New World Development, parent of the K11 malls across Greater China, has launched 35 vending machines dispensing free face masks in Hong Kong.

Partnering with eight non-government organisations, the group has placed the smart vending machines across 18 districts in Hong Kong. The “Mask To Go” machines will dispense free face masks in Hong Kong that have been designed, produced and manufactured locally by the group. New World Development currently has two local mask production lines and will open two more next month with a target of making seven million face masks.

As the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise globally in addition to Hong Kong’s second wave of imported and locally transmitted cases, Adrian Cheng, Executive Vice-Chairman of New World Development finds the cause close to heart: “Medical face masks are an essential protective tool in our fight against Covid-19… It is heart-breaking to see so many people suffer because they simply cannot afford or get a hold of masks, which have become so costly and scarce.”

The group had previously also donated HK$10M to establish a ‘Community Anti-Epidemic’ fund offering more than two million masks and 10,000 hygiene kits to low-income families in Hong Kong.