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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.

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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.

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”.

Clearly – help the 2.5 billion people around the world who suffer from poor vision to see

6 Nov

#eyeswideopen

Why vision matters:
Imagine how different your life would be if one day you woke up with poor vision and could not get the treatment you needed to correct it. If you struggled to see your friends, your family, your phone, and your feet. Almost every aspect of your life would change in an instant. For many, the problems you’re imagining are just a part of everyday life.

Being able to see clearly makes it easier to learn, to work and to realise your full potential – but right now, 2.5 billion people are being held back from these opportunities.

If your eyes have been opened to the importance of clear vision, you can help by signing the petition to global leaders to tell them that now is the time to take action.

At the Commonwealth Summit in April 2018, some of the world’s most powerful people will meet in London to agree on a shared path to progress for 52 countries and more than 2 billion people living in the Commonwealth.

Clear vision must be a priority, and with your support it can be. Clearly is asking Commonwealth leaders to put vision on their agenda for the Summit. Clearly will make sure your voice is heard. To sign the petition, please follow this link

About Clearly: Clearly wants to make sure that everyone can get a pair of glasses when they need them, no matter who they are or where they live.

Unlocking human potential:
Being able to see clearly would transform billions of lives. And a world where everyone has access to a pair of glasses would be fairer and more prosperous for all of us.

Clear vision is the golden thread that will help reduce poverty and deliver quality education, decent work and gender equality. The benefits would be felt around the world, but the greatest impact would be in developing countries, which account for 90% of the people living without access to vision correction.

Their roots:
Clearly was founded in 2016 by James Chen. He has been gripped by the issue of poor vision for the last 12 years, leading and funding projects that aim to drive new progress on an age old problem.

James is the co-founder of Adlens, which is revolutionising lens technology with adjustable focus eyewear. He also set up the charity Vision for a Nation in 2011 with the aim of providing nationwide access to eye care and affordable glasses in Rwanda, a country with a population of 12 million. A stunning success, eye care services are now available to all, and more than 2 million people have received vision screenings.

Clearly was launched as a global campaign to enable access to glasses for everyone in the world. James has made it his personal mission that if a human is to set foot on Mars in the years ahead, everyone should be able to see it happen.