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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.

Apply NOW for 2017 Summer Student Internships at Crossroads

17 Jan

Student-243x300Crossroads Foundation recruits students from universities and colleges to participate in its unique, annual internship programme. Students are given the opportunity to be assistant managers in each of their many departments and to help in the running of those departments. The students in these roles will be able to work with all types of people from around the world while gaining vital, real-world English-environment work experience.

Roles available include working in fields such as communications & vision, accounting, administration, processing goods for distribution, shipping, computing, catering and hospitality and fair trade commerce.

When: Students commit to a six-week, full-time service period. The work week is Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Interns will need to complete a full six week internship to receive a reference and certificate. Contact Crossroads for more details at volunteer@crossroads.org.hk or to sign up, click here.

First intake: June 6th – July 15th 2017

Second intake: July 11th – August 19th 2017

Where: Internships take place at the Crossroads site, opposite Gold Coast, near Tuen Mun in the New Territories.

How: You must attend an induction to apply for the internship. This day will allow you to familiarise yourselves with Crossroads and the objectives for this programme as well as sit for a short interview. Students will then be notified a few weeks later as to whether they have been accepted and to which department they have been placed. Upon completion of 6 weeks, each student will receive a certificate as well as a letter of reference from Crossroads. These will be given out at the student party at the end of the internship period or upon finishing the programme.

If you have any questions, or to begin the application process, click here.

Note: Students who are not in Hong Kong at the time of the induction interviews may complete their interviews online. Contact Crossroads for more details.

About Crossroads: Crossroads’ goal is to connect people in a broken world. As their name suggests, they try to be a crossroads: bringing together those in need and those who can help. They do so in four ways.

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION: Where need meets resource Crossroads are donated excellent quality goods by business and private donors. They distribute these to people in need, in Hong Kong and around the world.

GLOBAL HAND: Partnering for a better world Global Hand is a match-making service which links for-profit and non-profit organisations who want to partner to help meet global need.

GLOBAL X-PERIENCE: Stepping into another’s shoes Crossroads offers simulation x-periences in which participants step, briefly, ‘into the shoes’ of people facing global challenges: war, poverty, HIV vulnerability, blindness, environmental challenges, hunger, etc.

GLOBAL HANDICRAFTS: Fair trade for a fairer world Aid helps people today. An income helps them tomorrow. Global Handicrafts Marketplace sells goods from people in need within Hong Kong, and around the world, on a fair trade basis.

VOLUNTEERING
Volunteering at Crossroads is one way you can line up the skills you have, with your hopes to make a difference to a broken world. Crossroads needs people with almost any skills to do jobs like packing goods, driving trucks, cooking meals, administration and computer work, gardening and landscaping, art and design, and much more.

Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong

30 Oct

ocean-park-3Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong (OPCFHK) is committed to advocating, facilitating and participating in effective conservation of Asian wildlife, with an emphasis on Chinese white dolphins and giant pandas, as well as their habitats through partnerships, fundraising, research and education. It envisions a world where Asian wildlife remains biologically diverse under the stewardship of humans, corporations and governments.

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Since its expansion in 2005, OPCFHK has allocated over $58 million to fund over 400 research projects on cetaceans, giant pandas and many other species. In 2015/16, OPCFHK is funding three key projects to monitor and understand the population and habitat of Chinese white dolphins, whilst continuing the operation of the Marine Mammal Stranding Response Team in Hong Kong and providing samples to local universities and the Chinese White Dolphin DNA Bank in China, in order to develop an effective conservation plan for the species. Giant panda conservation efforts were extended from infrastructure rebuilding after earthquake to conservation study, capacity building and habitat restoration in the three provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu. It also inspires university students to engage in field work as part of its University Student Sponsorship Programme in Wildlife Conservation, and connects secondary school students as well as corporations to horseshoe crab conservation efforts in Hong Kong through the rearing and fostering programme.

ocean-park-5In 2010/2011 financial year, a strategic retreat of the Foundation was held to discuss its next five year direction, and confirmed the revised vision and mission:

Vision
OPCFHK envisions a world where Asian wildlife remains biologically diverse under the stewardship of humans, corporations and governments.

Mission
OPCFHK is committed to advocating, facilitating and participating in effective conservation of Asian wildlife, with an emphasis on Chinese white dolphins and giant pandas as well as their habitats. This will be achieved through partnerships, fundraising, research and education.

Good Corporate Governance
The Foundation believes that good corporate governance will assist the Trustees and Management to pursue objectives that are in the interests of the organisation and the public, lead to better corporate performance and reputation and is essential in attaining long‐term, sustainable growth. While recognising that corporate governance may be affected by many factors, the Foundation believes that the core principles of accountability, transparency and integrity are fundamental to good governance and has, therefore, adopted these as the cornerstone of the Foundation’s governance framework.

How you can help
Become a Friend of the Foundation
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OPCFHK launched “Friends of the Foundation” fan club, to engage wildlife and nature lovers in conservation for concerted efforts to conserve wildlife in Hong Kong and Asia. Through donation, you will become a FRIEND of the Foundation, and enjoy the precious opportunities to obtain more information about Asian wildlife, and take part in various conservation work, activities and seminars to get closer with the nature and understand Hong Kong ecology better!

Join now if…
ocean-park-1* You are passionate about wildlife and nature
* You share the same vision with OPCFHK and would like to show your support
* You want to educate the future generations about the importance of wildlife conservation
* You want to help raise the community’s awareness on wildlife conservation
* You want to be engaged in activities that can help Asian wildlife
* You want to learn more about OPCFHK‘s conservation efforts, the species and habitats across Asia
For more information and to join follow this link

Volunteer
OPCFHK has been committed in the conservation of Asian wildlife through fundraising, research and education so that it remains biologically diverse. If you are also enthusiastic and passionate towards wildlife conservation, and willing to contribute your time and efforts, please join their conservation volunteer task force!
Main Voluntary Tasks:
* Assist in community education and narration events
* Assist in fundraising and promotional events
* Provide various professional services, e.g. video taking, translation, writing, designs, marketing, etc
* Assist in routine operations and documentary work in office
For more information and to join follow this link

Christmas Bazaars 2016

3 Oct

One way of getting your Christmas shopping done and support charities in Hong Kong is by visiting the numerous Christmas Bazaars. Here are a few to get you started:

HELENA MAY CHARITY BAZAAR
This is an annual event at Helena May where the public is welcome and can visit more than 50 stalls selling handmade crafts, jewellery, accessories, books etc.

Date: Thursday, 13 October 2016

Time: Please call the Helena May for details.

Place: The Helena May, 35 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong

MICHAELMAS FAIR 2016
michaelmas-fair_poster-2016_revA Hong Kong institution run each year by St John’s Cathedral, this fair offers games, marching bands, old books, household items, clothing stalls, book stalls, food and drink and much more. Fun for the entire family!

Date: Saturday, October 29 2016

Time: 10am to 4pm

Place: St. John’s Cathedral, Li Hall, 4-8 Garden Road, Central

SEDAN CHAIR RACE & BAZAAR
20121029-CNW-09_Superstar-Sedan-Chair-Race-for-CharityThe annual Sedan Chair Race is the main fundraising event of the Sedan Chair Charities Fund. The fund raised goes to support charitable organisations that are lesser known and have very limited resources to do fundraising themselves – none go to the Matilda International Hospital where the event is held each year. Watch as teams wearing all sorts of colourful costumes race by. There are also games and food stalls.

Date: Sunday, October 30 2016

Time: 10am to 1:30pm

Place: Matilda International Hospital, The Peak

SANDY BAY CHARITY FAIR at DKCH
Since 1981, the annual Sandy Bay Fair has been held on the first Saturday in November, from 10:00 am to 5:00pm. Held at the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay at Pokfulam, the Fair is legendary. Loads of bargains, lots of fun, laughter and delicious food as well as their famous limited edition Christmas cards. All net proceeds are used to support the Hospital to improve medical facilities.

If you can’t make it to the fair, you can order their Christmas cards by mail. To download this year’s catalogue, please click on this link.

Date: Saturday, 5 November 2016

Time: 10am – 5pm

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

JWA ANNUAL CHARITY BAZAAR
The Jewish Women’s Association of Hong Kong (JWA) invites you and the whole family to their annual bazaar! It is slated to be bigger and better than before! Happy holidays and happy shopping! All proceeds will go to charity.

Date: Sunday, November 6 2016

Time: Please call the Jewish Women’s Association for more information.

Place: Island School, 20 Borrett Road, Mid-levels

LAMMA FUN DAY
cwsLamma Fun Day Beach Music Festival is one-day charity event with something for everyone live music on stage on the beach, DJs, market stalls, a licensed bar, arts and crafts, tasty food, free water, a charity auction, bric-a-brac stalls, plus sports and activities for kids during the day. Entrance is free – the event is run by volunteers and CWS Hong Kong, with the generous support of Lamma and Hong Kong businesses. Now in its 16th edition, this year’s event will raise money for education projects in Nepal.

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016

Time: 11am till late

Place: Yung Shue Wan, Tai Wan To, Lamma Island

Run for AIDS to ZERO

13 Sep
UNICEF 2016

UNICEF 2016

UNICEF Charity Run, organized by the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) and supported by the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association (HKAAA), is marching toward its 11th anniversary. Based on a decade of successful experiences, the Charity Run will be held again at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Lantau Island. It is not only an annual flagship fundraising event for UNICEF HK, but also the second largest long-distance running event in Hong Kong, as recognized by AIMS and HKAAA, judging from its participant number.

With the support of over 98,000 participants and donors’ generous contributions since 2006, the Charity Run has raised more than HK$95.5 million to support UNICEF’s ‘Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS’ global campaign in developing countries, aiming to eliminate the mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Date: Sunday, 27 November 2016

Time: Depending on distance and group, start times will vary. Please visit their event page for more information.

Place: Hong Kong Disneyland Car Park

Price: $520 (individual male or female), $350 (Child (aged 11-13), Junior 1 (aged 14-15)), Family (HK$2,000 per group)

Enrolment deadline: 7 October 2016 (Friday). To enroll please fo to their website.

Space is limited. Enrolment is on a first-come-first-served basis. The Organizer reserves the right to close entries before the deadline without prior notice.
An announcement will be made on their website when the quota is full.
Enrolment will be confirmed immediately once an online payment is completed successfully. Please finish the application within 45 minutes.

About UNICEF: UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything they do. Together with their partners, they work in 190 countries and territories in order to translate that commitment into practical actions, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, for the benefit of all children, everywhere.

The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) was founded in 1986 and was established as an independent local non-government organization to raise funds through public donations, partnerships with companies, special events, etc. to support UNICEF‘s works. UNICEF HK also promotes and advocates for children’s rights through organizing education and youth programmes in Hong Kong. Learn more from UNICEF HK.