Archive | August, 2017

The Hub Hong Kong Children and Youth Centre

28 Aug

The HUB is a children’s support concept which provides food, educational, social health and wellbeing services to those who need it most without discrimination.

In early 2011 the first HUB was established in Bangkok, Thailand in partnership with Childline Thailand with the support of the Royal Family.

Hong Kong based Australians David Boehm and Bruce Stinson decided they wanted to give something back to Hong Kong after 30+ years of working and living here, and asked Bill for his support and advice.


The outcome was a commitment to help the children in disadvantaged circumstances especially concerning economic and social opportunities. They believe that the youth are the key for Hong Kong to continue to be a leading, growing community. They saw that not all children had the same opportunity so they decided to form a Foundation to give children the opportunity to find a better environment to develop into contributing members of the community.

What you can do to help:
The Hub welcomes volunteers to help with homework guidance, household visits, outdoor activities, assisting with activities and much more. Whether you want to work with children & families, teenagers, women, or new arrivals, there is something for everyone. If you are interested, please let the Hub know by filling out the form in the attached link.

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SRDC Step out for Children raising money for Mitochondrial Disease Diagnostic Tests

26 Aug

The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children will be hosting “Step out for Children” to fund Mitochondrial Disease Diagnostic Tests on 24th September, 2017. A treasure hunt is held along the 1.5 km route in Waterfront Park when a carnival will be organized at Ocean View Court in The Arcade. There will be fun games related to mitochondrial disease.

What are Mitochondrial disorders?
Mitochondrial disease is an inherited chronic illness that can be present at birth or develop later in life. It causes debilitating physical, developmental, and cognitive disabilities with symptoms including poor growth; loss of muscle coordination; muscle weakness and pain; seizures; vision and/or hearing loss; gastrointestinal issues; learning disabilities; and organ failure. It is estimated that 1 in 4,000 people has Mito. It’s progressive and there is no cure. – MitoAction

Details: Treasure Hunt along the 1.5 km route in Waterfront Park with carnival inside The Arcade
First 800 participants will receive a gift bag
Participant Certificate will be provided

Date: Sunday, 24 September 2017

Time: 10am – 4pm

Place: Ocean View Court, The Arcade, Cyberport

Price: Minimum donation of $250 per participant

For more information and to enroll, please visit their website

About The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (SRDC): 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.

Currently, the Society is continuously supporting the following:
* 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

Walk for Nature at Mai Po 2017

23 Aug


Walk for Nature is now open for registration

Walk for Nature” is an annual fundraising event held in Hong Kong’s iconic Mai Po Nature Reserve that has been held for the past 25 years. Participants walk a set route around the Reserve, which is in the Inner Deep Bay wetlands. Mai Po was recognized as “Wetland of International Importance” under the Ramsar Convention in 1995. Since 1940s, observers at the Mai Po Inner Deep Bay wetlands have recorded a total of 400 different species of birds, accounting for 75 per cent of the known bird species in Hong Kong and giving it a reputation as a paradise for birds. Among them are 35 species that are classified as worldwide endangered species. The Reserve also provides habitat for many species of both flora and fauna.

© Martin Harvey / WWF-Hong Kong

Walk for Nature, WWF-Hong Kong’s most significant educational fundraising event, aims to engage the public about the need to protect Hong Kong’s local natural environment and strengthen their awareness of the importance of environmental conservation.

There are four categories that you can join: Adult, Family, Child or Youth, and Senior.

Date: 4-5 November 2017

Time: 9:30am – 6pm
There will be 10 time slots each day running consecutively at half hour intervals from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Participants can choose their preferred time slot during the registration process.

Place: Mai Po Nature Reserve

Note: Suitable for 4 years old and above
*For safety reasons, baby strollers and prams are not allowed in the Reserve.

Price:

“Walk for Nature” 2017 is now open for registration. To register, please follow this link.

If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to contact WWF staff at 2526-1011 or email walk@wwf.org.hk.

About WWF: WWF was founded in 1961 by a group of passionate and committed individuals with the vision and determination to change the future – for good of the natural world and for all life on Earth.

Today, WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected conservation organizations, with a network active in more than 100 countries. WWF is currently carrying out more than 1,300 conservation projects around the planet – from small-scale local conservation projects to large-scale species protection projects which span all continents.

Their goal is to build a future in which humans can live in harmony with nature.

Volunteer for ReSource The Counselling Centre

18 Aug

ReSource The Counselling Centre was established over 40 years ago as a registered charitable organisation offering multi-lingual professional counselling service for people residing in Hong Kong. The organisation has grown considerably since then. At the present they have more than ten counsellors. All their counsellors are trained to a high standard and experienced. They see clients for many reasons. For example, relationship difficulties, parenting issues, anxiety, stress, depression and bereavement.

ReSource is a multicultural organisation and at present can offer counselling in at least seven languages – English, Cantonese, Putonghua, Russian, Hindi, Marathi and Marwadi. Their statistics show that they see approximately 55% Chinese speaking clients, the remaining 45% of our clients are counselled in English or other languages.

As an Organisational Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy ReSource is bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure therein.

What you can do to help:
Part-Time English Speaking Counsellor / Part-Time Bilingual Counsellor

Mature persons needed to provide counselling services, including child/ family/ personal/ marital relationship counselling. Must be fluent in English and have a minimun of 2 years counselling experience. Only a holder of a Master’s degree or higher in either counselling, social work or clincal psychology need apply.
Would be required to work flexible hours including some evenings and/ or Saturday.

Interested please email: wingo.resource@counselling.org.hk

Animals Asia Foundation presents BEAR TALES – Charity Gala 2017

13 Aug


Please join the Animals Asia Foundation for an evening of gourmet food and fabulous entertainment in celebration of the lives of rescued bears.

This is a unique opportunity to join a select group of individuals in celebration of the lives of their rescued bears.

Animals Asia is working to protect moon bears in China and Vietnam and has two sanctuaries where hundreds of rescued bears live. Other projects include community-based education to improve the welfare of zoo animals and cats and dogs.

This exclusive reception and gala dinner will benefit Animals Asia. See you there – and it would mean the world to the animals so much in need of help.

Programme
Cocktail reception
6-course gourmet dinner
Live Entertainment + Special Guests
Live Auction, Silent Auction, Raffle
Dress: Black tie

Date: 14 October 2017

Time: 6.00pm till late

Place: KITEC – Glass Pavilion, 3/F, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay

Price: HK$2,888 – HK$60,000

To order tickets online please follow this link to Eventbrite
If you wish to order by phone, please call 2791-2225, or email Animals Asia at ckam@animalsasia.org.

About Animals Asia Foundation: Founded in 1998, Animals Asia promotes compassion and respect for all animals and works to bring about long-term change. Animals Asia works to end the barbaric bear bile trade, which sees over 10,000 bears kept on bile farms in China, and, according to official figures, about 1,200 suffering the same fate in Vietnam.

Animals Asia has rescued over 500 bears, caring for them at its award-winning bear sanctuaries in China and Vietnam.

Animals Asia also works to end the trade in dogs and cats for food in China and Vietnam, and lobbies to improve the welfare of companion animals, promote humane population management and prevent the cross border export of “meat dogs” in Asia.

In addition, Animals Asia campaigns for an end to abusive animal practices in zoos and safari parks in Asia, and works closely with governing authorities to improve animal management and increase awareness of the welfare needs of captive animals.

My Story Creation Competition 2017

8 Aug


Kids4Kids encourages students to develop their creative story writing and illustration skills through the My Story Creation platform designed to spark imagination and creativity.

My Story Creation’, previously known as ‘Writing for a Cause’, is a bilingual creative writing competition open to all primary school students in Hong Kong. The competition encourages children to express their imagination and present their original ideas to the world.

My Story Creation aims to:
* Develop literacy in primary aged school children
* Inspire kids to write creative stories
* Contribute age appropriate picture storybooks to share with other kids in the community
* Involve participants from a wide range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds

Competition Details for Individuals (Open Category)
As a not-for-profit organization, Kids4Kids relies on the support of the community to run youth empowerment and literacy development programs and donations are gratefully accepted. Individuals who donate HK$300 or more will receive a copy of the Kids4Kids Treasury, a collection of the top stories from ‘My Story Creation’ 2016.

Eligibility
The competition is open to all Hong Kong primary school students (P.1-6).

Registration
1. There is a registration fee of HK$200, which can be paid by Paypal, cheque or bank transfer.
2. Register on OpenClass (with proof of payment if by bank transfer).
3. You will be sent a ‘submission code’ by email that you use to submit your story online in September 2017.
Story

Deadline for registration: 31 August 2017

Online story submission: 1-30 September 2017

Results announced via Kids4Kids website: February 2018
For more information regarding the competition and to download application form please visit their website.

kids4kidskids4kids3Their 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.

Volunteer for Health in Action

3 Aug

Asylum seekers and refugees (ASRs) have limited rights in Hong Kong and they are a group of marginalized and ignored population. Due to the backlog of the screening process, it is not unusual for an ASR to stay in Hong Kong for years, some of them have stayed in Hong Kong for over ten years. They are prohibited to engage in any form of businesses or jobs, except in rare exceptions. During the lengthy screening process and long waiting time, ASRs can only live under limited government and NGO subsidies. Despite their long stay, they are often detached from the society and there is little public awareness of their presence in the city.

Health in Action is a humanitarian organization established in 2011 in Hong Kong, with a focus in promoting community health and wellbeing through the empowerment of underprivileged populations in Hong Kong and in Southeast Asia. Their work is rooted in the core belief that every human being has the right to health. They offer support to people based on health needs, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. Health In Action is a registered charity in Hong Kong and is a member of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service.

Health In Action advocates health equity for the underprivileged, including ASRs in Hong Kong. The right to health implies that the government should provide accessible and acceptable basic healthcare to all living in the city. This also includes other health-related services such as nutritious food and safe housing etc. The right to health enshrined in international human rights treaties, such as International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, is applicable to Hong Kong. ASRs can attend basic medical services at public hospitals with their fees waived. However, experience from ASRs show that there are multiple factors hindering their health care access, including cultural differences, language barrier, lack of awareness of health needs and financial constraints. All these impose negative effects on the physical and mental health of ASRs.

What you can do to help:
Volunteers are Health in Action’s core valuable assets. Their committed team of multi-disciplinary volunteers is continuously expanding, with professionals including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, social workers, lawyers and more. University students are also a crucial part of their taskforce. Health in Action welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds and experiences to join them in working towards health equity.

If you are interested in joining Health in Action as a volunteer, please do not hesitate to let them know by emailing hia@hia.org.hk.