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Hong Kong Society for the Blind

20 Jul


The Hong Kong Society for the Blind (HKSB) was established in 1956.

Over the years, HKSB has developed a wide range of services covering eye care and low vision services, rehabilitation and vocational training, educational support, employment guidance, adaptive technology advisory service, information and communication technology applications to improve information access for the visually impaired, rehabilitation service for persons with multiple disabilities and visual impairment (MDVI), and residential care for the aged blind. To improve the well-being of their service users, HKSB will continue to make the best use of its expertise to join forces with all stakeholders with the aim of building a barrier-free society with equal opportunities for all.

Volunteer for the Hong Kong Society for the Blind
Introduction: As a non-government organization providing comprehensive services for the blind and visually impaired population in Hong Kong, volunteers are essential assets to ensure the smooth running of our services in areas of rehabilitation service, residential service, general eye and low vision service, employment service, educational and community support service, barrier free and support service.

Objectives: Volunteers Development Service aims at maintaining and building up a volunteer pool / database and a referral system that best match new volunteers to appropriate service units. It also aims at launching promotion programmes, recruitment exercises, training and appreciation scheme to motivate volunteers to help in the Society’s services, especially in agency functions.

Volunteers Participation: Other than agency functions, e.g., Flag Day and Walkathon fundraising events, volunteers could help the routine services, outdoor activities and interest class, etc.

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact HKSB by email volunteer@hksb.org.hk or call 3723 8305

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Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong

13 May

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong is dedicated to improving the lives of children in Hong Kong who live with a serious illness, disability or disadvantage.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong does not focus on any single illness or disability. Instead, they aim to address the needs of children who are sick, disadvantaged or live with disabilities and other special needs who are not getting the help they need.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong generally does not make cash payments directly to beneficiaries. Instead, they aim to provide physical and practical resources to meet the unmet needs of disadvantaged children and to relieve the burden on their families. Their objective is to enable disadvantaged children reach their full potential and enjoy a more fulfilling life.

Although Variety’s work is serious, they never forget the importance of having fun. Bringing smiles to the faces of children is a positive and fun experience for Variety volunteers, sponsors and supporters.

Of course, they can’t do everything on their own. Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong proudly works in partnership with other children’s agencies and charities in Hong Kong and they welcome the support of any person or organization that shares their ideals and objectives.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong is focused solely on Hong Kong children who are living with a disadvantage. All funds raised in Hong Kong are applied for the benefit of disadvantaged children in Hong Kong.

What you can do to help
People from all walks of life can help children through Variety by becoming a regular donor, attending an event, organizing a fundraising event, taking part in a personal challenge like a marathon or trek, leaving a bequest in their will or volunteering.

Donate: People from all walks of life can help children through Variety by becoming a regular donor, attending an event, organizing a fundraising event, taking part in a personal challenge like a marathon or trek, leaving a bequest in their will or volunteering. To donate please follow this link

Gifts and services in-kind: Gifts and services in-kind are a vital element in enabling Variety to meet its vision and mission. Gifts of auction and raffle prizes for events, business skills such as legal or accountancy advice or technology and office items are all necessary to successfully deliver Variety’s vision and mission.

For more information about HOW YOU CAN HELP please email info@variety.org.hk

Volunteer: As Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong grows and their programs develop, they will need assistance in many ways, such as fundraising events, assistance with outings for children and with the administration of their programs and events.

Use your talent, experience and passion to make a real difference to Hong Kong children in need. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child’s face light up and knowing your contribution has helped make it happen. For more information about HOW TO BECOME A VARIETY VOLUNTEER please email info@variety.org.hk.

Just the Ticket

9 May

Just the Ticket is a Hong Kong-based non-profit organisation that provides access to cultural events to people in need. They do so by providing a centralised platform where events organisers can donate tickets to their events to existing charities and other non-profit organisations.

Mission: Just the Ticket believes the arts can enrich and transform lives as well as bring communities closer together — and Just the Ticket wants to make sure all citizens of Hong Kong have access to the full diversity of cultural and recreational activities in the city.

What you can do to help
Become a Beneficiary: Are you a tax-exempt charity organization? Would the population you serve benefit from greater access to arts, culture and education events? Click here to learn how you can register with Just the Ticket.

Donate Tickets: To make cultural events in Hong Kong accessible to those in need, Just the Ticket needs, well . . . tickets! Click here to donate.

Donate Money: Imagine making it possible for a disabled child in Hong Kong to see their first live ballet performance, for an elderly pensioner to see a Cantonese opera, or for a low-income family to experience the joys of the symphony. Click here to donate

Volunteering: Volunteering with Just The Ticket is also a valuable opportunity to learn more about nonprofits in Hong Kong. Follow this link and click on the Join Today button

For more information, please email sara@justthetickethk.org

i-d Art – ‘i’ — I, love, inclusion ‘d’ — do, different ‘i-d’ — identity

7 Apr

i do different art
Art is a barrier-free common language. To appreciate beautiful things and to do creation freely are inborn abilities and rights of human beings. The focus of art appreciation should be on the power that the creators give to their creations and also their abilities, instead of their intelligence or physical ability. Holding such beliefs, i-d Art, a project of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, connects people with different abilities and explores more possibilities and creative spaces in the community. In addition, they encourage more people with different abilities to participate in art so as to promote social inclusion.

To achieve their goals, i-d Art organizes exhibitions, events & workshops, projects and sells products from their projects through i-dArt Store.

Volunteer: i-d Art is always looking for volunteers to help with visiting exhibitions, major events, workshops, translation, photography etc. If you are interested in volunteering, please follow this link to download the application form.

For more information, please email i-dart@tungwah.org.hk

Hong Kong Sports Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability

20 Jan

Hong Kong Sports Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability was founded in 1978 by a group of professionals who wanted to serve persons with intellectual disability (ID).

As the only organisation in Hong Kong offering sports activities to persons with intellectual disability, HKSAPID today has over a hundred agency members and thousands of registered athletes and participants.

HKSAPID became the official member of The International Federation for Intellectual Impairment Sport (INAS) in 1996. In Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, their athletes won the gold and silver medals in table tennis women’s singles and women’s long jump respectively; a silver medal was also attained in table tennis demonstration in Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. The swimming and athletics teams also achieved prominent results in competitions around the world. After 12 years, ID athletes are finally re-included in the Paralympics and 7 local ID athletes gained the qualification slots to the London 2012 Paralympics. They competed with worldwide elites in table tennis and swimming and won 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.

HKSAPID athletes won 1 gold and 1 bronze medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Swimmer TANG Wai Lok broke his personal best and the Paralympic Records with 01:56:32 in Class S14 Men’s 200m Freestyle and won the first-ever gold medal in swimming for Hong Kong.

What you can do to help:
The Hong Kong Sports Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability endeavors to promote social inclusion and spread the message of community partnership through the development of volunteer services.

HKSAPID organizes different kinds of sports activities for persons with intellectual disability (ID), aiming to fully develop their potential in sports, to cultivate a positive attitude in sportsmanship and to facilitate their integration into our community. They are most grateful to have the passionate support of their volunteers who contribute greatly to their activities.

HKSAPID provides training and development programmes as well as other social activities for their volunteers in order to enhance their understanding towards persons with intellectual disability and their sense of belongings. To recognize the contribution of their volunteers, all registered volunteers will be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation based on their hours committed.

HKSAPID welcomes those who are interested to serve intellectual disabled athletes to join them as their volunteer! Interested parties can complete the Volunteer Registration Online Form (Chinese Version only) and return to HKSAPID. For enquiries, please contact Mr. Ben Cheung at 2161 9505.

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!

March2One Charity Raffle 2017

6 Dec

March2One’ Charity Raffle is named after World Down Syndrome Day21 March. Buy a raffle ticket, or a book to support service development of the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association and so as to improve the quality of life of service users. The goal of the raffle is also to raise public awareness of people with Down Syndrome and other disabilities as well as the importance of the social inclusion.

List of Raffle Prizes

People with Down Syndrome and other disabilities should be respected, building friendships with us in an integrated society.

To buy raffle tickets, follow this link to HKDSA’s website and download the order form. Please fill in and send to HKDSA on or before 3 January 2018. For further enquiries, please feel free to contact HKDSA’s Administrative Assistant (Fundraising and Administrative), Ms. Shirley Chan at 3590 2565.

Deadline: 3 January 2018

Draw Date: 12 January 2018

Price: Each booklet costs HK$200 with 20 raffle tickets

About Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association: Registered as a non-profit-making organization since October 1987, the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association is committed to serving individuals with Down Syndrome, intellectual disabilities or other disabilities and their family members with integrated family support and vocational rehabilitation services. HKDSA’s objective is to enable service users to develop their personal growth fully in every aspect of life, as well as to meet their employment and vocational training needs. In recent years, HKDSA has been expanding their social enterprises with a view of increasing vocational training and job opportunities for people with disabilities while promoting the concept of “social inclusion”.