Designer Label Sale

28 Aug

Designer Label Sale of gently used clothing for the cooler weather. All proceeds benefitting Hong Kong charities.

clares posterDate: Saturday, 10 September 2016

Time: 10am – 2pm

Place: Li Hall, St. John’s Cathedral

About The Cathedral Clares: The Clares are a diverse and multinational group, faith and non-faith, Cathedral and non-Cathedral members who enjoy occasional lunches and trips around Hong Kong.

Join The Clares and make new friends and even snap up a bargain during sorting and pricing of donated goods for sale in their Charity Shop, CASTAWAYS !

Join The Clares for sorting any WEDNESDAY from 09:30am and for coffee and conversation at 10:30am in The Li Hall of St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Hong Kong. Or
Contact: Stella on stellarcarter@gmail.com
Or: Ruth on ruhuphillipson@yahoo.com

Castaways is located within the Cathedral grounds. It sells clothing, including shoes and handbags, and also books and household linen donated by Cathedral members and the public. Items in good, clean, SALEABLE condition are welcomed.

Apart from the part time Manager the shop is staffed by volunteers from Clares Women’s Network and all profits go to locally based charities. Castaways is proud of its service to the community. It is thrice blessed. It blesses the generous giver, the grateful buyer and the needy charity. (The volunteers also enjoy themselves)

Opening hours are:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 12.00 noon – 2.30pm.
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am – 12.00nn.
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Donation days are Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

The Prisoners’ Friends’ Association

23 Aug

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The Prisoners’ Friends’ Association (PFA) began in 1982 at the suggestion of the Commissioner of the Correctional Services Department (CSD). It was founded to recruit volunteer prison visitors to visit prisoners who had no one visiting them.

PFA’s aim is to give a service of friendship to prisoners and their families by providing regular visits, correspondence and meeting legitimate needs. By this means their aim is to help the prisoners and their families to cope with the imprisonment and to work towards rehabilitation and adjustment to society afterwards, and thus to contribute to a reduction in crime. Within the context of being a Prisoners’ Friend to suggest, encourage and support measures to improve prison conditions and the welfare of the prisoners and their families,

PFA is a voluntary organisation. It is run by an elected Executive Committee. It is not aligned or related to any religious body or other organization. Although the visitors’ pass is issued by the Correctional Services Department and Police and although PFA has to co-operate with them and abide by their rules, the association is an independent body.

What you can do to help
Become a Prison Visitor. For being a Prison Visitor, you need to apply for a pass which allows you to enter any prison in Hong Kong and have an open visit with a prisoner. Before such a pass is issued, it is necessary for the authorities to carry out a security check on you. In fact it is the same check that is applied to those who work inside the prisons. No formal qualifications are required. The main qualification is the ability to be a good friend. Prison Visitors are of different nationalities and religions. They are from all walks of life, of different ages and with varied interests. No specific qualifications are essential to join the association though obviously some people are more suitable than others. Applicants are required to complete application forms. It is a unlikely that anyone with a prison record will be permitted to visit prisons here and so he/she would not generally be issued with a pass.

Become a Pen Friend. Letters mean a very great deal to those cut off from the world in a prison environment. Brightly colored, or interesting cards can bring joy and do not take too long to write. Letters and cards are evidence to the prisoner that someone has thought of him, someone cares and there is a contact outside to whom he can respond. Furthermore, other prisoners look down on a prisoner with no letter whiles, those with mail and visitors are looked up to. So by writing to a prisoner, who previously had no letters, you can open an unexpectedly wide dimension to their lives.

For more information about membership and the application processes, please visit PFA’s website.

InspiringHK seeks Communications Manager (Volunteer Executive)

18 Aug

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InspiringHK is recruiting a volunteer executive as communications manager to manage their internal and external communications.

Job Purpose
Develop and implement marketing and communication initiatives to attract donors, engage the public and motivate and retain individuals / organisations supporting the Foundation.

Roles and Responsibilities
• Develop and implement communications initiatives that will engage the community, advance the Foundation’s brand, raise public awareness and grow funding base;

• Work closely executive officers and other members of the marketing and communications team to manage distribution of all printed materials, including newsletters, the annual report and event invitations;

• Work closely with Social Media Manager to develop compelling and engaging stories that convey how donor’s contributions are being used;

• Provide support to Brand and Public Relations Manager during media campaigns

• Ensure communications materials in website, annual reports, newsletters and social media channels are consistent and up to date

• Periodically re-evaluate the organisation’s communications materials and strategy

For more information about this volunteer opportunity, please visit their website

inspiringhkAbout InspiringHK Sports Foundation: InspiringHK Sports Foundation was founded in late 2012 with a vision of effecting societal change through spreading sportsmanship. InspiringHK believes sports has the power to nurture youth in a way that little else does. It is a language that they understand. It also creates hope when they are in times of despair. Their rigorous sports programmes equip youth with values such as confidence, discipline and perseverance, to enable them to overcome challenges that will inevitably appear in their lives.

Strengths
Great Sporting Experience
– Professional coaches (mostly former/current Hong Kong Team athletes)
– Many opportunities to take part in open competitions
– Free/ subsidised use of sports equipment and training grounds
– 150+ hours of sports training over 2 years
Close Guidance and Care
– Dedicated adult mentors to guide their beneficiaries
– Whole-hearted executives to monitor their beneficiaries’ progress
– Remedial actions for students with inconsistent behaviours
– 30+ hours of learning experience programmes over 2 years
Diversity and Collaboration
– Synergy of different sectors to effect change
– Advisors with rich charity management experience
– Ambassadors with a strong sporting image and reputation
Minimal Administrative Cost
– Almost all of our executives are volunteers
– Close to 100% use of income on their programmes

For more information about InspiringHK, please visit their website.

CWS Lamma Fun Day 2016 – Volunteers Needed

13 Aug

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Lamma Fun Day was established by Andrew Doig to raise money for Child Welfare Scheme (CWS). It is a free outdoor music festival and in its 16th year, is the longest running music event in Hong Kong. The event is great fun for music lovers and families, with food and market stalls, a licensed bar, arts & crafts and kids’ activities, as well as live music on the beach from 12 noon through to 10pm.

The organizing committee, Bands and musicians all donate their time for free, so the majority of money raised on the day is through sales at the licensed bar, which offers reasonably priced draft beer, house wines and soft drinks. There are also food stalls, donations and a charity auction that runs through the afternoon.


All proceeds go to CWS to support programmes to improve the Government education system in Nepal. The goal is to improve teaching quality, educational resources and infrastructure such as libraries, toilets, clean water, safe classrooms, computers etc. By making school safer, more fun and interesting children will stay in school longer, therefore protected from trafficking and exploitation.

To make this event a success CWS needs volunteers to help run the various stalls: from selling second hand items, to bar tending (18 and above only), to food stalls, help with the stage, the auction and much more. To sign up and to find up more about the event, please visit their website.

Date: Saturday, 12 November 2016

Time: 11 am – 10 pm

Place: Tai Wan To Beach, Lamma Island

About Child Welfare Scheme (CWS): CWS HK is a HK registered charity which was set up in 2003, initially to raise funds to support their partners in Nepal. CWS projects in Nepal are monitored by their dedicated team who work with local, grassroots NGOs to provide education, health care and social opportunities to children and their communities.

Home of Loving Faithfulness

8 Aug

holf 1Since 1965, The Home of Loving Faithfulness has been providing life-long Christian care to over 60 children and adults with special needs in Hong Kong. With more than a billion people with disabilities, 15% of the world’s population, and they are one of the most disadvantaged and marginalised groups in society. They are routinely denied the most basic human rights, often cut off from education, employment and healthcare. Many are living in extreme poverty…even here in Hong Kong.

holf 2How you can help
Home of Loving Faithfulness is located in the New Territories not far from Fanling. They are always open to volunteers to help out in every way from cooking meals, to interacting with the residents. At the moment they are looking for volunteers to help with a series of music sessions there in the coming months. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Kate at email hcbleung@hotmail.com

Ruck’N’Roll Charity Ball – An Evening at the Hotel California

3 Aug


An Evening at the Hotel California with Don Felder, Grammy Award Winner, member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and a former Lead Guitarist of the Eagles.

ruck n roll 3Hosted by the HKRU Community Foundation, this annual “Ruck’N’Roll Charity Ball” at the HKCEC benefits the Po Leung Kuk. All proceeds will go to various Po Leung Kuk initiatives helping disadvantaged groups in Hong Kong. For more details please visit www.rucknrollcharityball.org

Date: Saturday, 5 November, 2016

Place: Grand Hall, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Price: $2,888
Price includes an outstanding gourmet dinner, great quality wines and free-flow drinks all night. Ticket scan be purchased online from Ticketflap

* With a special performance by the Muffin Tops featuring Kevin Burke

About The HKRU Community Foundation: The HKRU Community Foundation was established in March 2013 with the aim of providing a separate identifiable vehicle to manage the HKRU’s charitable activities. This was done to achieve the dual objectives of promoting the positive influence the HKRU has on the community and encouraging corporate and social responsibility funds to assist in these programmes to allow their continuation and expansion. The Foundation aims to be a regional leader in the area of sport-for-development, using rugby as a medium to tackle social issues and effect change. The Foundation also hosts an annual “Ruck’N’Roll Charity Ball” at the HKCEC in support of Po Leung Kuk, more details at www.rucknrollcharityball.org

po leung kukAbout Po Leung Kuk: “Po Leung”, translating literally as protection of the young and the innocent, represents the core vision of the organization. Formally established as the Society for the Protection of Women and Children in 1880, in Po Leung Kuk’s long history they have prevented and resolved kidnappings, protected destitute women and children, and assisted the Secretary for Chinese Affairs (under British Rule) as a mediator in complex family and marriage disputes.

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In line with the economic development of Hong Kong over the past century, the range of services and coverage that Po Leung Kuk provided to the community constantly expanded as welfare needs evolved. Today, Po Leung Kuk is Hong Kong’s leading social service organization and fundraiser. Under a modern corporatized management structure, Po Leung Kuk is able to utilise donation dollars to maximize the returns to their most important stakeholder – the community.

Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong

29 Jul

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Make-A-Wish® is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 39 international affiliates. With the help of generous donors and volunteers, Make-A-Wish Foundation International has collectively realized more than 350,000 wishes worldwide.

make-a-wish-350x233Make-A-Wish® began in the USA in 1980, aiming at the granting wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses to enrich their lives with hope, strength, and joy after the fulfillment of the first wish. At that time, a 7-year-old American boy, Christopher Greicius, afflicted with leukemia wished that he could become a policeman. As a result of several caring individuals, the officers of the Public Security Department of the State of Arizona helped make his wish come true on 29 April 1980. The little boy was given his very own police uniform and badge and got to ride in the police car, as well as circle around the town in a helicopter.

Those who helped make the boy’s wish come true hoped that other children with serious illnesses could also experience the same kind of happiness of having a wish come true. And so they set up Make-A-Wish®. Their convictions in helping the seriously ill feel better, gradually gained positive feedback from other countries around the world. Since 1998, Make-A-Wish Foundation International has dedicated April 29 as the “World Wish Day”.

make a wish hkMake-A-Wish® Hong Kong was founded under the administration of Keswick Foundation. In 1998 they registered as a non-profit charity organization in Hong Kong and became a member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation International, which has its headquarters in USA.

To date Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong has granted more than 1,630 wishes

Their Mission: To grant wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy

What you can do to help
Volunteers are the backbone of Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong’s mission. By volunteering with Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong, you will be able to contribute your valuable time, talent and expertise to bring unforgettable moments of joy to children. Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong believes it will also provide you with a heartwarming and rewarding experience.

Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong provides a variety of opportunities for volunteers to contribute their time and special talents and help make wishes come true. They are looking for volunteers in a variety of areas including:
make a wish* Visiting Wish Children
* Granting Wishes
* Organizing Celebration Parties
* Assisting Their Events
* Fundraising
* Providing Clerical Support

For more information, please visit their website.

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