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Italian Day at Sandy Bay – last Xmas Shopping

15 Nov

Mark your calendars, on Saturday, 1 December 1, The Italian Women’s Association has organized the 35th Edition of the Italian Day at Sandy Bay in the gardens of The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital!

Head on over with the family and help raise money as all proceeds raised during this event will go directly to the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital and other carefully selected Hong Kong Charity Associations.

At the event you will find:
* Italian food and wine
* Italian gourmet corner
* Branded clothes
* Toys
* Sportswear and so much more!

You last chance to pick up some great Christmas presents, delicious Italian delicacies with proceeds going to great causes.

Date: Saturday, 1 December 2018

Time: 10am – 5pm

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

Price: Entrance fee is HK$20 and there is, unfortunately, no parking available, the closest parking is in Cyberport. For more information on the event click here.

About Italian Women’s Association: The Italian Women’s Association (IWA) is a non-profit organization, registered in Hong Kong since 1996, which operates in the field of charity. The Association welcomes Italian women or not, interested in friendship, the Italian language, culture and the various activities that they offer every month. They organize many events: social gatherings and cultural activities, playgroups for children, excursions, lectures, ‘coffee mornings’, etc. Through these events, all members – and the ladies recently arrived in Hong Kong – are able to meet regularly in a welcoming atmosphere. In addition, the IWA also often collaborates with various organizations and other associations of women in Hong Kong.

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10×10 Philanthropy: Raise funds for 3 worthwhile causes

7 Nov


A little over a month before Christmas, spare a thought for the various charities in Hong Kong, who still need to achieve their fundraising goals for the year. Here’s a great way to look at three and make a donation.

Please join the fourth installment of 10×10 Hong Kong in support of 3 young and unique grassroots charities!

If you would like to attend the event, please buy a ticket by clicking on the PLEDGE NOW button by following this link and selecting the amount of your pledge (minimum $1,000 pledge required for an event ticket, options up to $3,000 also available). If you want to purchase multiple event tickets, please just select the Pledge amount per ticket). Your Pledge purchase is converted to Charity dollars on the night, and it is 100% tax deductible.

If you are unable to attend on the night but would still like to support the event, you may still make a pledge to the charities by entering an amount of your choice.

10×10’s MISSION:
“To Empower the Next Generation of Giving”

HOW DOES IT WORK?
– 10 volunteer committee members organise a charity event (1 x venue, 3 x charities, 3 x dragons, drinks & canapes).
– Each committee member invites at least 10 of their friends, family and colleagues to attend the event (10 x 10… get it?). Each guest pledges HK$1,000 or more to attend the event, creating a pool of at least HK$100,000.
– Upon arrival at the event, each attendee is given ‘Charity Dollars’ equal to the value of their ‘Pledge’.
– After drinks, snacks and networking, attendees are seated to watch the 3 charities pitch their unique cause, and listen to the panel of Dragons question the speakers on their business model, impact and future goals. The audience also have an opportunity to ask questions of the charities.
– After the pitches and friendly interrogation from the Dragons, each attendee then decides which charity they want to give their ‘Charity Dollars’ to.
– Charities receive 100% of the funds raised (minus a 10% project fee to 10×10 to cover admin and overhead costs).
– Guests can opt to receive a tax deductible receipt from the charity 4-6 weeks after the event.

THE CHARITIES
For this event the committee members have chosen 3 exceptional charities who will be pitching their unique causes to you on the night:
– Sprouts Foundation
– Rooftop Republic
– The Brightly Project

Your Pledges will be available for collection at the venue on the night of the event. For a HK$1000 pledge, you’ll receive two HK$500 charity vouchers which you can allocate across the charities however you please.

Date: Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Time: Doors open at 6:30pm, pitches will start at 7pm sharp

Place: HKEX Exchange Auditorium (HKEX Connect Hall), 1/F One and two Exchange Square, Central

Price: Minimum $1,000 pledge required for an event ticket, options up to $3,000 also available. If you want to purchase multiple event tickets, please just select the Pledge amount per ticket. Your Pledge purchase is converted to Charity dollars on the night, and it is 100% tax deductible.

NOTE: PAYMENT BY VISA / MASTERCARD ONLY.

About Sprouts Foundation: Sprouts Foundation aims to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty, by providing education programs to some of the lowest-income families in Hong Kong and elsewhere. Our small-group, activity-based classes focus on enhancing children’s self-esteem and their interest in learning, by building skills relevant both to work and life. These include English and IT proficiency, as well as a wide range of professional capabilities including entrepreneurship. Combined with corporate visits and a variety of weekend outings, we help open our students’ eyes to the world and the many opportunities around them, and give them the capacity and confidence to reach out more ambitiously.

About Rooftop Republic: Rooftop Republic Foundation is dedicated to building inclusive communities around urban farming and sustainable living in Hong Kong.

The Foundation works closely with:
(i) local schools to establish farm-based education programmes (projected to impact 1000+ students over the next 3-4 years)
(ii) disenfranchised groups, such as youth and the elderly, encouraging them to participate in the community through urban farming (30+ community programmes projected to impact 1000+ elderly over the next 3-4 years)
(iii) marginalised communities, including persons with special needs, to provide vocational job trainings and job placement in urban farming

Donations from this 10×10 event will go towards:
– rolling out training programmes (2 vocational training programes per year enrolling 30 students per cohort)
– creating a space to bring communities together including people with special needs
– creating urban farms for horticultural therapy

About The Brightly Project: Lulio targets to prevent student suicides by empowering schools and their teachers to feel more confident, capable and knowledgeable in their efforts to proactively support students at risk of suicide.

Donations from this 10×10 event will go towards screening 4,000 students for suicide risk, and to work directly with four schools, who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford the services, to:
1. Identify where students are struggling and potential areas of risk
2. Provide data on mental health in their school
3. Based on the data, implement mental health and suicide prevention strategies and actions
4. Create a series of YouTube videos for students to learn more about mental health, how to understand and interpret their own feelings, and to decrease the stigma around asking for help

About 10×10: Back in 2013 in Sydney Australia, 3 passionate and highly successful social entrepreneurs Laurence Marshbaum, Nina Skryzynski and Jenny Newmarch shared a vision that everyone can make a difference by getting involved with philanthropy. They saw that young professionals like themselves wanted to live purpose driven lives and to give back to their local communities. However they lacked the time, knowledge and framework to do so in a way that made a difference.

On the flipside grassroots for purpose organisations (not for profits) found it hard to find financial support and volunteers to sustain their work. Laurence, Jenny and Nina got together 10 friends and organised an event with each friend inviting 10 of their friends and they lined up 3 charities to attend. That night they raised $ 11,000. The night was a success and the concept of 10×10 was born.

Today
10×10 has started a movement worldwide and aims to empower the next generation of giving. 10×10 is successfully building a community of likeminded young individuals who are inspired to come together to support innovative grassroots charities in a fun and engaging way. Their innovative model and technology platform makes the 10×10 concept simple, replicable and low cost.

10×10 committee members love being part of the 10×10 experience with over 94% recommending it to friends – they build new networks and gain skills in leadership and teamwork. More importantly for them their 10×10 experience ignites a passion for philanthropy and this translates to a whole new generation of people giving more from a young age.

For participating charities, 10×10 offers an innovative and fresh way of directly engaging with a young supporter base. Many come away from an event being provided not just with financial help but also with a valuable network of involved professionals who can assist with expertise and connections.

Donate to Bethune House and keep this refuge for distressed helpers open

6 Nov

The Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge is a registered charitable institution under the companies ordinance in Hong Kong. It was established in 1986 under the Mission for Migrant Workers to provide charitable assistance and social counseling to the needy migrant workers and their families. Today it runs two shelters which last year served about 700 foreign domestic workers.

Bethune House is funded through donations from local churches, migrant organizations, service institutions, and concerned individuals in Hong Kong and overseas. Recently their overseas funding dried up after the churches involved focused on less developed territories. Read more about Bethune House‘s plight in this SCMP article.

To keep Bethune House going a donation appeal has gone out to raise $1Million in order to continue their work and Mission among the abused and distressed women migrant workers and their children.

Donate to Bethune House
Account Name: The Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge Limited
Bank Name: Hang Seng Bank
HK Savings Account: 284-8-241309
Swift Code: HASEHKHH
(All cash donations of HK$100.00 and above are tax deductible.)

If you have any questions or need a receipt for your donation, please reach out to the Mission for Migrant Workers directly. Their contact information is as follows:
Tel: (852) 2522-8264
Fax: (852) 2526-2894
Email: mission@migrants.net
Website: http://www.migrants.net

Jazz for Mental Health

29 Oct

Support the destigmatisation of mental health and celebrate the winners of the Mind HK Media Awards 2018.

Mind HK and KELY Support Group invite you to join Jazz for Mental Health for a night of fabulous food, jazz music by the amazing Janaia Farrell, inspirational speakers, and an opportunity to make a difference to mental health in Hong Kong. This is a formal event where people passionate about breaking the stigma around mental health join together for one evening. They will be announcing the winners of the Mind HK Media Awards 2018 and celebrating the journalists who have challeneged perceptions of mental health.

The charity dinner will be held on Thursday, 15 November at The Repulse Bay. The event includes drinks on the Front Lawn, open bar, a gourmet dinner, and live jazz entertainment. Speakers will talk on Coolmind’s youth mental health work, Mind HK’s upcoming projects, and their own lived experiences. The event will be hosted by CNN International Correspondent Anna Coren.

This night is an opportunity for you to be a partner in showing that mental health matters in Hong Kong. Join Mind HK in supporting mental health in our city.

*All ticket proceeds go to Coolminds, Mind HK and KELY Support Group‘s youth mental health initiative.

Date: Thursday, 15 November 2018

Time: 6:30 – 11:30pm

Place: The Repulse Bay

Price:
Individual Ticket: HKD 1500
Table (Max 12 people): HKD 35000
– To purchase a table or enquire about corporate sponsorship, please email media@mind.org.hk

Dress Code: Black Tie Optional

To buy tickets please follow this link to Pelago

About Mind HK: Mind HK provides online support and interventions, based on global best practice, to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Through public campaigns and events, Mind HK will improve awareness and understanding around mental health, which in turn will influence decision makers to establish a comprehensive mental health policy in Hong Kong.

Mind HK’s training and international speakers will help you to understand mental health and learn how you can help others.

Mind HK’s research will highlight how Mind Hong Kong and others can work to best help Hong Kong’s population.

At least one in seven people in Hong Kong will experience a mental health problem. Mind HK believes that no-one should have to face this alone.

Race the Peak needs Volunteers

14 Oct


#RaceThePeak to support HandsOn on Sat Nov 10! Race the Peak is a family fun run that will raise funds for HandsOn Hong Kong to continue running as a community-focused charity that mobilises people to serve at no charge to HandsOn’s non-profit partners and volunteers.

Volunteers are needed to provide support during the race through marshaling, handing out water, medal distribution and managing the info desk and bag check area.

Date: Saturday, 10 November 2018

Time: 7am – 12pm

Place: Hong Kong, Peak Galleria

Volunteer Limit: 65

To register and for more information, please follow this link

About HandsOn Hong Kong: Founded in 2007, the HandsOn Hong Kong mission remains to mobilize and empower the community to meet pressing social needs in Hong Kong through volunteer services.

Their vision is for a caring community that gives its time and talent to transform Hong Kong.

In 2017 alone, HandsOn Hong Kong organized over 1,400 volunteer activities, serving more than 46,000 beneficiaries, including disadvantaged children and youth, isolated elderly, ethnic minority students, under-resourced families, refugees and people with disabilities. Join HandsOn Hong Kong in their mission to serve Hong Kong’s community!

Michaelmas Fair 2018 & Xmas Cards

13 Oct

The Christmas Fair of the year is just around the corner. Michaelmas Fair at St. John’s Cathedral is a Hong Kong institution, with game stalls, marching bands, second-hand clothes, white elephant, charity stalls, and tons of Christmas gift ideas!

If it’s Christmas cards you are after, they have those too, or pop into the Cathedral’s Bookstore which stocks probably the largest collection of charity cards in Hong Kong.

Date: Saturday, 28 October 2018

Time: 10am – 4pm

Place: St. John’s Cathedral, Garden Road

TWGHs Halloween Charity Run @ Disney

4 Aug


Are you a Disney fan? Are you a runner? If you like the two, then this charity run is for you.

TWGHs Halloween Charity Run will take place on 3 November at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. This will be the very first charity event within the Disneyland Resort, with runners passing through many themed lands as well as Disney friends including Mickey Mouse!

All funds raised will benefit TWGH’s Ho Yuk Ching Educational Psychology Centre in support of students with special needs such as reading disorder, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and depression.

Date: Saturday, 3 November 2018

Time:
Registration & Reception – 3:00pm
Kick-off Ceremony – 3:15pm
Charity Run – 4pm to 5pm
Charity Run Closure – 5.30pm
End of Event – 9:30pm

Place: Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Coach Park

Price: Aged 13 or above – 880
Aged 12 or below. Must be accompanied by at least one runner aged 18 or above. – $680

For more information on the race and how to register, please follow this link.

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.