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2017 Michaelmas Fair

12 Oct

This annual event has been around since forever. Held each year at St John’s Cathedral on Garden Road, the Michaelmas Fair features games stalls, stalls from various local charities, yummy foods, lots of second hand books, and vintage clothes. A great excuse to change your wardrobe and get your Christmas shopping done.

All proceeds go to charity

Date: Saturday, 21 October 2017

Time: 10am – 4pm

Place: St John’s Cathedral, Garden Road, Central

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Run for STOP

10 Oct

STOP (Stop Trafficking of People) is an initiative under the Vine Community Services Limited (VCSL) that works in partnership with the local community to end human trafficking in and through Hong Kong.

Their goals are to raise awareness about trafficking, connect with key counter-trafficking groups, provide victims with support, allow their voices to be heard, and to serve as a catalyst for positive change in the fight against modern-day slavery. They respond to victims’ needs in four ways:
* Legal Referral & Social Assistance
* Weekly Outreach
* Network Building
* Public Education

Just as they walk the whole recovery journey with survivors, you can enter a marathon or fun run and walk or run your own journey to the finish line to show your support for STOP.

On 1-4 December 2017, STOP will be leading a team of 30 running the International Angkor Wat Half Marathon.

STOP’s Mission
Raise awareness and money to support the work of STOP in Hong Kong, including legal referral & social assistance, public education, outreach and network building.

Tour package includes marathon registration, 3 nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel, 2 lunches, airport to hotel return transfer, event transport, team jersey, and travel insurance.

What did we do with the funds raised in 2016?
Last year, a group of 30 Run For STOP runners successfully raised over HK$800,000. With the fund, STOP was able to extend their Legal Referral and Social Assistance program, including evidence gathering, medical, optical and emergency housing, to a few more clients from Southeast Asia. Moreover, they were also able to assist two clients to return home to Kenya in late December and mid-January and to connect them with a local organization which helps with re-integration.

Apart from STOP’s signature program, they also started a new project called 100 Stories HK with a couple of their community partners half a year ago. It is a collaborative social media project which aims to share real life experiences from survivors of trafficking – which will be launched by mid-May 2017.

Why #RunforSTOP?
A safe place for victims of trafficking to temporarily stay plays a critical part in the healing process. It allows the victims to begin regaining the control that was lost as a result of their victimization.

STOP foresees that this shelter will offer improved and increased standards of accommodation, security, and other supporting services to people who experience physical and psychological abuse and who are in danger from their immediate family environment.

Violence can cause significant and long-term injuries, both physical and psychological, which are difficult to heal, especially for young ethnic minority female. The shelter will provide them with a safe environment and opportunities to entertain and educate, while their court proceedings are being dealt with.

In 2017, STOP is hoping to raise HK$500,000 to establish a shelter which designated for victims of human trafficking in order to provide a holistic care. And with your participation, they can achieve that.

Date: 1 – 4 December 2017

Place: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Full Tour Package WITH flight
Tour package includes marathon registration, 3 nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel, 2 lunches, airport to hotel return transfer, event transport, team jersey, travel insurance and direct flight.
* 21km Half Marathon – HK$7,620 + $404 (Tax)
* 10km Road Race – HK$7,580 + $404 (Tax)
* 3km Family Run with children UNDER 5 years old
2 adults & 1 child – HK$18,100 + $1,212 (Tax)
Additional children – HK$4,100 + $404 (Tax) per child
* 3km Family Run with children ABOVE 5 years old
2 adults & 1 child – HK$18,420 + $1,212 (Tax)
Additional children – HK$4,420 + $404 (Tax) per child

Basic Tour package WITHOUT flight
Tour package includes marathon registration, 3 nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel, 2 lunches, airport to hotel return transfer, event transport, team jersey, and travel insurance.
* 21km – HK$2,850 + $520 (marathon registration fee)
* 10km – HK$2,850 + $480 (marathon registration fee)

For full information on this run, please go to their website

To register your interest, please fill out the Online Application Form. For any inquiries, please contact Ms. Lolly Law at lolly.law@vcsl.org

AWA Charity Bazaar

7 Oct


This popular fundraising event invites small to medium business owner’s to participate in collective fundraising – the original social enterprise – using the event to fund organizations in Hong Kong which need desperate help.

This year is gearing up to be better than ever with more than 70 vendors offering beautiful jewelry, ladies fashion and accessories, cosmetics, children’s apparel, Christmas decorations, stationery, gifts, toys, wine and much more. The ever popular Lucky Lai See will entice shoppers with an opportunity to win holidays, junk boat trips, jewelry, massages, manicures and much more. The Giving Tree will present an opportunity to donate to a specific Hong Kong charitable cause. A new feature this year, the Bottle Pull, will give everyone a chance to win exclusive wines, artisanal olive oils and vinegars and more.

Save the date, come and shop for a good cause!

Date: Thursday, 9 November 2017

Time:
11:30am – 7:30pm

Place: PMQ

About AWA: A community of adventurous, international women who find ways to connect and contribute to the community of Hong Kong every day. They are social, active, and interested in their adopted home and the world around them.

Their 800+ members are proud of their nearly 60-year legacy of giving. AWA’s aim as an organization is two-fold: to help the underprivileged and underserved in Hong Kong and to learn more about their city, their surroundings and each other through educational, recreational and social activities.

Orbis Moonwalkers 2017

27 Sep


Walking in the dark is no longer dull and dreary! So come along to the Moonwalkers night walkathon and join others in conquering darkness and enlightening the world and at the same time raise funds for Orbis!


Date: Saturday, 2 December 2017

Time: Overnight from 9:00pm Saturday (December 2) to 07:00am the next morning

Route: Mong Kok Fa Hui Park to Sai Kung Pier 20km on pavement

Dress Code: To match with the theme, participants are encouraged to dress up in black and white stripes.

Blindfold Experience: Participants will blindfold and complete a 10-minute walk at designated location

Moonwalkers App: To unlock secret codes that will allow you to complete missions and escape from darkness to receive an e-certificate

Shuttle Bus Service: 1:00am –7:00am on Sunday December 3, 2017 from Sai Kung Pier to Kwun Tong MTR Station

Price:
Individual Minimum Sponsorship – $780
Team – 8 members or above Minimum Sponsorship – HK$ 750 per member
Corporate – 10 members or above Minimum Sponsorship – HK$ 850 per member

To register, please follow this link

Enrollment Deadline: 5:00pm Tuesday 24 October 2017

About Orbis:
Orbis1ORBIS Hong Kong was established in early 90s when a group of impassioned individuals who shared the dream of a world free from preventable blindness came together to raise public awareness about eye care issues. That same year, three high-profile supporters donated US$14 million to fund the purchase of a DC-10 airplane to replace the existing DC-8 Flying Eye Hospital. The biggest of these supporters was leading local businessman Mr. Y.C. Ho, who generously donated US$7 million of the DC-10’s cost. He and his fellow donors’ extraordinary kindness succeeded in instantly raising awareness about ORBIS’s presence in Hong Kong and its worldwide sight-saving work.

Families Walking For Families: Mother’s Choice 30th Anniversary Walkathon

2 Sep


Join Mother’s Choice at their Families Walking For Families: Mother’s Choice 30th Anniversary Walkathon! This year, they are celebrating 30 years of changing life stories at the Walkathon on Sunday, 12th November 2017. For 30 years, Mother’s Choice has joined hands with our community to give hope, with the vision to see every child in a loving family.

Mother’s Choice’s Walkathon is a celebration of family! Every family is unique – it is love and commitment, not just blood, which defines a family. The Walkathon is a glimpse of a Hong Kong we long to see – one where children are in loving families of all shapes and sizes come together to support one another.

When you walk with Mother’s Choice and fundraise on their behalf, you help them to raise much needed funds to support their work in building families through our five key services.

Walkathon: 4km walk along Bowen Fitness trail with a new 1.5km optional challenge route!

Date: Sunday, 12 November 2017

Time: 10:00am, 11:00am, and 12:00pm start times

Place: Carnival Fun
Be sure to stay behind at Island School for family-friendly performances, games, and food after your walk.

Price: HK$200 per person (includes a T-shirt and a drawstring bag)
*Children ages 2 and below are welcome to join for free!

To find out more and to register, please follow this link

mothers-choice-logoAbout Mother’s Choice: Their story starts in 1987 when founders Ranjan & Phyllis Marwah, and Gary & Helen Stephens, moved by a series of articles in the newspaper about the alarming numbers of teenage crisis pregnancies in Hong Kong, were stirred to action.

The news article reported that approximately 35-40% of the hundreds of girls going to Shenzhen every week were already in their last trimester. There was an obvious need with no one visibly responding, even though people were actually aware of the circumstances of the girls going to Shenzhen for late term abortions. The founders knew that these babies could live given the good and proper medical attention available in Hong Kong – they just needed to find the space and funding to give these girls real options. So together with the support of their friends and the community, they began the work of Mother’s Choice.

Starting with just one borrowed room and no experience but motivated to give back to this city that they love, Mother’s Choice has since helped over 51,000 single girls, cared for 3,600 babies and assisted with 1,400 successful adoption cases.

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

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.