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Jazz for Mental Health

29 Oct

Support the destigmatisation of mental health and celebrate the winners of the Mind HK Media Awards 2018.

Mind HK and KELY Support Group invite you to join Jazz for Mental Health for a night of fabulous food, jazz music by the amazing Janaia Farrell, inspirational speakers, and an opportunity to make a difference to mental health in Hong Kong. This is a formal event where people passionate about breaking the stigma around mental health join together for one evening. They will be announcing the winners of the Mind HK Media Awards 2018 and celebrating the journalists who have challeneged perceptions of mental health.

The charity dinner will be held on Thursday, 15 November at The Repulse Bay. The event includes drinks on the Front Lawn, open bar, a gourmet dinner, and live jazz entertainment. Speakers will talk on Coolmind’s youth mental health work, Mind HK’s upcoming projects, and their own lived experiences. The event will be hosted by CNN International Correspondent Anna Coren.

This night is an opportunity for you to be a partner in showing that mental health matters in Hong Kong. Join Mind HK in supporting mental health in our city.

*All ticket proceeds go to Coolminds, Mind HK and KELY Support Group‘s youth mental health initiative.

Date: Thursday, 15 November 2018

Time: 6:30 – 11:30pm

Place: The Repulse Bay

Price:
Individual Ticket: HKD 1500
Table (Max 12 people): HKD 35000
– To purchase a table or enquire about corporate sponsorship, please email media@mind.org.hk

Dress Code: Black Tie Optional

To buy tickets please follow this link to Pelago

About Mind HK: Mind HK provides online support and interventions, based on global best practice, to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Through public campaigns and events, Mind HK will improve awareness and understanding around mental health, which in turn will influence decision makers to establish a comprehensive mental health policy in Hong Kong.

Mind HK’s training and international speakers will help you to understand mental health and learn how you can help others.

Mind HK’s research will highlight how Mind Hong Kong and others can work to best help Hong Kong’s population.

At least one in seven people in Hong Kong will experience a mental health problem. Mind HK believes that no-one should have to face this alone.

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Volunteer for Make-A-Wish Hong Kong’s Trees Of Hope 2018 Charity Sales Counter

26 Oct


With the continuous support and sponsorship from The Peninsula Hong Kong, Trees of Hope, Make-A-Wish Hong Kong‘s annual Christmas fundraising event will be held from 1 December 2018 to 31 December 2018. People who purchase ornaments at Make-A-Wish Hong Kong counter can make a wish by hanging it on the Christmas tree as a blessing to children with critical illnesses.

Your contribution, effort and kindness will help make more wishes come true. Please join Make-A-Wish Hong Kong this Christmas to bring hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions! Your support is essential to their success. Program details are as below:

Volunteer :
Date: 1 December 2018 (Sat) to 31 December 2018 (Sat) (*Partial availability will be considered)
Location: Lobby, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui
Time: 09:45am – 08:15pm (3 sessions per day)
1st session: (AM) 09:45am – 01:30pm
2nd session: (PM) 01:15pm – 05:00pm
3rd session: (Evening) 04:45pm – 08:15pm

Target: Age 16-75,fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin or English

Duties:
.Assist in charity sales
.Stock management
.Introduce our organization whenever possible

Enrollment: Please click here to apply and fill the online application form.

Should you have any enquiries, please contact Katy/Hilda at 3101 2831 or email at wish@makeawish.org.hk

Remarks:
★ Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a guardian
★ Individual volunteer need to participate in at least 2 sessions
★ Max. number of volunteers for each session: 2

Part-Time Staff :
Date: 1 December 2018 (Sat) to 31 December 2018 (Sat) (*Partial availability will be considered)
Location: Lobby, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui
Time: 09:45am – 08:15pm
Quota: max. 1/each day
Salary: HK$45/hour
Duties:
.Manage daily operation of the counter and stock management
.Introduce our organization whenever possible
.Volunteer management
.Applicants who speak fluent Cantonese and English are welcomed
.Applicants with relevant sales experience are welcomed

Enrollment: Please click here to fill in the online application form

Should you have any enquiries, please contact Katy/Hilda at 3101 2831 or email at wish@makeawish.org.hk

About Make-A-Wish Hong Kong : Make-A-Wish Hong Kong was founded in 1989. They registered as a charity in Hong Kong in 1998 (registration number: 91/5366) and now, at their 20th anniversary, Make-A-Wish Hong Kong has granted nearly 2,000 wishes to children with critical illness aged between 3 and 17, in Hong Kong and Macau, to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Headquartered in the United States, Make-A-Wish is the world’s largest wish-granting organization and have 41 affiliates serving over 50 countries and territories. Collectively they have realized 450,000 children’s wishes worldwide since 1980.

Run in the Dark Hong Kong

23 Oct


Every November, as darkness sweeps the globe, thousands of people from over 50 cities will pull on their running shoes and red flashing armbands and hit the streets to Run in the Dark.

Join Hong Kong to Run in the Dark on 14th November 2018 and support ongoing research to find a cure for paralysis in our lifetime.

Your $225 will play a big part in helping the Mark Pollock Trust to reach its $4,700,000 fundraising aim.

Every donation, every step, every study, moves us towards a cure for paralysis and enabling people to walk again.

There are a limited number of places available so make sure to sign up early so you don’t miss out!

Hong Kong Route: The Hong Kong Run In The Dark will be on Hong Kong Island’s most famous running routes the Bowen Road.

The 4km or 8km route will be a 4km end to end run of flat country like road with stunning views of the Hong Kong skyline up close and elevated. The direction is 4km from Magazine Gap Road end through to Stubbs Road and back for those running 8km. Running this course at night will only make for a more spectacular run as the route is lit up by the Hong Kong skyline.

Getting there: Green minibus 9 for the Magazine Gap Road end; buses 6, 15, 66, 76, 19, 41A or 63 — or green minibus 5, 2 or 24M — for the Stubbs Road end; or walk up Wan Chai Gap Road.

Whether you are completing the 4km run or 8km run, please aim to arrive at 19.30 (7.30pm) so that organisers can ensure everyone will receive their flashing armband and buff and have a group photo before you go running!

Date: Wednesday, 14 November 2019

Time: 8-9:30pm

Price: $225/person. To register please follow this link
Registration will close at 6pm sharp on Tuesday 13th November 2018.

FAQ:
In return for your donation, you will receive a run entry and a flashing Run in the Dark arm cuff.

Refreshments will be distributed to all participants at the finish line.

Chip-timing is not in operation for our pop-up events.

It is important that you arrive 15 minutes in advance of the start time (8pm) so that you can receive your flashing arm cuff.

A group photo will be taken with all participants in advance of the run.

For any queries relating to this event please feel free to contact info@runinthedark.org

About Mark Pollock Trust: At the Mark Pollock Trust they believe they can cure paralysis in our lifetime. To do it, the Mark Pollock Trust is exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide, catalysing collaborations that have never been done before and unlocking $1 billion to make the cure a reality.

When I broke my back in 2010, I discovered that spinal cord injury strikes at the very heart of what it means to be human. It turned me from my upright, running, jumping form into a seated compromise of myself. And, it’s not just the lack of feeling and movement, it also interferes with the body’s internal systems that are designed to keep us alive.”

As I lay in hospital for 16 months, digesting the impact of my accident, I was physically and mentally broken. And, in the midst of the uncertainty, my friends formed the Mark Pollock Trust to support me. They began fundraising to pay for the initial costs of my injury and guard against the ongoing health consequences in the future.”

Now, with the help of so many people around the world, I have established a new life living with blindness and paralysis. And, I have turned my attention to curing paralysis by donating my paralysed body to experimental research and connecting people worldwide to fast-track the cure.”

I know that I have not been able to thank everyone who has supported me in person – some I know personally and many more I don’t – but I am eternally grateful to everyone who stepped in to support me in the days after my accident and to all of you who continue to do so.”

– Mark Pollock

Orbis Moonwalkers 2018

21 Oct

© Orbis Hong Kong


Since it first began saving sight in the early 1980s, Orbis’ Flying Eye Hospital has pioneered quite a few historic moments – as has Hong Kong itself. And what better way to celebrate their shared ‘Golden Age’ than by travelling back in time and walking the 20km from Shatin Sports Ground to Tai Po Tai Mei Tuk during Moonwalkers 2018!

How fun is Moonwalkers? Last year, nearly 5,000 sight-savers donned black and white striped costumes in order to help conquer darkness as they walked! All donations are raised is now enabling Orbis’ sight-saving volunteers to benefit the needlessly blind by sharing the skills with local medical professionals across the developing world!

What’s new this year? Good old fashioned and newly trendy nostalgia! So read on…

VINTAGE SHOOTING SCENES

© Orbis Hong Kong

Local store? Hopscotch? Red buckets? Journey to the past as you view scenes and play games from your childhood’s ‘Good Old Days’ while you walk. Don’t forget to fully charge your phone so you can capture those memorable moments at each checkpoint!

BLINDFOLD EXPERIENCES

© Orbis Hong Kong

Discover the difficulties facing the visually impaired in Orbis’ unforgettable blindfold challenges!

NEON LIGHT PAINTINGS

© Orbis Hong Kong

Neon signs have long been a Hong Kong trademark. At Moonwalkers 2018, you won’t even have to go downtown to be bathed in such illuminations’ garish glow!

Date: Overnight from 9pm Saturday November 10, 2018 to 7am Sunday morning

Time: approximately 6 hours

Place: Shatin Sports Ground -> Tai Po Tai Mei Tuk 20km on pavement

Shuttle bus service: 1am – 7am on Sunday, November 11, 2018 from Tai Po to Shatin town centre

Minimum Sponsorship:
Individual – $780
Team of > 6 members – $780/member
Corporate > 10 members – $850/member

Deadline for enrollment: 5pm Wednesday, October 24, 2018

To enroll, please follow this link

To find out more, please email info.hk@orbis.org or call 2595 0263

About Orbis: Orbis is the result of a unique and lasting alliance forged between the medical and aviation industries. In the 1970s, leaders of these two industries came together to create the plan that led to the foundation of Orbis. Orbis knew that the high costs of tuition, international travel and accommodations prevented most doctors and nurses in low-income countries from participating in overseas training programs. Even when they could afford to study abroad, their opportunity for direct clinical experience was limited because strict licensing laws often prevented them from performing surgery.

The solution was a mobile teaching hospital. With a fully equipped hospital on board an airplane, doctors trained in the latest ophthalmic techniques, including pediatric ophthalmology, could bring their surgical knowledge and skills to doctors in low-income countries through hands-on training and lectures. A grant from USAID and funds from private donors enabled Orbis to successfully convert a DC-8 plane into a fully functional teaching eye hospital. As replacement parts for the original DC-8 plane became more difficult and expensive to obtain, it became clear that a newer, larger aircraft was needed. In 1992, after a major fundraising appeal, Orbis purchased a wide-body DC-10 to replace the DC-8. Within two years, Orbis had converted the plane into an eye surgery hospital. Orbis’ inaugural mission was to Beijing, China.

As Orbis grew over the years, Orbis added hospital-based training programs and fellowships to their portfolio to provide additional skills-building opportunities for eye care professionals. In 1999, to build the capacity of local partners, Orbis created long-term country programs in Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India and Vietnam – similar programs are also underway in parts of the Latin America and the Caribbean. Orbis’ permanent offices in these countries, run by local staff, develop and implement an array of multi-year projects to improve the quality and accessibility of eye care to residents, particularly in rural areas and impoverished urban communities. Many of these programs focus on the treatment and prevention of childhood blindness, cataract, trachoma and corneal disease.

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

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.