Monthly Archives: February 2014

Call for Volunteers – Room to Read HK Gala on March 6th!‏

RtR HK GalaRoom to Read‘s largest global fundraiser will be taking place here in Hong Kong on Thursday, March 6, at the Four Seasons Hotel, and they need your help!

Without the aid of dedicated volunteers¬ this event simply wouldn¹t be possible. The funds raised on the evening will help Room to Read to support literate communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania Vietnam, and Zambia through the building and outfitting of schools and libraries; the creation and implementation of reading and writing curriculum; the training of teachers and librarians; the production and dissemination of local language publications; and the provision of holistic scholarships for young women enrolled in Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program. For more information about Room to Read‘s programs, please see their website.

Please let them know now if you are interested in helping out at this year’s Room to Read gala and specify the time slots during which you will be available. If you can volunteer, please send Miya Dunets at email your mobile number and let her know if you have volunteered at previous RtR galas.

This is where they need help and the timings of those different tasks:
Time Slot 1: 3pm-6pm (Setting up event: 8-10 volunteers needed)
Time Slot 2: 6pm-7:30pm (Manning registration: 5-7 volunteers needed)
Time Slot 3: 7:30-11pm (Assisting with the auction: 35 volunteers needed)
Time Slot 4: 11pm-12am (Helping to clear up, collect prizes, and thank guests: 8-10 volunteers needed)

Please don’t be discouraged from volunteering if you cannot stay for the entirety of the time slot for which you sign up. Room to Read still needs you! Dinner and gratitude will be provided for all volunteers. Room to Read will be holding a volunteer briefing at the Four Seasons on February 27th, at 7pm.

Please contact Miya Dunets at email with any questions.

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.

Charity Art Auction benefitting Mother’s Choice

mother's choiceCai Ya Ling, Ren Si Hong, Andre Vigud, Annouk Dupont, names synonymous with contemporary art. You could own one of their masterpieces, at the same time donating to Mother’s Choice. Just bid at the upcoming auctions.

There are two ways to bid: you can do it online between 28 February and 8 March. Or if you like the excitement of a live auction, you can do that too on 7 March. All proceeds above the minimum bid will benefit Mother’s Choice. For more information, please visit their website.

The Art of Giving Hope is a remarkable illustration of what can be achieved when the passion and incredible generosity of the art world converge with the Mother’s Choice mission of joining hands with the community to transform lives and give hope. Mother’s Choice believes that art inspires and gives hope, and by participating in this Charity Art Auction in Benefit of Mother’s Choice, you are giving hope to young girls facing crisis pregnancy and children in need of permanent families here in Hong Kong.

mothers-choice-logoAbout Mother’s Choice: Mother’s Choice is a grassroots non-profit organization that provides and promotes loving, nurturing care for babies and children needing permanent homes.

Their story starts in 1987 when founders Ranjan & Phyllis Marwah, and Gary & Helen Stephens, moved by a series of articles in the newspaper about the alarming numbers of teenage crisis pregnancies in Hong Kong, were stirred to action.
The news article reported that approximately 35-40% of the hundreds of girls going to Shenzhen every week were already in their last trimester. There was an obvious need with no one visibly responding, even though people were actually aware of the circumstances of the girls going to Shenzhen for late term abortions. The founders knew that these babies could live given the good and proper medical attention available in Hong Kong – they just needed to find the space and funding to give these girls real options. So together with the support of their friends and the community, they began the work of Mother’s Choice.

Starting with just one borrowed room and no experience but motivated to give back to this city that they love, Mother’s Choice has since helped over 51,000 single girls, cared for 3,600 babies and assisted with 1,400 successful adoption cases.

Despite their achievements, Hong Kong continues to desperately need their services. Bain & Company, a global consulting firm, conducted pro-bono research for Mother’s Choice on the state of crisis pregnancies in Hong Kong in 2010. Based on their research, they conservatively estimated that there are 6,880 crisis pregnancies each year in Hong Kong. Nearly 60% were unwed females, the majority of whom were under 25 years old – Mother’s Choice serviced nearly 25% of these young women.

The research also showed that Mother’s Choice is the leader in providing non-judgmental services to young single girls facing crisis pregnancy in Hong Kong, and the only organization that provides services from conception through labour and delivery and post-pregnancy care.

Unfortunately, the research also showed that there is still an unmet demand of young women facing crisis pregnancy [55%] that are not receiving the help or counseling that they need. It is critical that Mother’s Choice needs to expand their services and reach in the community.

For more information on Mother’s Choice and their work please visit their website.

Interested in becoming actively involved? Hands On is looking for Volunteer Board Members

hands onFounded in 2007, HandsOn Hong Kong is a registered charity dedicated to community based volunteerism. HandsOn Hong Kong‘s primary objective is to identify and meet the volunteer needs of local NGOs and organize flexible volunteer programs for busy professionals.

HandsOn Hong Kong actively recruit, train, and manage volunteers to participate in volunteer activities benefiting the local community. Each week HandsOn Hong Kong has around 15 opportunities for volunteers to assist those in need in our city. Their volunteers help deliver after school programs to underprivileged children, visit the elderly living on low incomes, assist at playgroups, in soup kitchens and much more!

If you are passionate about volunteerism and making a difference to the communities you live in;
working in a senior role, with managerial and strategic experience within your industry, and with a wide network of influential contacts in Hong Kong;
have a long term commitment to Hong Kong; and
preferably a Cantonese speaking member of the local community, HandsOn Hong Kong would love to hear from you.

The HandsOn Hong Kong Board’s primary function is to serve as the supervisory body for the organization, guiding its strategic direction and ensuring that the interests of the organization and its stakeholders are protected.

The commitment is approximately 10 hours a month, outside of normal working hours. As well as helping those in need in our city, this is a great opportunity for a community minded individual to gain board experience and help accelerate their career path towards joining a corporate board.

For full details on the role of a Board Member, please see this posting on LinkedIn. And for more information on HandsOn Hong Kong, please visit their website.