Changing Young Lives Foundation

25 Oct

changing-young-lives-foundation-logoChildren are born to live their lives to the fullest. However, their fate is not in their own hands. In a city as prosperous as Hong Kong, there are 332,000 children and youngsters* living in poverty. Many of these youngsters have not been identified and are forgotten. In the Mainland, there are many more children in similar or more dire circumstances who need our help.

changing-young-lives-foundation-2Children are precious and should be protected and guided from a tender age. Changing Young Lives Foundation reaches out to children in need and gives them a brighter future. Since their inception, Changing Young Lives Foundation has launched protection, education, development and participation programmes in Hong Kong and the Mainland. They work with children from disadvantaged families in Hong Kong and those in the poorest regions of rural China.

changing-young-lives-foundation-3Changing Young Lives Foundation serves underprivileged young people in Hong Kong and the Mainland and seek to change their lives for the better. They support and inspire them to work towards a better life through educational and developmental programmes which nurture the mind, body and spirit. They help them acquire the knowledge and skills they need to realize their full potential and lead happy and productive lives. Changing Young Lives Foundation works in the spirit of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and they promote these rights in their services.

changing-young-lives-foundation-4Changing Young Lives Foundation’s vision is of a world where children of all ages are protected from abuse, neglect and exploitation and kept safe at all times, where they have shelter, food, health care and education. These are the basic requirements for the sound development of all children. They see young people, who are at risk or disadvantaged, trusting and believing in themselves and feeling good about who they are and all the great things they can do. They see them exploring and realizing their talents and abilities to the fullest, and having the self-assurance and courage to reach out for their dreams.

What you can do to help?
Changing Young Lives Foundation seeks volunteers to help with a number of services and activities including tutoring, mentoring, skill coaching & training and also fundraising, survey & research, etc. If you would like to help, please follow this link, download and complete the Volunteer Form and submit.

Help Changing Young Lives Foundation change young lives for the better.

* Source : Summary of Statistics on Poverty 2012 and Proposal on Low Income Supplement, issued by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service.

Cull the Clutter: Donate

20 Oct
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Weather is getting cooler. Time to bring sweaters and coats out of storage. What to do with all the summer clothes? The ones that were never or will never be worn? What about old furniture and other household odds and ends?

Donate! This article in Sassy Mama has some great suggestions as to where to send the unwanted and unloved items.

Support recycling and reuse!

Urgent appeal: donate to children hit by hurricane in Haiti NOW

15 Oct

haiti-2Hurricane Matthew — the strongest Caribbean storm in a decade — has swept through Haiti last week. Struggling to recover from the destruction caused by the earthquake and cholera outbreak in 2010, the country is now threatened by Hurricane Matthew, with an estimated of at least 77,000 houses destroyed or damaged, 99,000 families affected and over 4 million children at risk.

The roofs and tree branches flew away. Water started coming in, things were flying everywhere… no one could get hold of them, ” explains 13-year-old Dicejour Gelin, whose house was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

UNICEF teams are at a race against time to save lives. Tons of humanitarian supplies, including drinking water, mobile water bladders and purification tablets, and basic medical and health supplies are on the way to affected areas.

Alarm over the outbreak of cholera
haitiCholera has killed nearly 10,000 people in Haiti since the earthquake in 2010. The aftermath of the hurricane, combined with the start of the rainy season and poor sanitation coverage, will only exacerbate the risk of diseases. So, UNICEF‘s first priority is ensuring access to safe and clean drinking water. UNICEF’s specialists for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene are now working with the Haitian government and partners to fight water-borne diseases, including cholera, diarrhoea, malaria and worm infestations.

In times of disaster, children are the most vulnerable. UNICEF urgently need your support to help deliver lifesaving essentials and give them access to clean water, proper nutrition and safe shelter. Donate NOW to help children survive from the disaster by clicking on this link!

About UNICEF Hong Kong:
unicef logoThe Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) was founded in 1986 and was established as an independent local non-government organization to raise funds through public donations, partnerships with companies, special events, etc. to support UNICEF’s work. UNICEF HK also promotes and advocates for children’s rights via organizing education and youth programmes in Hong Kong.


8 Oct

RunOurCity comprises of a small and energetic team – all dedicated individuals committed to nurture a fun and compassionate running culture in Hong Kong. At RunOurCity, they believe passion plus professionalism are indispensable to achieve our social goals.

roc-1Established by social enterprise RunOurCity in 2013, Youth.ROC has provided free and professional running programme to inspire and challenge teenagers to systematically train for distance running and achieve their goals while improving health and developing a “can-do” attitude. The trainings have also helped participating teenagers to expand their social circle and understand more about their communities through street-running. Over 4,200 youths have participated in the Youth.ROC program, including those who come from underprivileged backgrounds and the ethnic minority communities. Youth.ROC has recently obtained support from the Education Bureau of the HKSAR Government to expand its program to all secondary schools in Hong Kong, for running to become a part of life for Hong Kong’s youths and bring positive changes to our students’ body, mind, social and spirit.

Hong Kong Streetathon
roc-2STREETATHON is to run in the streets, run along flyovers, stairs, and narrow alleys etc. Run into the daily happenings in our community. Feel the pulse of our people. Run our city!

STREETATHON is more than street-running and the cheering atmosphere en route. It is also about sharing the fun and excitement of your run with your family and friends! That’s why RunOurCity has gathered community organizations to offer games, performances and refreshments at the HONG KONG STREETATION Carnival to create a fun weekend morning for runners, their family and friends, spectators, and the local community.

Totem Run
roc-3TOTEM is a symbol of harmony between human beings and nature. TOTEM RUN denotes the self-challenge took on by the wild runners with sweat and will. While experiencing the wonders of nature, it is also an action standing up for the others. RunOurCity creates such unique experience together with the runners as gifts and guerilla support along the way, cheering performance, totem party at the Finish.

the Backstreet
roc-5the BackStreet combines the elements of street-run and street-art, running and art creation are both a journey of self-discovery and self-expression. The project offers a whole new perspective to embrace the community’s spirit of creation. While the BackStreet Art connects young artists and community partners looking to preserve and visualize our local cultures and happenings, the BackStreet Run connects curious youth and runners with an urge to discover our local cultures and community stories.

RunOurCity Crew (ROC.Crew)
roc-6is a running community powered by RunOurCity. ROC.Crew is a community formed by casual runners, city explorers, sports junkies and creative trainers who get together every week to talk, to play and to chill through running.
Run with them, and discover stories in our city every Tuesday night. For more information about upcoming runs, please visit their Facebook page.

If you are interested in volunteering, whether to help at their events or at their offices, RunOurCity would like to hear from you. Get in touch with them by visiting their website and give them your contact information.

About RunOurCity: RunOurCity believes running can transform lives. They inspire and challenge teenagers to train for distance running and achieve their goals while improving health and develop a “can-do” attitude. They organize STREETATHONS, TOTEM Runs and other themed running events to nurture fun and compassionate running culture in Hong Kong. Since 2013, RunOurCity has trained over 4,200 teenagers, organized running events for over 50,000 participants, and raised funds for over 14 charities.

At RunOurCity, they believe passion plus professionalism are indispensable to achieve our social goals. Their people and network love running and creating social impacts, are fun and innovative, and embrace the work-hard-play-hard attitude.

Christmas Bazaars 2016

3 Oct

One way of getting your Christmas shopping done and support charities in Hong Kong is by visiting the numerous Christmas Bazaars. Here are a few to get you started:

This is an annual event at Helena May where the public is welcome and can visit more than 50 stalls selling handmade crafts, jewellery, accessories, books etc.

Date: Thursday, 13 October 2016

Time: Please call the Helena May for details.

Place: The Helena May, 35 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong

michaelmas-fair_poster-2016_revA Hong Kong institution run each year by St John’s Cathedral, this fair offers games, marching bands, old books, household items, clothing stalls, book stalls, food and drink and much more. Fun for the entire family!

Date: Saturday, October 29 2016

Time: 10am to 4pm

Place: St. John’s Cathedral, Li Hall, 4-8 Garden Road, Central

20121029-CNW-09_Superstar-Sedan-Chair-Race-for-CharityThe annual Sedan Chair Race is the main fundraising event of the Sedan Chair Charities Fund. The fund raised goes to support charitable organisations that are lesser known and have very limited resources to do fundraising themselves – none go to the Matilda International Hospital where the event is held each year. Watch as teams wearing all sorts of colourful costumes race by. There are also games and food stalls.

Date: Sunday, October 30 2016

Time: 10am to 1:30pm

Place: Matilda International Hospital, The Peak

Since 1981, the annual Sandy Bay Fair has been held on the first Saturday in November, from 10:00 am to 5:00pm. Held at the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay at Pokfulam, the Fair is legendary. Loads of bargains, lots of fun, laughter and delicious food as well as their famous limited edition Christmas cards. All net proceeds are used to support the Hospital to improve medical facilities.

If you can’t make it to the fair, you can order their Christmas cards by mail. To download this year’s catalogue, please click on this link.

Date: Saturday, 5 November 2016

Time: 10am – 5pm

Place: The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay, 12 Sandy Bay Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

The Jewish Women’s Association of Hong Kong (JWA) invites you and the whole family to their annual bazaar! It is slated to be bigger and better than before! Happy holidays and happy shopping! All proceeds will go to charity.

Date: Sunday, November 6 2016

Time: Please call the Jewish Women’s Association for more information.

Place: Island School, 20 Borrett Road, Mid-levels

cwsLamma Fun Day Beach Music Festival is one-day charity event with something for everyone live music on stage on the beach, DJs, market stalls, a licensed bar, arts and crafts, tasty food, free water, a charity auction, bric-a-brac stalls, plus sports and activities for kids during the day. Entrance is free – the event is run by volunteers and CWS Hong Kong, with the generous support of Lamma and Hong Kong businesses. Now in its 16th edition, this year’s event will raise money for education projects in Nepal.

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016

Time: 11am till late

Place: Yung Shue Wan, Tai Wan To, Lamma Island

WWF Walk for Nature 2016

28 Sep

walk-for-natureWalk for Nature is an annual fundraising event held in Hong Kong’s iconic Mai Po Nature Reserve. Participants gather sponsorship and walk a set route around the Reserve, which is located in the Inner Deep Bay wetlands. In 1995, Mai Po was declared a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. The Reserve provides habitat for many species of both flora and fauna, and has a worldwide reputation as being a “paradise for birds”.

Join this walk and learn more about WWF’s work in conserving and preserving the Mai Po Nature Reserve. This year’s event theme is ‘Be a Citizen Scientist’. Participants can understand more about WWF’s wetland conservation work by taking part in the interactive games and activities held along the route.

Date: 26 & 27 November 2016 (Saturday and Sunday) Choose either date

Time: 9:30am to 6pm (10 walking time slots for you to choose from)

Place: Mai Po Nature Reserve

Price: Please refer to enrollment form for details.

About WWF’s work at Mai Po Nature Reserve: In 1983, WWF-Hong Kong began managing Mai Po Nature Reserve, implementing a number of conservation projects designed to protect the Reserve’s many fish ponds, gei wai, intertidal mudflats, mangroves, reed beds and freshwater ponds. In 2001, the conservation work took on a new dimension, as the conservation work began to focus on conserving Hong Kong’s section of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF), a vital flight route for migratory waterbirds. The EAAF begins at the Arctic Circle and runs through Southeast Asia all the way to Australia and New Zealand. Mai Po is situated roughly in the centre of the flyway. Every year, migratory birds conduct their long journeys south and stop at Mai Po to rest and recharge before they continue their voyage.

Families Walking for Families

23 Sep

mothers-choiceYou’re invited to the Mother’s Choice annual Walkathon: Families Walking for Families on Sunday, 30th October 2016!

Please join Mother’s Choice and walk together to give hope and raise funds to ensure every child in Hong Kong is in a loving family, surrounded by a supportive community.

Mother’s Choice can’t serve girls and babies in Hong Kong without you! They need to raise HK$3M to continue to provide services to children, youth, and families in crisis in our community.

Sign up today to walk and fundraise for Mother’s Choice!

The Walk: Child-friendly and fun!
4km walk along Bowen Fitness trail (start and end at Island School)
Choose your start time: 10:00am, 11:00am, and 12:00pm

The walk will be followed by a carnival from 11:00am-3:00pm. Join Mother’s Choice at Island School for games, food, craft, performances, and more!

Spaces are limited, so please sign up early!

Date: Sunday, 30th October 2016

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Place: Island School

Price: HK$150 per person (aged 4 and above)
Spaces are limited, so please sign up early!

To register please follow this link.

mothers-choice-logoAbout Mother’s Choice: Their story starts in 1987 when founders Ranjan & Phyllis Marwah, and Gary & Helen Stephens, moved by a series of articles in the newspaper about the alarming numbers of teenage crisis pregnancies in Hong Kong, were stirred to action.

The news article reported that approximately 35-40% of the hundreds of girls going to Shenzhen every week were already in their last trimester. There was an obvious need with no one visibly responding, even though people were actually aware of the circumstances of the girls going to Shenzhen for late term abortions. The founders knew that these babies could live given the good and proper medical attention available in Hong Kong – they just needed to find the space and funding to give these girls real options. So together with the support of their friends and the community, they began the work of Mother’s Choice.

Starting with just one borrowed room and no experience but motivated to give back to this city that they love, Mother’s Choice has since helped over 51,000 single girls, cared for 3,600 babies and assisted with 1,400 successful adoption cases.