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Signed copy of Heroes by Stephen Fry up for grabs, benefiting Room to Read

6 Dec

This December, Bookazine is supporting Room to Read once again by running a silent auction. All Bookazine customers are invited to place a bid to buy an exclusive signed copy of ‘Heroes‘ by the magnificent Stephen Fry. Branded with Stephen Fry’s unique charm, this brand new collection of his retelling of the bold and heart-stirring adventures of mortal heroes in Greek mythology is a must-read for fan of Fry as well as Greek mythology. Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of – at our worst and our very best.

There is only one copy up for grabs so if you’re interested, keep an eye on the auction and be sure to place a winning bid! Just follow the link here.

All the proceeds of the auction will be donated to Room to Read to help them establish a library in India.

*The silent auction will be running from December 1st-15th. Bidders have to be 18 or above. The name of the winner will be announced on Bookazine social media on December 17th, 2018.
**The donations and bids will be in USD.

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10×10 Philanthropy: Raise funds for 3 worthwhile causes

7 Nov


A little over a month before Christmas, spare a thought for the various charities in Hong Kong, who still need to achieve their fundraising goals for the year. Here’s a great way to look at three and make a donation.

Please join the fourth installment of 10×10 Hong Kong in support of 3 young and unique grassroots charities!

If you would like to attend the event, please buy a ticket by clicking on the PLEDGE NOW button by following this link and selecting the amount of your pledge (minimum $1,000 pledge required for an event ticket, options up to $3,000 also available). If you want to purchase multiple event tickets, please just select the Pledge amount per ticket). Your Pledge purchase is converted to Charity dollars on the night, and it is 100% tax deductible.

If you are unable to attend on the night but would still like to support the event, you may still make a pledge to the charities by entering an amount of your choice.

10×10’s MISSION:
“To Empower the Next Generation of Giving”

HOW DOES IT WORK?
– 10 volunteer committee members organise a charity event (1 x venue, 3 x charities, 3 x dragons, drinks & canapes).
– Each committee member invites at least 10 of their friends, family and colleagues to attend the event (10 x 10… get it?). Each guest pledges HK$1,000 or more to attend the event, creating a pool of at least HK$100,000.
– Upon arrival at the event, each attendee is given ‘Charity Dollars’ equal to the value of their ‘Pledge’.
– After drinks, snacks and networking, attendees are seated to watch the 3 charities pitch their unique cause, and listen to the panel of Dragons question the speakers on their business model, impact and future goals. The audience also have an opportunity to ask questions of the charities.
– After the pitches and friendly interrogation from the Dragons, each attendee then decides which charity they want to give their ‘Charity Dollars’ to.
– Charities receive 100% of the funds raised (minus a 10% project fee to 10×10 to cover admin and overhead costs).
– Guests can opt to receive a tax deductible receipt from the charity 4-6 weeks after the event.

THE CHARITIES
For this event the committee members have chosen 3 exceptional charities who will be pitching their unique causes to you on the night:
– Sprouts Foundation
– Rooftop Republic
– The Brightly Project

Your Pledges will be available for collection at the venue on the night of the event. For a HK$1000 pledge, you’ll receive two HK$500 charity vouchers which you can allocate across the charities however you please.

Date: Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Time: Doors open at 6:30pm, pitches will start at 7pm sharp

Place: HKEX Exchange Auditorium (HKEX Connect Hall), 1/F One and two Exchange Square, Central

Price: Minimum $1,000 pledge required for an event ticket, options up to $3,000 also available. If you want to purchase multiple event tickets, please just select the Pledge amount per ticket. Your Pledge purchase is converted to Charity dollars on the night, and it is 100% tax deductible.

NOTE: PAYMENT BY VISA / MASTERCARD ONLY.

About Sprouts Foundation: Sprouts Foundation aims to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty, by providing education programs to some of the lowest-income families in Hong Kong and elsewhere. Our small-group, activity-based classes focus on enhancing children’s self-esteem and their interest in learning, by building skills relevant both to work and life. These include English and IT proficiency, as well as a wide range of professional capabilities including entrepreneurship. Combined with corporate visits and a variety of weekend outings, we help open our students’ eyes to the world and the many opportunities around them, and give them the capacity and confidence to reach out more ambitiously.

About Rooftop Republic: Rooftop Republic Foundation is dedicated to building inclusive communities around urban farming and sustainable living in Hong Kong.

The Foundation works closely with:
(i) local schools to establish farm-based education programmes (projected to impact 1000+ students over the next 3-4 years)
(ii) disenfranchised groups, such as youth and the elderly, encouraging them to participate in the community through urban farming (30+ community programmes projected to impact 1000+ elderly over the next 3-4 years)
(iii) marginalised communities, including persons with special needs, to provide vocational job trainings and job placement in urban farming

Donations from this 10×10 event will go towards:
– rolling out training programmes (2 vocational training programes per year enrolling 30 students per cohort)
– creating a space to bring communities together including people with special needs
– creating urban farms for horticultural therapy

About The Brightly Project: Lulio targets to prevent student suicides by empowering schools and their teachers to feel more confident, capable and knowledgeable in their efforts to proactively support students at risk of suicide.

Donations from this 10×10 event will go towards screening 4,000 students for suicide risk, and to work directly with four schools, who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford the services, to:
1. Identify where students are struggling and potential areas of risk
2. Provide data on mental health in their school
3. Based on the data, implement mental health and suicide prevention strategies and actions
4. Create a series of YouTube videos for students to learn more about mental health, how to understand and interpret their own feelings, and to decrease the stigma around asking for help

About 10×10: Back in 2013 in Sydney Australia, 3 passionate and highly successful social entrepreneurs Laurence Marshbaum, Nina Skryzynski and Jenny Newmarch shared a vision that everyone can make a difference by getting involved with philanthropy. They saw that young professionals like themselves wanted to live purpose driven lives and to give back to their local communities. However they lacked the time, knowledge and framework to do so in a way that made a difference.

On the flipside grassroots for purpose organisations (not for profits) found it hard to find financial support and volunteers to sustain their work. Laurence, Jenny and Nina got together 10 friends and organised an event with each friend inviting 10 of their friends and they lined up 3 charities to attend. That night they raised $ 11,000. The night was a success and the concept of 10×10 was born.

Today
10×10 has started a movement worldwide and aims to empower the next generation of giving. 10×10 is successfully building a community of likeminded young individuals who are inspired to come together to support innovative grassroots charities in a fun and engaging way. Their innovative model and technology platform makes the 10×10 concept simple, replicable and low cost.

10×10 committee members love being part of the 10×10 experience with over 94% recommending it to friends – they build new networks and gain skills in leadership and teamwork. More importantly for them their 10×10 experience ignites a passion for philanthropy and this translates to a whole new generation of people giving more from a young age.

For participating charities, 10×10 offers an innovative and fresh way of directly engaging with a young supporter base. Many come away from an event being provided not just with financial help but also with a valuable network of involved professionals who can assist with expertise and connections.

Don’t miss Room to Read’s 2018 Gala on 2 March!

10 Feb

Please join Room to Read‘s Hong Kong Chapter to get Active for Education and be a Game Changer at Room to Read‘s Hong Kong Gala on Friday 2 March 2018.

Join Room to Read‘s Founder John Wood and their APAC Board members to celebrate and be inspired by their game changers in the making – young learners around the globe empowered through their programs to be their best selves.

Date: Friday, 2 March 2018

Time: 6:30PM, Champagne Reception; 7:30PM Dinner

Place: Grand Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel

Price: HKD$48,000 (10 Guests)

Dress Code: Formal Cocktail

To reserve your table, please email caroline.sprod@roomtoread.org

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.

A Purposeful Evening with John Wood, Founder of Room to Read

31 Dec

John Wood, Founder of Room to Read has just completed his third book. Called Purpose Incorporated: Turning Cause into Your Competitive Advantage, the book launch will take place on Thursday, 25 January 2018 from 6 – 8pm at Grand Harbour Ballroom of the fabulous Four Seasons Hotel.

100% of the author profits from the book will go to to Room to Read, with the goal of sponsoring at least 10 libraries serving over 4,000 eager young readers. To help in this quest, HKBN and Goldman Sachs have set the event up so that any profits from ticket sales will also go to Room to Read, with the hope of funding the first library before the evening is over.

Come for a fun night of networking, purposeful discussion and of course, fabulous food and drinks! The ticket price also includes a signed copy of the book.

The invitation and a brief summation/excerpt from the opening chapters of the new book are both attached here.

For any further enquiries, please contact louisa.berry@roomtoread.org.

Date: Thursday, 25 January 2018

Time: 6-8pm

Place: Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central

Price: $500 + EventBrite fees
Tickets are on sale now via 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.

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.

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.

Volunteer as a Guest Teacher with i-Future

2 Oct

i-Future Teens International Foundation Limited was founded in 2016 by prominent Hong Kong entrepreneur cum philanthropists, Ms. Kelly Li, Mr. Kelvin Wu, Ms. Alexandra Qian and Ms. Polly Chan. They were inspired by both IMC Weekend School, a Dutch-based United Nation winning motivation-directed children education charity program.

Their Vision
To provide developmental opportunities and exposures to children and youth from under-resourced neighborhoods in Hong Kong to inspire them to identify their own talents and dreams, and become self-confident, motivated, responsible, creative and happy global citizens.

Their Objectives
* To help children and youth broaden their perspectives
* To enhance children and youth’s self-confidence and motivations in learning including their interest in learning English
* To help children and youth actualize their individuals’ potentials
* To help children and youth establish a better sense of connectedness to the global community

Volunteer as a Guest Teacher
Students at i-Future Weekend School are taught by professionals, who apart from having the knowledge and skills, are passionate about their jobs.

The roles of i-Future guest teachers include:
* Inspiring and motivating their students to consider if they may want to pursue the professions that they are in.
* Preparing short presentations which usually include their personal growth stories, challenges they have encountered and a brief introduction of the job possibilities in their own fields.
* Leading a 30 minutes game/exercise to inspire their students to think about possible skill sets that may be required in their profession.

Guest teachers that i-Future is looking for (including but not limited to):
* Environmental Protection Specialist
* Journalist
* Astronomer
* Aviation Professionals
* Historian
* Scientist
* Psychologist
* Athlete
* Health Professionals
* Lawyer
* Artist
* Businessman
* Chef
* Magician
* Designer

If you are interested in becoming an i-Future volunteer teacher, please sign up/ login now. For more information on the lesson topics, please refer to their schedule.