Archive | January, 2018

One-arm Push-up Challenge – Raise Money to stamp out Animal Cruelty

28 Jan

Police have called on Hongkongers to take part in a one-arm push-up challenge to raise money for an animal charity and stamp out animal cruelty.

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news.php?id=192200&sid=4

A star-studded opening ceremony will be held at Stanley Plaza today, where you will be able to take photos with officers from elite police squads, including the counter-terrorism response unit and airport security unit.

All proceeds will be used to help the Society for Abandoned Animals, which relies solely on private donations.

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Spring Charity Barefoot Walk for Children 2018

25 Jan

Enjoying a hearty meal with your loved ones is probably a must-do during Chinese New Year, but have you thought about spending a day out with them in the countryside this year?

Take your children, invite your relatives and co-workers to the Spring Charity Barefoot Walk for Children 2018. You will have a great time while doing something meaningful. All proceeds from this event will go to World Vision’s integrated health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects in South Sudan to help South Sudanese children and families affected by the ongoing conflict in their country and provide them with much-needed basic necessities and food assistance.

Date: Saturday, 24 February 2018

Time: 10am – 1:30pm

Place: The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club

Categories: Take a 4km journey without shoes on to “experience” displacement of South Sudanese children. Check out the booths and activities after the walk to learn more about the challenging life of South Sudanese people.

Individual
$500 minimum fundraising amount

Family
In addition to the Barefoot Walk, Take part in workshops to learn more about the lives of families displaced by war. Try building a simple makeshift tent and a latrine, and fetching water in the settlement.
Barefoot Walk: $1,000 (Include 2 adults & 2 members under 16)
Barefoot Walk + Family Workshops: $1,800 (Include 2 adults & 2 members under 16)

Corporate & Group
Capture a Moment in South Sudan
Time: 12 – 1:30pm
Use your imagination, let it guide you to the surroundings of the displaced and understand their plight.
Barefoot Walk + Capture a Moment in South Sudan: $6,000 (Include 10 members per team, family members of staff participants are welcome)

To register, please follow this link

Application Deadline: 2 February 2018

About World Vision: World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.

Run for Survival 2018

21 Jan

Be a Conservation Hero and brace up to the challenges
Get rid of plastics to stand up for the oceans

Join Run for Survival, all donations raised will be used to support Asian wildlife conservation efforts of the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong.


Run For Survival is open to the public, and includes a 10km Time Challenge race and 3km Fun Run. There are fascinating checkpoints on race court as well as game booths filled with conservation elements.

Date: Sunday, 4 March 2017

Time: 9am – 2pm

Place: Hong Kong Science Park

Price: Register before 22 January and benefit from the early bird discount

Plus
The first 600 individual/family registrations will receive an umbrella dryer case
The first 200 registrants of 10km Time Challenge will receive a pair of Xtenex shoelaces
The first 200 registrants of 3km Fun Run will receive an Aimore sports bottle
All participants will receive a Truegrasses A4 folder

Register now by following this link

About Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong: OPCFHK is committed to advocating, facilitating and participating in effective conservation of Asian wildlife, with an emphasis on Chinese white dolphins and giant pandas, as well as their habitats through partnerships, fundraising, research and education. It envisions a world where Asian wildlife remains biologically diverse under the stewardship of humans, corporations and governments.

Since its expansion in 2005, OPCFHK has allocated over $80 million to fund 479 research projects on cetaceans, giant pandas and many other species. In 2015/16, OPCFHK is funding three key projects to monitor and understand the population and habitat of Chinese white dolphins, whilst continuing the operation of the Marine Mammal Stranding Response Team in Hong Kong and providing samples to local universities and the Chinese White Dolphin DNA Bank in China, in order to develop an effective conservation plan for the species. Giant panda conservation efforts were extended from infrastructure rebuilding after earthquake to conservation study, capacity building and habitat restoration in the three provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu. It also inspires university students to engage in field work as part of its University Student Sponsorship Programme in Wildlife Conservation, and connects secondary school students as well as corporations to horseshoe crab conservation efforts in Hong Kong through the rearing and fostering programme.

Hong Kong Sports Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability

20 Jan

Hong Kong Sports Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability was founded in 1978 by a group of professionals who wanted to serve persons with intellectual disability (ID).

As the only organisation in Hong Kong offering sports activities to persons with intellectual disability, HKSAPID today has over a hundred agency members and thousands of registered athletes and participants.

HKSAPID became the official member of The International Federation for Intellectual Impairment Sport (INAS) in 1996. In Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, their athletes won the gold and silver medals in table tennis women’s singles and women’s long jump respectively; a silver medal was also attained in table tennis demonstration in Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. The swimming and athletics teams also achieved prominent results in competitions around the world. After 12 years, ID athletes are finally re-included in the Paralympics and 7 local ID athletes gained the qualification slots to the London 2012 Paralympics. They competed with worldwide elites in table tennis and swimming and won 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.

HKSAPID athletes won 1 gold and 1 bronze medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Swimmer TANG Wai Lok broke his personal best and the Paralympic Records with 01:56:32 in Class S14 Men’s 200m Freestyle and won the first-ever gold medal in swimming for Hong Kong.

What you can do to help:
The Hong Kong Sports Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability endeavors to promote social inclusion and spread the message of community partnership through the development of volunteer services.

HKSAPID organizes different kinds of sports activities for persons with intellectual disability (ID), aiming to fully develop their potential in sports, to cultivate a positive attitude in sportsmanship and to facilitate their integration into our community. They are most grateful to have the passionate support of their volunteers who contribute greatly to their activities.

HKSAPID provides training and development programmes as well as other social activities for their volunteers in order to enhance their understanding towards persons with intellectual disability and their sense of belongings. To recognize the contribution of their volunteers, all registered volunteers will be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation based on their hours committed.

HKSAPID welcomes those who are interested to serve intellectual disabled athletes to join them as their volunteer! Interested parties can complete the Volunteer Registration Online Form (Chinese Version only) and return to HKSAPID. For enquiries, please contact Mr. Ben Cheung at 2161 9505.

PathFinders

15 Jan

PathFinders Limited is an independent, secular and non-partisan humanitarian services organisation with tax-exempt charitable status in Hong Kong.

Since their founding in 2008, PathFinders has helped over 4,800 of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable babies, children and migrant women. Over 10% of the children Pathfinders has served would, but for PathFinders, have been at extreme risk of abuse, neglect, even trafficking.

Mission
To ensure that the most vulnerable children born in Hong Kong, and their migrant mothers, are respected and protected.

Vision
For all children to be respected and protected.

Values
PathFinders’ approach is non-judgmental, respectful, passionate, courageous, empathetic, discreet and collaborative.

Why does Hong Kong need PathFinders?
The babies, children and women that PathFinders help are either not supported, or are inadequately supported, by Hong Kong’s existing public welfare, healthcare and access to justice structures. In effect, they fall through the cracks of Hong Kong’s otherwise world class social welfare safety nets.

Who does PathFinders help?
PathFinders helps pregnant, migrant women (principally current or former foreign domestic workers) in distress and their Hong Kong-born children. Despite legal protections, too many of these women are unlawfully fired once their pregnancy is announced or discovered. In 2016, 88% of the fathers were in Hong Kong. Once their employment is terminated, these pregnant women immediately become homeless. Within two weeks they lose access to all public welfare support. Now destitute, they and their babies are among the most vulnerable and underserved people in Hong Kong.

What you can do to help
Volunteer: PathFinders is looking for motivated and passionate volunteers to help vulnerable children and their migrant mothers. Join PathFinders to make a unique and valuable contribution to our community. How you can help:
* Workshop Facilitator
* Supplies Coordinator
* Outreach Ambassador
To learn more about PathFinders’ stories, services, and other volunteer opportunities, to their Meet and Greet volunteer workshop.

Check out the calendar by following this link and sign up for PathFinders’ upcoming events. Join PathFinders to make a difference!


Donate Supplies: PathFinders collect and distribute pre-loved and new baby supplies to migrant mothers and children who desperately need our support. PathFinders gladly accepts donations of the following items for distribution to their clients:
* Newborn and children’s clothes (size up to 2 years)
* Baby blankets
* Baby carriers, baby slings and wraps
* Disposable diapers (up to 1yrs/11kg)
* Lightweight foldable pushchairs (See our ‘Pushchairs for PathFinders‘ collection campaign!)
* Baby milk formula (newborn to 1 yr) – expired baby food is not accepted.
* Maternity clothes
Please ensure that all donated items are dry, clean and in good condition.
Include your name, telephone number and email address inside each of your donation bags/boxes.

Drop Off Locations
PathFinders’ Office – Unit 2D, Worldwide Centre, 123 Tung Chau Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon (Map)
(Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm)
Volunteer’s Home – C4, 101 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong (contact tel: 60441268 or victoria@pathfinders.org.hk to organise drop off)

Volunteer for the HER Fund

10 Jan

HER Fund was set up on March 8, 2004 by a group of committed women activists in honour of International Women’s Day. Their main objective is to raise funds and give grants to support work by women, with women and for women in Hong Kong. Next to this, an important aspect of their work is to raise awareness of women’s position and rights in Hong Kong.

Women’s organizations in Hong Kong have been working hard to strive for gender equality. Over the years, they have significantly raised women’s status in society. However, many of them are finding it increasingly difficult to secure funding to continue their valuable work. In late 2001, several long-time women activists in Hong Kong embarked on a project to set up a women’s fund. The idea received support from Mama Cash (Netherlands), Global Fund for Women (USA) and the Hong Kong Women’s Coalition on Equal Opportunities. In 2002, the group undertook a study on the funding needs of women NGOs in Hong Kong and in 2003, Hong Kong Women’s Fund (Preparatory Committee) was formally registered as a society. In 2004, the society set up HER Fund Limited. They received their charity status and tax exemption (IR File No.: 91/7393) in June 2005.

HER Belief:
HER Fund believes in the wisdom and capacity of women to determine their needs and aspirations and to develop strategies to achieve them.

HER Vision:
HER Fund envisions a society that will secure and promote the human rights for all, without discrimination on any grounds, and in all areas of life and work.

HER Mission:
HER Fund mobilizes resources and invests in empowering women and girls to create change in communities for gender equality.

HER Work:
HER Fund advances women and girls’ rights through grant-making, capacity building and resource development. They give financial grants to improve the situation and protect the human rights of marginalized and grassroots women.

What you can do to help:
Are you looking for a meaningful way to explore and share your unique talents?
Become a HER Fund Volunteer and give a gift of time to help them promote the human rights for all women. HER Fund would greatly appreciate any help you can offer!

Professional support: HER Fund needs talented volunteers to give them advice and support help them in communication, marketing, fund raising, IT support, accounts, financial analysis, etc.

Programmes support: Assist HER Fund at fundraising events and educational programmes, including photoshooting, video recording, reception, etc.

Office support: Assist HER Fund in data entry and administrative work during office hours.

Free support: You can help translate documents, typesetting, designing, etc. at home at anytime.

If you are interested in volunteering, please follow this link to download the application form.

Knit blankets for Charity

5 Jan

Lizzie Bee Foundation Ltd is a Hong Kong registered Charity who develops and delivers art workshops brining art, artist and community together.

One of Lizzie Bee’s projects is the United Nations of Knitters
These are knitting sessions in which you make blankets for people in need. Are you a beginner or a complete novice? Please come, Lizzie Bee will teach you how to knit and it is pretty easy too.

Lizzie Bee’s sessions are twice a month on a Wednesday from 7.00-9.00pm at PMQ, studio H307

Spaces are limited so follow this link to sign up.

Date: Wednesdays

Time: 7-9pm

Place: PMQ, studio H307, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central

About Lizzie Bee: Lizzie Bee Foundation Ltd is a Hong Kong registered Charity who develops and delivers art workshops brining art, artist and community together.

Lizzie Bee workshops
They believe that art and making art can trigger change. Therefore everyone should have access to meaningful art projects in order to promote education, empower communities, enhance lives and encourage positive social impact.

Within this service Lizzie Bee provides, sets up the art workshops but also advise other organisations in grant-writing, fundraising and strategic planning.

Lizzie Bee website
Lizzie Bee would also like this website to be a useful tool by providing all sorts of resources such as information about grants, useful tools, inspiring art projects and news of other Arts & Health organisations.

If you would like to add something to their site, please feel free to contact Lizzie Bee.