Amidst the recent media frenzy surrounding the father of my children, Joseph Lau, and his personal statements on issues concerning our relationship, I would like to clarify my position and put this to rest once and for all.
For my family, our primary concern remains simple: Joseph’s well being and full recovery. Since the day our children were born, Joseph has been a dedicated father and the backbone of our family. We love him very much and will always be there for him. Joseph is a fighter and I am sure he will eventually overcome any obstacles that lay before him.
As much as possible, I have tried to avoid the public spotlight for the sake of our children’s privacy, emotional well being and safety.
My focus is on my family and my Foundation. What are the lessons we should be teaching our children? What is the legacy we are leaving behind?
With respect, I would appeal to the press to use their influence to promote awareness of more important causes and areas of true concern for our society.
Children are dying around the world from incidents of child abuse. 822 women lose their lives each day during childbirth due to a lack of proper maternal care. 8,219 children under 5 are dying from malnutrition and hunger everyday, while thousands die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diseases. We are producing 22,000 tons of trash everyday so that in less than 30 years, our oceans will be home to more plastic than fish.
These figures reflect horrifying realities in our world today and deserve our attention.
In the end, as a mother, I would like our children to know that, despite all our shortcomings, their parents have tried to make the world a better place and help those less fortunate.
I hope the work of this Foundation forms a legacy my children can be proud of, and eventually carry forward.”
Yvonne Lui Lai-Kwan
17 November 2016