need in our society. By participating in different activities, it gives us the opportunity to learn to be thankful, to be content with what we have, to be more considerate and to respect others, with an aim to creating a harmonious working environment and society.