Too many food gifts from relatives? Donate to People’s Food Bank!

6 Feb

2016.engChinese New Year is a time of gift giving, especially food gifts to relatives. Do you have a lot of food gifts received from relatives and friends left over after Lunar New Year Holidays? You can share the joy and blessing with the underprivileged families by donating your CNY gifts to the People’s Food Bank. Please Act Now!

Donation Period: Now until 10/3/2016

Donation Detail: Donated food should be in an intact package with a shelf-life longer than 8 weeks

Collection Points: St. James’ Settlement District Offices
1. St. James’ Settlement Headquarters, Room 902, 9/F, 85 Stone Nullah Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
2. Sai On Centre, Shop 1-3, G/F, Fortune Court, 10 Sai On Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
3. Kindness Centre, Shop 1-3, G/F, Man Hing House, Tai Hang Sai Estate, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon
4. Kowloon Kindness Centre, G/F, Konwall Court, 143 Lai Chi Kok Road, Kowloon
5. Kwai Chung Kindness Centre, LG/F, Shek Foon House, Shek Lei(II) Estate, Kwai Chung ,N.T.

About the People’s Food Bank: The office of the People’s Food Bank is located at Sai On Centre, Sai Ying Pun. It was originally a relief centre for street sleepers. It went into operation on 24 March 1997 and is still providing services for street sleepers on Hong Kong Island today.

All along, the centre has been providing food for street sleepers and emergency food supplies for the poor to relieve their hunger. After the financial crisis of 1998, the issue of poverty worsened in Hong Kong. A UN report on human development pointed out that in terms of the gap between the rich and the poor, Hong Kong ranked number 3 in developed areas of the whole world and number 1 in developed areas of Asia. The SAR Government reduced the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) for the first time in June 1999. This caused further hardship to those who relied on the SAR Government for their livelihood. With the economic downturn and high rate of unemployment, the number of street sleepers shot up. The number of referrals to this centre for food assistance continued to increase.

In November 2002, with the help of Food Link, the centre obtained leftovers from a hotel. The food collected, combined with vegetables, provided food for the stomachs of 12 people on average every day. In 2003 when SARS was ravaging the territory, the hotel stopped the supply of food. The free food service offered by the centre was temporarily suspended. Fortunately, a donation made by a Mr Li meant that the service could be relaunched. The daily quota for meal service increased from 12 to 24. Thereafter, the number of people asking for food assistance kept on increasing. As a result, St. James’ Settlement formally established the People’s Food Bank on 13 December 2003, providing the poor with temporary free food assistance.

The People’s Food Bank only receives a small amount of subsidies from the SAR Government. Most of the food, money, tools and equipment are donated by benefactors. The People’s Food Bank main task is the collection of food and monetary donations. Their partner agencies in various districts in turn deliver the food to the poor.

Their Mission: The People’s Food Bank’s mission is to provide food to people in need on a short-term and weekly basis, relieve hunger and to promote social cohesion through encouraging people to share resources with those less fortunate than themselves.

Goodman Interlink Magic Mile run benefitting Feeding Hong Kong

31 Jan

Goodman and Feeding Hong Kong are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the fifth Goodman Interlink Magic Mile, which will be held at its landmark property in Tsing Yi, Hong Kong on Sunday, 6 March 2016.

Goodman-Interlink-Magic-Mile-charity-event-family-participants-960 x 370The Goodman Interlink Magic Mile is an annual one-mile charity run, with participants racing up the 15-floor cargo ramp of Goodman Interlink. For the second consecutive year, Goodman will partner with Feeding Hong Kong, the first food bank in Hong Kong dedicated to redistributing surplus food to people in need. In 2016, Goodman’s target is to again raise HK$1 million, enabling an additional 200,000 meals to be served to local families in need. Last year, the Goodman Interlink Magic Mile achieved its target of HK$1 million for Feeding Hong Kong, funding the purchase and operating costs of a customised food truck. Now operational, this new truck has increased Feeding Hong Kong’s capacity to collect and distribute surplus food to 56 local partner charities.
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Hunger and poverty are major causes for concern in local communities in Hong Kong: one in four children do not eat three meals a day and one in three seniors struggle to meet their basic nutritional needs.

The event comprises four race categories: fastest family team, fastest corporate team, and fastest male and female individual. As is race tradition, participants who enter in fancy dress will be in the running to win prizes for the best-dressed team or individual. In addition to the races, the event hosts a range of family activities such as live stage performances and children’s entertainment.

Date: Sunday, 6 March 2016

Goodman-Interlink-Magic-Mile-participants-Credit Agricole-960 x 370Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Location: Goodman Interlink, 39 Tsing Yi Road, Tsing Yi (Free shuttle bus service between Tsing Yi and Kwai Fong MTR station and Goodman Interlink will be provided between 9:00 am to 1:00 pm)

Cost:
Platinum – HK $75,000
+Up to 8 corporate teams
+Participation in the event ceremony
+Named as platinum sponsor in all the event media
+Company logo on the full page advertorial in Asia Property
+Company logo on main stage, website and all promotional materials
+Certificate of sponsorship

Gold – HK $50,000
+Up to 5 corporate teams
+Participation in the event ceremony
+Named as Gold sponsor in all the event media
+Company logo on the full page advertorial in Asia Property
+Company logo on main stage, website and all promotional materials
+Certificate of sponsorship

Event Partner – HK $10,000
+1 corporate team
+Company logo on website and some promotional materials
+Certificate of sponsorship

Individual Registration – Donation of HK$600 and up

Family Race Registration – Donation of HK$1,000 and up per family team

To register for the event, please visit the Goodman Interlink Magic Mile Charity Ramp Run website at http://www.goodmanmagicmilerun.com.hk/

Event details are also regularly updated on the Goodman Interlink Magic Mile Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Goodman-Interlink-Magic-Mile/842264795815590.

About Feeding Hong Kong: Feeding Hong Kong is a Hong Kong registered charity with a mission to fight hunger in the city and reduce the amount of quality food being sent to our landfills. Each day, they collect high quality food that would otherwise be thrown away, sort and store it, and then redistribute it to a network of welfare organisations, who in turn feed thousands of people in need. Feeding Hong Kong also works to raise awareness about poverty and food insecurity in Hong Kong and promote healthy eating and nutritional education to the most vulnerable groups in our community.
Feeding Hong Kong is an accredited member of the Global Food Banking Network, an international organisation dedicated to creating and strengthening food banks and national food bank networks.
For further information, please visit feedinghk.org.

Calling all volunteers!‏ Room to Read needs you!

28 Jan

rtr galaWith preparations in full swing for “Thanks to Education: An Evening of Gratitude and Giving“, Room to Read needs YOUR help to ensure that the gala is both successful and truly unforgettable. Their dedicated gala volunteers will play an integral part in the success of the evening, and the gala plays a crucial role in raising the funds necessary to support Room to Read‘s Literacy and Girls’ Education programs.

Room to Read is looking for 60+ highly committed volunteers who wish to be part of this exciting event, hosted by Room to Read Founder John Wood at the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. Please register with Room to Read if you would like to take part and support Room to Read’s work.

Date: Friday,4 March 2016

Location: Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong (Grand Ballroom), 8 Finance St., Central

Training Session: Monday, 15 February 2016 from 6:30pm-8:00pm (this training session will be held at Four Seasons Hotel)

When signing up to volunteer, please indicate which volunteer team you would like to join (please note that you are more than welcome to join more than one team!):

Setup team (10 volunteers needed); 2pm-5pm
Registration team (6 volunteers needed): 6pm-8:30pm
Auction Team (40 volunteers needed): 8pm-11pm
Check-out Team (6 volunteers needed): 10pm-12am

Please register here. The deadline to sign up is 11 February 2016.

About Room to Read: 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.

Open Call For Para Site Volunteer Tour Guides at Art Basel Hong Kong 2016

27 Jan

Art Basel‘s show in Hong Kong is among the world’s premier international art fairs for modern and contemporary art, bringing 239 leading galleries and more than 4,000 artists from around the world to Hong Kong this year.

Para SiteThis year, Para Site is looking for 20 enthusiastic individuals interested in contemporary art and with good team spirit to join their guided tour programme at Art Basel Hong Kong 2016. These bilingual volunteers (Cantonese & English or Mandarin & English) will be asked to give guided tour(s) at Art Basel Hong Kong and interact with guests from all around the world during the opening hours of the art fair:

24 March (Thurs): 1300 – 2100hrs
25 March (Fri): 1300 – 2000hrs
26 March (Sat): 1100– 1800hrs

The guides will be responsible for sharing information about participating artists and their artworks from selected galleries to groups of 15 people during one-hour tours. Para Site will provide a briefing and training session prior to the art fair. As the guided tours will run throughout each day of the fair, Para Site hopes for a daily commitment of at least 7 hours from the volunteers. In return, Para Site will be happy to provide you a complimentary ticket to Art Basel Hong Kong’s vernissage, together with their exclusive Para Site T-shirt and tote bag.

Please send Para Site an email to guidedtour@para-site.org.hk with your name, CV and contact details (i.e. phone number and email address) before Feb 12, 2016 (Fri). Selected individuals will be contacted for an interview.

parasite logoAbout Para Site: Para Site is Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art centre and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia. It produces exhibitions, publications and discursive projects aimed at forging a critical understanding of local and international phenomena in art and society.

Bring Me A Book

17 Jan

Hong Kong has one of the lowest rates of family literacy in the world, with just 12% of parents engaged with their child in pre-school literacy activities (reading books, telling stories, singing songs), less than a third of the international average (37%). Hong Kong ranked lowest out of 43 regions in terms of family literacy (according to Progress in International Reading and Literacy Study 2011). Hong Kong students also scored very low in motivation, interest and confidence to read and learn.

Delighted to be reading
Research shows that access to quality books is fundamental to reading success and that reading aloud to children is critical for school success. If parents, caregivers and teachers understand the lasting benefits and value of reading to children from infancy and have quality literature in the home, at school and accessible from the workplace, more children will be better prepared to succeed in school and in life.

logoThanks to the generous support of The Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation and their community donors, Bring Me A Book™ Hong Kong has served over 120,000 children who now have easy access to quality books. Over 17,000 parents and educators participated in their read aloud training programs, and hundreds of volunteers donated their time and skills to deepen our impact in the community.
Impact
– 98% of their community partners indicated that children’s interest in books improved after the installation of Bring Me A Book™ Hong Kong libraries.
– 98% of parents committed to read more with their children after attending our First Teachers™ Training.
– Each year, Bring Me A Book™ Hong Kong invites reading specialist Julie Fowlkes to come to Hong Kong from California, to conduct special First Teachers™ Trainings that have served over 300 parents and volunteers.
– Their Guide to the Best Chinese Books for Children, and their Read-Aloud Collection have been downloaded over 66,000 times, guiding parents and educators towards the best books for children.
(figures updated Apr 2015)

Volunteer-7How you can help
Bring Me A Book™ Hong Kong can only achieve their mission with the support and involvement of people who share their passion for family literacy. Volunteers help Bring Me A Book™ Hong Kong by:
– coming to their office to help make plastic protective covers for the books that Bring Me A Book™ Hong Kong donate
– becoming a trained storyteller for storytelling sessions at community centres and libraries
– contributing new content for their website and social media platforms
– creating and managing a storytelling programme in the community

For more information and to register, please visit their website.

About Bring Me A Book™ Hong Kong : After their first child was born, James and Su Chen from The Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation, witnessed first-hand the pressures Hong Kong children face and the lack of reading culture in Hong Kong. They recognized that too often, a child’s “success” was based on their last test score, rather than focusing on nurturing an independent thinker who is self-motivated and empathetic – just a few of the benefits that arise from reading for pleasure. Rather than ‘reinventing the wheel’, they searched around the world for a non-profit organization that could address these issues and help change the local mindset in Hong Kong.

When James and Su Chen met Judy Koch, Founder of the Bring Me a Book Foundation in the U.S., she told them her dream was “for every child to be read to.” Set up in 1997, Bring Me a Book Foundation’s emphasis on empowering parents to the joys and advantages of reading to their children and providing libraries of quality books for easy access in underserved communities, resonated deeply with James and Su Chen.

In 2006, Bring Me a Book™ Hong Kong (BMABHK) was officially launched. The Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation seeded the operational costs for the first five years and since then, BMABHK has become 100 per cent self-reliant on finding other sources of funding to cover both operational and program costs – through the generous support of corporations, individuals, government grants, foundations, social enterprise initiatives and biennial large-scale fundraisers.

Other affiliates of Bring Me A Book™ in the United States include Los Angeles, Florida and St. Louis. Hong Kong is the only affiliate outside of the U.S., and works with partners in mainland China to conduct parent and teacher training and consultation to schools.

Volunteering for HER Human Library!

10 Jan

HL16_email1_webHER Fund was set up on March 8, 2004 by a group of committed women activists in honour of International Women’s Day. Their main objective is to raise funds and give grants to support work by women, with women and for women in Hong Kong. Next to this, an important aspect of their work is to raise awareness of women’s position and rights in Hong Kong.

HER Fund will organize their second “HER Human Library” on 21 February, continuing to tell real life stories of marginalized women in Hong Kong, and to create equal and sincere dialogue in order to eliminate prejudices and discrimination.

If you want to turn your takeaways into action, and want to break prejudices with HER Fund, please consider joining “HER Human Library” as a volunteer!

Volunteer Type:
Child-care Helpers (4) – To take care of children at different ages
Human Book Helpers (14) – To assist the operation of “reading” sessions; to make sure readers comply with reading instruction; to do translation when needed (Chinese and English oral translation.)
Translators (2) – To help with translation during opening and closing sessions. (Chinese and English oral translation.)
Photographers (2) – To take event photos, need to bring your own camera, with event photo shooting experience preferred.

Date: Sunday, 21 February 2016

Time: 12:30 pm – 5:30pm (Volunteer briefing included)

Location: Polytechnic University of Hong Kong

For more information and to volunteer, please visit their website, call Tel: 2794 1100 or Email: info@herfund.org.hk

Deadline 22 January 2016

About HER Fund: Women’s organizations in Hong Kong have been working hard to strive for gender equality. Over the years, they have significantly raised women’s status in society. However, many of them are finding it increasingly difficult to secure funding to continue their valuable work. In late 2001, several long-time women activists in Hong Kong embarked on a project to set up a women’s fund. The idea received support from Mama Cash (Netherlands), Global Fund for Women (USA) and the Hong Kong Women’s Coalition on Equal Opportunities. In 2002, the group undertook a study on the funding needs of women NGOs in Hong Kong. In 2003, Hong Kong Women’s Fund (Preparatory Committee) was formally registered as a society. In 2004, the society set up HER Fund Limited. They successfully received charity status and tax exemption (IR File No.: 91/7393) in June 2005.

HER Belief
HER Fund believes in the wisdom and capacity of women to determine their needs and aspirations and to develop strategies to achieve them.

HER Vision
They envision a society that will secure and promote the human rights for all, without discrimination on any grounds, and in all areas of life and work.

HER Mission
HER Fund mobilizes resources and invests in empowering women and girls to create change in communities for gender equality.

HER Work
HER Fund advances women and girls’ rights through fundraising, grant-making and philanthropic education. They give financial grants to the neglected and less-funded women’s groups and projects in the community.

World Vision – Barefoot Walk for Children

2 Jan

During Chinese New Year, happiness and blessings filled the city. Family, friends and co-workers come together to celebrate another new beginning: enjoying the abundance of food, red packets, and greeting one another. But to many Indian children, happiness simply means drinking clean water, enjoying a nutritious meal and being able to go to school.

barefoot walk 3This New Year, join Spring Charity Barefoot Walk for Children, one of World Vision’s Famine activities, to raise funds for Indian children by walking barefoot! Support the great cause with family and friends to truly embrace our abundance by sharing and blessing others!

Date: Saturday, 13 February 2016

Location: The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club

There are two options:
Barefoot Walk – In developing countries, children often have no shoes to wear and walk barefoot every day for long distance to school or to fetch water. Get a taste of walking barefoot on this 4km path. After the walk, visit the Indian village to learn about the life of Indian children. (Available Spots: 1,200)

barefoot walk 1Time: 10:00am – 1:30pm

Minimum Fundraising Amount: Individual – HK$500
Family – HK$1,000*
Corporate & Group – HK$6,000*/Team

Barefoot Walk + Workshops – To taste the life of deprived children living in slums and working as child worker in India, take part in the experiential workshops with your children or team after the Walk. (Available Spots: Barefoot Walk + Family Workshops - 400; Barefoot Walk + Team-building Workshops - 400)

barefoot walk 2Time: Barefoot Walk – 10:00am to 12:30pm
Workshops – 12:30pm to 3:00pm

Minimum Fundraising Amount: Individual – HK$700
Family – HK$1,800*
Corporate & Group – HK$6,000*/Team

To register please follow this link. Application Deadline is 22 January 2016. First come first served.

The funds you raise together with other donations received from World Vision’s Famine activities will support child health and nutrition projects in India, benefiting over 200,000 people. It will help improve access to healthcare services, and provide adequate training and knowledge for mothers to better care for children to reduce malnutrition.

About World Vision: In 1962, Typhoon Wanda hit Hong Kong severely. World Vision distributed relief supplies in Hong Kong, and later set up its first field office in the territory. With the economic recovery in Hong Kong, World Vision Hong Kong turned itself into a fundraising office in 1982, supporting the relief and development work of World Vision offices world-wide. In 2010, the people of Hong Kong sponsored over 200,000 children living in poverty, helping to fund World Vision Hong Kong’s international long-term ‘Area Development Programmes’. World Vision Hong Kong also promotes public education, raising public awareness about global issues such as poverty, hunger, health and child rights.

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