Australian business supports Chinese community

23-01-2010

Services to support the Australian Chinese community have been given a significant financial boost following the announcement of a major Corporate Partnership between the Australian Chinese Community Association of NSW Inc. (ACCA) and InvoCare.

ACCA has been established for more than thirty-five years and provides vital community and home care services for the Australian Chinese elderly, settlement services for newly arrived migrants and promotes cultural exchange programs.

InvoCare is an Australian listed company that owns and operates funeral homes, cemeteries and crematoria across Australia and Singapore. InvoCare has just signed a three year deal to become the Platinum Sponsor for ACCA, providing essential funds for much needed community services. The partnership took effect from 1stJanuary 2010, and will last until 31st December 2012.

Mr. Benjamin Chow, who sits on InvoCare’s Board of Directors and is a former President of ACCA and currently serves as a Councillor, said:

“We have both a corporate and social responsibility to serve our community, irrespective of background, and by signing this three year Memorandum of Understanding, it is a solid indication of our commitment. The funding support we will provide will ensure the Chinese community can continue to rely on ACCA to provide those vital and specialized services that are so important to the clients served by ACCA.”

Also welcoming the Corporate Partnership is the Hon. Helen Sham-Ho, Australia’s first Chinese-born parliamentarian and currently a Councillor for ACCA. Helen Sham-Ho and Benjamin Chow have been instrumental in bringing the relationship between InvoCare and ACCA to this point. Helen Sham-Ho said:

“There are nearly 700,000 Australians who were either born in China or have Chinese ancestry. Many, in particular the elderly, are not even aware of the support that is available to them. Having secured funding support for three years, ACCA plans to further increase its outreach to  the Chinese community.”

ACCA’s acting President, Mr. Rong Mu Dong, said:

“Our role is to ensure that Australians of Chinese background have access to the same rights and the same services that are enjoyed by other Australians. Our services, however, are dependent on funding support from government and other sources. This partnership will significantly enhance the range of services provided to the Chinese community.”

Signing the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of InvoCare was Chief Executive Officer, Mr Andrew Smith.

“We are very pleased to be signing this Corporate Partnership. Over the last few years InvoCare has found many ways to support ACCA’s endeavours and signing this deal brings our relationship with ACCA to  where we have always wanted it to be,” said Mr. Smith.

As a further show of support, InvoCare will provide special recognition to those staff coordinators and volunteers at ACCA that have made a significant contribution to the community, through mutually agreed recognition and award initiatives.

The official signing ceremony was held on Saturday 23rd January in the ACCA office at 2 Mary Street, Surry Hills.  

Mr. Benjamin Chow, the Hon. Helen Sham-Ho and Mr. Rong Mu Dong are available for interviews.

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Adam Harper on (02) 9331 6611 or 0423 614 466 or via email: harper@senioragencyaustralia.com.au