News | July 25, 2022
Sands China recently completed several disaster preparedness efforts for the Macao community, in partnership with the Macau Red Cross and supported by the Social Affairs Bureau. Sands China’s disaster preparedness activities addressed both ongoing pandemic needs, as well as preparation for future natural disasters such as typhoons and other emergencies.
To help local residents protect themselves from COVID-19, nearly 50 Sands Cares Ambassadors assembled 800 hygiene and emergency response kits containing COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) and a variety of pandemic preparation and emergency items inside a multi-functional waterproof bag. The majority of these kits were distributed by five service organizations in Macao, focusing on vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and low-income families.
In addition, Sands China partnered with the Macau Red Cross to offer free disaster preparedness seminars on June 9 and June 14 for approximately 100 members of the General Union of Neighbourhood Associations of Macao and Caritas Macau, an organization that provides social services to Macao residents. The seminar covered topics such as pandemic protection actions, disaster preparedness, sheltering at home and where to find accurate emergency information. Seminar attendees also received hygiene and emergency response kits prepared by Sands Cares Ambassadors.
Sands China amplified these efforts with Sands Cares Presents: What You Need to Know About Epidemic and Disaster Prevention, a social media awareness campaign that ran June 10-16. The program included an online quiz aimed at increasing preparedness knowledge among the general public.
Sands China’s efforts are part of Sands Cares’ priority focus on helping communities respond to and prepare for disaster and crisis situations. Sands has provided more than $3.1 million in global financial aid, more than 3.1 million pieces of personal protective equipment and nearly 170,000 pounds of food to support pandemic relief efforts. In addition, Sands Team Members around the world have contributed more than 40,000 hours of pandemic-related volunteer support. Helping its regions prepare for and address natural disasters and other emergencies aligns with Sands’ goal of making its communities ideal places to live, work and visit.
To learn more about Sands’ disaster response and preparedness efforts, please read the 2021 ESG Report located here: www.sands.com/content/uploads/2022/04/LVSC_ESG-Report-2021_spreads.pdf