Adelson family foundation continues post typhoon aid

The Adelson Family Foundation on Tuesday presented a cheque for more than $1.9 million to the University of Saint Joseph to assist its recovery efforts after Typhoon Hato and subsequent storms caused major damage to its new campus in August and September last year.

Executives from Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Sands China Ltd. presented the ceremonial cheque to Fr. Peter Stilwell, rector of the University of Saint Joseph, on behalf of the Adelson Family Foundation and its founders at the university’s new campus.

While there, the executives toured the damaged areas that will be restored with the help of the Adelson Family Foundation donation.

“When we heard about the extensive damage to Macau as a result of Typhoon Hato, our hearts immediately went out to all of the people impacted by it,” said the Adelsons. “We care deeply about the Macao community and wanted to do something to help in the aftermath of the storm. Hopefully this donation to the University of Saint Joseph can help speed up the recovery process and get them fully back to providing all of their educational services as soon as possible.  We look forward to seeing the results for ourselves during our next trip to Macau.”

The basement level of the university’s new Green Campus on Ilha Verde became flooded after the storm, submerging nearly all its installed and stored equipment under 3 metres of water. Five days of pumping were required in order to drain the basement.

The Adelson Family Foundation donation will go toward addressing four critical areas of need at the university including the library, the server room, the audio-visual studio and the fitness room and recreational center.

Fr. Stilwell said: “We were all caught off guard by the severity of the damage inflicted by Typhoon Hato, and did our best to take it as a challenging way to begin a new term on a new campus. The immediate interest and timely support from the Adelson Family Foundation came as an unexpected and heart-warming surprise. Without it, we would have been hard put to get the damaged facilities back to working order this academic year. We are deeply grateful to the Adelsons both for having noticed our plight and for their rapid and generous support to USJ at such a critical time.”

The MOP15 million donation by the Adelson Family Foundation will go a long way toward making the University of Saint Joseph’s new campus fully operational as quickly as possible.

In total the foundation has pledged more than MOP35 million in disaster relief funds to Macau in the wake of the destructive 2017 storm season.

Including a MOP 30 million donation pledged by Sands China Ltd., the Adelson Family Foundation and Sands China Ltd. have committed to a total donation of MOP 65 million to support typhoon disaster relief in Macau.

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