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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:

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


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.


TWGHs Charity Challenge Race

1 Nov

Run the TWGHs Charity Challenge Race and raise money for TWGHs Development Fund for the Kwong Wah Hospital Redevelopment project.

About the Charity Challenge Race:

Route Map

The goal of this Charity Challenge Race is to raise funds for TWGHs Development Fund of Kwong Wah Hospital Redevelopment project.
* It’s a fun race with over 6 different obstacle points along the 2.5 kilometre race course to leap over.
* Event includes stage performance and game booths
* There is also a kid-zone designated for children under 12 years old

* Team/ Individual Challenge Race player must be aged 12 or above
* Each team consists of 4 players (minimum 3 players) regardless of gender

Race Format:
Each team player/individual player begins at the starting point, leaping over 6 different obstacle points along the 2.5 kilometre race course to the finishing point. If player fails at the obstacle point or violates the race rules, 60 seconds will be counted as penalty. Player is required to wear a timer inside the penalty zone until penalty time is over. No interference of the timer is allowed.

Team Challenge Race (Corporate/Organization Team and Family and Friends Team)
* Team result is determined by the sum of finishing time of top three players in each team

Individual Challenge Race
* Divided into 4 age groups for male and female players. Result is determined by individual finishing time
* Age group is based on the year of birth. Applicant should register to their respective age group
(Example: If you were born in December 2005, your age group should be age 12-19)

Date: Sunday, 10 December 2017

Time: 7:15am – 12pm (Start time of different categories will be announced by early December 2017)

Place: Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong


Race Categories

For more information on how to register or donate, please visit their website.

About the Kwong Wah Hospital Redevelopment:

Original Kwong Wah Hospital

The Kwong Wah Hospital was established by the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals in 1911 as the first hospital in Kowloon and the New Territories.

Current Kwong Wah Hospital

The hospital underwent a redevelopment in 1958. To update facilities and to expand services a new redevelopment is underway. After this redevelopment, the hospital will provide a patient-oriented environment with the capacity and capability to deliver holistic and seamless healthcare services, in collaboration with other hospitals within the cluster. It will not only retain its role as acute hospital but provide an additional 350 beds and 10 additional operation theatres.
Other additions will include:
Emergency Services – Provision of adequate isolation facilities and 24-hour CT Scan services, and expansion of Emergency and Observation ward.
Outpatient Services – Consultation rooms for specialist out-patient will be expanded from 44 to around 100.
Day Care Medical Services – Provision of one-stop multi-disciplinary services to patients with non-acute conditions at an ambulatory care centre, facilitating patients to receive medical treatments.
New Medical Oncology Services – Including front-line management, consultation services and chemotherapy programmes.
Expanding Chinese and Western Medicine Integration Services so as to provide comprehensive Chinese and Western Medicine Hospital Services.

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.


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


Orbis Moonwalkers 2017

27 Sep

Walking in the dark is no longer dull and dreary! So come along to the Moonwalkers night walkathon and join others in conquering darkness and enlightening the world and at the same time raise funds for Orbis!

Date: Saturday, 2 December 2017

Time: Overnight from 9:00pm Saturday (December 2) to 07:00am the next morning

Route: Mong Kok Fa Hui Park to Sai Kung Pier 20km on pavement

Dress Code: To match with the theme, participants are encouraged to dress up in black and white stripes.

Blindfold Experience: Participants will blindfold and complete a 10-minute walk at designated location

Moonwalkers App: To unlock secret codes that will allow you to complete missions and escape from darkness to receive an e-certificate

Shuttle Bus Service: 1:00am –7:00am on Sunday December 3, 2017 from Sai Kung Pier to Kwun Tong MTR Station

Individual Minimum Sponsorship – $780
Team – 8 members or above Minimum Sponsorship – HK$ 750 per member
Corporate – 10 members or above Minimum Sponsorship – HK$ 850 per member

To register, please follow this link

Enrollment Deadline: 5:00pm Tuesday 24 October 2017

About Orbis:
Orbis1ORBIS Hong Kong was established in early 90s when a group of impassioned individuals who shared the dream of a world free from preventable blindness came together to raise public awareness about eye care issues. That same year, three high-profile supporters donated US$14 million to fund the purchase of a DC-10 airplane to replace the existing DC-8 Flying Eye Hospital. The biggest of these supporters was leading local businessman Mr. Y.C. Ho, who generously donated US$7 million of the DC-10’s cost. He and his fellow donors’ extraordinary kindness succeeded in instantly raising awareness about ORBIS’s presence in Hong Kong and its worldwide sight-saving work.