The Hong Kong Jockey Club is delighted that the Club's Chief Executive Officer, Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, has been awarded a Gold Bauhinia Star in this year's honours list. In its citation the Government spoke of Mr Engelbrecht-Bresges' vision and leadership in raising the Club to an international leadership position in horse racing and in enhancing the Club's charity and community contribution to society.
“Mr ENGELBRECHT-BRESGES is awarded the GBS for his passion, visionary leadership and achievements in raising the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) to an international leading position in horse racing, and enhancing its status as a premier charity and community benefactor. With its unique not-for-profit business model and clear mission to contribute to the local community, HKJC embodies the society’s strong philosophy of “From the Community, For the Community”. Its charitable contribution benefits all walks of life in Hong Kong including community service, education, youth, elderly, health, culture and sports.” [Citation, HKSAR Government]
The Board of Stewards, Board of Management, and the Club's employees extend their warmest congratulations to Mr Engelbrecht-Bresges. They are proud of this achievement and grateful for the support of the Club's members and community partners in working together for the betterment of Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Founded in 1884, The Hong Kong Jockey Club is a world-class horse racing operator and Hong Kong’s largest community benefactor, as well as one of Asia’s most prestigious membership clubs. Operating as a not-for-profit organisation, the Club allocates its surplus funds for charitable and community projects. In 2014/15, its donations reached a record $3.87 billion, and in the last decade alone it supported over 1,300 projects. The Club is also Hong Kong’s largest single taxpayer, contributing a record HK$20.05 billion in 2014/15. With about 70% of its revenue given back to society every year through donations and tax contributions, The Hong Kong Jockey Club delivers a significantly higher return to the community than any other racing and/or sports betting organisation in the world. As a socially responsible organisation, the Club helps Government combat illegal betting and advocates responsible gambling. The Club is also one of Hong Kong’s largest employers with over 24,000 full-time and part-time staff. Committed to global excellence and giving back to society, the Club is always “riding high together for a better future” with the people of Hong Kong.