The Power and Promise of Education

14 Feb

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Don’t miss TAY THI, a star graduate of Room to Read’s Girls’ Education program, who will be in HK to share her amazing story on Wednesday 4th March at the HKU. Featured last year in one of Nick Kristof’s columns, in the New York Times, Tay was described as ‘one of the mightiest people I’ve met’, with ‘a towering presence’. ‘To me, she embodies such grit and selflessness that she’s the world’s college graduate of the year’. Free admission. To reserve your seat register at http://www.RtRHKMarch42015.eventbrite.com

Date: 4 March 2015

Time: 6-7:30pm

Location: T1, Meng Wah Complex, The University of Hong Kong

Cost: Free Admission, to reserve your seat please register at http://www.RtRHKMarch42015.eventbrite.com

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.

Tapas at Boqueria for Room to Read

3 Feb

boqueriaRoom to Read’s Hong Kong chapter on Monday, February 9th, at Boqueria Hong Kong for a very happy hour!

Friends at Boqueria will be serving free-flow red sangria, Estella draught beer, Spanish tapas, and bar pintxos for just $188 from 6pm-8pm, and are generously donating all proceeds to Room to Read‘s Literacy and Girls’ Education programs in Asia and Africa.

Spread the word, bring friends, and come enjoy a great evening while supporting global literacy and gender equality in education.

Please let Room to Read know you’re coming by registering at http://www.boqueriaforrtr.eventbrite.com (payments will be taken at the door). Thank you for your support of Room to Read!

Date: Monday, 9 February

Time: 6-8pm

Location: 7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong

Cost: $188

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.

Book Drive benefitting The Boys’s and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong

1 Feb

book driveSpring cleaning? No space for new books in your cramped apartment? If you are trying to get rid of old books benefiting a good cause, this may be the answer you are looking for. The Commercial Press bookstore chain is running a book donation drive.

They are collecting books of any language, except text books, magazine, newspaper, non-library category. Collection points are available at seven branches including Causeway Bay, Kornhill, Tsimshatsui, Telford, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun and at University Bookstore at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (click on the links for addresses). Book drive will run until 8 February 2015.

The collected books will be sold for charity at a later date.

Barefoot Walk for Children

3 Jan

Chinese New Year is a time for reunion and celebration with new clothes, new shoes, festive food, and even traveling for a new beginning. Have you set new goals for the New Year? Why not start your New Year by participating in something unique and meaningful? You can bring wondrous blessings and laughter to the children afar in the conflict zone of South Sudan, by placing yourself in a South Sudanese experience in the charity barefoot walk.

barefootJoin the Spring Charity Barefoot Walk for Children on 28 February 2015 (Sat), and come with family, friends or team up with co-workers.

Since the civil war broke out in late 2013 in South Sudan, located in eastern Africa, over a million of people, half being vulnerable children, were displaced and forced to flee from home. To stay away from the fighting, many refugees live in hideous refugee camp and rely on food provided by relief agencies. The large number of refugees has put tremendous pressure on food supply. Many in starvation are struggling to survive with some even resort to eating tree leaves.

Barefoot-walkingThe funds that you raise, together with other donations received from World Vision famine activities will provide support to over 400,000 refugees of South Sudan, including the provision of food aid, water containers, children healthcare and more!

Bring hope to the children of South Sudan by walking barefoot and raising funds. See you there!

Date: 28 February 2015

Location: The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club

Categories:
Individual or Family
Nine-hole Golf Course Route
Barefoot walk + Game Booths ── From the starting point, participant walks barefoot to the Nine-hole Golf Course covered in green pastures to experience the challenge deprived children are facing daily (duration is about 1.5 hours). After the walk, check out the educational game booths.
(Suitable for children from 3-12 years old)
Time: 10am to 2pm
Minimum Fundraising Amount: $400 for individual, $900 for each family
Available Spots: 1,200
(Suitable for children from 3-12 years old)

Refugee Life Experiential Route
Barefoot walk + Game Booths + Experiential workshops ── After the walk, join in the special workshop to experience the difficult life of South Sudanese children.
Time: 10am-3pm
Minimum Fundraising Amount: $600 for individual, $1,600 for each family
Available Spots: 300

Corporate or Organisation
“We are United” Route
Barefoot walk + Game Booths +Team building workshops ── After the walk, transform into South Sudanese refugees with your team in workshop, and learn about turbulent life in the midst of war.
Time: 10am-3pm
Minimum Fundraising Amount: $4,000 for each team
Available Spots: 50

Application Deadline: 30 January 2015
First come, first served
For more information please visit the World Vision website.

worldvision1About the charity: While on a trip to China in 1947, a young American reporter, Dr Bob Pierce, met Tena Hoelkedoer, a female missionary in Xiamen. She arranged for him to talk to some children there. On the last day, she brought with her a poor girl named Baiyu (meaning white jade). After hearing Pierce’s words, Baiyu told her father that she wanted to go to school. However, she was scolded, beaten and thrown out of her family. Pierce wanted to help this precious soul, so he gave Ms Tena all that he had which was just five dollars. Ms Tena used it to buy food and clothes for Baiyu and send her to school. She asked Pierce to send the same amount each month after returning home so that she could continue to look after Baiyu.

This encounter marked the turning point in Pierce’s life. In 1950, he founded World Vision, with the aim of helping poverty-stricken children around the world. That five dollars set the prototype of the child sponsorship programme. The first child sponsorship programme began a few years later in response to the needs of hundreds of thousands of orphans at the end of the Korean War in 1953. It was later extended to other Asian countries, and places such as Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Today, monthly contributions from child sponsors enable World Vision to provide impoverished children and their communities with access to clean water, nutritious food, healthcare, education, and economic opportunities, enabling them to become self-reliant. World Vision is a living tribute to Pierce’s work.

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.

UNICEF The China Children’s Week 2015 – Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition

10 Dec

UNICEFThe China Children’s Week 2015 – Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition will be held on 11 January 2015 (Sunday) at Central Lawn, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay to raise funds to support the ‘Cash Transfers for Deprived Children’ Project in China, which aims to enable children in China to grow healthily. High maternal mortality and under-five mortality are attributed to delivering babies at home in many poor families in the remote and deprived areas. Suspension of work and long travelling distance are considered as the major obstacles for accessing hospital or clinical delivery and relevant services, despite the free services. UNICEF has extended the Project to 15 provinces in Yunnan, Gansu and Sichuan. Pregnant women in the provinces can receive a cash subsidy as an incentive to get medical care for themselves and their babies, such as postnatal and antenatal checkup, giving birth in hospital and immunisation for infants.
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Little Artists aged 12 or below are invited to participate in this meaningful event. In the spirit of ‘Kids helping Kids’, participants can through their drawings communicate with the children in China bringing hope and blessings for a better future.

Date: 11 January 2015 (Saturday)

Time: 1pm – 5pm (Tentative)

Location: Central Lawn, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay

This competition is open for children 12 years old or below. There are 3 categories:
Category A: 6 years old & below (Born 2009 or later)
Category B: 7-9 years old (Born 2006 – 2008)
Category C: 10-12 years old (Born 2003 – 2005)

Prizes: 1st prize, 2nd Prize, 3rd Prize and 20 Consolation Prizes for each category;
Most Popular Award (online voting);
Overall Champion

All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

Enrollment donation: HK$150

Deadline for online application: 31 December 2014

Enrolment is on a first-come-first-served basis!

For more information, please visit the UNICEF website or contact their staff from Fundraising Department at 2833 6139.

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.
UNICEF_BelieveinZero
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

31st Big Bird Race (WWF)

8 Nov

section_title_eng_20096The Big Bird Race is WWF-Hong Kong’s longest-running fundraising event. Established in 1984, the funds raised directly contribute to the conservation and management of the Mai Po Nature Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention.

wwf bb12015 marks the 31st anniversary of the race. The race has grown and evolved over these three decades but has always generated great enthusiasm among bird-watchers, both local and, more recently, overseas. Aside from the pure enjoyment of the competition, participants also have the opportunity to sharpen their bird-watching skills and improve their knowledge of birds.

How Big Bird Race Works
The Big Bird Race is a 12-hour bird-watching “race”. Bird-watchers work together in teams of four to record as many bird species as possible during this time. Every species recorded must be seen or heard by all members of the team. Geographically, teams may start anywhere in Hong Kong, but must return to the Mai Po Nature Reserve at the end of the race. A judge will examine each team’s Log Books to determine the winners.

wwf bb2Rules
The Big Bird Race will be held on 17 January 2015 (Saturday). The race will last for 12 hours – from 6:30am to 6:30pm.

Teams may begin bird-watching on their own at 6:30am anywhere in Hong Kong. Participants may wish to carry their own binoculars and bird guides to assist with bird spotting. As Mai Po and Tai Po Kau accommodate a large variety of birds, they have been the most popular sites for most participants over the years; however participants are welcome to use their own bird-watching sites as well.

wwf bb3Teams are required to record every bird species they see or hear in their Event Log Book. They are also required to return to the Mai Po Nature Reserve Visitor Centre at or before 6:30pm and turn in their Log Books to the adjudicator. The adjudicator will examine the accuracy of each record, making reference to a number of factors such as the weather, the latest migratory bird population and others. They will also compare the results of the different teams to see if there are any anomalies or irregular records. The adjudicator will then make a professional judgment and determine the winning team.

Participants are required to refer to The Avifauna of Hong Kong, Carey et al. 2001, written by the adjudicator. Only species listed in either Categories A to D in the book, species listed in the race Log Book, or any other species accepted by the adjudicator will form part of the count. The following restrictions also apply:

1. Birds must be unrestrained.
2. Oiled or sick birds will not be counted.
3. Species which have obviously been released from captivity within a few days of the Race will not be counted.
4. All species must be recorded within the territorial area of the Hong Kong SAR.
5. Only positively identified species are acceptable.
6. Attracting birds with tape-recorders or any type of digital audio equipment is prohibited.

The results will be announced at the Post-Event Dinner held immediately after the race. To ensure the results are fair to everybody, the adjudicator will re-examine all Log Books and release the Adjudicator’s Report one week after the race.

If you want to participate and want to know more, please visit the WWF Hong Kong website.

Date: 17 January 2015 (Saturday)

Time: 6:30am – 6:30pm (12 hour race)

Location: Bird-watching teams may begin anywhere in Hong Kong. However, participants are required to return to the Mai Po Nature Reserve on or before 6:30pm

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.

Volunteer at the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child celebration events

23 Oct

ChildLarge_logoThe world made a set of commitments to children 25 years ago when it adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which upholds the human rights of all children. With the 25th anniversary of the CRC on 20 November this year, UNICEF HK will join child advocates to celebrate worldwide.

can-stock-photo_csp11664233Be a part of the force to champion children’s rights by volunteering in celebration exhibition, events and other initiatives organized by UNICEF HK.

* Volunteers should be 16 years old or above and attend a briefing session on 7 November 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. or 8 November 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at UNICEF HK office at 3/F, 60 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong. UNICEF HK hopes that every volunteer could attend at least seven time slots and those have completed will receive a UNICEF HK certificate of appreciation.

Date: 16 November – 1 January 2015

Time: 2 time slots (1 p.m. – 5 p.m. / 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. )

Location: Grand Century Place, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Mongkok

Enquiry: Mr Yeung 2338 5151 / edu@unicef.org.hk or sign up now by following this link.

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.
UNICEF_BelieveinZero
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

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