Charity and Christmas: Cards, Gifts, Fairs

15 Oct

As we near the end of the year, the many annual charity Christmas fairs, sales etc. are appearing. Many like the St. John Cathedral Michaelmas Fair and the Sandy Bay Charity Fair have been around for decades. All sell a variety of items including Christmas cards, gifts etc. and benefit various charities in Hong Kong. Some will offer other activities including game stalls, food tents, and entertainment. Here is a list of a few better known ones:

St. John’s Cathedral Michaelmas Fair
Date: 29 October, Saturday
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: St. John’s Cathedral, Garden Road, Central
About St. John’s Cathedral:
The history of St. John’s spans back to 1847 when the first cornerstone was laid. Deeply rooted in the traditions of Anglicanism and yet at the same time exercising ministries which reach out into the wider life of the community, the Cathedral is a much used and much loved building, an icon in Central. Their outreach efforts are numerous and include St John’s Cathedral Counselling Service, Helpers for Domestic Helpers, HIV Education Centre, and the Mission for Migrant Workers.

Sedan Chair Race and Bazaar
Date: 30 October, Sunday
Time: 12-4pm (Sedan Chair Race 10am-12noon)
Location: Matilda International Hospital, The Peak
About the Sedan Charities Fund:
In 1975 Nurse Joyce Smith created a competitive sedan chair race for charity as a means to showcase the location and facilities of the Matilda International Hospital. From this the Sedan Chair Charities Fund was established. The aim is to raise money for needy charities in Hong Kong mainly through the annual October Sedan Chair Race and Bazaar, supported by over 50 running teams and 3,000 visitors. They also organise various fund-raising activities to raise more money. The fund raised go to support charitable organisations that generally do not receive assistance from the Hong Kong Community Chest, Hong Kong Jockey Club or the Government – none go to the Matilda International Hospital.

Sandy Bay Charity Fair
Date: 5 November, Saturday
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay
About 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 sick 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 front line fighting against tuberculosis, poliomyelitis and spinal deformities. The Hospital became internationally recognized for this work and since then, has remained to be a training center for surgeons and health workers around the world.
Currently, the Society is supporting the following programmes:
– providing disabled children with medical care in a loving environment in DKCH at Sandy Bay
– offering specialist medical, orthopaedic and rehabilitation services
– supporting clinical research in facilities built by the Society in DKCH
– allowing ventilation dependent children to lead better lives and to have normal schooling at JF Kennedy Centre at Sandy Bay
– providing scholarships for physiotherapists and occupational therapists to receive specialist training in management of disabled children
– supporting the Kids on the Block (KOB) Puppetry programme that travels around Hong Kong schools teaching children to understand and appreciate the disabled.

AWA Charity Bazaar
Date: 8 November 2011, Tuesday
Time: 10am-6pm
Location: Hong Kong Jockey Club, Happy Valley Racecourse
About AWA:
The American Women’s Association (AWA) of Hong Kong was founded in 1956 as a non-profit, charitable organization. As a voluntary organization of women, they support Hong Kong charities and schools through community service and monetary grants while also providing educational and social activities for our members. On average, the AWA provides approximately $1 million annually to Hong Kong charities and educational institutions to support programs and services that benefit children, the elderly, handicapped, women and families, community activities and students.

St Stephen’s Chapel Christmas Fete
St Stephen’s Chapel Christmas Fete is as near as you get in Hong Kong to a traditional English summer fete, with bouncy castles, charity stalls, coconut shy, games, bands, dancers and entertainment, Santa, and plenty of food and drink. Funds raised go to the charities they support. Entry $20 for adults, children free.
Date: 3 December, Saturday
Time: 11am-4:30pm
Location: Sports Ground, St Stephen’s College, entrance on Wong Ma Kok Rd, Stanley
Entrance: $20 for adults, children free
About St. Stephen’s Chapel:
St Stephen an Anglican / Episcopal Church is set in the lovely grounds of St Stephen’s College, Stanley, on the south side of Hong Kong Island. St Stephen’s supports three local charities and one in China through fundraising, publicity, and active involvement: Bethune House a Women’s Refuge for Foreign Domestic Helpers in Hong Kong, Crossroads International who recycle Hong Kong’s good quality unwanted goods, shipping furniture, clothes and equipment to developing countries around the world, and the Liangshan Leprosy Project which provides healthcare, health education and development assistance to leprosy villages in the mountains of Liangshan Prefecture, in the south of Sichuan Province.

Go have some fun, get your Christmas shopping done early and most important of all, support local charities.

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