Henry Ngai said he is “honoured, humbled and privileged” to be awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Mr Ngai, the founder and director of Wetherill Park business ABC Tissue Products, was recognised for service to business and to the community.
Born in China, he migrated to Australia with his family from Hong Kong in 1985. In 1986 he started ABC Tissue Products.
“We wanted to provide Australia with a better choice of tissue products and that’s how we came up with ABC Tissue Products,” he said.
“I’d like to thank all my staff who have believed in our products and made our company grow to what it is today.”
Bur Mr Ngai has always wanted to help people.
It’s why the business expanded to include ABC Tissue Vision Express in 2010 which provides free treatments for patients with cataracts and pterygium in Cambodia and China.
In 2012, ABC Tissue Hearing Express was created to provides hearing aids to the people with impaired hearing in China.
The company also has a charity arm with winter clothing and rice are donated to the people in need on a regular basis.
In 2012, 64,000 thick winter jackets were donated to China, along with 650 tonnes of rice to different provinces in Cambodia.
Their donations also extend to charities in Australia including Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Street and the Exodus Foundation.
Mr Ngai has also made donations to The Australian Red Cross, The Salvation Army, World Vision, St Vincent's Hospital, Fairfield Hospital and The Children's Hospital at Westmead.
Last year ABC Tissue made a $2 million donation to St Vincent’s Hospital to help purchase an Australian-first MRI guided-ultrasound machine.
“I have been fortunate to have created a successful business and it is important that we use some of that success to help those people who are in need,” he said.
“I’d like to thank this wonderful country and all the Australian people for all the opportunities they have given me and my family.
“I’d like to thank my wife Jenny and my family for their strong support and love.”
So what’s the key to running a successful business?
“You need to set goals, work hard, be very committed and have very good people around you,” said Ngai, who won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017.