Thank you for your support of HEAT. Whether it be through generous donations or spreading the word, you all have greatly helped us on our Summer 2022 campaign to relieve heat stress for Hong Kong’s most disadvantaged citizens. Amidst one of our city’s hottest summers, HEAT is well on track to donate 1756 fans over a 1.5 month period to citizens in need.
While we initially hoped to deliver 2,000 fans —which had been our target during fundraising— the emergence of the Omicron variant and the accompanying worldwide supply chain disruption forced us to switch to a local supplier to avoid extreme shipping costs.
Throughout this turbulent summer, our smooth correspondence with our new local supplier, YOLA BEAR (Hong Kong) Food Co.Limited, ensured that over 1,000 families in Hong Kong have a fan model that meets our standards for safety, windspeed and environmental impact. In addition to providing a fan that meets our specifications, YOLA BEAR was also kind enough to donate 40 additional fans to our cause, for which HEAT extends our warmest thanks.
HEAT’s distribution efforts began in late July, when we distributed our first 200 fans from our partner Crossroads’ warehouse in Tuen Mun to a branch of the Society for Community Organization [SoCo], one of Hong Kong’s largest and most reputable nonprofits and human rights advocacy groups. This particular branch serves families living in caged homes/subdivided flats in the Sham Shui Po area; below is an image of our first delivery day.
Our first delivery day with SoCo
We would like to share an impact story from during this time. Earlier this year, Ms. Lo and her 8 year-old-son moved out from an unhappy family to a much smaller squatter flat near Lam Tei, Tuen Mun. Their rooftop is a metal sheet that traps heat and makes summer days especially unbearable. Furthermore, they can’t open the window in their flat as snakes would come into their house. Since electricity bills in subdivided flats like Ms. Lo’s are charged by their landlords instead of by electricity companies, landlords can, and hers did, hike up prices quite a bit. Fans were the perfect solution for Ms. Lo, as fans help her promote airflow within her house without having to incur very high electricity or risk snakes entering her home.
Ms. Lo, at her residence and with Crossroads’ distribution workers
Below is the Proforma Invoice for our fan order. Once again, we would like to thank you for your generous involvement in a cause that’s very close to our hearts here at HEAT. It’s a cause that I believe, as a fundamentally human issue, is central to our identity as Hongkongers. Stay tuned to our social media and fundraising page for more impact statements/letters!