April Beer for Books: Cocktails and Canapés for Cambodia

2 Apr

b4b april 14Need a good reason to drink? You’ve got it! 1 drink purchased = 1 book published via Room to Read‘s Local Language Publishing Program in Cambodia, their country feature for April.

Made possible this month by Soirée’s generous donation of HK$10 to Room to Read for every drink purchased!

So come – learn about Room to Read’s work in Cambodia and how you can join them in making change while enjoying complimentary canapés and Soirée’s signature cocktails!

OH… you don’t want to miss this month’s raffle. Featuring prizes from Soirée, Polkadot Boutique, Whiskers N Paws & TORQ Cycle!

Date: Tuesday, 8 April

Time: 7-10pm

Location: Soirée, 19 Elgin Street, Central

Room-to-Read-photo-2About the charity: Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

To achieve this goal, Room to Read focuses on two areas where they believe Room to Read can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need Room to Readto succeed in school and beyond by building and stocking libraries, building bright ventilated classrooms, publishing books in the local language, training educators and providing one-on-one support to teachers, and supporting girls to stay in school by providing material support—such as school fees, clean uniforms or transportation, in addition to mentoring and life skills training to help girls succeed in the classroom and beyond.

For more information please visit their website.

S.G. H. St Christopher’s Home

30 Mar

Home

Sheng Kung Hui St. Christopher’s Home, was founded in 1935 by the late Bishop R.O. Hall in Taipo. They began as an orphanage taking care of homeless children. In 1993, following the instigation of new welfare policies, the Home moved from Taipo to various housing estates located all over Hong Kong.

Today, the Home is the largest non-governmental organization in Hong Kong providing small group home service for children who cannot receive adequate family care. Their services include residential child care service (Small Group Home and Foster Care Service), Pre-primary Education Service (Nursery), Children Health Development Services, Service for New Arrivals and Low-income Families, Clinical Psychological Service and Social Enterprise.

Small Group Home serves children and young people from 4 to 18 years old who cannot receive adequate family care due to various family problems and crises. A 24-hour family-like residential care is provided for them until they can return home or settle down in another long-term residential home placement. The Home also provides Emergency/Short-term Small Group Home Service (ESGH) for children with urgent needs.

Foster Care Service provides out-of-home family care for children who cannot receive adequate family care due to various family problems. Children are placed under the care of foster families and continue to enjoy family life until they can return home, join an adoptive family or live independently.

Foster Care (Emergency) Service provides out-of-home family care for children who cannot receive adequate family care due to emergency or crisis situations in their families. Children are placed under the care of foster families and continue to enjoy family life and happiness until they can return home or secure a long-term residential placement.

Home 3Pre-primary Education Service takes care of children from 2-6 years old with the aim of helping develop children’s multiple intelligence and problem solving skills, foster children’s independence, inter-personal skills and self learning skills, and to develop children’s creative thinking within a happy and relaxing learning environment.

According to the World Health Organization’s definition, health is a balanced state of physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The Home has always concerned about the welfare of children. In order to promote the health care of children, the Children Health Development Services sets up a specialized and all-rounded children health center service - “Kidsmind” to develop and enhance children’s physical, mental and spiritual health and generate a healthy living environment for children in Hong Kong.

For more information regarding the S.G. H. St Christopher’s Home, please visit their website.

home 1Volunteering: If you are positive, confident, mission driven, having special talents and willing to contribute to the society, please join the Home’s ”Volunteer Specialist Recruitment Scheme”. They need volunteers with the following knowledge and skills
* Photography
* Video Production
* Homepage Design
* Graphic Design
* Translation
* Communication
* Database Management
* Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist/Speech Therapist
* Nutrition
* Other Skills

Home 2Individuals can apply if you are
* Aged 21 or above
* Mature and independent
* Willing to support our service

Groups are also welcome to join if your group is willing to provide service on a regular and continuous basis and fit the following requirements
* Registered bodies
* Members are 16 years old or above
* Providing service on a continuous basis, at least 3 times within 3 months

Please visit their website for more details.

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Earth Hour (29 March)

16 Mar

In two weeks it’s Earth Hour again. What does that mean? Earth Hour is the world’s largest collective environmental action involving, by individuals, communities, businesses and governments across the world. Participation is simple – as many people and organizations as possible turn off their non-essential lights at the appointed time for one hour. This collective action sends a powerful message: everyone wants a sustainable future.

The spirit behind Earth Hour is about much more than switching off your lights for just one hour – it’s about all of us making small changes to the way we live, so that societies around the world can begin to operate sustainably.

We only have one Earth, but currently Hong Kong people are consuming 2.6 Earth’s resources. This year, WWF asks you one question: what can we give up today to make tomorrow better?

Whether it’s giving up buying new clothes, having unsustainable seafood in your meal, using too much paper, or a long, hot shower which consumes a lot of water and energy ¬– there is always something unnecessary which we can give up to save resources and reduce our ecological footprint.

The WWF website has a ton of ideas of what you can do to take part in Earth Hour, as well as ready-made resources from posters to videos to help you get started.

Earth_Hour_LogoSo – what will you give up today?

Date: Saturday, 29 March 2014

Time: 8:30-9:30pm

Location: Everywhere; in your home, at work, out and about…

Cost: Nothing

About WWF-Hong Kong:
WWF is a leading global conservation organisation, with a global network active in more than 100 countries.

WWF’s mission is to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF was founded in 1961 with headquarters based in Switzerland. Operating for nearly fifty years, WWF has forged unprecedented global partnerships with governments, other NGOs and the private sector, and has inspired individuals to take action and make a difference.

WWF-Hong Kong has been working since 1981 to deliver solutions for a living planet through Conservation, Footprint and Education programmes.

Volunteering: Volunteering for WWF is a great way to get personally involved in local conservation and for experience working in environmental protection. WWF welcomes volunteers at a range of levels, from office assistance to fundraising and even field work at sites such as Mai Po in Hong Kong. Visit their website for more information, to fill out an online form, download their volunteer form or email WWF-Hong Kong.

UNICEF Petition to World Leaders: Don’t let the #childrenofsyria lose another year to bloodshed and suffering

15 Mar

A sad milestone: 3rd anniversary of conflict in Syria
UNICEFAs the Syrian conflict will approach its fourth year on 15 March, UNICEF and their partners have issued an impassioned appeal, asking you and everyone to urge world leaders to take action to prevent the loss of a generation to violence, hardship and displacement.

Specifically:
• An end to the violence against the #childrenofsyria
• An end to the blocking of humanitarian assistance
• An end to attacks on humanitarian workers and facilities
• A renewed commitment to reconciliation and tolerance
• More investment in the education and psychological protection of all children affected by the conflict

You can do your part by signing this petition, just follow this link.
Multiply Your Impact: turn your signature into dozens more by sharing this petition and recruiting people you know to sign.

About UNICEF:
Founded in 1946, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s leading United Nations organisation working specifically for children, with the mandate and influence to transform their lives. The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK), one of the 36 National Committees, was founded in 1986 to raise funds to support UNICEF’s work worldwide and to promote, advocate for child rights in Hong Kong. They believe their work is not completed until all champion for child rights to achieve four Zero Sufferings for children.
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ZERO Mortality ⇔ Right to Survival
Every child has the right to enjoy food, clean water, health services and a standard of living, etc. adequate for survival

ZERO Underdevelopment ⇔ Right to Development

Every child has the right to education, leisure, participation in cultural activities and understanding their basic rights, etc.

ZERO Abuse ⇔ Right to Protection
Every child has the right to special protection in situations of armed conflict or conflict with the law, and should be protected from any forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation

ZERO Isolation ⇔ Right to Participation
Every child has the right to freedom of expression; social, economic, cultural and religion activities; association and peaceful assembly; information from diverse sources

Call for Volunteers – Room to Read HK Gala on March 6th!‏

14 Feb

RtR HK GalaRoom to Read‘s largest global fundraiser will be taking place here in Hong Kong on Thursday, March 6, at the Four Seasons Hotel, and they need your help!

Without the aid of dedicated volunteers¬ this event simply wouldn¹t be possible. The funds raised on the evening will help Room to Read to support literate communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania Vietnam, and Zambia through the building and outfitting of schools and libraries; the creation and implementation of reading and writing curriculum; the training of teachers and librarians; the production and dissemination of local language publications; and the provision of holistic scholarships for young women enrolled in Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program. For more information about Room to Read‘s programs, please see their website.

Please let them know now if you are interested in helping out at this year’s Room to Read gala and specify the time slots during which you will be available. If you can volunteer, please send Miya Dunets at email Miya.Dunets@roomtoread.org your mobile number and let her know if you have volunteered at previous RtR galas.

This is where they need help and the timings of those different tasks:
Time Slot 1: 3pm-6pm (Setting up event: 8-10 volunteers needed)
Time Slot 2: 6pm-7:30pm (Manning registration: 5-7 volunteers needed)
Time Slot 3: 7:30-11pm (Assisting with the auction: 35 volunteers needed)
Time Slot 4: 11pm-12am (Helping to clear up, collect prizes, and thank guests: 8-10 volunteers needed)

Please don’t be discouraged from volunteering if you cannot stay for the entirety of the time slot for which you sign up. Room to Read still needs you! Dinner and gratitude will be provided for all volunteers. Room to Read will be holding a volunteer briefing at the Four Seasons on February 27th, at 7pm.

Please contact Miya Dunets at email Miya.Dunets@roomtoread.org with any questions.

Room-to-Read-photo-2About the charity: Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

To achieve this goal, Room to Read focuses on two areas where they believe Room to Read can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need Room to Readto succeed in school and beyond by building and stocking libraries, building bright ventilated classrooms, publishing books in the local language, training educators and providing one-on-one support to teachers, and supporting girls to stay in school by providing material support—such as school fees, clean uniforms or transportation, in addition to mentoring and life skills training to help girls succeed in the classroom and beyond.

Charity Art Auction benefitting Mother’s Choice

10 Feb

mother's choiceCai Ya Ling, Ren Si Hong, Andre Vigud, Annouk Dupont, names synonymous with contemporary art. You could own one of their masterpieces, at the same time donating to Mother’s Choice. Just bid at the upcoming auctions.

There are two ways to bid: you can do it online between 28 February and 8 March. Or if you like the excitement of a live auction, you can do that too on 7 March. All proceeds above the minimum bid will benefit Mother’s Choice. For more information, please visit their website.

The Art of Giving Hope is a remarkable illustration of what can be achieved when the passion and incredible generosity of the art world converge with the Mother’s Choice mission of joining hands with the community to transform lives and give hope. Mother’s Choice believes that art inspires and gives hope, and by participating in this Charity Art Auction in Benefit of Mother’s Choice, you are giving hope to young girls facing crisis pregnancy and children in need of permanent families here in Hong Kong.

mothers-choice-logoAbout Mother’s Choice: Mother’s Choice is a grassroots non-profit organization that provides and promotes loving, nurturing care for babies and children needing permanent homes.

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.

Despite their achievements, Hong Kong continues to desperately need their services. Bain & Company, a global consulting firm, conducted pro-bono research for Mother’s Choice on the state of crisis pregnancies in Hong Kong in 2010. Based on their research, they conservatively estimated that there are 6,880 crisis pregnancies each year in Hong Kong. Nearly 60% were unwed females, the majority of whom were under 25 years old – Mother’s Choice serviced nearly 25% of these young women.

The research also showed that Mother’s Choice is the leader in providing non-judgmental services to young single girls facing crisis pregnancy in Hong Kong, and the only organization that provides services from conception through labour and delivery and post-pregnancy care.

Unfortunately, the research also showed that there is still an unmet demand of young women facing crisis pregnancy [55%] that are not receiving the help or counseling that they need. It is critical that Mother’s Choice needs to expand their services and reach in the community.

For more information on Mother’s Choice and their work please visit their website.
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Interested in becoming actively involved? Hands On is looking for Volunteer Board Members

2 Feb

hands onFounded in 2007, HandsOn Hong Kong is a registered charity dedicated to community based volunteerism. HandsOn Hong Kong‘s primary objective is to identify and meet the volunteer needs of local NGOs and organize flexible volunteer programs for busy professionals.

HandsOn Hong Kong actively recruit, train, and manage volunteers to participate in volunteer activities benefiting the local community. Each week HandsOn Hong Kong has around 15 opportunities for volunteers to assist those in need in our city. Their volunteers help deliver after school programs to underprivileged children, visit the elderly living on low incomes, assist at playgroups, in soup kitchens and much more!

If you are passionate about volunteerism and making a difference to the communities you live in;
working in a senior role, with managerial and strategic experience within your industry, and with a wide network of influential contacts in Hong Kong;
have a long term commitment to Hong Kong; and
preferably a Cantonese speaking member of the local community, HandsOn Hong Kong would love to hear from you.

The HandsOn Hong Kong Board’s primary function is to serve as the supervisory body for the organization, guiding its strategic direction and ensuring that the interests of the organization and its stakeholders are protected.

The commitment is approximately 10 hours a month, outside of normal working hours. As well as helping those in need in our city, this is a great opportunity for a community minded individual to gain board experience and help accelerate their career path towards joining a corporate board.

For full details on the role of a Board Member, please see this posting on LinkedIn. And for more information on HandsOn Hong Kong, please visit their website.

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