Adventure Clean Up Challenge – HK Edition 17 Apr-2 May


12 Teams = 120 Participants

The Adventure Clean Up Challenge is the first multi-discipline sports competition with a mission for good – to help clean up the natural areas in Hong Kong. The event format will be adapted to comply with government advice on social distancing regulations at the time of the competition.

How it Works: Each team comprising of 6-8 members will choose a polluted hiking trail in Hong Kong. Throughout the challenge, teams compete with each other to achieve the best results.

The purpose of the challenge will not only be limited to litter collection but also awareness, education and community engagement. Teams will be evaluated and score points calculated based on the criteria in the image on the right.

Dates:
17-18 April – Trail clean up days
19 April – 2 May – Community engagement actions

Registration: To register, just follow this link to Google forms.

For more information, please visit the Facebook pages of @adventurecleanup or @trailwatch

About Adventure Clean Up: Adventure Clean Up is the first ever sports challenge with a mission for good: clean difficult to access coastal areas in HK island and raise awareness about HK pollution.

About TrailWatch: Hong Kong’s country parks amount to about 40% of the total area of Hong Kong. They are our natural and irreplaceable assets. They are easily accessible and enjoyed by all and require protection. Management plans have yet to be developed for them by the Government and development pressures constantly threaten the country parks and the landscape. TrailWatch’s mission is to encourage the public to monitor and conserve Hong Kong’s country parks through photographic documentation.

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High School Internship Program at The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children


The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children “the Society” was established in 1953, with the mission to support medical, surgical, rehabilitation and educational services to differently-abled 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 “the Hospital” 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 fulfil 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
– Clinical Research
– the Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe
– China Patient Project
– Fellowship Program
– Implant Sponsorship
– Other Projects

High School Internship Program : Highly-motivated high school students over 16 years old may apply to participate in the Society’s unique 6-week High School Intern Program.

With 3 days per week for 6 weeks, the interns will learn about the concept of providing relief to disabled children in Hong Kong by being assigned to various tasks. The interns will be rotated to office administrative works, website contents management, inventory management, progress report update, fundraising activities and hands-on interaction with beneficiaries as appropriate.

Requirements:
– Willing to provide 24 hours per week for 6 weeks towards internship programme
– Highly motivated
– Interest in community service
– Over 16 years old
– To submit a video of ~1 min at the end of the internship to summarize the experience

Registration: If you are interested in applying, please download and complete the Volunteer Registration Form and return it to the Society by mail.

For further enquiries please call the Society at 2819 3050 or 6842 5612 or e-mail event@srdc.org.hk

Get Redressed Spring 2021 Edition – 4-8 Mar 2021


Attention Fashionistas with a social conscience! The Get Redressed Pop-Up Shop is Back! Organised by Redress, the environmental charity with a mission to prevent and transform textile waste, this pop-up shop will be well-stocked with gently loved brand name clothing, proceeds of which go back to Redress to further their cause.

Get there early before all the good pieces are gone.

Date: 4-8 Mar 2021

Time: 11am – 7:30pm

Place: The Annex, 2/F Nan Fund Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central

About Redress: Redress is an environmental charity with a mission to prevent and transform textile waste to catalyse a circular economy and reduce fashion’s water, chemical and carbon footprints. Their programmes work to change mindsets and practices to stop the creation of textile waste now and in the future, as well as creating systems and partnerships that generate and showcase value in existing waste.

Step Out for Children Treasure Hunt and Carnival – Online 7 Mar


On 7 March 2021, The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (SDRC) will be holding the Step Out for Children Treasure Hunt and Carnival to raise funds for anterior VBT systems, which are implants for scoliosis patients. This online event will include live interviews, performances and games to provide an educational, entertaining and enriching experience for participants.

Date: Sunday, 7 March 2021

Time: 10am – 4pm

Place: Online

Registration: For more information and to register, please scan this QR code and go directly to the organiser’s website.

For more information, please visit SDRC’s Facebook page

About : The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (SDRC) was established in 1953 with the mission to support medical, surgical, and rehabilitation and educational services for differently-abled children in Hong Kong. SDRC believes every child has the right to live a happy and fulfilling life. SDRC strives to create a world where they contribute to society and realize their full potential.

Viva Chinese New Year Myanmar Appeal

Viva is an international children’s charity passionate about releasing children from poverty and abuse. Viva has been active in Hong Kong providing child protection training and programmes through its ‘Keeping Children Safe Quality Improvement Systems’ standard and through the child protection workshops that Viva has been conducting. This appeal is however in support of their work in Myanmar.

On February 1st the Myanmar military staged a coup, dissolved the democratically elected government, and declared a year-long state of emergency. They then immediately cut off the internet, phone lines, and various other means of communication. As of this writing, protests are happening in the major cities in Myanmar and the military has issued a stern warning against these gatherings. Even in these circumstances, Viva’s network partners continue their great work to protect and safeguard children in Myanmar.

Viva’s work in Myanmar is all over the country with bases in Yangon, and Rakhine, where the Rohingya refugees fled from oppression and conflict. Viva’s work supports 600 orphans with a family, food, education, and reintegration. The network partner also works with the education department to ensure thousands of children are empowered through Viva’s “flourish” and “Good Treatment” training and campaigns. There is great uncertainty as to the impact of the coup and the implications for their work with the children, but Viva holds on to hope and will focus on protecting these young ones.

This Chinese New Year, Viva reaching out with a simple appeal to ensure the work in Myanmar continues, as well as their other work around South East Asia, so that together Viva can release more children from the shackles of poverty, abuse, and violence in order that they can reach their potential. A small donation from you will go a long way to help these young people find their voice.

Donate: If you wish to donate, please follow this link to their appeal page.

For more information, please send Viva a message via this online contact form.

About Viva: Viva is an international children’s charity passionate about releasing children from poverty and abuse.

Viva grows locally-led networks who are committed to working together so that children are safe, well and able to fulfil their potential.

Viva was founded in 1996 by Patrick McDonald. As a volunteer in Bolivia, he found different churches in an area of a city providing food for street children but all on a Monday. Children feasted once a week but starved the rest of the time. This simple act of connecting churches ensured that more children were fed more often.

So began Viva’s vision to bring lasting change to vulnerable children by growing locally-led networks of churches and organizations. Viva helps people achieve more together than they can alone – allowing them to dream big dreams for whole cities!

Room to Read 2021 Chinese New Year Appeal


For the first time in 20 years, illiteracy rates are set to rise – and school closure will not be an interruption to student’s education, but an end for many.

This is why in celebration of Chinese New Year, a generous anonymous donor in Hong Kong has offered to match your virtual red envelope donation, up to HKD $50,000 until 22 February, which will help Room to Read reach TWICE as many children at this critical time.

Sanjay, a Room to Read beneficiary from Nepal, is proving the value of investing in education every day. Thanks to generous people like you, he benefited from Room to Read’s scholarship program in Nepal and received support in school from grades 4 – 10. Sanjay told us that Room to Read‘s program was the backbone of his education. Today, he is a successful doctor fighting on the front lines against COVID-19.

This year, create a world where every student like Sanjay has the support they need to be successful, prosper and make positive changes to their communities.

Lunar New Year is a time of celebration and family togetherness – because of your support, 2021 finds Room to Read in a strong position to continue transforming millions of lives through the power of education with their Hong Kong family.

Donate:

Donate NOW by following this link

About Room to Read: Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, Room to Read develops literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

Volunteer with Orbis

Orbis Logo
Millions of people go blind every year, and millions more suffer poor vision, simply because of where they were born. Orbis thinks this is unacceptable.

Orbis is the result of a unique and lasting alliance forged between the medical and aviation industries. In the 1970s, leaders of these two industries came together to create the plan that led to the foundation of Orbis. They knew that the high costs of tuition, international travel and accommodations prevented most doctors and nurses in low-income countries from participating in overseas training programs. Even when they could afford to study abroad, their opportunity for direct clinical experience was limited because strict licensing laws often prevented them from performing surgery.

The solution was a mobile teaching hospital. With a fully equipped hospital on board an airplane, doctors trained in the latest ophthalmic techniques, including pediatric ophthalmology, could bring their surgical knowledge and skills to doctors in low-income countries through hands-on training and lectures. A grant from USAID and funds from private donors enabled Orbis to successfully convert a DC-8 plane into a fully functional teaching eye hospital. As replacement parts for the original DC-8 plane became more difficult and expensive to obtain, it became clear that a newer, larger aircraft was needed. In 1992, after a major fundraising appeal, Orbis purchased a wide-body DC-10 to replace the DC-8. Within two years, Orbis had converted the plane into an eye surgery hospital. Orbis’ inaugural mission was to Beijing, China.

As Orbis grew over the years, Orbis added hospital-based training programs and fellowships to our portfolio to provide additional skills-building opportunities for eye care professionals. In 1999, to build the capacity of local partners, Orbis created long-term country programs in Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India and Vietnam – similar programs are also underway in parts of the Latin America and the Caribbean. Orbis permanent offices in these countries, run by local staff, develop and implement an array of multi-year projects to improve the quality and accessibility of eye care to residents, particularly in rural areas and impoverished urban communities. Many of these programs focus on the treatment and prevention of childhood blindness, cataract, trachoma and corneal disease.

Orbis set up an office in Hong Kong since 1985. Today, the office has a staff of some 45 whose main goal is to prevent blindness worldwide by raising funds and increasing awareness of eye health issues. Recent years have seen the office recruiting numerous local ophthalmologists to Orbis’s global sight-saving team. Their role is to visit developing countries where they teach their skills to local counterparts who then share their newfound abilities with their colleagues.

Volunteer with Orbis
Through voluntary services, your network, skills and resources can help expand Orbis’ community eye care work and spread the global blindness messages! It will all contribute to the eye health of Hong Kong people!

If you’ve got time to spare, participating in one of Orbis’ many volunteer experiences will add a sense of accomplishment to your positive energy! Take your pick of helping out with office clerical work, using your creativity to influence others on the internet, or reaching out to the community, etc!

ONE-TIME ACTIVITY VOLUNTEER: Support Orbis signature events such as Moonwalkers, Walk for Sight and Mid-autumn Festival charity sales!

COMMUNITY SERVICES: Help teach daily eye care knowledge and explain the main causes of serious eye diseases across all 18 districts!

INFLUENCER ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Help in photography, website design, film production, or simply keen to harness the power of social media!

OFFICE WORK: Help reduce running costs and free up funds for sight-saving by assisting with daily administrative tasks.

More information on volunteer opportunities and to register can be found here

For more enquiries, please call 2877 9373 or email info.hk@orbis.org

Volunteer for the Hong Kong Society of Herpetology Foundation

Hong Kong Society of Herpetology Foundation was established in 2005 and acquired charitable status in 2007. It is the first and the only registered charitable organization (IR File No: 91/9058) in Hong Kong related to Amphibians and Reptiles. Herpetology is the study of amphibians and reptiles, this includes studies on their anatomy, genetics, ecology, taxonomy, evolution, physiology, etc.

Their mission
(1) To prevent cruelty to reptiles and amphibians through education;
(2) To increase the public’s knowledge of amphibians and reptiles through their website and various activities, such as exhibitions, seminars;
(3) To promote the conservation of local species of reptiles and amphibians and their natural habitats so that the public can appreciate the ecological value of the local species;
(4) To promote public awareness of the crisis of endangered species;
(5) To carry out research and study on local amphibians and reptiles whilst emphasizing the importance of preservation of these animals and the environment;
(6) To do all such other lawful things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objectives.

Volunteer: Hong Kong Society of Herpetology Foundation is looking for volunteers who are
– Interested in herpetology
– Active
– Caring
– Physically fit
– Cooperative and
– Experienced

There are volunteer opportunities at their adoption center or assisting in fundraising, promotions, and administration. To find out more and apply, please follow this link

For more information, please call 2751 3533 or email admin@hkherp.org

HandsOn Hong Kong is looking for a Program Manager

HandsOn Hong Kong is hiring!

Reporting to the Program Director, the Program Manager oversees the development and execution of meaningful community engagement programs that meet the needs of our NGO partners, support corporate CSR and employee engagement goals and may fulfil requirements for specific program grants.

For the full job description, please follow this link

About HandsOn Hong Kong: HandsOn Hong Kong (HOHK) is a registered charity whose mission is to empower everyone in Hong Kong to volunteer. HandsOn envisions a community where everyone serves to meet social needs. Founded in 2007, the organization develops service programs to help local, under-served non-profit organizations and connects them with the volunteer manpower they need to achieve their mission. Each month, HOHK runs up to 200 volunteer activities as a free public service, supporting their 100+ NGO partners who focus on causes such as alleviating poverty, educating children, assisting the elderly, empowering people with disabilities, feeding the poor, helping the homeless, supporting animal welfare, environmental conservation and more. HandsOn regularly helps companies achieve CSR and community engagement objectives by developing volunteer programs for employees.

Celebrate The Gifts of Reading with Room to Read – 10 February


During a year where our world has stood still, reading and learning became even more of a gift that has allowed us to travel and escape into our imagination and the imagination of others. For many of us, this past year has also brought a renewed appreciation for the work that Room to Read carries out – bringing the gift of reading to eager young learners across the world and transforming lives through education.

A very special, virtual literary event to celebrate The Gifts of Reading, an anthology published in late 2020 for Room to Read’s 20th Anniversary will take place on 10 February. The book features essays on the joy of giving, receiving and reading books, and has a star-studded line up of over 20 of the world’s most popular authors. The evening, hosted by Room to Read’s APAC Regional Board, will feature Jancis Robinson, Pico Iyer, William Boyd, and Madeleine Thien helping kick off Room to Read Hong Kong’s very first event in 2021.

Date: Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

Time: 7:00 – 8:15pm HKT

Place: Online via Zoom –link to be provided upon RSVP

Attendance is strictly limited, register to reserve your free ticket today

The event will be moderated by Room to Read Founder John Wood and feature opening remarks from the book’s curator, Jennie Orchard.

Price: While this is a free event, Room to Read encourages a goodwill donations to Room to Read via the event registration. Room to Read will also run several wine-themed flash fundraising auctions during the event (via Zoom’s chat features). All proceeds from sales of The Gifts of Reading will further support Room to Read’s Literacy Program, ensuring that students Room to Read serves will continue to learn throughout this pandemic and beyond.

Reserve your ticket today by following this link

For enquiries, please email asia.pacific@roomtoread.org

About Room to Read: Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, Room to Read develops literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.