About Mr. Fong Shu Chuen
Mr. Fong Shu Chuen was born in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, in September 1899. Mr. Fong is a diligent self-made businessman. In 1927, he travelled to Hong Kong and started his business. As the company turned into a successful business, Mr. Fong was committed in giving back to the community by actively supporting charitable events and educational projects. In the early years, he assisted the Hong Kong Government in promoting compulsory schooling and funded the setup of T.K.D.S. Fong Shu Chuen School, AKA Fong Shu Chuen Primary School, Aberdeen Tin Wan New Estate Kindergarten and the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Community Service Center. Between 1980 and 1983, Mr. Fong donated to build the “Fong Shu Chuen Amenities Centre” at The University of Hong Kong, “Fong Shu Chuen Building” at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, “Fong Shu Chuen Hall” at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, “Fong Shu Chuen Library” at Hong Kong Baptist University and more. In 1977, Mr. Fong established the non-profit Fong Shu Fook Tong Foundation which dedicated in giving back to the society by supporting education and poverty alleviation. Over the years, the Foundation supported over 500 philanthropic projects spanning 31 provinces, cities and autonomous regions in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Mainland China. In recent years, the Foundation donated to establish 50 clinics in the remote and impoverished rural areas of Mainland China.
For over three decades, Mr. Fong Shu Chuen served as Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce in Shau Kei Wan, Chairman of the Aberdeen Kai-fong Welfare Association cum the President and Permanent President, Chairman of the Hong Kong Dongguan Fellowmen Association, Founder and Vice Chairman of Shau Kei Wan Welfare Community Centre, Honorary President of the Hong Kong Business Dongguan Association, and Head of Fong Clan Association, Luk Kwei Tong Association, and Lui Fong Kwong Shoo Yuen Tong Association. He is a veritable philanthropist and entrepreneur. In 1965, the Queen presented Mr. Fong with the MBE honour.
Although Mr. Fong Shu Chuen lived in Hong Kong, he cared for the development of his hometown Dongguan. In 1956, Mr. Fong donated to build the Fong Siu Yee Elementary School in Hetian Village, Houjie, Dongguan (converted into Fong Shiu Yee Middle School in 1982). In 1985, Mr. Fong donated RMB4.6 million to build the Fong Shu Chuen Hospital in Hetian Town, Dongguan and approximate RMB500,000 to build the Fong Shu Chuen Industrial Training Center. In 1987, Mr. Fong donated to construct the Dongguan University of Technology, he has successively donated HKD 3 million to build the education building and setup the Education Development Foundation at the institution. Mr. Fong Shu Chuen passed away aged 88 in September 1987.
Dr. Fong Yun Wah, Henry, SBS, MBE, DBA, JP, originating from Dongguan, Guangdong Province, was born in December 1924 in Heyuan, Guangdong Province. Dr. Fong is the Chairman of Hip Shing Hong (Holdings) Company Limited, Fong Shu Fook Tong Foundation and Fong’s Family Foundation. Dr. Fong is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of China Travel International Investment HK Ltd.
Previous to this, Dr. Henry Fong was the Vice-President of the Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong, Director of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Chairman of Po Leung Kuk, and Member of the Selection Committee for the First Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the PRC. In addition, Dr. Fong has been appointed as the Honorary Professor, Advisory Professor and College Council Member at various universities in Mainland China.
Fong Shu Cheung and his son, Fong Yun Wah, Henry, established “Yee Tak Sesame Factory” in 1929. They then established up Hip Shing Hong on Wing Wo Street, Central, in April 1948. Hip Shing Hong has rooted in Hong Kong for nearly 70 years and has expanded to become a corporation of diversified business including property development, investment, leasing and hotels.
Dr. Henry Fong and his late father Mr. Fong Shu Chuen established the non-profit Fong Shu Fook Tong Foundation and the Fong’s Family Foundation in 1977 and 1986 respectively with an aim of giving back to society and make it a better place. The donations are mainly in education, poverty alleviation, and other charitable causes. Over the years, the Foundations have been supporting over 500 philanthropic projects from kindergarten to tertiary education spanning 31 provinces, cities and autonomous regions in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Mainland China. In recent years, as the education system in Mainland China becomes more sophisticated, the Foundations have shifted the focus from education to medical and donated to establish 50 clinics in the remote and impoverished rural areas of Mainland China. 33 donations have been made to tertiary institutions for the establishment of medical centers or the setup of special medical research fund to benefit mankind.
Dr. Henry Fong has been awarded numerous honors worldwide for his long-term charitable commitment. He garners the 4th Top Ten Charity Champions of China; the China Charity Award from the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China; the Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships from 15 universities worldwide; the title of Honorary Cititzen of 14 cities; the Silver Bauhinia Star Medal from the government of HKSAR. In recognition of Dr. Henry Fong’s outstanding contributions, the International Astronomical Union officially approved naming the Asteroid numbered 5198 as “Fong Yun Wah Star” in 1994.