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Social Career a platform for getting involved

16 Dec

If your resolution for the year is to volunteer and you don’t know where to start, take a look at Social Career

What is Social Career?
Social Career is a non-profit technology organization registered in Hong Kong in 2015 and a registered charity under section 88 of the Inland Revenue ordinance (File no: 91/15011). With funding support from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Social Career is building a platform that encourages the general public to volunteer and get involved in social causes and service activities.

Their vision is to be in a world where everyone has a second career outside of their work. Everyone deserves an opportunity to develop a second career that we are truly passionate about. They call this our Social Career. You can have a fulfilling Social Career regardless of your profession, education or your social status; it’s about who you are and your impact on society through volunteering. Your Social Career will carry on even after you have retired from your daily job.

Social Career’s mission is to educate the general public in volunteerism and involvement in social causes and services. To achieve this mission, they devote their knowledge and experience of applying latest information technology to develop a platform that helps non-profit organizations and enterprises with a social mission to encourage and manage long-term and skill-based volunteering activities.

Which role are you interested in?
Administrative assistant, coach/teacher, mentor, performer/entertainer, program assistant, care taker, cleaner/repairer, … there is a lot to choose from

Who do you want to help?
The variety of non-profits looking for help is vast. They include charities providing services to infants and children, women, elderly, new arrivals, ethnic minorities, the disabled, homeless, animals, refugees, and the list goes on

How do you Volunteer?
Just register by following this link, look at the volunteer opportunities on their website or on their app. Like it? Sign up, it’s that easy!

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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.

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.

Serve-a-thon – Turn intent into ACTION

28 Mar

Despite Hong Kong’s wealth, nearly 15 per cent of residents lack the ability to meet their most basic needs. Recent studies have shown those most at risk are elderly who live alone, with 37% unable to afford the basics, and children, with more than one-fourth living below the poverty line.

What is Serve-a-thon?
Serve-a-thon Hong Kong brings together NGOs, corporates, government, media and civil society in collaboration to raise public awareness about the importance of community engagement in helping address social issues.

Over nine days, from May 6th through May 14th, the city will unite in service through hundreds of volunteer activities taking place across Hong Kong. This Hong Kong-wide ‘service marathon‘ offers volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, schools, civic organizations and corporations to come together and serve the community.

More than 75 major cities around the world host some form of service marathon. Serve-a-thon Hong Kong will be the largest-ever collective volunteerism-based event of its kind in Hong Kong. 2017 is the inaugural year of this annual event in Hong Kong.

Serve-a-thon supports those at greatest risk
*Animals
*Children and youth
*Elderly
*Environment
*Ethnic minorities
*Migrant workers
*People with disabilities
*Refugees
*Women

Why Volunteer?
Join Hong Kong’s first-ever collective service marathon and be part of this important initiative that gives back to the community:
– Learn more about Hong Kong’s pressing social issues
– Familiarize yourself with Hong Kong’s vibrant NGO sector and its valuable work serving those in need
– Sample different types of volunteer activities at different times of the week
– Participation is free for individuals and groups
– All volunteer hours will be counted and reported back following Serve-a-thon
– You can join as an individual or as a group

Date: 6-14 May 2017

Please note:
– Sign ups for activities are taken on a first come, first served basis, just simply check the calendar
– Registration is free to individuals or groups (families, friends, neighbors, schools, universities, churches, civic organizations)
– Group names will be posted on the website
– Corporations are required to follow the corporate registration procedure


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. These 17 goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice.

The volunteer opportunities within Serve-a-thon Hong Kong work to meet these global goals while serving the local community. For more information, please visit their website

About the Organisers:
HandsOn Hong Kong (HOHK) is a registered charity that mobilizes and empowers the community to meet pressing social needs in Hong Kong through volunteer services. Founded in 2007, HOHK runs more than 100 volunteer activities each month; in 2015 alone the team organized 1,436 volunteer activities and served 107,000+ beneficiaries, many of whom include children and youth, the elderly, refugees, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) is a federation of non-governmental social service organizations. The establishment of the HKCSS came about after the end of the Second World War. In 1947, the HKCSS was established to co-ordinate and plan the diversification of various relief and welfare services. In 1951, the HKCSS became a statutory body under the Hong Kong Code of Practice (Cap. 1057). The rapid development of Hong Kong after the war and social welfare services has become one of the focus of government development. The HKCSS has been firmly in the position and has been an important partner in the development of social welfare since the 1970s. At present, the HKCSS has more than 450 institutional members who provide quality social welfare services to the public through its more than 3,000 service units.

Cycle for Millions

7 Jan

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Cycle For Millions is the first-ever territory-wide charity cycling event in Hong Kong. Organised by Pok Oi Hospital, this annual event has attracted over 33,000 riders from all walks of life since 2009.

Event Objectives
– To raise funds for Pok Oi Hospital’s development for the largest Nursing and Residential Care Home in Hong Kong
– To promote cycling in the Hong Kong Community
– To advocate green living style
– To prevent illness by encouraging physical exercises
– To help establish a stable and harmonious society
– To raise public awareness over road and cycling safety

pok-oi-2Date: 5 March 2017 (Sunday)

Registration Time: From 7:00 am to 9:45 am (Participants will assemble and start at different time slots as assigned by the Organizer. All participants must complete the charity ride within the specified event time.)

Place:
Bring Own Bike: Mei King Playground, Tsing Yi (Near the Tsing Yi Road)
Borrow Bike: Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Tsing Yi Campus) outdoor parking area

Price:
Individual Category – $680 (minimum funds raised)
Corporate Category (team not exceeding 15 members) – $28,000 (minimum funds raised)

Requirements for Participants
– The Organizer strictly requires all participants to possess basic cycling skills and road safety knowledge.
– All participants must have reached the age of 12 by March 5, 2017
– Participants under 18 years old must obtained a signed provision from their parents or guardians in order to participate in the event. The Parent/Guardian Consent form can be downloaded from the event website.

For more information and to register, please visit their website

About Pok Oi Hospital: Pok Oi Hospital, a charity organization that has grown with the Hong Kong community since 1919, currently operates 84 service units spreading all over Hong Kong serving over 800,000 beneficiary attendances annually. Pok Oi provides quality and diversified services, including hospital, clinical centres for teaching & research in Chinese medicine, Chinese medicine mobile clinics, nursing home, care & attention homes, day care centres for the elderly, secondary and primary schools, kindergartens, family multiple intelligences centres, community cyber centre and hostel for single persons.

Food Angel – help prep meals for the disadvantaged

27 Nov

food-angelFood Angel is a food rescue and food assistance program launched in 2011 by Bo Charity Foundation with the mission of “WASTE NOT, HUNGER NOT.” The program rescues edible surplus food from different sectors of the food industry that would otherwise be disposed of as waste. Following strict safety protocols, the rescued food items will then be prepared as nutritious hot meals in their central kitchen and be redistributed to serve the underprivileged communities in Hong Kong.

food banks  food_angel3.jpgUntil March 2011, Food Angel has provided over 2,956,453 meals and rescued over 2,474,823 kg of surplus food from going to the landfills.

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Beneficiaries of Food Angel include deprived elderly (71%), children from low income families (20%), the unemployed (3%), disabled and people in rehabilitation (4%) and the homeless, caged home dwellers etc (2%).

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Mission
– Reduce Food waste at Source
– Alleviate Hunger
– Relieve Poverty
– Educate the Next Generation

What you can to help
SCMP 03MAY13 NS CHAIWAN6  DW__6536.JPGVolunteer at one of their two kitchens in Chai Wan and Sham Shui Po where you can help prepare meal boxes: preparing raw vegetables and hot meal boxes (non-cooking duties)
To volunteer, you need to be over 16. You can volunteer as an individual or in a group. To find out about available dates and to register, please follow this link.