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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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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.

Hong Kong 24 Hour Race 2017

11 Nov

The 24 Hour Race is back on December 2nd on Lugard Road, Vicotria Peak!

Buy your tickets now to be apart of the largest anti – slavery youth led movement.

Every 24 hours, 5500 men, women and children become victims of slavery, you can help change that. Be the change that the world needs.

Run it. Raise it. End it.

Date: Saturday, 2 December – Sunday, 3 December 2017

Time: 7am (2/12) – 11am (3/12)

Place: Lugard Road, Hong Kong

Price: $280 (limited to 400, first come first served)

Tickets available on Eventbrite

About 24 Hour Race: In 2010, Christopher Schrader had a vision to create an event that bridged extreme endurance with philanthropy. Working together for months with a group of students, the first 24 Hour Race took place in Hong Kong.

Since that first race the 24 Hour Race has rapidly expanded as a youth movement. Students plan the events, run the races, fund-raise and advocate in their communities. By providing a comprehensive timeline and framework for the students to put together the race, they nurture youth leadership and entrepreneurship with a philanthropic cause.

Our mission is to challenge our generation to lead global action against slavery through the 24 Hour Race movement.”

The 24 Hour Race event is a global movement that engages young people in a lifetime experience to raise awareness. When a student joins the race, their teachers, classmates, parents will be interested to know more about the cause. When 10 students are joining the race and fundraise in the campus, the whole school will learn about the cause, and people will discuss and talk about slavery issues. When thousands of students around the world are joining the race, it becomes a youth movement – the world leaders, the governments will take actions, make policies and conscious decisions with the stories of modern slavery victims in their mind.

STUDENTS ORGANIZE THE RACE AND THE HEADQUARTER SUPPORTS THEIR GROWTH
The 24 Hour Race is a platform to empower youth. 24 Hour Race provides opportunities for mentorship, professional development, leadership, and encourage durable philanthropic values in thousands of young people. They want young people to organize the events, find local solutions to problems, and grow professionally while learning about philanthropy.

Student Directors are leading some key roles in organising the race including contacting schools, volunteers and donors. 24 Hour Race’s HQ team based in Hong Kong are providing professional mentorship, supporting systems and framework for them to put the event together. They allow their student leaders to be responsible for independently organised events for which 24 Hour Race provides the opportunity but students execute.

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

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

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