Archive | January, 2014

Received too many CNY Gifts? Donate!

30 Jan

What do you do when your apartment fills with gifts? Especially over Chinese New Year, when food is traditionally given. You can’t eat them all, and they have expiry dates!

cny eng 2014How about sharing by donating these CNY gifts to the underprivileged? Donate to the People’s Food Bank’s Lunar New Year Gift Transfer Program 2014.

There are limits though
Donations must be in sealed original packaging, with at least 8 Weeks to Expiry Date

Donation Period: From 4th February to 7th March 2014 to the following St. James’ Settlement Collection points
– Shop 1-3, G/F, Fortune Court, 10 Sai On Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
– Shop 1-3, G/F, Man Hing House, Tai Hang Sai Estate, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon
– Room 901, 9/F, 85 Stone Nullah Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
– G/F, Konwall Court, 143 Lai Chi Kok Road, Kowloon

Pick-up arrangement
Donate over 30 boxes of gifts, and People’s Food Bank will come to you to pick up. Please inform them on or before 28 February for logistics arrangement. Please call Ms Kowk at 2975-8777

logo_foodbankAbout: The People’s Food Bank went into operation on 24 March 1997 and is still providing services for street sleepers on Hong Kong Island today. After the financial crisis of 1998, the issue of poverty worsened in Hong Kong.

In November 2002, with the help of Food Link, the centre obtained leftovers from a hotel. The food collected, combined with vegetables, provided food for the stomachs of 12 people on average every day. In 2003 when SARS was ravaging the territory, the hotel stopped the supply of food. The free food service offered by the centre was temporarily suspended. Fortunately, a donation made by a Mr Li meant that the service could be relaunched. The daily quota for meal service increased from 12 to 24. Thereafter, the number of people asking for food assistance kept on increasing. As a result, St. James’ Settlement formally established the People’s Food Bank on 13 December 2003, providing the poor with temporary free food assistance.

The People’s Food Bank only receives a small amount of subsidies from the SAR Government. Most of the food, money, tools and equipment are donated by benefactors. The People’s Food Bank main task is the collection of food and monetary donations. Their partner agencies in various districts in turn deliver the food to the poor.

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UNICEF Needs Volunteer School Speakers

18 Jan

unicef vol2Every year, the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) organises various educational activities to promote children’s rights. Last year, UNICEF HK visited over 80 school for more than 120 talks to interact with primary and secondary school students in Hong Kong. Through videos and life stories, students could learn about the lives of the children worldwide and UNICEF’s work on child survival, protection, development and civil participation.

unicef volNow, UNICEF HK is inviting you to take part in their education efforts as a UNICEF HK Voluntary School Speaker, an opportunity to learn more about global children’s issues to conduct school talks at primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong

The duties of a volunteer include:
– Conduct school talks at primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong. Topics include “Children’s Rights”, “War and Children”, “HIV/ADIS and Children”, “Natural Disasters and Children”, “Children in China” and “Water and Sanitation
– Establish and maintain relationships with schools.

Join UNICEF HK as voluntary school speaker if you are:
– Aged 18 or above (Full-time tertiary students are welcome);
– Responsible, independent and proactive;
– Fluent in Cantonese and English, good at communication; and
– Passionate in promoting child rights and UNICEF’s work
Experience in teaching or serve children/youth related work is an advantage.

UNICEF HK will provide training and all necessary school talk materials to those who found suitable. For more information about their project and to sign up please visit their website.

About UNICEF:
Founded in 1946, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s leading United Nations organisation working specifically for children, with the mandate and influence to transform their lives. The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK), one of the 36 National Committees, was founded in 1986 to raise funds to support UNICEF’s work worldwide and to promote, advocate for child rights in Hong Kong. They believe their work is not completed until all champion for child rights to achieve four Zero Sufferings for children.
UNICEF_BelieveinZero
ZERO Mortality ⇔ Right to Survival
Every child has the right to enjoy food, clean water, health services and a standard of living, etc. adequate for survival

ZERO Underdevelopment ⇔ Right to Development

Every child has the right to education, leisure, participation in cultural activities and understanding their basic rights, etc.

ZERO Abuse ⇔ Right to Protection
Every child has the right to special protection in situations of armed conflict or conflict with the law, and should be protected from any forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation

ZERO Isolation ⇔ Right to Participation
Every child has the right to freedom of expression; social, economic, cultural and religion activities; association and peaceful assembly; information from diverse sources

The FIRST Beer for Books of 2014

9 Jan

BFB jan 14Need a good reason to drink? You’ve got it! 1 drink purchased = 1 book published via Room to Read’s Local Language Publishing Program.

Made possible by Zafran‘s generous donation of HK$10 to Room to Read‘s for every drink purchased! The wonderful chefs will also be serving up tapas for all.

So come out and celebrate the new year with Room to Read and help promote literacy around the world!

Date: Tuesday, 14 January

Time: 7 – 10pm

Location: Zafran Tapas Y Musica
Basement, 43 – 55 Wyndham St, Central, HK
Entrance is discreetly located off Wyndham St in the alley beside Tivo restaurant.

Room-to-Read-photo-2About 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.

UNICEF “Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition”

3 Jan

UNICEF drawingUNICEFLittle Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition” will take place on 25 January 2014 (Saturday) at Central Lawn, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay to raise funds to support the ‘Cash Transfers for Deprived Children‘ Project in China, a project that helps poor families to access the necessary medical services provided by UNICEF and its local partners which in turn enables children in China grow healthily.

Little Artists aged 12 or below are invited to participate in this meaningful event. In the spirit of ‘Kids helping Kids’, participants can through their drawings communicate with the children in China bringing hope and blessings for a better future.

Date: 25 January 2014 (Saturday)

Time: 12pm – 5pm (Tentative)

Location: Central Lawn, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay

This competition is open for children 12 years old or below. There are 3 categories:
Category A: 6 years old & below (Born 2008 or later)
Category B: 7-9 years old (Born 2005 – 2007)
Category C: 10-12 years old (Born 2002 – 2004)

Prizes: 1st prize, 2nd Prize, 3rd Prize and 20 Consolation Prizes for each category.
All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

Enrollment: Click here to register online (Enrollment is on a first-come-first-served basis.)

Enrollment donation: HK$120

Deadline for online application: 15 January 2014

About UNICEF:
Founded in 1946, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s leading United Nations organisation working specifically for children, with the mandate and influence to transform their lives. The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK), one of the 36 National Committees, was founded in 1986 to raise funds to support UNICEF’s work worldwide and to promote, advocate for child rights in Hong Kong. They believe their work is not completed until all champion for child rights to achieve four Zero Sufferings for children.
UNICEF_BelieveinZero
ZERO Mortality ⇔ Right to Survival
Every child has the right to enjoy food, clean water, health services and a standard of living, etc. adequate for survival

ZERO Underdevelopment ⇔ Right to Development

Every child has the right to education, leisure, participation in cultural activities and understanding their basic rights, etc.

ZERO Abuse ⇔ Right to Protection
Every child has the right to special protection in situations of armed conflict or conflict with the law, and should be protected from any forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation

ZERO Isolation ⇔ Right to Participation
Every child has the right to freedom of expression; social, economic, cultural and religion activities; association and peaceful assembly; information from diverse sources