Archive | March, 2016

Become a Bridge Family for children in need

23 Mar

Project-Bridge-slider-engThere are thousands of children across our city who are at risk and need temporary family care that is safe and loving. At Mother’s Choice, they believe that it takes a “village to raise a child” and that each of us have a unique role to play in caring for children in our community.

Project Bridge is an innovative program piloted by Mother’s Choice to be a “bridge” for children to return to or join his permanent home as soon as possible. Mother’s Choice is now urgently appealing for families to open up their homes and their hearts to care for the most vulnerable in our community. Families can come in all shapes and sizes – they can be two working parents, a single parent, a parent/adult child, one stay-at-home parent, etc. There are also different length of stays for these children ranging from short-term respite or emergency care (anywhere from a few days to a few weeks) to a longer-term stay whilst a child is waiting for adoption or reunification.

If you’d like to find out more information, please register for Mother’s Choice’s next Project Bridge Info Session, which will take place on the below times at their Child Care Home located at 5 Bowen Road.

Project Bridge Info Session
Chinese: Tuesday, 12th April 2016, 7:00pm-8:30pm
English: Wednesday, 13th April 2016, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Deadline for registration: 8 April 2016
To register please follow this link

mothers-choice-logoAbout Mother’s Choice: Mother’s Choice is a local non-profit organization in Hong Kong with a mission to join hands with our community to transform lives and give hope. Since 1987, Mother’s Choice has pursued their vision of no girl or baby left alone by providing loving & non-judgmental support to young girls facing crisis pregnancy, caring for children in need of a permanent home, and fighting for each to have a loving, stable, and permanent family to call his/her own. Today, Mother’s Choice continues to impact the lives of thousands in Hong Kong through five services – all united by the goal of building stronger families in our community.

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12 April Literary Soirée with Nury Vittachi

22 Mar

Room to Read’s Hong Kong Chapter is delighted to host an event with Ellen de Muinck Keizer at the Residence of the Consul General of The Netherlands in Hong Kong.

Join Room to Read’s Hong Kong Chapter on Tuesday 12th April 2016, 5:00pm-7:30pm to meet fellow booklovers and to be entertained and inspired by the wit and erudition of Asia’s bestselling and occasionally subversive author and columnist, Nury Vittachi, as he shares his top five secrets on a successful creative life in Hong Kong.

This will also be an opportunity to hear about Room to Read (www.roomtoread.org), a global NGO that has brought the gift of literacy to 10 million children in low-income countries in Asia and Africa.

literarysoireeforliteracyinviteWine and canapés will be served and there will be a silent auction to raise funds for Room to Read‘s literacy programs.

Date: Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Time: 5:00 – 7:30pm

Location: Residence of the Consul General of The Netherlands, 24 Mount Cameron Road, The Peak, Hong Kong

Cost: $400 per person (LIMITED spaces)
Tto register, please follow this link.

* There will be limited parking available for guests at the residence.

About Room to Read: 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.

Recruiting Volunteers now for Hats Off…Gala Dinner

20 Mar

Want to experience a unique volunteer experience? Register now as a volunteer for the Kids4Kids Hats Off…Gala Dinner on April 16, 2016 at The Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong! Teenagers welcome!

kids4kidsKids4Kids is a Hong Kong based non-profit organization developed to inspire young people in Hong Kong to take action and make a positive social impact. Kids4Kids aims to develop social awareness and responsibility by providing platforms that empower kids to enact positive change in their community. To date, Kids4Kids has partnered with over 50 schools, 35 community centres, and has involved over 15,000 students.

Volunteer Tasks:
– Selling raffle tickets
– Ushers
– Performance support
– Reception
– Photography

Volunteer Schedule:
– Shift 1: 12:00pm to 5:00pm
– Shift 2: 4:00pm to late
– Shift 3: 5:30pm to late

Date: Saturday, 16 April 2016

Time: 7:00-10:30pm

Location: The Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong

If you are interested or would like more information, please visit their website. Deadline for registration: April 3, 2016.

About Kids4Kids: Kids4Kids is a non-profit organization founded in Hong Kong in 2008 and is aregistered charitable institution exempt from tax under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance.

kids4kids3Their Mission: To empower children to take responsibility with opportunities to learn about giving back — from the products created to activities organized by kids of all ages to reach out and help, in our local community, for a better Hong Kong.

Green Ladies – Consign Clothes

16 Mar

Spring is coming! That’s when us ladies start looking at our wardrobe weeding out unpopular pieces. But what should we do with the discarded pieces? Have you thought about consignment?

green ladiesMeet Green Ladies, a social enterprise project of the St James Settlement, a nonprofit who has served Hong Kong since 1949.

When you consign:
Fashion Recycling – Consignor Wins
Ladies love fashion, but trend changes so often. In Green Ladies Shop, ladies can recycle their high-quality fashion and can have a little bit return after items sold. At the same time it avoids wastage.

Fashion Reuse – Customer Wins
Green Ladies Shop is a good platform for shoppers and helps them to achieve the concept of restyling. They can also purchase trendy items at a reasonable price to fully utilize resources in the society to support eco-friendly habits.

Create job opportunity and better environment – Society Wins
Green Ladies Shop promotes Green Culture, aims to incorporate eco focus and create employment and training opportunity to middle-aged ladies for people enhancement.

WalkTheTalk_ENG_03How do you consign?
1. Go to a Green Ladies shop during the designated hours, fill in the consignment contract. All profit will be divided in a 7:3 proportion, consignors can take a maximum profit of 30%. Due to high operating costs, Green Ladies invite consignors to donate a part of your profit to the shop.
2. Staff will do the screening and selection of fashion. A receipt will be issued for the collection for your reference.
3. A sales report will be emailed to the consignor at the 15th of each month and income will be transferred to the registered account by auto-pay before the 21st of each succeeding month.

For more information about consignments, their consignment terms, and location of their shops, please visit their website.

Earth Hour 2016

5 Mar

earth hour 2016Living our material lives in this material world allows us to have an enviably high quality of life. But we seldom think about how our lifestyles affect the Earth’s resources.

If everyone on Earth were to live the way Hong Kong people do, we would need 3.1 planets to meet our needs. Today, Hong Kong people consume 540 times more natural resources than the territory can provide.

We only have one planet. It cannot give us everything that we are used to having forever. To celebrate the tenth Earth Hour, WWF is asking everyone to consume less and consume wisely to help sustain the Earth by changing our lifestyles and giving up some unnecessary luxuries. Let’s use our power to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

What are you going to do to help our planet earth?

earth hour 2016bDate: Saturday, 19 March 2016

Time: 8:30 – 9:30pm

Location: Everywhere, in your home, offices, etc.

Cost: Saving our planet, what’s it worth to you?

About WWF Hong Kong: WWF is one of the world’s most respectable conservation organizations, with a network active in more than 100 countries. Founded in 1961 with headquarters based in Switzerland, WWF’s mission is to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by :
– the world’s biological diversity
– Ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable
– the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption

WWF-Hong Kong has been working since 1981 to deliver solutions for a living planet through Conservation, Footprint and Education programmes.
In support of our global mission, WWF-Hong Kong’s vision is to transform Hong Kong into Asia’s most sustainable city where nature is conserved, carbon pollution is reduced, and consumption is environmentally responsible.