Hong Kong restaurant fund sends staff on half-term trips

Image copyright Kaposi’s Sarcoma Foundation Image caption The Kaposi’s Sarcoma Foundation set up a travel fund to make sure the children could be with their families

A restaurant group in Hong Kong is shelling out about $650,000 (£490,000) to fly 200 of its employees out to visit relatives for the autumn half-term holidays.

The Kaposi’s Sarcoma Foundation is footing the bill for the travel fund for the staff from chain restaurants such as Carbone, Lima, Carbone Modern and Moto Kitchen, as well as restaurants such as Mango Bar.

The Half Term Access Fund was set up by the foundation to help children with cancer to be reunited with their families.

Employees at the restaurants will leave on 5 November.

Who are the Kaposi’s Sarcoma Foundation?

The Kaposi’s Sarcoma Foundation was established in 2008 to help families in Central Hong Kong suffering from burnout after treatment and treatment costs.

The charity was asked by restaurant group Carbone to help arrange those workers, many of whom have lives outside the restaurant industry.

It then teamed up with the family of 13-year-old Year 3 student Connie Wong, who died of sarcoma cancer on Sunday after a successful treatment.

Kaposi’s Sarcoma Foundation said: “The family decided to open the family home to Connie’s friends to celebrate her last three weeks of life. In addition, they decided to donate Connie’s ashes and organise a traditional Chinese ceremony.

“As an organisation committed to saving and enhancing the lives of children who are battling sarcoma cancer, we are very grateful for the support from the Carbone Group and people from the greater Hong Kong community who came to help the family celebrate Connie’s final days.

“Connie’s family has been overwhelmed by the amount of support and donations to help offset the loss of their child.”

The charity has raised $5.5m in total, and hopes to raise more.

More than 50% of children with sarcoma survive for at least five years with good care, but the average survival rate is closer to 50%, Kaposi’s Sarcoma Foundation said.

Only 14 of the 170 children who survived when the fund was set up in 2008 are still alive today.

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