Charity Art Auction benefitting Mother’s Choice

10 Feb

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.
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