Updated: Jul 29, 2020
Boxes of donated PPE gear donated by our friends in Hong Kong.
“We all live under the same sky and are supported by the same earth. Stay well Canada.” - Hong Kongers
Richmond, BC - May 20, 2020
Kenny Chiu, Member of Parliament for Steveston-Richmond East, announced that he recently received a sizable donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) from a group in Hong Kong with ties to Canada that holds a deep concern for our nation’s wellbeing.
“My office is currently in the process of sorting nearly 60 boxes of assorted PPE”, MP Chiu says, “there are over 100,000 masks and goggles, some of which are medical grade.” He clarified that the equipment will be distributed “free of cost” as the donation was generously made by “the Hongkongers [who] kindly sourced, purchased, and shipped this equipment to Canada all at their own expense.”
He plans for the PPE to be distributed to community organizations throughout Richmond and Greater Vancouver by his office. However, he did make known that a majority of the shipment will be sent to MPs Peter Kent and Michael Chong in Ontario and MP Gérard Deltell in Quebec as their provinces “have bore the brunt of COVID-19” and “need it most”. He extends thanks to Air Canada for providing transportation of these critical materials.
The Honourable Peter Kent, MP for Thornhill in Ontario comments: “At a time when democratic rights are brutally denied in Hong Kong, even as citizens there combat Covid-19, this gift of essential PPE items is a generous reaffirmation of the deep and lasting friendship between the freedom-loving citizens of Hong Kong and Canada.”
Gérard Deltell, MP for Louis-Saint-Laurent in Quebec comments: “We are very pleased to welcome the contribution from our friends in Hong Kong. The equipment will be useful in our province for our people. This is a global tragedy and we are all part of the solution. More then ever that attitude is the one to follow.”
The Honourable Michael Chong, MP for Halton Hills in Ontario comments: “Canada and Hong Kong have long and deep ties. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians trace their roots to Hong Kong, including my family. Canadian soldiers defended Hong Kong during the Second World War and today 300,000 Canadians live in Hong Kong. And now Hong Kongers are helping us with a generous donation of medical equipment to fight the coronavirus - thank you, Hong Kong.”
Mr. Chiu believes that as Canada enters a period of economic recovery and reopens businesses, that all should follow the advice of our top doctors and wear masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and anticipates there to be a continuing demand for PPE going forward.
Additionally, Mr. Chiu announced he would be chairing a newly reinstated Canada – Hong Kong Parliamentary Friendship Group to “promote goodwill between Canada and Hong Kong”. He also made clear that this is not a partisan effort and that “All parliamentarians from the House of Commons and Senate, no matter their affiliation, are welcome to join and participate together as equals.”