To support artistes who have lost jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild announced last week that it would pass out stimulus checks to guild members. Organized by the guild’s current and former presidents Louis Koo (古天樂) and Andrew Lau (劉偉強), eligible guild members would receive a $9,000 Hong Kong dollar paycheck.
Many artistes have already shared online that they have received their checks, including former TVB actor Evergreen Mak (麥長青). “This sum of money will definitely assist many grassroots filmmakers and artistes,” he said.
The actor praised the guild’s efficiency, saying, “I didn’t have to wait very long before my check was approved and sent to me. I have already expressed my gratitude and thanks on social media.”
As for how he was using his HK$9,000 stimulus check, he admitted, “Of course it’s going to my children’s school tuition! Tuition is truly very expensive. Any little help is great.”
The former TVB actor and his wife lost their life savings in an iPhone scam in 2014, which the couple is currently contesting in a court battle. Evergreen suffered a harsh fall from Best Supporting Actor and was relegated to minor roles at the station, before deciding to work for ViuTV last year.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.