Chest pulls out all stops in trilogy on $460m man

Local | Maisy Mok 5 Jun 2020

A former physical education teacher and customs officer left the Community Chest with a HK$460 million donation from his estate - a record for personal donations received by the charity.

The chest published three days' worth of advertisements this week in newspapers to tell the story of the donor, Kam Sik-hung.

The HK$460 million was more than half of Kam's inheritance, the Community Chest said.

We "would like to thank Mr Kam for his selfless donation. Mr Kam lived an impeccable generous life, and his love has benefited Hong Kong society in tough times like a rainbow in the rain," it said in an advertisement.

The chest was notified of the bequest by a law firm at the end of 2018 that makes it the largest beneficiary of Kam's estate.

Kam's son and daughter did not know of their father's intention to donate until a lawyer announced the will, according to the chest.

"The money is my father's, of course he gets to decide," Kam's son said in the advertisement.

"My father is helping us accumulate virtue," Kam's daughter told the Community Chest.

Kam is said to have come from a merchant's family. His father owned properties in Central, and Kam had kept his father's assets, which included properties and stocks, until his death.

Kam began working as a PE teacher in 1959 at public schools when he was 26, and later joined the customs and excise and then the home affairs department.

After his father's death, Kam and his family moved to Brisbane, Australia in 1989 due to his love of the Gold Coast. He returned in 2016.

A chest spokesman said yesterday it cannot say how the donation will be used and whether it will be allocated to the Anti-NCP Rainbow Fund - a fund to support people suffering from joblessness and unexpected hardship due to Covid-19.

The news came as Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and 44 appointed officials each donated a month's salary, totaling around HK$10.80 million, to the chest.

A spokesman said the donation was made to "[fight] the epidemic together" and that the chest would play an important role in the pandemic by allocating donations from various sectors to serve the community effectively.

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