Flag days in 2018-19
A spokesman for the SWD said today (March 29) that in order to allow more organisations to conduct flag sales, 29 flag days have been assigned as Regional Flag Days in 2018-19. On each Regional Flag Day, three organisations will sell flags to solicit donations concurrently, one each on Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon and the New Territories.
The spokesman said that for easy identification, the flag day organisers are required to put on the money collection bags the name of the organisation and mark "Approved by Social Welfare Department". Besides, some approved flag day organisers will also use Octopus card readers on their allocated flag days with the pouches bearing the name of the respective organisations and the statement "Approved by Social Welfare Department."
The spokesman appealed to flag day organisers to take precautions against any possible fraud. They should inform the Police of any loss of property and seek their help for fraudulent acts such as tampering with collection bags or unauthorised fundraising being found.
Members of the public can visit the SWD's homepage (www.swd.gov.hk) and GovHK website (www.gov.hk/fundraising) if they wish to check information on flag days. They are also welcome to call the SWD hotline on 2343 2255, or on 2832 4311 during office hours.
The spokesman also said that the Government has promulgated the "Reference Guide on Best Practices for Charitable Fund-raising Activities" to facilitate the charities improve the transparency and accountability of their charitable fund-raising activities. The best practices of the Reference Guide cover areas on donors' rights, fund-raising practices and financial accountability. The Reference Guide is accessible from the SWD homepage.
Attached is a list of designated flag days and the respective organisers in 2018-19.
Ends/Thursday, March 29, 2018
Issued at HKT 10:08
Issued at HKT 10:08