Philanthropist Tin Ka-ping passes away

Local | Cindy Wan 11 Jul 2018

Hong Kong philanthropist Tin Ka-ping passed away yesterday at the age of 99 years old in a Hong Kong hospital. Firmly believing that China's future lies in education, he established or funded over 300 educational institutions around the world.

A spokeswoman for the Tin Ka Ping Foundation said he died of old age.

She said Tin's funeral would be held in private, but a memorial gathering for friends and possibly the public would be held later.

Tin was born in 1919 in Dabu county in Guangdong province. He set up his porcelain business in Vietnam in 1935, and fled from Japanese occupation to Indonesia where he set up a rubber factory in 1939.

He moved with his family to Hong Kong in 1958 as he wanted his children to get educated in a traditional Chinese environment. Tin then built a factory in Tuen Mun to manufacture plastic film and synthetic leather products.

He dedicated his life to charity, supporting countless charity events and funding numerous social welfare projects.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Tin served as a director of Pok Oi Hospital, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, and Yan Oi Tong, three of the largest charities in Hong Kong at the time.

Tin also donated 80 percent of his wealth, amounting to over a billion Hong Kong dollars, to establish Tin Ka Ping Foundation in 1982. Its vision was to contribute to improving the quality of China's education and promoting cultural development.

The foundation has sponsored 301 institutions around the world, including schools in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore and the United States.

In Hong Kong, two secondary schools, three primary schools and five kindergartens were named in his honor.

To date, the foundation has funded 92 tertiary institutions, 166 Tin Ka Ping secondary schools, 41 Tin Ka Ping primary schools, 19 Tin Ka Ping colleges and kindergartens, over 1,800 rural libraries, 29 hospitals, and about 130 bridges and roads in China.

Tin was awarded the Medal of Honour in 1982 by the British Hong Kong government and "The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire" in 1996.

In 2010, Tin was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal by the Hong Kong government.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung expressed their condolences and said the government was thankful for Tin's contributions to educational and industrial development.

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