Archive | Medical RSS feed for this section

Pink Disco – Bollywood Dance for Breast Cancer

10 Oct


Come join the PINK DISCO on Saturday 13th October to support the fight against breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in Hong Kong, a Bollywood dance workshop has been organized to raise awareness, funds, and contribute what we can towards the cure of this disease. Early detection saves lives, so let’s dance against breast cancer, together!

The dance class will be led by Hanisha Gianani and Yuvraj Parwal, and 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation.

Organised by: Roshini Mehta and Bharisha Mirpuri

About the instructors:
Hanisha is a Bollywood dance choreographer, YouTuber and founder of Ek 2 Three – a dance company that creates fun, sparkling dances inspired by Bollywood cinema. Check out her YouTube channel here:www.youtube.com/c/hanishagianani

Yuvraj is a Bollywood dancer and choreographer who has worked and performed alongside several professional artists. In 2017, he won the Hong Kong spotlight edition of Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa.

About Breast Cancer Awareness month:
October is globally known as ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’, or the PINK month. It’s a worldwide annual campaign to highlight the importance of breast health awareness, education and research against breast cancer. Although breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among women, 86% of breast cancer cases are curable if detected early enough.

Breast Cancer in Hong Kong:
* Breast cancer has become the most common cancer affecting women in HK since 1993
* Female breast cancer cases diagnosed in Hong Kong has tripled from 1152 in 1993 to 3900 in 2015
* On average, about 10 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every day
* The median age of breast cancer patients was 56 in HK, compared with 62 in US, 60 in Australia
* Lifetime breast cancer risk for females is 1 in every 16. In 2015, 55% of women diagnosed with breast cancer were ages 40-59. The older the age, the greater the risk.
* Young people are not immune from the disease. The youngest case reported was below 20 years old
Source: The Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation

Date: Saturday 13 October 2018

Time: 5-7pm

Place: Steam Studio & Cafe, Sheung Wan

Price: $200 per person – 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to the HK Breast Cancer Foundation
For more information and to buy tickets, please follow this link to Eventbrite

Dress code: PINK of course, and comfortable shoes/trainers are advised

Official hashtag: #pinkdisco2018

About Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation: The Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation (HKBCF) was set up on 8 March 2005, as a non-profit charitable organisation dedicated to mitigating the threat of breast cancer to the local community through education, patient support and research & advocacy. The HKBCF is operated by Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation Limited.

Mission:
* Promote public awareness of breast cancer and the importance of breast health
* Support breast cancer patients on their road to recovery
* Advocate better breast cancer care in Hong Kong

Advertisements

TWGHs Halloween Charity Run @ Disney

4 Aug


Are you a Disney fan? Are you a runner? If you like the two, then this charity run is for you.

TWGHs Halloween Charity Run will take place on 3 November at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. This will be the very first charity event within the Disneyland Resort, with runners passing through many themed lands as well as Disney friends including Mickey Mouse!

All funds raised will benefit TWGH’s Ho Yuk Ching Educational Psychology Centre in support of students with special needs such as reading disorder, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and depression.

Date: Saturday, 3 November 2018

Time:
Registration & Reception – 3:00pm
Kick-off Ceremony – 3:15pm
Charity Run – 4pm to 5pm
Charity Run Closure – 5.30pm
End of Event – 9:30pm

Place: Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Coach Park

Price: Aged 13 or above – 880
Aged 12 or below. Must be accompanied by at least one runner aged 18 or above. – $680

For more information on the race and how to register, please follow this link.

About Tung Wah Group of Hospitals:
TWGH is probably Hong Kong’s oldest charitable institution. The establishment of TWGHs can be traced back to Kwong Fook I-tsz, a small temple built at Tai Ping Shan Street on the Hong Kong Island in 1851 for people to house the spirit-tablets of their ancestors. As the temple was gradually taken by the sick and the destitute as a refuge, it became reeked with dirt and eventually aroused the concern of the Government and the public. Hence, a group of earnest Chinese community leaders proposed to raise funds and build a hospital in the neighbourhood. In 1869, $115,000 and a piece of land at Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan were granted by the then Governor MacDonnell. The first Chinese hospital in Hong Kong was finally built in 1870 through the enactment of the Tung Wah Hospital Ordinance. Prior to the establishment of the hospital, a temporary clinic was set up by the founding Directors near the hospital premises to offer free medical treatment to those in need. The hospital, named “Tung Wah Hospital”, was constructed in 1872 and started to provide free Chinese medicine services to the sick and the poor. It hence laid a foundation of the charitable work of TWGHs. To meet the imperative demand for medical services resulting from the rapid growth of population, Kwong Wah Hospital in Yaumatei, Kowloon and Tung Wah Eastern Hospital in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong were built and commenced operation in 1911 and 1929 respectively. In 1931, the 3 hospitals were amalgamated into the “Tung Wah Group of Hospitals” under the management of one Board of Directors.

Apart from medical care, TWGHs had been offering various social welfare and education services ever since its beginnings. When the hospital buildings were being constructed, remains were found on the site. A cemetery was then built by the founding Directors to re-bury those remains near the Slaughter House at Kennedy Town which started the Group’s provision of community services. It also started the immediate provision of alms to the needy. It provided assistance to victims whenever there were disasters, and even extended its relief work to mainland China. In 1880, TWGHs started its first free school at the Chung Wah College adjacent to Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road with the donation income of the temple used to provide free education to the poor. In 1941, with the outbreak of the Pacific War, TWGHs insisted to provide limited medical services in Tung Wah Hospital and Kwong Wah Hospital. It also helped undertake rebuilding work including repatriation of refugees, provision of free food and clothing, taking care of the wounded and burying the dead. Medical services of TWGHs were resumed after the war. In the 1950s and 1960s, TWGHs further established primary and secondary schools and embarked on the development of formal and systematic social welfare services.

With gradual evolution over the past hundred years, TWGHs has now developed into a well-established charitable organization in Hong Kong with a huge recurrent expenditure largely subvented by the Government and only a small portion covered by service users. As TWGHs needs to shoulder the shortfall in funding as well as the cost for developing new services by raising funds from the public, holding fund-raising activities has become imperative to sustain the financial well-being of the Group. To serve the community better, TWGHs will continue to dedicate its efforts in providing diversified and high quality services for the people of Hong Kong in the years to come.

Comfort Care Concern Group

10 Jul

The Comfort Care Concern Group (CCCG) was established in 1987 as a non-profit organisation. Their aims are to promote comfort care to the terminally ill and their families, and well as the bereaved. CCCG is an agency member of The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, and receives funding support from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and The Community Chest of Hong Kong.

Their Beneficiaries:
* The terminally-ill and their families
* The bereaved

Their Services:
* Individual and family bereavement counselling
* “Walking with Children” bereavement counseling service
* Bereavement group
* Mutual help activities for the bereaved (Sunflower Mutual Help Group)
* Volunteer training and services
* Befriending visit
* Funeral support service
* Bereaved volunteer service
* Community life and death education
* Professional training

Volunteer for the Comfort Care Concern Group. Here’s what you can do
Befriending Visit to Hospital Wards: Comfort Care Concern Group provides volunteer befriending visits to hospital wards. During the visit, their volunteers send regards to patients, arrange small group activities like handicraft making. Sometimes the volunteers do daily shopping for the patients and have tea at Chinese teahouses with patients together with medical staff if needed. They also organise functions during the festivals like Mid-Autumn Festival and Christmas time.

Bereaved Volunteer Service : Bereaved volunteers are a group of people having the experience of losing their loved ones. After either individual or group counselling, they change their roles from being help actively helping others by sharing their experience and feelings. While the bereaved volunteers deeply understand the newly bereaved, they are compassionate peers for the newly bereaved clients. The development of this service is aimed at providing the clients with more tailor-made solutions in handling the situation and reducing their lonely feelings during the bereavement period.

Home Visit Services : Some terminally-ill patients may stay at home for recuperation while other patients may be arranged to reside at the Homes for the Elderly.

To continue the social support and care to patients, CCCG volunteers pay visits to the patients’ homes regularly after their discharge from hospitals. The objective of home visits is to soothe the feelings of anxiety and loneliness of the patients. Volunteers also take care of the living conditions of these home stay patients after their discharge from hospitals such as accompanying the patients for shopping and medical follow up.

Volunteer home visits help bridge the connection between hospitals and society for discharged patients. Home visit services are provided through referral from hospitals or organisations. Priority of home visits is set according to the needs of the patients.

Funeral Support Service : Funeral is a ceremony the bereaved use to memorialize their lost loved ones. However, not many of them know how to handle the funeral procedures. Although publications of these procedures are available from the government and different relevant organisations, volunteers accompanying the bereaved certainly help to soothe the anxiety of the service users by providing on-site emotional support.

As CCCG is aware of the need of funeral support services, we offer training to a team of Funeral Support Volunteers to help the bereaved. They are well equipped with techniques on bereavement caring and knowledge on funeral procedures. To ensure comprehensive funeral support, their work is closely supervised and followed up by our social workers.

If you are interested in volunteering for one or more of the above volunteer services, please follow this link and send them a message, or call CCCG at 2361 6606.

*All volunteers are required to complete relevant training courses and to pass entrance interviews before joining CCCG volunteer teams.

Indefinite Suspension of the Sedan Chair Race

14 May

The Sedan Chair Charities Fund announced recently that the annual Sedan Chair Charities Race will be suspended indefinitely from 2018. The Sedan Chair Race has been held at the Matilda Hospital on the Peak for the past 42 years and that this decision was only made after an objective and detailed review and careful consideration of the charity race arena and donation trend in general and sustainability of the Race as a fundraising engine.

About The Sedan Chair Charities Fund: The Sedan Chair Charities Fund is a charity of Matilda International Hospital. They support local communities with initiatives that are focused around contributing medical expertise and helping children from around the region that need life-changing surgery through the work of the Matilda Children’s Foundation.

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.

Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care

20 Feb

The Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care believes that everyone has the right to live with dignity at every turn of life, even towards the end of it. They envision a world in which all people can pursue a quality hospice and palliative care and receive bereavement support that enable them to live a full and positive life when facing death, and die with dignity and peace.

The Society seeks to transform the lives of everyone in Hong Kong by advocating hospice and palliative care, and providing bereavement support services. Working in collaboration with local communities, partnering organizations and the government, They offer life and death education programmes to local communities, organize hospice and palliative care training to health care professionals, the general public and beyond.

Influencing Beliefs and Attitudes
* Heighten community and professional awareness on issues surrounding death, dying and bereavement.
* Facilitate open discussion on death and dying while respecting cultural, religious and family beliefs.

Meeting Community Needs
* Provide readily available information about facing death and end of life care options.
* Offer comprehensive bereavement support to patients, family & carers enabling them to cope with issues of loss and grief.

Enhancing Understanding & Skills
* Increase understanding through the ongoing discussion of end of life care among health care providers.
* Strengthen health care professional development through the provision of specialized training and support.
* Encourage and support in end of life care research.

Advocating for Best Possible Care
* Collaborate with caregivers from different disciplines to enhance their practices on the care of the dying and the bereaved.
* Help people who are dying and their families to recognize that the choice to receive quality end of life care is their right.
* Work towards greater recognition in end of life care and greater access to the best possible end of life care for all.

What you can do to help
For the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care, a volunteer is a valuable partner. It is their volunteers’ enthusiasm and continuous participation that help them to “add life to days when day cannot be added to life”. With volunteers, the Society is able to minimize their operating cost and channel funds raised directly to the people in need. A volunteer can help in many aspects of the Society’s work including:

Fundraising
To organize and develop new fundraising events or to assist in coordinating and performing logistical duties at fundraising activities

Administration Work
To assist in general office duties to help reduce administrative costs

Translation and Technical Works
To assist in translation, photo-taking, website update and artwork design, to name but a few

Bereavement Counselling Support
Following up bereaved families via phone or home visits, providing simple home assistance and assist counsellors in organizing activities

Hotline and Reception Services
Help manage the enquiry hotline or attend duty at the reception of JCHH

If you would like to become a volunteer, simply download and fill out the application form, fax, email or mail to the Society.

Tai Po Bus Accident – Red Cross Blood Drive

11 Feb

In light of the horrific bus accident in Tai Po yesterday, the Hong Kong Red Cross has issued an urgent appeal for blood donations. All aged 16-66, weighing more than 41kg and healthy are welcome to donate.

To facilitate members of the public going to donate blood, the daily service hours of the blood donation stations at Causeway Bay, Tsuen Wan and Kwun Tong under the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service have been extended to 8pm.

* Causeway Bay Blood Donation Station
Address: 14 / F, Plaza 2000, 2-4 Russell Street, Causeway Bay
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday and public holidays from 11 am to 8 pm

* Tsuen Wan Blood Donation Station
Address: 8 River Road, Tsuen Wan
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday and public holidays from 11 am to 8 pm

* Kwun Tong blood donation station
Address: Room 2301 and 2316, 23 / F, City 5, Millennium City, Kwun Tong Road
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday and public holidays from 11 am to 8 pm

About Hong Kong Red Cross: The Hong Kong Red Cross (“HKRC”) was established in 1950 as a branch of the British Red Cross Society. Since 1 July 1997, upon the return of Hong Kong’s sovereignty to China, the HKRC has changed its affiliation to become a highly autonomous branch of the Red Cross Society of China.