For the past three years, Goodman Hong Kong has worked in partnership with Benji’s Centre, who provide specialised professional speech therapy to children and teenagers with speech / communication problems from low income families across Hong Kong.
Benji’s Centre shares the vision of helping children with special needs and recognises there are insufficient services available from government. The waiting time for the government service ranges from 1.5 to 2.5 years, and those families normally could not afford the private speech therapy service before the ideal prime age (before 6 years of age) of their children to learn speech. In addition, over one-third of the parents suffer from various kinds of mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety. It hinders them in fulfiling their parental role and duties, while further narrowing their children's learning opportunities and weakening their family relationship. Benji’s Centre goal is to fill the service gap of speech therapies in the community for children and their families.
The Goodman Foundation has supported the Hong Kong team in funding the establishment of a Kid’s Learning Corner, the addition of full and part time speech therapists and speech therapy lessons for the many children who are supported by Benji’s Centre.
The third Goodman Interlink Magic Mile was held on 16 March 2014. The event is a 1-mile charity ramp run/walk up the Goodman Interlink ramp which is 15 levels high. The response to the event was overwhelming, with funds in excess of HK$820,000 raised, all of which was donated to Benji's Centre.
Further information on the organisation may be found here.