Sandy Bay Charity Fair 2017

22 Oct

The 36th Sandy Bay Charity Fair at DKCH is coming soon! Organised by The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children and with loads of bargains, yummy food, lots of fun and laughter, this is the place to spend a Saturday afternoon and get your Christmas shopping done. All net proceeds will be donated to the betterment of the donations for disabled children in Hong Kong.

Date: Saturday, 4 November 2017

Time: 10am – 5pm

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

About The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (SRDC): The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (SRDC) was established in 1953, with the mission to provide medical, surgical, rehabilitation and educational services to disabled children in Hong Kong. The Society, using funds generated by the generosity of the community, established a convalescent home in Sandy Bay in 1955 for children stricken with skeletal tuberculosis. The home initially had only 50 beds but was subsequently expanded in stages to become the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay (DKCH) in 1968 and was in the frontline fighting against tuberculosis, poliomyelitis and spinal deformities. The Hospital subsequently became internationally recognized for this work and remains a training center for surgeons and health workers from around the world.

The Society was responsible for the running cost of the Home and Hospital and ran the institutions on a day-to-day basis until 1991 when the Hong Kong Hospital Authority took over management of all public hospitals in Hong Kong. Despite the change in management, the Society still has a significant influence in the running of the Hospital and has continued to support the Hospital with specific needs or in emerging areas of child health that are not readily available in the public health care system. They have also expanded into other areas of medical social concerns that fulfill the mission of the Society.

Currently, the Society is continuously supporting the following:
* Equipment purchase or upgrade at The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay
* The Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe
* Doctor Fellowship Program – Overseas Orthopaedic Surgeons
* China Patient Project
* Implant Sponsorship
* Others, e.g. clinical research at HKU

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Caritas Shoe Drive – Good shoes needed

20 Oct

Support Caritas’ shoe drive, donate your unused/gently used shoes. All donations go towards Caritas’ services. They are looking for sneakers, men’s and women’s shoes, please refer to the poster on the right for the types of shoes they are looking for. Shoes should be packed in clear plastic bags.

And here are the drop off point details:

Donation Period: 23 October – 3 November 2017

Collection Point Hong Kong:
Caritas Community Centre Aberdeen
2/F, 20 Tin Wan Street, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Tel: 2552-4211
Collection Times: Monday (2-10pm), Tuesday – Saturday (10am-10pm), Sunday (2-6pm)

Collection Point Kowloon:
Caritas Community Centre Kowloon (next to St Teresa’s Church)
1/F, 256A Prince Edward Road West, Kwoloon
Tel: 2339-3713
Collection Times: Monday – Friday (9am-10pm), Saturday (9am-2pm), Sundays closed

About Caritas–Hong Kong: Caritas–Hong Kong (Caritas) was founded in July 1953 by the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong. The primary purpose of its establishment was to offer relief and rehabilitation services to the poor and the distressed, with the aim of addressing some of the social hardships and inequalities in Hong Kong resulting from the Second World War and subsequent social and political changes at the time.

Since its modest beginning in 1953, Caritas has persisted in its efforts to help people strive for self-development and self-reliance. As a multi-service organization, Caritas has continuously developed and modified its services in response to Hong Kong’s changing needs. The wide-ranging services provided by Caritas include social work services, education, medical care, community development and hospitality.

Impact HK

17 Oct

ImpactHK started with the aim of doing one kind act per month for the homeless in Hong Kong.

Many volunteers joined as they wanted an opportunity to support the needy in a meaningful and measurable way.

As their movement grew, so did an opportunity for them to make bigger impact. Examples of their programmes include…


Kindness Walks: Kindness Walks are focused on providing kindness and support for the homeless and needy throughout Hong Kong.

ImpactHK builds trust and friendship with the homeless in hopes of creating opportunities for change.

Along the way they support others in need such as the elderly, cleaners and poor.

ImpactHK provides food, drinks, toiletries, clothing, free laundry and more.

ImpactHK is also hosting private Kindness Walks for companies and organisations. Send ImpactHK an email at IMPACTHK@icloud.com if you’d like more information.

Free Laundry: After serving the homeless in Hong Kong with food and clothing roughly 100 times in the last year, it became clear that the clothing donation system wasn’t working.

ImpactHK would hand out clothing and see it in the rubbish the next day.

If the recipient really liked the clothing item, he’d wear it for a good while and then eventually just have to throw it out as well. Washing clothes is way too big of a job when you’re living on the streets.

This is when ImpactHK came up with their free laundry initiative.

The concept is simple. ImpactHK finds laundry shops in areas near homeless communities. ImpactHK gives the laundry shops a large deposit and create free laundry cards with the map, restrictions and expiry date on them. ImpactHK passes the cards out to the homeless and explain to them how it works.

They take their laundry with the voucher to the shop and get it washed for free. The laundry shop totals the amount and ImpactHK pays at the end of the month.

Housing: ImpactHK will soon start a housing programme providing a free accommodation for homeless individuals willing and able to participate in our programmes.

Job Creation: ImpactHK will be rolling out a number of job creation initiatives. All jobs will be supported with multiple connections including a home and friendship.

What you can do to help: If you are interesting in LEADING a Kindness WALK or have any questions please let them know at IMPACTHK@icloud.com

2017 Michaelmas Fair

12 Oct

This annual event has been around since forever. Held each year at St John’s Cathedral on Garden Road, the Michaelmas Fair features games stalls, stalls from various local charities, yummy foods, lots of second hand books, and vintage clothes. A great excuse to change your wardrobe and get your Christmas shopping done.

All proceeds go to charity

Date: Saturday, 21 October 2017

Time: 10am – 4pm

Place: St John’s Cathedral, Garden Road, Central

Run for STOP

10 Oct

STOP (Stop Trafficking of People) is an initiative under the Vine Community Services Limited (VCSL) that works in partnership with the local community to end human trafficking in and through Hong Kong.

Their goals are to raise awareness about trafficking, connect with key counter-trafficking groups, provide victims with support, allow their voices to be heard, and to serve as a catalyst for positive change in the fight against modern-day slavery. They respond to victims’ needs in four ways:
* Legal Referral & Social Assistance
* Weekly Outreach
* Network Building
* Public Education

Just as they walk the whole recovery journey with survivors, you can enter a marathon or fun run and walk or run your own journey to the finish line to show your support for STOP.

On 1-4 December 2017, STOP will be leading a team of 30 running the International Angkor Wat Half Marathon.

STOP’s Mission
Raise awareness and money to support the work of STOP in Hong Kong, including legal referral & social assistance, public education, outreach and network building.

Tour package includes marathon registration, 3 nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel, 2 lunches, airport to hotel return transfer, event transport, team jersey, and travel insurance.

What did we do with the funds raised in 2016?
Last year, a group of 30 Run For STOP runners successfully raised over HK$800,000. With the fund, STOP was able to extend their Legal Referral and Social Assistance program, including evidence gathering, medical, optical and emergency housing, to a few more clients from Southeast Asia. Moreover, they were also able to assist two clients to return home to Kenya in late December and mid-January and to connect them with a local organization which helps with re-integration.

Apart from STOP’s signature program, they also started a new project called 100 Stories HK with a couple of their community partners half a year ago. It is a collaborative social media project which aims to share real life experiences from survivors of trafficking – which will be launched by mid-May 2017.

Why #RunforSTOP?
A safe place for victims of trafficking to temporarily stay plays a critical part in the healing process. It allows the victims to begin regaining the control that was lost as a result of their victimization.

STOP foresees that this shelter will offer improved and increased standards of accommodation, security, and other supporting services to people who experience physical and psychological abuse and who are in danger from their immediate family environment.

Violence can cause significant and long-term injuries, both physical and psychological, which are difficult to heal, especially for young ethnic minority female. The shelter will provide them with a safe environment and opportunities to entertain and educate, while their court proceedings are being dealt with.

In 2017, STOP is hoping to raise HK$500,000 to establish a shelter which designated for victims of human trafficking in order to provide a holistic care. And with your participation, they can achieve that.

Date: 1 – 4 December 2017

Place: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Full Tour Package WITH flight
Tour package includes marathon registration, 3 nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel, 2 lunches, airport to hotel return transfer, event transport, team jersey, travel insurance and direct flight.
* 21km Half Marathon – HK$7,620 + $404 (Tax)
* 10km Road Race – HK$7,580 + $404 (Tax)
* 3km Family Run with children UNDER 5 years old
2 adults & 1 child – HK$18,100 + $1,212 (Tax)
Additional children – HK$4,100 + $404 (Tax) per child
* 3km Family Run with children ABOVE 5 years old
2 adults & 1 child – HK$18,420 + $1,212 (Tax)
Additional children – HK$4,420 + $404 (Tax) per child

Basic Tour package WITHOUT flight
Tour package includes marathon registration, 3 nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel, 2 lunches, airport to hotel return transfer, event transport, team jersey, and travel insurance.
* 21km – HK$2,850 + $520 (marathon registration fee)
* 10km – HK$2,850 + $480 (marathon registration fee)

For full information on this run, please go to their website

To register your interest, please fill out the Online Application Form. For any inquiries, please contact Ms. Lolly Law at lolly.law@vcsl.org

AWA Charity Bazaar

7 Oct


This popular fundraising event invites small to medium business owner’s to participate in collective fundraising – the original social enterprise – using the event to fund organizations in Hong Kong which need desperate help.

This year is gearing up to be better than ever with more than 70 vendors offering beautiful jewelry, ladies fashion and accessories, cosmetics, children’s apparel, Christmas decorations, stationery, gifts, toys, wine and much more. The ever popular Lucky Lai See will entice shoppers with an opportunity to win holidays, junk boat trips, jewelry, massages, manicures and much more. The Giving Tree will present an opportunity to donate to a specific Hong Kong charitable cause. A new feature this year, the Bottle Pull, will give everyone a chance to win exclusive wines, artisanal olive oils and vinegars and more.

Save the date, come and shop for a good cause!

Date: Thursday, 9 November 2017

Time:
11:30am – 7:30pm

Place: PMQ

About AWA: A community of adventurous, international women who find ways to connect and contribute to the community of Hong Kong every day. They are social, active, and interested in their adopted home and the world around them.

Their 800+ members are proud of their nearly 60-year legacy of giving. AWA’s aim as an organization is two-fold: to help the underprivileged and underserved in Hong Kong and to learn more about their city, their surroundings and each other through educational, recreational and social activities.

Volunteer as a Guest Teacher with i-Future

2 Oct

i-Future Teens International Foundation Limited was founded in 2016 by prominent Hong Kong entrepreneur cum philanthropists, Ms. Kelly Li, Mr. Kelvin Wu, Ms. Alexandra Qian and Ms. Polly Chan. They were inspired by both IMC Weekend School, a Dutch-based United Nation winning motivation-directed children education charity program.

Their Vision
To provide developmental opportunities and exposures to children and youth from under-resourced neighborhoods in Hong Kong to inspire them to identify their own talents and dreams, and become self-confident, motivated, responsible, creative and happy global citizens.

Their Objectives
* To help children and youth broaden their perspectives
* To enhance children and youth’s self-confidence and motivations in learning including their interest in learning English
* To help children and youth actualize their individuals’ potentials
* To help children and youth establish a better sense of connectedness to the global community

Volunteer as a Guest Teacher
Students at i-Future Weekend School are taught by professionals, who apart from having the knowledge and skills, are passionate about their jobs.

The roles of i-Future guest teachers include:
* Inspiring and motivating their students to consider if they may want to pursue the professions that they are in.
* Preparing short presentations which usually include their personal growth stories, challenges they have encountered and a brief introduction of the job possibilities in their own fields.
* Leading a 30 minutes game/exercise to inspire their students to think about possible skill sets that may be required in their profession.

Guest teachers that i-Future is looking for (including but not limited to):
* Environmental Protection Specialist
* Journalist
* Astronomer
* Aviation Professionals
* Historian
* Scientist
* Psychologist
* Athlete
* Health Professionals
* Lawyer
* Artist
* Businessman
* Chef
* Magician
* Designer

If you are interested in becoming an i-Future volunteer teacher, please sign up/ login now. For more information on the lesson topics, please refer to their schedule.