Step Out for Children charity walk benefiting The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (SRDC)

23 Aug

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The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (SRDC) will be hosting an educational charity walk to help disabled children. In addition to the walk, there will be information booths to raise awareness on challenges that disabled children encounter, and how SRDC help them to address these challenges. Funds raised will go towards medical services supported by the SRDC.

The walk around Cyberport is a leisurely and scenic route.
Route: Cyberport Road > Sha Wan Drive > Sandy Bay Road > Victoria Road > Cyberport Road > The Arcade, Cyberport
Distance and Duration: About 6.4 km, about 2 – 3 hours with a carnival to follow

Date: 20th September, 2015

Time: Registration 9:00am, Start 10:00am

Location: Ocean View Court, The Arcade, Cyberport

Cost: A minimum donation of $200 is required to participate

Deadline for registration: 11 September 2015

For more information and to register, please follow this link to the SDRC website

About The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children : 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.
Society for the relief of disabled children
Currently, the Society is supporting the following programmes:
– 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

September Beers for Books @ The Roundhouse – Taproom

18 Aug

Room to Read is back at one of their favorite supporters The Roundhouse – Taproom this September for a Back to School Beers For Books, organized by the Students Helping Students team! Join Room to Read’s Hong Kong Chapter for an evening of great conversation, cause, and craft beers (pssst.. they also have fall-off-the-bone ribs).

Shout out to the school supporters, teachers, and librarians out there – a heartfelt thank you for your everyday support towards education.

b4b sept 15Big thanks to their generous host The Roundhouse – Taproom, who will donate 10 HKD for every drink purchased towards Room to Read‘s work in literacy and gender equality in education.

Date: Tuesday, 1 September, 2015

Time: 6-9pm

Location: The Roundhouse – Taproom, 62 Peel Street, Soho, Central

*Beers For Books is usually held every second Tuesday of each month at various locations around HK. Their FB page has the latest!

About 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.

Bring Me A Book™

16 Aug

Bring Me A Book™ is the leading advocate for family literacy in Hong Kong

bring me a book 2Their mission:
To advocate for family literacy by facilitating access to quality children’s books and empowering parents and educators to read aloud for future success in school and life.

They believe:
– All children deserve access to quality picture books, and to be read to on a daily basis.
– “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” 1
– Effective reading aloud to children is a skill that can be taught.

bring me a bookResearch shows:
– Reading to children helps to prepare them for success in school and life.2
– Reading aloud with young children can enhance parent-child relationships and prepare young minds to learn language and early literacy skills.3
– Reading aloud to children is one of the most important things a parent can do to increase the bond between parent and child.3
– Hong Kong children have high rates of ability in reading comprehension, but the lowest rates in the world in pleasure derived from reading.4

Bring Me A Book™ provides:
– Access to quality children’s books for all children in Hong Kong, particularly for those who cannot otherwise afford it through our book case and book bag library donation programs.
– Training for parents, teachers, and care providers on the best strategies for reading aloud with children based on the latest research
– Speakers, publications, workshops and conferences to bring the world’s leading experts in literacy and learning to Hong Kong for all audiences.

bring me a book 3Volunteering :
Bring Me A Book™ 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 offices to help make plastic protective covers for the books that they 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 programmes in the community
If you are interested in volunteering, complete the application form by following this link to their website.

WWF Walk for Nature 2015

11 Jul

© WWF-Hong Kong

© WWF-Hong Kong

Walk for Nature is WWF Hong Kong’s most significant educational fundraising event, which aims to engage the public about the need to protect Hong Kong’s local natural environment, and strengthen their awareness of the importance of environmental conservation. Their ‘Discovery Mai Po’ fundraising walk was first held in 1992. In 2006 the event’s name was changed to Walk for Nature, making 2015 the 24th consecutive year of this event.

© WWF-Hong Kong

© WWF-Hong Kong

This year, Walk for Nature will be held on Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of November. Participants can to choose one of the two days, but not both days.

By participating in Walk for Nature you will be able to discover and explore the natural beauty of Mai Po. You will also personally experience the joy of bird watching, learn about the importance of wetlands and be able to participate in entertaining game stands. The event route is about 5 km and has an estimated completion time of 3 to 4 hours.

To prevent overcrowding and minimize visitors’ effect on the environment, participants will begin their walk in different time slots. Each event day will contain 10 time slots, running consecutively at half hour intervals from 9:30AM–2:00PM. Participant can choose their preferred time slot during the registration process.

A free shuttle bus service will be provided between 8:30AM and 6:00PM on the event days to transport participants from Sheung Shui MTR station to Mai Po Nature Reserve and back again.

This event is only suitable for people aged 4 and above. For safety reasons, baby strollers and prams are not allowed in the Reserve.

Date: 7 – 8 November 2015 (Sat and Sun)
(You can choose to attend one of the two days)

Time: 9:30AM – 6:00PM
(You can begin their walk in 10 different time slots)

Location: Mai Po Nature Reserve

Cost: You can sign up as an Individual ($500 minimum donation), Family comprising of two adults and one to two youths aged 4-17 ($1,600 minimum donation), Individual Youth aged 4-17 ($350 minimum donation), and Senior 60+ ($350 minimum donation)

Walk for Nature 2015 public enrollment will begin in mid August / early September and end on 10 October 2015. For enquiries please contact WWF Hong Kong at Tel 2526 1011 or walk@wwf.org.hk or visit their website by following this link.

© WWF-Hong Kong

© WWF-Hong Kong

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.

Teenage Volunteers needed for AFHK Picnic

3 Jul afhk 1

afhk 2Adoptive Families of Hong Kong (AFHK) is a non-profit volunteer-run charitable organisation made up of people connected by the common experience of adoption. At this annual event all the members and friends gather for a day of fun at the Victoria Peak Gardens. Games and activities are organized for everyone and particularly for children.

AFHK team members all participate on the day but not enough are available to cover all the activities and look after all the kids. This is where teenagers come in. Come give them a hand and help run some games etc! It’s fun !

afhk 3Date: 12 September 2015

Time: 11:30am – 4:00pm

Location: Victoria Peak Garden, The Peak

To find out more about this event, please follow this link. And if you are interested in taking volunteering for this event, please get in touch with AFHK at contact@afhk.org.hk.

About Adoptive Families of Hong Kong : Adoptive Families of Hong Kong (AFHK) is a non-profit volunteer-run charitable organisation made up of people connected by the common experience of adoption. Adoption is a lifelong journey and supporting all who have a connection with adoption to navigate this journey is AFHK’s top priority. Through their growing network, members find support, resources, advocacy and life-long connections. AFHK is inclusive of all who make up the adoption constellation; adoptive families, birth families, foster and kinship care families, families who have experienced early adversity and trauma, adult adoptees and professionals are among their members.

Their Mission
To connect, support and celebrate adoptive families and adopted persons of any age, from any country living in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia. To promote and be part of a community of people touched by adoption and the professionals that serve them in Hong Kong and Asia and practice in their best interest of by providing caring support, information, resources and advocacy.

Their Vision
It is AFHK‘s vision that Hong Kong will become:
– A community that understands, accepts, respects, and support adoption and adopted people,
– A center of research for adoption issues in Asia,
– A world leader in care and compassionate support of all adoptees throughout their life journey.

July Beer for Books @ Culture Club Gallery

20 Jun

This July, join Room to Read at the Culture Club Gallery. Culture Club Gallery will generously donate 10 HKD for each drink purchased to Room to Read’s Nepal Education Fund.

beer-for-booksThis evening find out more about Room to Read’s work in Nepal – the country Room to Read first called home – as well as how their team has been supporting their communities in Nepal post-earthquake April 2015.

In addition to learning about Room to Read’s work in Nepal, you’ll also be able to check out a photography exhibition!

rtr nepalDate: Tuesday, 7 July

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Culture Club, 15 Elgin Street, Central

See you there!

*Beers For Books is usually held every second Tuesday of each month at various locations around HK. Their FB page has the latest!

About 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.

Project Home Works

6 Jun

For most people in Hong Kong, the city is perhaps home of satisfactory living standard. However a lot of social problems in the city remain invisible to us. Only if every one of us extends a helping hand, we can together achieve big social changes. Habitat for Humanity launched Project Home Works which targets to help low income families, the elderly and the physically disabled by providing free house repairing and cleaning services. The project strives to bring better homes, build community and convey hope to the society.

Basic RGBThroughout the project, Habitat for Humanity partners with different non-profit and social services organizations in search for families and people in need. A lot of our home partners especially the elderly and physically disabled, who owing to age and physical restrictions, cannot clean their homes regularly not to mention repairing the broken parts. However potential household traps threaten their home safety. Project Home Works thus step in and hope to give them a bright and clean home with hope.

habitat for humanity 1Project Home Works involves volunteers and allow them to experience first hand the unsatisfactory living conditions of the home partners. Through the program, the volunteers not only bring warmth to home partners by talking to them, but can also share their experience with friends and families, thus raising awareness of poverty housing problems.

Project Home Works is held twice every month. Be part of the Habitat for Humanity team and bring home, community and hope to more families!

habitat for humanity 3Date: The second and fourth Saturday of each month

Audience: Anyone who is interested in serving the community. Experience in home repairs and renovation is not required.

Age requirement: Aged 15 or above

Types of work: Wall Painting, fix peeling ceiling, house cleaning etc

habitat for humanity 2To find out more about Project Home Works, the next available service date and to join, please visit their website.

About Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong: Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a path out of poverty, since 1976 Habitat has helped more than 5 million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission.

Population is growing in cities around the world. It is estimated that 523 million people in Asia are currently living in slums. Each day, another 120,000 people are added to the populations of Asian cities, requiring the construction of at least 20,000 new dwellings daily. Housing supply simply cannot catch up with demand in Asia.

Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong is dedicated to raising awareness of the need for decent housing and harnessing resources to improve living conditions including water, lighting and sanitation for families across the Asia-Pacific region, including China.

They believe a safe, secure and decent home opens the door to improved health, better performance in school, greater economic opportunities, women empowerment, and increased community cohesion, among others. Decent housing provides a way out of poverty, not only in this generation but for generations to come.

What Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong does:

– Building, rehabilitating and repairing homes for low-income families, including the elderly and families with disabled members;
– Providing permanent housing solutions for people vulnerable to, or affected by natural disasters, conflicts and other calamities;
– Recruiting and training volunteer builders to construct decent housing alongside Habitat home partner families and support youth development in the community.

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