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Sandy Bay Charity Fair 2017

22 Oct

The 36th Sandy Bay Charity Fair at DKCH is coming soon! Organised by The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children and with loads of bargains, yummy food, lots of fun and laughter, this is the place to spend a Saturday afternoon and get your Christmas shopping done. All net proceeds will be donated to the betterment of the donations for disabled children in Hong Kong.

Date: Saturday, 4 November 2017

Time: 10am – 5pm

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

About The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (SRDC): The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (SRDC) was established in 1953, with the mission to provide medical, surgical, rehabilitation and educational services to disabled children in Hong Kong. The Society, using funds generated by the generosity of the community, established a convalescent home in Sandy Bay in 1955 for children stricken with skeletal tuberculosis. The home initially had only 50 beds but was subsequently expanded in stages to become the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay (DKCH) in 1968 and was in the frontline fighting against tuberculosis, poliomyelitis and spinal deformities. The Hospital subsequently became internationally recognized for this work and remains a training center for surgeons and health workers from around the world.

The Society was responsible for the running cost of the Home and Hospital and ran the institutions on a day-to-day basis until 1991 when the Hong Kong Hospital Authority took over management of all public hospitals in Hong Kong. Despite the change in management, the Society still has a significant influence in the running of the Hospital and has continued to support the Hospital with specific needs or in emerging areas of child health that are not readily available in the public health care system. They have also expanded into other areas of medical social concerns that fulfill the mission of the Society.

Currently, the Society is continuously supporting the following:
* Equipment purchase or upgrade at The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay
* The Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe
* Doctor Fellowship Program – Overseas Orthopaedic Surgeons
* China Patient Project
* Implant Sponsorship
* Others, e.g. clinical research at HKU

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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.

Different Ways of Giving Back

2 Jan

“It is more difficult to give money away intelligently than to earn it in the first place.” – Andrew Carnegie

How can you contribute to the society by leveraging your skills? How can you measure the effectiveness and sustainability of your contribution? Whether its time or money, the challenge is finding the most impactful way to make a difference in the causes we are passionate for. In this series of “Different Ways of Giving Back” discussions as they explore how different individuals ranging from the Chairman of a property company to Social Entrepreneur, and Legal and Finance professionals in Hong Kong leverage their skills and experiences to giving back!

Event Agenda:
Different Ways of Giving Back – Finding Your Style
Getting involved – how and why
Finding the right charity and cause
Assessing the impact and sustainability of your philanthrophic actions

Presenters include:
Doris Leung – Diamond Cab Founder & CEO (Moderator)
Laurence Li – Light Be Chairman
Lehui Liang – Social Ventures Hong Kong Associate Director, Investment
Stan Tang – Stan Group Chairman
Earnest Wong – The Second Box Founder

This event will be conducted in English.

diamond-cab-2Proceeds will go to Diamond Cab to support their mission to provide legal and safe transportation services for wheelchair users in Hong Kong.

Date: Monday, 16 January 2017

Time: 7 pm

Place: 52/F, UBS AG, 2 IFC, 8 Finance Street, Hong Kong

Price: : HK$220/person
In support of Diamond Cab, buy 3 tickets now and receive 1 free miniature Diamond Cab valued at HK$560 as a gift when you present your ticket receipt upon registration.

To register, please follow this link to Eventbrite

diamond-cab-logoAbout Diamond Cab (HK) Ltd.: Diamond Cab (HK) Ltd. is a private enterprise offering point-to-point transportation services for wheelchair users. They have 7 barrier-free cabs that allow wheelchair users to board directly and provides a legal and safe transportation means for wheelchair users and their carers. Up to mid-April 2016, Diamond Cab has successfully completed over 100,000 barrier-free trips.

As the Diamond Cab brand gains publicity, Diamond Cab has encountered passengers with various backgrounds and medical conditions. In order to effectively provide safe transportation, and to allow more wheelchair users to benefit from their services, they ask passengers with individual/special requests to explain their needs in details at the time of booking. Diamond Cab hopes enterprises with a social purpose that do not accept any government or public funding can continue to operate and thrive to provide needy wheelchair passengers with the Diamond Cab experience.

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.

Beyond Vision Projects

12 Nov

BEYOND VISION PROJECTS (BVP) is a social enterprise supported by a group of passionate volunteers and professional advisors and academics in related field. In order to achieve their goal of enhancing the visually impaired (VI) and elderly with low vision’s quality of life; their first project, Tactile-Audio Interaction System (TAIS) services was successfully developed under substantial research. They got encouraging results and feedbacks which have proven TAIS can enable the mental image building process of the visually impaired (VI) and elderly with low vision.

BVP believes that art and culture inspires us, brings us together and, teaches us about who we are and the world we live in; despite the differences in age, gender, race or physical impairments. Arts and culture is for all.

Their Mission
BEYOND VISION PROJECTS (BVP) strives to enhance the quality of life of the visually impaired(VI) and elderly with low vision which focus on SOCIAL INCLUSION, SOCIAL EQUALITY and SOCIAL PARTICIPATION.

Their Goal
BEYOND VISION PROJECTS (BVP) aims at providing our Tactile-Audio Interaction System (TAIS) services: a simple-to-create ‘touch synchronized’ tactile and audio tool. This tool will enable the VI and elderly with low vision to receive visual information through touching and hearing, not limited to accessibility to art but all possible aspects of daily life. Subsequently, trainings for TAIS production and services will be provided to visually impaired individuals so as to open up job opportunities.

Training and Workshops
BEYOND VISION PROJETS (BVP) provides training and workshops; such as tactile painting making; audio description workshop and TAIS workshops, for the visually impaired, their family members and friends; as volunteer.

Training will cover:
– Tactile Painting Making
– Visual impairment awareness, customer care and guiding
– The principles of description
– Describing paintings, objects and artefacts
– Using other senses to engage blind and partially sighted visitors
– Improving accessibility, including leading an audio described tour

What you can do to help
BVP believes that people who have visual impairments should have an equal opportunity to experience art and culture, heritage and historical venues. They work with museums, galleries, schools and other organisations to provide inclusive and accessible consultations, tours and experiences. With your support; BVP can create a more accessible and inclusive society. Please contact BVP: info@beyondvision.asia for sponsorship or donations.

Or join BVP as an individual volunteer or group volunteer; by sending BVP an email (info@beyondvision.asia) with simple introduction and your intention.

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

Home of Loving Faithfulness

8 Aug

holf 1Since 1965, The Home of Loving Faithfulness has been providing life-long Christian care to over 60 children and adults with special needs in Hong Kong. With more than a billion people with disabilities, 15% of the world’s population, and they are one of the most disadvantaged and marginalised groups in society. They are routinely denied the most basic human rights, often cut off from education, employment and healthcare. Many are living in extreme poverty…even here in Hong Kong.

holf 2How you can help
Home of Loving Faithfulness is located in the New Territories not far from Fanling. They are always open to volunteers to help out in every way from cooking meals, to interacting with the residents. At the moment they are looking for volunteers to help with a series of music sessions there in the coming months. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Kate at email hcbleung@hotmail.com