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2nd Fair Trade Charity Football Match 2015 Kicks Off

Cross-sectors Join Hands in Supporting Fair Trade

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 (17th October 2015, Hong Kong) Echoing the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the 2nd Fair Trade Charity Football Match organized by Fair Trade Hong Kong Foundation (FTHK) was successfully held at Wu Kwai Sha Youth Village today. The Match offered the participants from cross-sectors a chance to learn more about the problem of exploited producers and child labour. The Match also raised funds for the work of FTHK. Ms. Florence Hui, SBS, JP, Under Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr. Mark Sutcliffe, CEO of Hong Kong Football Association and Mr. Alan Tam Wing-lun, Fair Trade Football Ambassador officiated the kick-off ceremony and cheered for the football players.

Ms. Ivy Lau, Board Member of FTHK says, ‘We are thrilled to have gained wide support from different sectors. A research jointly conducted by FTHK and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University earlier shows that only 30% of the respondents have general understanding of Fair Trade. However, the survey states that consumers will be more willing to support Fair Trade once they know it can help the producers in the developing countries in getting better working environment and reasonable income. Therefore, public education is of vital importance. FTHK will strive to promote the message of Fair Trade to schools, corporates and the public.’

This year, the Match received overwhelming response. 18 teams competed against each other to ‘kick out’ poverty. The corporate teams were the Bank of East Asia, Hong Kong Broadband Network, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, Maxim’s Caterers Limited, The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited, Kerry Logistics Network Limited, Jebsen & Co. Limited, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (HK) Limited, Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition (Hong Kong) Limited , CFL Enterprise Limited. The 2 schools teams were from Hoi Ping Chamber Of Commerce Secondary School  and HKFYG Lee Shau Kee College; while the 5 NGO teams were from Hong Kong Christian Service, Methodist Centre, Hong Kong Social Workers’ General Union, Caritas Lok Heep Club and Society for Community Organization.

Ms. Florence Hui, who has been an avid supporter of Fair Trade, says ‘I am happy to see that a total of 18 NGO, coporate and school teams joined this year’s Fair Trade Charity Football Match. Fair Trade provide a fair return for the labour of marginalized farmers and producers. This message needs to be advocated in all walks of life. I am delighted FTHK brings the fair trade movement to different sectors in Hong Kong without cease.’

The footballs used in the Match to ‘kick out’ poverty were Fairtrade certified size 4 footballs. In fact, over 70% of footballs in the globe are produced in Pakistan. Poverty is widespread with over 30% of the population estimated to live under the national poverty line. Approximately 40,000 Pakistanis are involved in the sports ball industry. Top quality footballs are hand-stitched by Pakistani workers who work long hours in poor conditions for far less than legal minimum wage. Yet, experienced workers working 8 hours a day can only make 5 footballs. Because of their poverty, parents are forced to supplement their own inadequate incomes by having their children work as well. Fairtrade certified footballs are ethically produced without using child labour, guaranteed that the workers are paid a fair wage and benefit from fair working conditions as well as Fairtrade Social Premium. Fairtrade Social Premium is a sum of money used for social, economic and environmental development projects decided upon through a democratic process. Producers and workers usually decide to use Fairtrade Social Premium in healthcare and educational projects, which not only benefit the workers, but also  their families and the entire community.

‘Pakistani producers who work diligently like Hongkongers deserve to be respected.  The children should have the right to be educated and learn. I hope more people will support fair trade, so that producers will get their fair wage and that the problem of child labour would be solved,’ Mr. Alan Tam says.

Apart from Champion, 1st Runner-up, 2nd Runner-up and 3rd Runner-up, the Match recognizes the Top Scorer and the Best Goalkeeper. Fair Play Team was also awarded to the team which played most fairly and displayed the best sportsmanship. Highest Fundraising Award was presented to the team that has been the most supportive of the fair trade movement. The Match was capped off as Mr. Chan Wai-ho, Captian of Hong Kong National Football Team and Miss Gigi Law Bik-chi, Women FIFA Referee commentated on the Final, shared their thoughts on Fair Trade and presented awards to the winning teams.

Awardee List:

Award Awardee
Champion CFL Enterprise Limited
1st Runner-up Jebsen & Co. Limited
2nd Runner-up The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited
3rd Runner-up Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited
Top Scorer 1.    Chung Ting-kwok, Bank of East Asia2.    Tsang Chi-man, Hong Kong Broadband Network3.    Yeung Tsz-kit, Hong Kong Broadband Network
Best Goalkeeper 1.    Lodge of Rising Sun Football Team, Hong Kong Christian Service2.    Jebsen & Co. Limited3.    Hong Kong Broadband Network
Fair Play Team HKFYG Lee Shau Kee College
Highest Fundraising Award Hong Kong Broadband Network
Best Team Spirit Award Maxim’s Caterers Limited
Best Dressed Award The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited
Best Line-up Team Award Hong Kong Broadband Network
Best Fair Trade Expression Award The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited

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