When President Neil Western wrote to members last December outlining the changes to the Clubs charitable activities, we could not have imagined the response from members who wanted to lend a hand and get involved. The Clubs diverse membership has always been one of our core strengths and this was reflected in the large number of offers of help and ideas from members with a huge range of experience and talents.
Since the start of the year, the process of establishing the FCCs charitable foundation has been proceeding in earnest. We are very grateful to law firm Howse Williams Bowers for their assistance in ensuring that we have a structure in place that meets our requirements of providing a transparent, accountable and sustainable platform which can exist way beyond the tenure of those involved in these early stages.
Its vital that we get this right and we have received invaluable input from a number of members with broad experience in setting up philanthropic ventures. We should have everything in place within the next few weeks, at which point we can begin to get down to the serious business of formally appointing the trustees, identifying the causes which we wish to support and planning events.
The success of this venture will very much depend on the continued input of the membership and we hope that you will continue to provide us with ideas and support.
It was good to see that the original team behind the FCC Charity Ball have announced the continuation of the event under the auspicies of the HKRFU. No doubt many FCC members will be reserving the November date in their diaries and we wish the team well in their new home.