Archive | August, 2015

Step Out for Children charity walk benefiting The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (SRDC)

23 Aug

The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (SRDC) will be hosting an educational charity walk to help disabled children. In addition to the walk, there will be information booths to raise awareness on challenges that disabled children encounter, and how SRDC help them to address these challenges. Funds raised will go towards medical services supported by the SRDC.

The walk around Cyberport is a leisurely and scenic route.
Route: Cyberport Road > Sha Wan Drive > Sandy Bay Road > Victoria Road > Cyberport Road > The Arcade, Cyberport
Distance and Duration: About 6.4 km, about 2 – 3 hours with a carnival to follow

Date: 20th September, 2015

Time: Registration 9:00am, Start 10:00am

Location: Ocean View Court, The Arcade, Cyberport

Cost: A minimum donation of $200 is required to participate

Deadline for registration: 11 September 2015

For more information and to register, please follow this link to the SDRC website

About The 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 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 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 fulfill the mission of the Society.
Society for the relief of disabled children
Currently, the Society is supporting the following programmes:
– equipment purchase or upgrade at The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay
– the Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe
– Doctor Fellowship Program – Overseas Orthopaedic Surgeons
– China Patient Project
– Implant Sponsorship
– Others, e.g. clinical research at HKU

September Beers for Books @ The Roundhouse – Taproom

18 Aug

Room to Read is back at one of their favorite supporters The Roundhouse – Taproom this September for a Back to School Beers For Books, organized by the Students Helping Students team! Join Room to Read’s Hong Kong Chapter for an evening of great conversation, cause, and craft beers (pssst.. they also have fall-off-the-bone ribs).

Shout out to the school supporters, teachers, and librarians out there – a heartfelt thank you for your everyday support towards education.

b4b sept 15Big thanks to their generous host The Roundhouse – Taproom, who will donate 10 HKD for every drink purchased towards Room to Read‘s work in literacy and gender equality in education.

Date: Tuesday, 1 September, 2015

Time: 6-9pm

Location: The Roundhouse – Taproom, 62 Peel Street, Soho, Central

*Beers For Books is usually held every second Tuesday of each month at various locations around HK. Their FB page has the latest!

About 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.

Bring Me A Book™

16 Aug

Bring Me A Book™ is the leading advocate for family literacy in Hong Kong

bring me a book 2Their mission:
To advocate for family literacy by facilitating access to quality children’s books and empowering parents and educators to read aloud for future success in school and life.

They believe:
– All children deserve access to quality picture books, and to be read to on a daily basis.
– “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” 1
– Effective reading aloud to children is a skill that can be taught.

bring me a bookResearch shows:
– Reading to children helps to prepare them for success in school and life.2
– Reading aloud with young children can enhance parent-child relationships and prepare young minds to learn language and early literacy skills.3
– Reading aloud to children is one of the most important things a parent can do to increase the bond between parent and child.3
– Hong Kong children have high rates of ability in reading comprehension, but the lowest rates in the world in pleasure derived from reading.4

Bring Me A Book™ provides:
– Access to quality children’s books for all children in Hong Kong, particularly for those who cannot otherwise afford it through our book case and book bag library donation programs.
– Training for parents, teachers, and care providers on the best strategies for reading aloud with children based on the latest research
– Speakers, publications, workshops and conferences to bring the world’s leading experts in literacy and learning to Hong Kong for all audiences.

bring me a book 3Volunteering :
Bring Me A Book™ can only achieve their mission with the support and involvement of people who share their passion for family literacy. Volunteers help Bring Me A Book™ Hong Kong by:
– coming to their offices to help make plastic protective covers for the books that they donate
– becoming a trained storyteller for storytelling sessions at community centres and libraries
– contributing new content for their website and social media platforms
– creating and managing a storytelling programmes in the community
If you are interested in volunteering, complete the application form by following this link to their website.