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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).

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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.

Beers For Books 4 Year Anniversary!

9 Jun

You’re invited to Room to Read’s Beers for Books 4-Year Anniversary on Wednesday, 14th of June from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. To get you in the summer and tropical mood, they have collaborated with Wahtiki Island Lounge who will generously donate HKD$10 per drink purchased and will be kindly matched by Hilton 1:1.

Each drink purchased would help to publish 2 local-language children’s books to children in need!

Exciting Raffle Prizes to be won thanks to sponsors: Linguini Fini, Ruinart, Americraft, Peroni, Tatcha, Watsons Wine etc…

Due to LIMITED capacity, please RSVP by emailing Room to Read at cherry.ng@roomtoread.org Please put RSVP14June in the subject line

Date: Wednesday, 14 of June

Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Place: Wahtiki Island Lounge,3rd Floor, Seabird House, 22-28 Wyndham Street, Central

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.

Intern or Volunteer with Earthwatch Hong Kong

11 Feb

Earthwatch Institute is an international environmental charity founded in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1971. With offices in USA, UK, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, India, and Brazil, the Earthwatch Institute also has scientific field research projects all over the world.

Their mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.

Worldwide, Earthwatch works with a wide range of partners, from companies, governments and academic institutions to the individuals who participate in their field research projects. Their participants come from all walks of life including corporate employees, teachers, young people, emerging scientists and members of the general public.

Earthwatch involves people as funded or self-funding volunteers in scientific field research. Since 1971, they have sent more than 90,000 volunteers into the field to work with over a thousand scientists on projects around the world. By involving people in hands-on scientific research and education, they help them to develop the knowledge, skills and motivation needed to take action for the environment. Together they conduct vital research into climate change, ecosystem services, ocean health and cultural heritage. By supporting scientific research conducted by leading scientists from a range of disciplines, their results form the necessary basis for future decisions about the environment.

For 20 years, Earthwatch has worked closely with international companies to develop and deliver pioneering engagement and learning opportunities that motivate and inspire employees, as well as equipping them with the knowledge and confidence to drive change towards more sustainable business practice.

earthwatch-2Earthwatch Hong Kong is one of the three partners in the HSBC Water Programme (a five-year programme on freshwater launched by HSBC in 2012) and one of the four partners in the HSBC Climate Partnership (a five-year programme on climate change launched by HSBC in 2007).

Earthwatch’s Hong Kong office opened in 2007 and is currently setting up field and learning programmes for companies in the region.

What you can do to help
Earthwatch Hong Kong works with a diverse group of individuals, organisations and companies to engage and inspire people to change the way they live and work and to contribute towards preserving the planet.

earthwatch-3They work with interns and volunteers to deliver their programs. They also welcome innovative environmental solutions from their interns and volunteers. If you have any interesting ideas or unique projects relating to the work of Earthwatch in your mind, do not hesitate to share with them your creative thoughts by becoming an intern or a volunteer of Earthwatch. They would love to have passionate individuals to work with them to strive for a better planet together.

Apply now! For more information please contact Earthwatch Hong Kong at 28381114 or admin.hk@earthwatch.org.hk.

If you are interested in taking part in one of Earthwatch‘s field research projects, please follow this link to Earthwatch Worldwide‘s website.

Orbis Walk for Sight 2017

1 Feb

orbisThe World Health Organization estimates that there are currently some 285,000,000 visually impaired people worldwide. If this figure represented a national population, it would be the fourth most populous country in the world today! In attempting to overcome such a huge challenge, Orbis is continually striving to enhance their sight-saving capabilities.

To keep Orbis’s newly refurbished Flying Eye Hospital flying high and delivering the sight of hope in remote corners of the world, you are warmly invited to join Walk for Sight 2017! In doing so, you will play a small but vitally important part in energizing Orbis’ sight-saving power and enabling them to create a brighter future for every visually impaired citizen of the world’s Nation of the Blind.

The 2017 walkathon will kick off at 9:30am on Sunday March 26 at Tai Tam Country Park. In addition to a choice of family-friendly 6-kms or experienced 10kms walks, Orbis will be making your day away from Hong Kong’s hustle and bustle doubly memorable with a fun-packed post-walk carnival. A range of kids-friendly activities, including game booths, DIY workshops and stage performance will be organized at the Hong Kong International School.

Please put your best feet forward and help their latest Angel with Wings to fly even further in its mission to eliminate the Nation of the Blind!

Date: Sunday, 26 March 2017

Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm

Place: The walk will begin and end at the Hong Kong International School in Tai Tam Country Park

Price:
Individual category – Minimum sponsorship HK$500
Family category – Minimum sponsorship HK$1,200 for 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years old plus HK$500 for each extra adult or child
Team category – 10 members or above; minimum sponsorship HK$450 per member

Route Options: 6km for families & 10 km for keen walkers

Post-walk fun: Enjoy a sandwich box, stage performance and game booths and much more. *A kid certificate will be granted to participants aged under 12 or below and have completed the walk.

Enquiry: 2595 0263

Deadline for application: Thursday, 23 February 2017
To register please visit their website.

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.