Monthly Archives: February 2018

Feeding Hong Kong

Every day, 3,400 tonnes of food waste are sent to landfills in Hong Kong, while one million people live in poverty struggling to afford nutritious meals. Feeding Hong Kong bridges this gap by linking food companies and charities to redistribute surplus food from where it is plentiful, to where there is a need.

Feeding Hong Kong rescues
quality surplus food from the food industry that would otherwise go to waste.

Feeding Hong Kong redistributes
food to charities feeding those in need.

Feeding Hong Kong collaborates
with volunteers to collect, sort and deliver food.

Feeding Hong Kong partners
with community partners to raise awareness and make positive change in society.


What you can do to help

Warehouse Session : Organise a group to help sort and pack food in their warehouse.

The Bread Run : Volunteer as Bread Runners and help collect surplus bread.

Food Drive : Host a food drive to collect food donations for those in need.

Meet & Greet : Visit their warehouse to learn about food banks.

For more information, call Feeding Hong Kong at Tel: +852 2205 6568

International Women’s Day Breakfast: Two Tales of Global Impact

World change starts with educated children, and yet so many children around the world face immense barriers to access to education. For both speakers, adversity has been both the obstacle to and the drive behind persevering through challenges to be able to continue their path to education and success in personal and professional life. Join Room to Read this March 8th for “International Women’s Day Breakfast: Two Tales of Global Impact” to hear their inspiring life stories!

Neelam, Room to Read Girls’ Education Program Graduate
From an urban slum area of northwest region of Delhi, Neelam was destined to a life of poverty. Born to a father who works as a fresh produce seller in the local market, and mother who is a domestic helper, Neelam grew up to become the backbone of her family, taking care of her asthmatic mother and brothers and sisters. The turning point in Neelam’s life came in year 2005, when she became part of Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program (GEP) after which, for the first time, Neelam came to know of a different world where she would learn and do interesting things. Despite the many challenges she encountered during the program, Neelam has successfully attained her Bachelor degree in Commerce in 2015 and currently works in the Department of Telecommunications at the Ministry of Communications and and IT.

Elisa Chongbang, Multicultural Learning Facilitator, Hong Kong Christian Service
Elisa is a proud Hong Kong Nepalese woman, whose grandfather came to the city in the 1960s as an officer in the British Army. Hong Kong is her “Karmabhoomi”, meaning a place whose growth she will aid in and contribute to making it a racially harmonious and inclusive city. Since 2014, Elisa has been working in providing direct services to ethnic minorities as a part of her career. She produced the RTHK CIBS radio program called “Role Model: Someone To Look Up To” which aims at motivating the HK Nepali youth by interviewing 13 empowered HK Nepali people, as well as a short video titled “Namaskar Hong Kong” through the WeDo Global Social Issue Video Competition. Her work has helped to preserve Hong Kong Nepali culture and continuously works at improving the self-identity of numerous Hong Kong Nepali youth. She was awarded the Hong Kong Unison Scholarship, which provided her with further training on social policy and advocacy. She is a volunteer with PathFinders, advocating maternity rights for foreign domestic helpers. She is also a Social Justice fellow of Resolve Foundation. Furthermore, she has been volunteering at an organisation that works on promoting mental health care in Hong Kong for the past three years. She wants to keep working on empowering ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, mental health care for children and adolescents, as well as the rights of foreign domestic workers. In her spare time, she likes to sew, write, read and brainstorm new ideas for her future projects.

*Tickets included coffee and breakfast
**Audio and Visual Content will be recorded by the Mettā Team

Date: Thursday, 8 March 2018

Time: 8-9:30am

Place: Mettā, 21/F California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong

Price: $150 from EventBrite

About Room to Read : Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, Room to Read develops literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care

The Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care believes that everyone has the right to live with dignity at every turn of life, even towards the end of it. They envision a world in which all people can pursue a quality hospice and palliative care and receive bereavement support that enable them to live a full and positive life when facing death, and die with dignity and peace.

The Society seeks to transform the lives of everyone in Hong Kong by advocating hospice and palliative care, and providing bereavement support services. Working in collaboration with local communities, partnering organizations and the government, They offer life and death education programmes to local communities, organize hospice and palliative care training to health care professionals, the general public and beyond.

Influencing Beliefs and Attitudes
* Heighten community and professional awareness on issues surrounding death, dying and bereavement.
* Facilitate open discussion on death and dying while respecting cultural, religious and family beliefs.

Meeting Community Needs
* Provide readily available information about facing death and end of life care options.
* Offer comprehensive bereavement support to patients, family & carers enabling them to cope with issues of loss and grief.

Enhancing Understanding & Skills
* Increase understanding through the ongoing discussion of end of life care among health care providers.
* Strengthen health care professional development through the provision of specialized training and support.
* Encourage and support in end of life care research.

Advocating for Best Possible Care
* Collaborate with caregivers from different disciplines to enhance their practices on the care of the dying and the bereaved.
* Help people who are dying and their families to recognize that the choice to receive quality end of life care is their right.
* Work towards greater recognition in end of life care and greater access to the best possible end of life care for all.

What you can do to help
For the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care, a volunteer is a valuable partner. It is their volunteers’ enthusiasm and continuous participation that help them to “add life to days when day cannot be added to life”. With volunteers, the Society is able to minimize their operating cost and channel funds raised directly to the people in need. A volunteer can help in many aspects of the Society’s work including:

Fundraising
To organize and develop new fundraising events or to assist in coordinating and performing logistical duties at fundraising activities

Administration Work
To assist in general office duties to help reduce administrative costs

Translation and Technical Works
To assist in translation, photo-taking, website update and artwork design, to name but a few

Bereavement Counselling Support
Following up bereaved families via phone or home visits, providing simple home assistance and assist counsellors in organizing activities

Hotline and Reception Services
Help manage the enquiry hotline or attend duty at the reception of JCHH

If you would like to become a volunteer, simply download and fill out the application form, fax, email or mail to the Society.

Crossroads Foundation – Student Summer Internships

Crossroads Foundation recruits students from universities and colleges to participate in its annual internship programme. Students are given the opportunity to be assistant managers in most of our many departments and to help in the running of them. They work with people from around the world while gaining vital, real-world English-environment, work experience.

Roles available include communications, design, translation, accounting, administration, research, goods preparation for distribution, shipping, computing, catering, hospitality, simulation experiential programmes, our fair trade marketplace and café. Students are awarded a certificate and a reference letter from Crossroads on completion of the internship programme.

Date: Students commit to a six-week, full-time service period. Our work week is Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

First intake: June 5th – July 14th 2018 (Deadline for applications is May 12th)

Second intake: July 10th – August 18th 2018 (Deadline for applications is June 16th)

Time: Crossroads working hours for interns are 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. They are closed on public holidays unless advised otherwise.

Place: Internships take place at the Crossroads Village, 2 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun.

How: Interested students should complete an internship application form. They will then undertake a brief interview and, in the following weeks, be notified as to whether they have been accepted and in which department they have been placed. After completing 6 full time weeks of internship, each student will receive a certificate and a letter of reference from Crossroads. These are awarded at an internship celebration at the end of the period or upon finishing the programme.

Note: Students who are not in Hong Kong at the time of the interviews may complete their interviews online. Email us for more details at volunteer@crossroads.org.hk.

About : Crossroads Foundation is a Hong Kong based, non-profit organisation serving global need. They believe that, in a broken world that sees too much suffering, we should do all we can to link those who are in need with those who can provide help. So Crossroads provides an intersection, literally a crossroads, to bring both together. They offer four global crossroads services:

Global Distribution: This distributes Hong Kong’s quality excess goods as needed, internationally and locally. It provides a crossroads between need and supply.

Global X-perience: This offers simulated x-periences of global need. It provides a crossroads between the lifestyles of the rich and poor.

Global Handicrafts: This sells fair trade goods from people in poverty. It is a crossroads between those needing a fair income and those with buying power.

Global Hand: This provides a ‘matching’ website for public-private partnerships. It is a crossroads between for-profit and non-profit organisations who wish to address global need.

Foodlink

Founded in 2001, Foodlink Foundation is a registered Hong Kong charity dedicated to fighting hunger, building self-sufficiency, and fostering nutritional wellness among those in need, while simultaneously reducing food wastage in hotels and F&B outlets in Hong Kong.

Vision & Mission
The vision at Foodlink Foundation is to ensure that every needy person has access to a hot, healthy meal, every single day. Foodlink acts as a bridge — a charity dedicated to connecting the supply directly to the demand, as often as possible, by collecting safe-to-eat surplus food from F&B outlets all over the city and deliver to those in need. The benefits are twofold — while reducing hunger Foodlink also reduces the pressure on the city’s landfills.

What you can do to help
Be a Food Donor:
Every 20 kg of your surplus food gives eight families of four, or 32 people, a hot, nourishing meal. If your organization has food surplus and an ambition to help the community, then healthy, nutritious food is what Foodlink needs.
Email: info@foodlinkfoundation.org
Phone: +852 2567 1561 / +852 2812 3748
Fax: +852 2812 3617

Volunteer:
Volunteering is a great way to support Foodlink. Foodlink is looking for volunteers in the following areas:
Translation, Coins Counting, Graphic Design * Legal Advice * Photography * Marketing and PR / Social Media * Data Management * Committee for Foodlink’s Programs / Events * Bookkeeping * Referrals to Food Donors and Beneficiaries
Please download the Volunteer Registration Form and return the completed form to Foodlink

Donate Funds:
Foodlink fully utilizes and appreciates every dollar you donate! Every HK$7 you donate can provide a hot and nutritious meal to someone in need. Currently Foodlink receives charitable contributions through individual donations, private foundations, corporate foundations, foundation grants, and signature events and fundraisers. They are a proud member of WiseGiving, an entity that aims to enhance charity accountability and transparency in Hong Kong. These different revenue streams generate enough to keep Foodlink‘s vans on the road, but Foodlink needs your help to continue to drive hunger away! To donate please follow this link

Tai Po Bus Accident – Red Cross Blood Drive

In light of the horrific bus accident in Tai Po yesterday, the Hong Kong Red Cross has issued an urgent appeal for blood donations. All aged 16-66, weighing more than 41kg and healthy are welcome to donate.

To facilitate members of the public going to donate blood, the daily service hours of the blood donation stations at Causeway Bay, Tsuen Wan and Kwun Tong under the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service have been extended to 8pm.

* Causeway Bay Blood Donation Station
Address: 14 / F, Plaza 2000, 2-4 Russell Street, Causeway Bay
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday and public holidays from 11 am to 8 pm

* Tsuen Wan Blood Donation Station
Address: 8 River Road, Tsuen Wan
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday and public holidays from 11 am to 8 pm

* Kwun Tong blood donation station
Address: Room 2301 and 2316, 23 / F, City 5, Millennium City, Kwun Tong Road
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday and public holidays from 11 am to 8 pm

About Hong Kong Red Cross: The Hong Kong Red Cross (“HKRC”) was established in 1950 as a branch of the British Red Cross Society. Since 1 July 1997, upon the return of Hong Kong’s sovereignty to China, the HKRC has changed its affiliation to become a highly autonomous branch of the Red Cross Society of China.

Don’t miss Room to Read’s 2018 Gala on 2 March!

Please join Room to Read‘s Hong Kong Chapter to get Active for Education and be a Game Changer at Room to Read‘s Hong Kong Gala on Friday 2 March 2018.

Join Room to Read‘s Founder John Wood and their APAC Board members to celebrate and be inspired by their game changers in the making – young learners around the globe empowered through their programs to be their best selves.

Date: Friday, 2 March 2018

Time: 6:30PM, Champagne Reception; 7:30PM Dinner

Place: Grand Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel

Price: HKD$48,000 (10 Guests)

Dress Code: Formal Cocktail

To reserve your table, please email caroline.sprod@roomtoread.org

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.

room to read 2To 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 to 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.

room to read john-woodFor more information please visit their website.

Mother’s Choice Flag Day Appeal – Feb 24

On Saturday, 24th February 2018, Mother’s Choice will have their territory wide Flag Day and Mother’s Choice would love to have you join them on the streets of Hong Kong in solidarity with their vision of every child in a loving family. Funds raised will be used to support children without families and pregnant teenagers in crisis.

Mother’s Choice has been changing the life stories of vulnerable babies and young girls in our city for 30 years. They believe it takes a village to raise a child, and they thank you for being their village by making a gift (financial or time) to Mother’s Choice. Come join hands with Mother’s Choice as they give hope and change life stories!

What you can do to help:
Volunteer and help sell flags
You can be an individual, a group or a school, just follow this link, complete this form and Mother’s Choice will get back to you.
Flags can be sold anytime between 7:00am and 12:00noon

Donate
Can’t spare the time to volunteer? Out of town on the 24th? You are welcome to make a donation instead. Just follow this link. If you make a donation from now until Chinese New Year, you will receive one Lai See pack*, as a token of appreciation.
*(10 individual envelopes) for every HK$300 donation (HK$600 will receive two packs etc).

Date: Saturday, 24 February 2018

Time: 7am – 12pm

About Mother’s Choice: Mother’s Choice is a local charity serving the many children without families and pregnant teenagers in Hong Kong.

Mother’s Choice joins hands with our community to give hope and change the life stories of vulnerable girls and babies. Their vision is to see every child in a loving family.

Volunteer Tour Guides for Art Basel Hong Kong Wanted

Art Basel in Hong Kong is among the world’s premier international art fairs for Modern and contemporary art which provides an in-depth overview of the region’s diversity through both historical material and cutting-edge works by established and emerging artists. In 2018, it will feature 248 premier galleries from 32 countries and territories, half of the participating galleries have exhibition spaces in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Since the show’s inauguration in Hong Kong, Para Site has been organising its public tours, providing insight into some of the featured artists and works. Following the programme’s success in previous years, Para Site is looking for enthusiastic individuals interested in contemporary art to join our guided tour programme in 2018. These bilingual volunteers (Cantonese & English or Mandarin & English) will be asked to give guided tours and interact with guests from all around the world during the opening hours of the art show.

The guides will be responsible for sharing information about participating artists and their artworks from selected galleries to groups of 15 people, during one-hour tours. Para Site will provide a training session prior to the art fair. As the guided tours will run through each day of the fair, we hope for a daily commitment of at least 7 hours from the volunteers. In return, Para Site will provide a complimentary ticket to the Vernissage at Art Basel in Hong Kong on March 28, together with our exclusive Para Site publications and tote bag.

If you are interested in joining the programmes, please send an email to guidedtour@para-site.art with your name, CV, and contact details before Sunday, February 11, 2018. Selected individuals will be contacted for an interview.

Date:
Thursday, March 29, 1:00pm – 9:00pm (VIP viewing 12noon – 1pm)
Friday, March 30, 1:00pm – 8:00pm (VIP viewing 12noon – 1pm)
Saturday, March 31, 11:00am – 6:00pm

Deadline for application is February 11.

About Para Site: Para Site is Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art centre and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia. It produces exhibitions, publications, discursive, and educational projects aimed at forging a critical understanding of local and international phenomena in art and society.

Founded in early 1996 as an artist run space, Para Site was Hong Kong’s first exhibition-making institution of contemporary art and a crucial self-organised structure within the city’s civil society, during the uncertain period preceding its handover to Mainland China. Throughout the years, Para Site has grown into a contemporary art centre, engaged in a wide array of activities and collaborations with other art institutions, museums, and academic structures in Hong Kong and the international landscape. In early 2015, Para Site moved to greatly increased premises, in North Point/Quarry Bay. Throughout its history, Para Site‘s activities have included a range of different formats, among which P/S magazine (1997-2006), a bilingual publication, which was Hong Kong’s first visual arts magazine and a central platform for the development of art writing and of a discursive scene in the city and the Curatorial Training Programme (2007-2010). Since 2012, Para Site has been running an International Art Residency Programme and has been organizing an annual international conference. This is accompanied, starting from 2015, by a new educational format aimed at training young curators and other art professionals. Para Site‘s activities are made possible by the generous support of its patrons, and grants from foundations and the Government of the HKSAR.

Save and Share – New Year Gift Packs and Food Collection

Chinese New Year is a time of year for celebration and gift giving. In the Chinese tradition, food is generally given as gifts as part of the new year’s celebrations. If you have received one gift too many, think about making a donation to Food-Co and the People’s Food Bank. In this holiday season, they are looking for Chinese New Year gift packs, rice, noodles, canned food and other packaged food with complete packaging with an expiry of 8 weeks or longer. Around 970,000 Hong Kong people live below the poverty line. FOOD-CO and People’s Food Bank will distribute your donations to the deprived families.

Collection period: 5 February – 9 March 2018

Collection Points:
1. 聖雅各福群會總會902室
St. James Settlement Headquarters Rm 902
2. 西安中心
Sai On Centre
3. 慈惠軒(九龍西)
Kindness Centre (West Kowloon)
4. 慈惠軒(葵涌)
Kindness Centre (Kwai Chung)

Support this food drive and support deprived families in Hong Kong.

About Food-Co: In June 2016, St. James’ Settlement was awarded by SIE Fund to run FOOD-CO the first IT platform for food support service. FOOD-CO aims at facilitating food donation in a more efficient way with advancement in technology and data analysis. FOOD-CO works with like-minded partners to solicit resources for poverty alleviation. They cultivate a culture of save and share, with an aim to reducing food waste and creating a better living environment.

About People’s Food Bank: The office of the People’s Food Bank is located at Sai On Centre, Sai Ying Pun. It was originally a relief centre for street sleepers. It went into operation on 24 March 1997 and is still providing services for street sleepers on Hong Kong Island today. All along, the centre has been providing food for street sleepers and emergency food supplies for the poor to relieve their hunger. After the financial crisis of 1998, the issue of poverty worsened in Hong Kong. A UN report on human development pointed out that in terms of the gap between the rich and the poor, Hong Kong ranked number 3 in developed areas of the whole world and number 1 in developed areas of Asia. The SAR Government reduced CSSA for the first time in June 1999. This caused further hardship to those who relied on the SAR Government for their livelihood. With the economic downturn and high rate of unemployment, the number of street sleepers shot up. The number of referrals to this centre for food assistance continued to increase. In November 2002, with the help of Food Link, the centre obtained leftovers from a hotel. The food collected, combined with vegetables, provided food for the stomachs of 12 people on average every day. In 2003 when Sars was ravaging the territory, the hotel stopped the supply of food. The free food service offered by the centre was temporarily suspended. Fortunately, a donation made by a Mr Li meant that the service could be relaunched. The daily quota for meal service increased from 12 to 24. Thereafter, the number of people asking for food assistance kept on increasing. As a result, St. James’ Settlement formally established the People’s Food Bank on 13 December 2003, providing the poor with temporary free food assistance.