Hong Kong Cancer Fund Founder Sally Lo Reflects On The Legacy of Stanley Ho
Sally Lo, founder of the Hong Kong Cancer Fund, reflects on how the godfather of gambling Stanley Ho impacted her life. From dance lessons to his love for astrology, Lo shares memories of the billionaire she was lucky enough to know:
“I first met Stanley at a reception at The Mandarin hotel in the mid 1980s. My first impression was of a very distinguished and charming gentleman with a twinkle in his eye. From that time on, we met at numerous social occasions. I was very touched whenever he would ask about my family and he always remembered our previous conversations.
When I started the Hong Kong Cancer Fund in 1987 he expressed his wish to support us. One of our first projects was the opening of the Cancer Patient Resource Centre at the Queen Mary Hospital. Since then, he and his family have been some of the most loyal and generous patrons and have contributed to our extensive network of support services in the hospitals and in the community.
I have a very soft spot for Stanley: he had a warm personality and was very approachable, kind, good humoured and always smiling. He was also a very humble man. He was very discreet and kept his philanthropy to himself. I’m really going to miss his kindness and concern for others and the fact that he was very in tune with the needs of his community.
It’s no secret he loved ballroom dancing (and he loved to party). He would come to our galas and surprise everyone with an elegant dance to open the evening. It makes me smile just thinking about it. I remember once he even offered to give me dance lessons when I told him I had two left feet.
He once shared with me his interest in astronomy and years later I came across a satellite dish in Tai Tam with his name on it. It was, of course, the 5,300 sq ft Stanley Ho Astronomical Observatory built by his alma mater, Queen’s College, to nurture students’ interest in stargazing.
The thing about Stanley is that after you left him, you were always filled with admiration for him. I’ve lost a friend and I will always have a special place in my memory for him.”
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