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Room to Read – Let’s Give Joy this Christmas

2 Dec

Your generosity has supported the educational journeys of over 11.6 million children. That’s 11.6 million children who have the chance to fulfill their potential and change their lives. When you give to Room to Read, you give lasting change that ripples through families, generations and beyond. And through December 31st, your impact on students and communities in Asia and Africa will go twice as far.

All donations made this month will be matched 1:1, thanks to IMC Financial Markets.
That means:
• Your gift of HKD$200 becomes HKD$400, filling two bookshelves with beautiful, colorful local language books.
• Your gift of HKD$400 becomes HKD$800, teaching two children to read and write for a whole year.
• Your gift of HKD$2400 becomes HKD$4800, keeping two girls in school for a year through their Girls’ Education Program
• Your gift of HKD$7900 becomes HKD$15,800, will provide two librarians who will share their love of reading and books with their students.

Will you give more children, more families and more communities the opportunity to create and sustain change?

To donate, please follow this link

About Room to Read: Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

room to read 2To achieve this goal, Room to Read focuses on two areas where they believe Room to Read can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond by building and stocking libraries, building bright ventilated classrooms, publishing books in the local language, training educators and providing one-on-one support to teachers, and supporting girls to stay in school by providing material support—such as school fees, clean uniforms or transportation, in addition to mentoring and life skills training to help girls succeed in the classroom and beyond.

room to read john-woodFor more information please visit their website.

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Clearly – help the 2.5 billion people around the world who suffer from poor vision to see

6 Nov

#eyeswideopen

Why vision matters:
Imagine how different your life would be if one day you woke up with poor vision and could not get the treatment you needed to correct it. If you struggled to see your friends, your family, your phone, and your feet. Almost every aspect of your life would change in an instant. For many, the problems you’re imagining are just a part of everyday life.

Being able to see clearly makes it easier to learn, to work and to realise your full potential – but right now, 2.5 billion people are being held back from these opportunities.

If your eyes have been opened to the importance of clear vision, you can help by signing the petition to global leaders to tell them that now is the time to take action.

At the Commonwealth Summit in April 2018, some of the world’s most powerful people will meet in London to agree on a shared path to progress for 52 countries and more than 2 billion people living in the Commonwealth.

Clear vision must be a priority, and with your support it can be. Clearly is asking Commonwealth leaders to put vision on their agenda for the Summit. Clearly will make sure your voice is heard. To sign the petition, please follow this link

About Clearly: Clearly wants to make sure that everyone can get a pair of glasses when they need them, no matter who they are or where they live.

Unlocking human potential:
Being able to see clearly would transform billions of lives. And a world where everyone has access to a pair of glasses would be fairer and more prosperous for all of us.

Clear vision is the golden thread that will help reduce poverty and deliver quality education, decent work and gender equality. The benefits would be felt around the world, but the greatest impact would be in developing countries, which account for 90% of the people living without access to vision correction.

Their roots:
Clearly was founded in 2016 by James Chen. He has been gripped by the issue of poor vision for the last 12 years, leading and funding projects that aim to drive new progress on an age old problem.

James is the co-founder of Adlens, which is revolutionising lens technology with adjustable focus eyewear. He also set up the charity Vision for a Nation in 2011 with the aim of providing nationwide access to eye care and affordable glasses in Rwanda, a country with a population of 12 million. A stunning success, eye care services are now available to all, and more than 2 million people have received vision screenings.

Clearly was launched as a global campaign to enable access to glasses for everyone in the world. James has made it his personal mission that if a human is to set foot on Mars in the years ahead, everyone should be able to see it happen.

Race to Read – Hong Kong’s Fastest Executive Race 2017

27 Oct

On the afternoon of Friday December 1, over thirty top business leaders will race against each other on a 13 km route from Pok Fu Lam Reservoir to Admiralty in the Hong Kong’s Fastest Executive Race 2017, in support of Room to Read’s Literacy Program. Each participant will be raising funds to make learning possible for at least 100 children in low income countries across Asia and Africa. Last year, with only fifteen participants, Race to Read impacted over 9,000 children through their literacy program and they look forward to exceeding that number this year!

Millions of children are now at risk of growing up without basic literacy skills. Room to Read’s Literacy Program seeks to ensure that children enter grade 3 with the reading and writing skills they need to start their educational journey.

Join top business leaders including John Lindfors, Managing Partner, DST Investment Management Ltd, Yusuf Alireza, former CEO of Noble Group, and of course John Wood, founder, Room to Read!

Donate now to help your chief be top of the fundraisers’ leaderboard! With every HK$400 you donate, you can help set one child on the path to educational success and to reaching their full potential.

What you can do to help:
Fundraise – help one of the business leaders by raising funds for them
Donate – make a donation to Room to Read

For further enquiries, please contact: tijana.zderic@roomtoread.org

Date: Friday, 1 December 2017

Place: Pok Fu Lam Reservoir to Admiralty

About Room to Read: Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

room to read 2To achieve this goal, Room to Read focuses on two areas where they believe Room to Read can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond by building and stocking libraries, building bright ventilated classrooms, publishing books in the local language, training educators and providing one-on-one support to teachers, and supporting girls to stay in school by providing material support—such as school fees, clean uniforms or transportation, in addition to mentoring and life skills training to help girls succeed in the classroom and beyond.

For more information please visit their website.

Room to Read Lunch for Literacy

29 Sep


Room to Read is organizing their first Lunch for Literacy event on 8th November 2017 at the China Club. For the first time, they are collaborating with Hong Kong International Literary Festival (HKILF) to come together for a literary fundraiser, featuring Jung Chang, renowned author of the international bestseller Wild Swans, and Room to Read‘s Co-Founder and CEO, Erin Ganju.

Join Room to Read for a traditional Chinese lunch and a discussion focusing on writing, access to literature and diversity. The event will include performances from local poets and a fundraising auction.

Programme
Reception: 12:00pm | Lunch: 12:15pm | Book Signing with Jung Chang: 2:00pm

Proceeds will aid HKILF and Room to Read‘s education projects.

Date: Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Time: 12 – 2:30pm

Place: 14/F, China Club, The Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street

Price: (Includes free-flow drinks & lunch)
Table of 12: HKD$12,000
Individual seat: HKD$1,000

About Room to Read: Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

room to read 2To achieve this goal, Room to Read focuses on two areas where they believe Room to Read can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond by building and stocking libraries, building bright ventilated classrooms, publishing books in the local language, training educators and providing one-on-one support to teachers, and supporting girls to stay in school by providing material support—such as school fees, clean uniforms or transportation, in addition to mentoring and life skills training to help girls succeed in the classroom and beyond.

room to read john-woodFor more information please visit their website.

About HKILF: The Hong Kong International Literary Festival (HKILF), founded in 2001, is an annual event held over 10 days in the fall, featuring established and emerging writers from around the world in a programme that includes discussions, literary lunches and dinners, workshops, lectures, debates, book signings, and readings.

The stellar list of past HKILF authors includes literary luminaries such as Seamus Heaney, Louis de Bernières, Colm Tóibín, Jung Chang, and Yann Martel.

HKILF is organized and coordinated by Hong Kong International Literary Festival Limited, a non-profit, charitable literary arts organization which also manages the annual Young Readers Festival (YRF).

Room to Read – Let’s Get Quizzical!

17 Sep

Let’s Get Quizzical at Trafalgar!

Join Room to Read for their fourth Room to Read Hong Kong Chapter Students Helping Students pub quiz. The quiz is a “General Knowledge” theme. This will a great night with lots of fun! Tickets have sold out in the previous quizzes so please get your tickets early to save disappointment!

Tickets are available individually or put a team together and join Room to Read to raise funds for their Literacy programs & Girls’ Education Program. All of the money raised will support their work in 10 low income countries in Asia and Africa.

There will be fabulous raffle prizes to be won – all donated by various generous sponsors!

The Trafalgar will be offering Happy Hour until 9pm! The doors open at 6:30pm and the quiz starts at 7:00pm.

Any questions please contact faizabokhari1@gmail.com OR Jodi.Ann.Mullen@outlook.com

Date: Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Place: Trafalgar, The Broadway, 5/F, 55-62 Lockhart Road, Wanchai

Price: $110 per person, RSVP table of 6 to faizabokhari1@gmail.com

Tickets are available from Eventbrite

About Room to Read: Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

room to read 2To achieve this goal, Room to Read focuses on two areas where they believe Room to Read can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond by building and stocking libraries, building bright ventilated classrooms, publishing books in the local language, training educators and providing one-on-one support to teachers, and supporting girls to stay in school by providing material support—such as school fees, clean uniforms or transportation, in addition to mentoring and life skills training to help girls succeed in the classroom and beyond.

room to read john-woodFor more information please visit their website.

Volunteer for Animals Asia Foundation

24 Jul

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.

Their work
Their work to end animal cruelty focuses on three major programmes:

End Bear Bile Farming
Animals Asia works to end the barbaric bear bile trade, which sees over 10,000 bears – mainly moon bears but also sun bears and brown bears – kept on bile farms in China, and around 2,400 in Vietnam.

Cat and Dog Welfare
Animals Asia works to end the trade in dogs and cats for food in China, and lobbies to improve the welfare of companion animals and promote humane population management.

Zoos and Safari Parks
Animals Asia campaigns for an end to abusive animal practices in zoos and safari parks in China, and works closely with governing authorities to improve animal management and increase awareness of the welfare needs of captive animals.

Their approach
Change through Empathy:
Animals Asia works with animal ambassadors who embody the ideal that empathy for one animal can evolve into empathy for an entire species and ultimately for all species.

Negotiation:
Animals Asia takes a non-partisan, sensitive approach in working with governments, authorities, experts and local communities. They work with, not against, people to find sustainable solutions for all parties.

Education:
Animals Asia informs and empower local communities for the welfare of animals and people, promoting change at the grass-roots level. They promote alternatives to animal products for use in traditional medicine through our Healing without Harm campaign.

Investigation:
Animals Asia works with vet and bear-care teams, field officers and a network of research scientists, university students, pathologists and traditional medicine doctors to investigate the bear bile industry, the trade in cats and dogs for their meat, and cruelty to animals in captivity – and use this knowledge to fight against these practices.

What you can do to help
Become a volunteer for Animals Asia and use your skills and passion to help animals in need. There are many ways you can donate your time.

Office volunteers
Support your local Animals Asia office by volunteering for office work or helping at events.

Behavioral volunteers – China and Vietnam
Animals Asia can only accept volunteers trained in either veterinary science / vet nursing or qualified in wild-animal management, as all hands-on work with the bears necessitates intensive training. All behavioral volunteer placements require a minimum commitment of three months in China or Vietnam.

Professor Paws Volunteers
All potential volunteers must:
* be over the age of 18 and have their own dog.
* be clean and presentable at all times.
* be committed to the programme and its aims.
* have good “people skills” and an enthusiastic, patient personality.
* enjoy meeting new people and be willing to be a part of a team.
* be native English speakers.
* be available for visits to schools on weekdays.

Vet Nurse Volunteers
Animals Asia can only accept applications from volunteers trained in either veterinary science / vet nursing or qualified in wild-animal management, as all hands on work with the bears necessitates intensive training. All veterinary volunteer placements require a commitment of at least three months.

Doctor Dog Volunteers
All potential volunteers must:
* be over the age of 18 and have their own dog.
* be clean and presentable at all times.
* be committed to the programme and its aims.
* have good “people skills” and an enthusiastic, patient personality.
* enjoy meeting new people and willing to be a part of a team.

Volunteer for Clean the World

8 Jul


* Pneumonia and diarrheal diseases are two of the leading causes of death among children under 5 years old.
* According to the World Health Organization, millions of young lives could be saved with access to bar soap and hygiene education.
* More than 2 million bars of partially used hotel soap are thrown away every day in the United States.
* By recycling soap and other discarded hygiene products, Clean the World saves lives with items that traditionally end up in landfills.

Clean the World: Clean the World was founded in 2009 by Shawn Seipler. As the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for an e-commerce technology company, Shawn traveled several days a week. The idea for soap recycling came about after Shawn learned the barely used bars of hotel soap he left behind each morning ended up in a landfill. That led to Clean the World, a Florida not-for-profit corporation under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Mission:
* Collect and recycle soap and hygiene products discarded every day by the hospitality industry and other sectors that generate environmental waste.
* Through the distribution of these and other donated products to impoverished people, prevent millions of hygiene-related deaths each year, reduce the morbidity rate for hygiene-related illnesses, and encourage vigorous childhood development.

They do this by…:
* Collecting, sorting and processing discarded soap, shampoo conditioner and lotion product donations from participating hospitality partners.
* Collection of donated hygiene products from manufacturers.
* Recycling these product donations at facilities in Orlando, Fla., Las Vegas, and Hong Kong.
* Delivering these recycled product donations to domestic homeless shelters and developing countries suffering from high death rates due to acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease.

What you can do to help: When volunteering, you serve an essential role in Clean the World’s mission by pre-sorting hygiene products for recycling or packing them for distribution. Individuals, corporate groups, and schools serve in dynamic teams at social responsibility events to address urgent hygiene needs.

Clean the World welcomes individual volunteers, corporate groups, churches, families, and clubs. Volunteering at Clean the World is appropriate for kids as well as adults. Volunteers must beat least 8 years old. Children ages 8 through 15 require supervision by a parent or guardian.

Volunteering is by appointment only. To volunteer, please complete the volunteer form by following this link.