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Sixty-seven groups to raise funds in February

     Sixty-seven organisations have been granted permission to raise funds during February 2011, a Social Welfare Department (SWD) spokesman said today (January 27).

     The organisations will sell flags, badges or tokens, or place donation boxes in designated public places.

     February 2, 12 and 26 are designated Regional Flag Days, and on each date three organisations will conduct flag sales from 7am to 12.30pm on Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon and in the New Territories.

     Any organisation planning to hold activities involving collection of money or sale or exchange for donations of badges, tokens or similar articles in a public place for charitable purposes should apply for a public subscription permit from the SWD.

     Activities covered by public subscription permits are listed on the department's website ( For details, people can also call the department's hotline at 2343 2255, or SWD headquarters at 2832 4311 during office hours.

     "In the case of suspected fraudulent fund-raising activities, members of the public should not make any donation. They should report any suspected illegal activities to the police immediately," the spokesman said.

     He also appealed to organisers to take precautions against any possible fraud.

     Flag day organisers are required to put on the money collection bags the name of the organisation and mark "This flag day has been approved by the Social Welfare Department".

     Organisers of general fund-raising activities other than flag sales should prominently display the permit at the place where the fund-raising event is held. Proper identification, for example, name cards or tags should also be provided for staff and volunteers alike, who are directly involved in the fund-raising activities.

     The spokesman also advised organisers of flag days to prepare guidelines for volunteers, setting out the places and the schedule for fund-raising and the collection points for flag bags.

     "Organisers should inform the Police in the case of loss of property, and seek their help when fraudulent acts, such as tampering with collection bags or unauthorised fundraising, are found," he said.

     The Government has promulgated the "Reference Guide on Best Practices for Charitable Fund-raising Activities" for voluntary compliance by the charitable organisations. Members of the public may browse the Reference Guide on SWD homepage

     Attached please find a list of organisations granted permission to raise fund in February 2011.  The list only includes permits issued up to January 24, 2011.

Ends/Thursday, January 27, 2011
Issued at HKT 15:08


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