Conversation with Laury and Kieran, staff at the French Chamber and volunteers at the Foundation
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Laury PACE, Volunteer and Organizer of the French Chamber Gala
Kieran CASH, Volunteer and Communications Manager at the French Chamber
Who are you?
LP: I lived in Hong Kong for the last six years. I joined the staff of the French Chamber of Commerce two and a half years ago as membership and event manager. One of my mission is to organize the annual gala of the Chamber aiming at raising funds for the Foundation.
KC: I worked at the French Chamber for one year and a half now. Laury and I are both volunteers of the Foundation. Every Friday, a staff member of the Chamber and one person from the Business Center go to the Lunch Club in Wan Chai to distribute pastries offered by Maison Eric Kayser.
Why does it matter to both of you?
KC: The people at the Lunch Club could be the person opening the door for you every morning or somebody you buy the newspaper from in the street. Helping the Lunch Club is a way of seeing another side of the city I live in and giving something back to the community.
LP: The idea is to create a true dialogue with the beneficiaries, trying to brighten up their daily life. Dedicating a lunch time to help low-income-workers is my way to thank Hong Kong for welcoming foreigners and allowing them to settle there. It is also about sharing.
Something that surprised you during your last visit?
LP: I realized how much the beneficiaries were happy as we are to share their own culture and I must say that some of them are even really familiar with France!
Three words to describe the foundation?
KC: Generosity, Caring & Meeting. The last one means a lot to me. Even if some beneficiaries are not English-speakers, meeting them is always enriching. It is my contribution to thank the Hong Kong community for all it gave me until now.