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Unwanted Christmas presents? Give to charity

11 Dec

Christmas is a time for giving, but unless you’re incredibly lucky (or sent out a specific list of desired items before), chances are you’ll have at least one gift that you don’t like –or can’t even stand the sight of. You can repurpose them, re-gift them, even sell online, but if you run out of ideas think about donating them to charity.

There are a number of charities in Hong Kong who would welcome your onloved gifts. Here are some suggestions

People’s Food Bank
Too many chocolates, cookies, unwanted Christmas hampers? Donate to the People’s Food Bank. Run by local charity St. James’ Settlement they provide temporary food assistance to the poor. For a list of the food donations accepted and their collection points, please follow this link.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is one of the most established organisations for recycling goods. Donated goods are sorted, distributed and sold in Family Stores in Hong Kong and Macau. The net proceeds will go to The Salvation Army for use across its invaluable community programmes. Some of the donated goods will be directly helping people in need, such as home alone elderly, street sleepers, ex-prisoners and CSSA recipients.
The Salvation Army accepts
– Clothing, footwear, handbags and accessories, either brand new or used in clean condition
– Electrical home appliances in working order
– Electrical office equipment (e.g. computer, fax machine, printer, etc.) in working order
– Toys (no soft toys), stationery, books, gifts and premiums
– Software / DVD / VCD / CD with copyright
They do not accept
– Furniture, used bed mattresses or bedding
– Medicine
– Food
– Worn-out or broken items
– Used kitchenware
– Used underwear or towels
Donations can be dropped off at one of their many Family Stores, a list of which is provided on their website.

Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth launched the Used Clothes Recycling Program in 2001, which collects all sorts of textile products: used clothes, shoes, bed sheets and handbags. Re-wearables are exported to neighbouring countries while the worn out pieces are turned into wipers for industrial use. They have over 200 collection points – check out their website and find the one closest to you.
If the amount of used clothes exceeds a certain number (e.g. 5 large bags of clothing or more), Friends of the Earth would arrange door-to-door collection service. Please notify them 1-2 weeks before in advance. Please call 2528-5588 for further details.

Po Leung Kuk
One of the oldest charitable institutions in Hong Kong, the Po Leung Kuk was founded in 1878 to rescue women and children from human trafficking. In it’s long history, Po Leung Kuk is best known as an orphanage, today it offers a wide range of social services in Hong Kong including adoption, integrated family services, elderly services, medical and integrated health services, education and much more. Po Leung Kuk welcomes donations-in-kind to fulfil the basic needs of their service recipients, particularly children, the elderly and low-income families! All kinds of items are welcome – electrical appliances, computers, stationeries, toys, books, household accessories, cookware, etc. For any enquiries, please email plkinfo@poleungkuk.org.hk or contact their Corporate Communications Department on 2277 8352 (Corporate Donation) / Social Services Department on 2277 8158 (Individual Donation).

So get rid of the unwanted clutter, donate, help our community and save our environment through recycling.

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Music Children Foundation

1 Dec

Formed by a group of professional musicians graduated from Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University and others overseas Music Academies, the Music Children Foundation strives for providing free training on music instruments to those children aged below 12 and who do not get the chance to learn music due to their impoverishment. The programmes provide courses on Music Theory and Music Instruments so as to allow these children not only to try play with music instruments but also discover the potential talented children to further train them to perform skillfully in an ensemble group. In addition to music training, some of these beneficiaries under the programs will be invited to participate in an ensemble group or choir, rehearsing and performing publicly. Besides, they will also be invited to attend concerts, workshops and parent-child integration music camp, together with their parents or/and grandparents.

Vision:
To introduce music to underprivileged children at an early age and to cultivate their core values towards building a harmonious society.

Mission:

Music Children Foundation

* To provide an early music education for underprivileged children in Hong Kong, making it an enjoyable experience that builds the children’s confidence, strengthens their character, and enables them to express themselves through music.
* To provide a comprehensive music education program through the teaching of music instruments, music appreciation, and attendance of music and other arts performances, such activities are all conducted under the supervision of professionally-trained musicians.
* To provide an opportunity for children to develop their talents in music alongside their academic studies.
* To engage family members in music-related activities as participants or volunteers to enhance parent-child relationship.
* To faster a life-long interest in the arts through the learning of music.

What you can do to help:
Be an instrument tutor

Music Children Foundation

Music Changes Children; Children Create Music”. It takes professional tutors’ support to achieve the Music Children Foundation’s missions. Music Children Foundation wishes you can join them too! For more information as to what kind of music tutors they are looking follow, please follow this link.

Volunteer
The Music Children Foundation needs volunteers who share the same mission and have the same passion to work hand in hand with them. They need people who can help with music, photography/video, administration, IT, etc. If you would like more information, please follow this link and fill out the form provided.

The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention

21 Nov

The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong Kong (SRACP), formerly known as The Hong Kong Discharged Prisoners’ Aid Society, is a government recognised charitable organisation established in 1957. Because of limited financial resources at early stage, most of the staff at that time was voluntary part-time workers. With the dedication and perseverance, the work of the Society gradually came to be recognised and valued by the public. In 1959 the Society received its first government subvention and since then yearly subvention has been granted to sustain the rehabilitation service for offenders and discharged prisoners. The Society was incorporated as a non-profit making limited company under the Companies Ordinance on 23 September 1966.

Through service units, SRACP provides quality rehabilitation and multifarious service for Hong Kong residents who are charged with criminal offence, have been convicted of crimes, or released from prisons; as well as to provide community education, mental health service and crime prevention programmes for the general public of Hong Kong. Our services include individual and family counselling, hostels, recreation, court social work, vocational training and employment, mental health service, community education and volunteer programmes, etc.

The Society is a member of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, the International Prisoners Aid Association and the Community Chest of Hong Kong.

These are examples of some of the things they do:
Home Circuit Service Centre
The Social workers of Home Circuit Service Centre are granted approval to communicate with a prisoner’s family by the Hong Kong Correctional Services Department, providing services including 24-hour hotline, family counseling, and family support groups for the incarcerated or discharged persons and their family. The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention also encourage family members of offenders and ex-offenders to become volunteers; through providing volunteer service and supporting other families with similar background, they learn to give back to the community.

Blue Bus Sharing of LOVE
*To render emotional and social support to children and youth of incarcerated/ *offended parents
*To build up resilience of children and youth from negative impacts of parental imprisonment
*To counteract the negative cycles of criminal influence in these families
*To resolve children and youth’s adjustment difficulties during the imprisonment of their significant family members
*To strengthen the constant and regular inmate-family connection in order to enhance positive family relationship

Home Network‧Love Linking
Home Network‧Love Linking’ is sponsored by the Community Investment and Inclusion Fund. This project compiles the collaboration between Family, School, Commercial and Community. The project aims at connecting the families of prisoners and ex-prisoners as well as facilitating these families to partner with external parties in the “Companion Scheme”. They will be gradually transformed from service recipient to social capital in the process of rendering service to other underprivileged groups with commercial and community group. The rehabilitated families will also share their stories through community network to alert teenagers about the consequences on family of committing crime and to let parents know how to identify the deviant behaviors of their children, so earlier prevention can be done. Moreover, the family members will share their stories through micro-firm and radio. This is to raise the public noises and discussion on their stories so as to increase social acceptance towards these families.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Project Grant: Project Oasis
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Project Grant: Project Oasis, funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust since 2005, is an integrated and collaborative project by the Society and Substance Abuse Assessment Unit (SAAU) of Kwai Chung Hospital. The Project is characterized by joint effort between medical professionals and social workers, aiming at providing substance abusers with short term hospitalized detoxification treatment and comprehensive community based rehabilitative services.

In order to further consolidate the efficacy of treatment, aftercare hostel – Bradbury Oasis Hostel with license under the Drug Dependent Persons Treatment and Rehabilitation Centres (Licensing) Ordinance, provides 16 male placements. Past rehabilitated service users act as peer counsellors to help substance abusers strive for detoxification and abstinence. Those who have rehabilitated well in Bradbury Oasis Hostel but still have residential needs, can apply for short term supportive placement in Chi Lik Oasis Hostel, so as to facilitate their return to independent living in the community.

To find out more about what the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention do, please follow this link

Volunteer:
Through volunteering with the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, the general public, ex-offenders and ex-mentally ill persons are engaged in driving crime prevention education and offender rehabilitation activities in the community. The general public will have the opportunity to know the offenders and ex-mentally ill persons better, encouraging public acceptance. At the same time, ex-offenders and ex-mentally ill persons can rebuild their confidence, which is essential for their reintegration to society.

1. Volunteer Training
The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention offer specialized social service mainly serving offenders, ex-offenders and ex-mentally ill persons. Therefore, every individual have to attend a basic volunteer training before they join our volunteer team to learn the basic communication skills with our service users and the important things to note when serving them.

2. Volunteer Services
Community Volunteer Team
Formed by people from the community, community volunteer team organises festive mass programmes and group works in correctional institutions to increase the linkages of inmates with the outside world; they assist social workers in carrying out services in Magistrates’ Courts to help relieve the stress of persons awaiting trial and their families. Volunteers also provide prison visitation services and organise birthday parties to help ex-offenders connect with their children, and organise crime prevention education programmes to avoid intergenerational crime. Other volunteer activities include organising activities for ex-mentally ill persons to prepare them for their return to society, and providing justice education programmes to help young people develop good citizenship. Lastly, the community volunteer team is also actively involved in Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention’s agency events such as fundraising activities.

Ex-offender Volunteer Team
To aid their reintegration into society, Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention encourages their service users including ex-offenders, ex-mentally ill persons and ex-drug abusers to actively participate in volunteer service, such as hair cutting and wheelchair repairing volunteering activities. These activities can also transform their service users into givers and help them understand giving is more blessed than receiving.

Social Inclusion Volunteer Team
The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention encourage service users to work with community volunteers in providing services for other disadvantaged groups, such as people with intellectual disabilities, the elderly and physically handicapped children. On one hand, this allows community volunteers to have more understanding towards ex-offenders through interaction; on the other hand, it helps widen positive social circle of ex-offenders.

3. Volunteer social activities
In addition to coordinating volunteers to provide services, the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention also organises regular exchange and recreational activities to enhance their interests in the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention service and their sense of belonging to the team.

Those who are interested in becoming a SRACP volunteer may apply directly to the Agency. (For enquiries, please call 2782-3080). For more information about volunteer requirements, please visit their website by following this link

Christmas Carol Concert benefitting SoCO

16 Nov

Please join SoCO for an adult evening of drinks, canapés and carols in the festive setting of the Helena May to benefit the Society for Community Organization. This is the 6th annual carol concert and SoCO is thrilled it has become a tradition for so many.

Date: Friday, 8 December 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Place: Helena May, 35 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong

Price:
Adult ticket – $600 (drinks, canapés and carols)
Donation – $500 (can help an underprivileged child access free learning opportunities)
Donation – $1,000 (helps a family living in a cubicle modify their living environment)
Donation – $2,500 (support the ongoing work of SoCO)

Tickets from Ticketflap

About SoCO: Society for Community Organization (SoCO) is a human rights pioneer in Hong Kong. SoCO firmly believes that everyone should be entitled to equal rights. Equal opportunity for participation and fair distribution of social resources is the foundation of human rights. In the face of the widening disparity between the rich and the poor, and the increasingly restrictive political arena, SoCO stands firm in their crusade to establish an equal society and to build a strong power base for the people. SoCO is motivated by a common dream, and that is: “Let us work hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder to build a caring, equal and just society”.

SoCO is an incorporated, non-profit-making and non-governmental community organization. It was formed in 1972 by people from the Catholic and the Protestant church under the ecumenical movement.

It was financially supported by donations from overseas churches, the Hong Kong Community Chest, the Hong Kong Government and individuals. SoCO has, through civic education programs and social actions, nurtured grassroots people with a sense of civic rights so that they can exert their political power to the Government. These people have, during the course, regained their self-confidence and cemented with one another to champion for an equal social system. In view of the plight of the marginalized groups, SoCO also provides direct and emergent services to relieve their hardship temporarily.

Grassroots people are struggling day in and day out to keep their head above water. It is most scornful to see economic development brings social inequality. These deprived cannot enjoy our economic success and they are socially discriminated. They have been snubbed and fallen into oblivion. Standing in the line of underprivileged are caged lodgers, tenants with financial difficulties and living in appalling conditions, aged singletons, street-sleepers, ex-offenders, mentally ill patients, ethnic minorities, non-documented mothers of split families, families made up of new immigrants, patients and their families, Hong Kong residents being detained at the Mainland, etc. They are SoCO’s service targets.

TWGHs Charity Challenge Race

1 Nov


Run the TWGHs Charity Challenge Race and raise money for TWGHs Development Fund for the Kwong Wah Hospital Redevelopment project.

About the Charity Challenge Race:

Route Map

The goal of this Charity Challenge Race is to raise funds for TWGHs Development Fund of Kwong Wah Hospital Redevelopment project.
* It’s a fun race with over 6 different obstacle points along the 2.5 kilometre race course to leap over.
* Event includes stage performance and game booths
* There is also a kid-zone designated for children under 12 years old

Eligibility:
* Team/ Individual Challenge Race player must be aged 12 or above
* Each team consists of 4 players (minimum 3 players) regardless of gender

Race Format:
Each team player/individual player begins at the starting point, leaping over 6 different obstacle points along the 2.5 kilometre race course to the finishing point. If player fails at the obstacle point or violates the race rules, 60 seconds will be counted as penalty. Player is required to wear a timer inside the penalty zone until penalty time is over. No interference of the timer is allowed.

Team Challenge Race (Corporate/Organization Team and Family and Friends Team)
* Team result is determined by the sum of finishing time of top three players in each team

Individual Challenge Race
* Divided into 4 age groups for male and female players. Result is determined by individual finishing time
* Age group is based on the year of birth. Applicant should register to their respective age group
(Example: If you were born in December 2005, your age group should be age 12-19)

Date: Sunday, 10 December 2017

Time: 7:15am – 12pm (Start time of different categories will be announced by early December 2017)

Place: Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong

Enrollment:

Race Categories

For more information on how to register or donate, please visit their website.

About the Kwong Wah Hospital Redevelopment:

Original Kwong Wah Hospital

The Kwong Wah Hospital was established by the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals in 1911 as the first hospital in Kowloon and the New Territories.

Current Kwong Wah Hospital

The hospital underwent a redevelopment in 1958. To update facilities and to expand services a new redevelopment is underway. After this redevelopment, the hospital will provide a patient-oriented environment with the capacity and capability to deliver holistic and seamless healthcare services, in collaboration with other hospitals within the cluster. It will not only retain its role as acute hospital but provide an additional 350 beds and 10 additional operation theatres.
Other additions will include:
Emergency Services – Provision of adequate isolation facilities and 24-hour CT Scan services, and expansion of Emergency and Observation ward.
Outpatient Services – Consultation rooms for specialist out-patient will be expanded from 44 to around 100.
Day Care Medical Services – Provision of one-stop multi-disciplinary services to patients with non-acute conditions at an ambulatory care centre, facilitating patients to receive medical treatments.
New Medical Oncology Services – Including front-line management, consultation services and chemotherapy programmes.
Expanding Chinese and Western Medicine Integration Services so as to provide comprehensive Chinese and Western Medicine Hospital Services.

About Tung Wah Group of Hospitals:
TWGH is probably Hong Kong’s oldest charitable institution. The establishment of TWGHs can be traced back to Kwong Fook I-tsz, a small temple built at Tai Ping Shan Street on the Hong Kong Island in 1851 for people to house the spirit-tablets of their ancestors. As the temple was gradually taken by the sick and the destitute as a refuge, it became reeked with dirt and eventually aroused the concern of the Government and the public. Hence, a group of earnest Chinese community leaders proposed to raise funds and build a hospital in the neighbourhood. In 1869, $115,000 and a piece of land at Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan were granted by the then Governor MacDonnell. The first Chinese hospital in Hong Kong was finally built in 1870 through the enactment of the Tung Wah Hospital Ordinance. Prior to the establishment of the hospital, a temporary clinic was set up by the founding Directors near the hospital premises to offer free medical treatment to those in need. The hospital, named “Tung Wah Hospital”, was constructed in 1872 and started to provide free Chinese medicine services to the sick and the poor. It hence laid a foundation of the charitable work of TWGHs. To meet the imperative demand for medical services resulting from the rapid growth of population, Kwong Wah Hospital in Yaumatei, Kowloon and Tung Wah Eastern Hospital in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong were built and commenced operation in 1911 and 1929 respectively. In 1931, the 3 hospitals were amalgamated into the “Tung Wah Group of Hospitals” under the management of one Board of Directors.

Apart from medical care, TWGHs had been offering various social welfare and education services ever since its beginnings. When the hospital buildings were being constructed, remains were found on the site. A cemetery was then built by the founding Directors to re-bury those remains near the Slaughter House at Kennedy Town which started the Group’s provision of community services. It also started the immediate provision of alms to the needy. It provided assistance to victims whenever there were disasters, and even extended its relief work to mainland China. In 1880, TWGHs started its first free school at the Chung Wah College adjacent to Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road with the donation income of the temple used to provide free education to the poor. In 1941, with the outbreak of the Pacific War, TWGHs insisted to provide limited medical services in Tung Wah Hospital and Kwong Wah Hospital. It also helped undertake rebuilding work including repatriation of refugees, provision of free food and clothing, taking care of the wounded and burying the dead. Medical services of TWGHs were resumed after the war. In the 1950s and 1960s, TWGHs further established primary and secondary schools and embarked on the development of formal and systematic social welfare services.

With gradual evolution over the past hundred years, TWGHs has now developed into a well-established charitable organization in Hong Kong with a huge recurrent expenditure largely subvented by the Government and only a small portion covered by service users. As TWGHs needs to shoulder the shortfall in funding as well as the cost for developing new services by raising funds from the public, holding fund-raising activities has become imperative to sustain the financial well-being of the Group. To serve the community better, TWGHs will continue to dedicate its efforts in providing diversified and high quality services for the people of Hong Kong in the years to come.

Sandy Bay Charity Fair 2017

22 Oct

The 36th Sandy Bay Charity Fair at DKCH is coming soon! Organised by The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children and with loads of bargains, yummy food, lots of fun and laughter, this is the place to spend a Saturday afternoon and get your Christmas shopping done. All net proceeds will be donated to the betterment of the donations for disabled children in Hong Kong.

Date: Saturday, 4 November 2017

Time: 10am – 5pm

Place: The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay, 12 Sandy Bay Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

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

Impact HK

17 Oct

ImpactHK started with the aim of doing one kind act per month for the homeless in Hong Kong.

Many volunteers joined as they wanted an opportunity to support the needy in a meaningful and measurable way.

As their movement grew, so did an opportunity for them to make bigger impact. Examples of their programmes include…


Kindness Walks: Kindness Walks are focused on providing kindness and support for the homeless and needy throughout Hong Kong.

ImpactHK builds trust and friendship with the homeless in hopes of creating opportunities for change.

Along the way they support others in need such as the elderly, cleaners and poor.

ImpactHK provides food, drinks, toiletries, clothing, free laundry and more.

ImpactHK is also hosting private Kindness Walks for companies and organisations. Send ImpactHK an email at IMPACTHK@icloud.com if you’d like more information.

Free Laundry: After serving the homeless in Hong Kong with food and clothing roughly 100 times in the last year, it became clear that the clothing donation system wasn’t working.

ImpactHK would hand out clothing and see it in the rubbish the next day.

If the recipient really liked the clothing item, he’d wear it for a good while and then eventually just have to throw it out as well. Washing clothes is way too big of a job when you’re living on the streets.

This is when ImpactHK came up with their free laundry initiative.

The concept is simple. ImpactHK finds laundry shops in areas near homeless communities. ImpactHK gives the laundry shops a large deposit and create free laundry cards with the map, restrictions and expiry date on them. ImpactHK passes the cards out to the homeless and explain to them how it works.

They take their laundry with the voucher to the shop and get it washed for free. The laundry shop totals the amount and ImpactHK pays at the end of the month.

Housing: ImpactHK will soon start a housing programme providing a free accommodation for homeless individuals willing and able to participate in our programmes.

Job Creation: ImpactHK will be rolling out a number of job creation initiatives. All jobs will be supported with multiple connections including a home and friendship.

What you can do to help: If you are interesting in LEADING a Kindness WALK or have any questions please let them know at IMPACTHK@icloud.com