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Unwanted Christmas presents? Give to charity

11 Dec

Christmas is a time for giving, but unless you’re incredibly lucky (or sent out a specific list of desired items before), chances are you’ll have at least one gift that you don’t like –or can’t even stand the sight of. You can repurpose them, re-gift them, even sell online, but if you run out of ideas think about donating them to charity.

There are a number of charities in Hong Kong who would welcome your onloved gifts. Here are some suggestions

People’s Food Bank
Too many chocolates, cookies, unwanted Christmas hampers? Donate to the People’s Food Bank. Run by local charity St. James’ Settlement they provide temporary food assistance to the poor. For a list of the food donations accepted and their collection points, please follow this link.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is one of the most established organisations for recycling goods. Donated goods are sorted, distributed and sold in Family Stores in Hong Kong and Macau. The net proceeds will go to The Salvation Army for use across its invaluable community programmes. Some of the donated goods will be directly helping people in need, such as home alone elderly, street sleepers, ex-prisoners and CSSA recipients.
The Salvation Army accepts
– Clothing, footwear, handbags and accessories, either brand new or used in clean condition
– Electrical home appliances in working order
– Electrical office equipment (e.g. computer, fax machine, printer, etc.) in working order
– Toys (no soft toys), stationery, books, gifts and premiums
– Software / DVD / VCD / CD with copyright
They do not accept
– Furniture, used bed mattresses or bedding
– Medicine
– Food
– Worn-out or broken items
– Used kitchenware
– Used underwear or towels
Donations can be dropped off at one of their many Family Stores, a list of which is provided on their website.

Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth launched the Used Clothes Recycling Program in 2001, which collects all sorts of textile products: used clothes, shoes, bed sheets and handbags. Re-wearables are exported to neighbouring countries while the worn out pieces are turned into wipers for industrial use. They have over 200 collection points – check out their website and find the one closest to you.
If the amount of used clothes exceeds a certain number (e.g. 5 large bags of clothing or more), Friends of the Earth would arrange door-to-door collection service. Please notify them 1-2 weeks before in advance. Please call 2528-5588 for further details.

Po Leung Kuk
One of the oldest charitable institutions in Hong Kong, the Po Leung Kuk was founded in 1878 to rescue women and children from human trafficking. In it’s long history, Po Leung Kuk is best known as an orphanage, today it offers a wide range of social services in Hong Kong including adoption, integrated family services, elderly services, medical and integrated health services, education and much more. Po Leung Kuk welcomes donations-in-kind to fulfil the basic needs of their service recipients, particularly children, the elderly and low-income families! All kinds of items are welcome – electrical appliances, computers, stationeries, toys, books, household accessories, cookware, etc. For any enquiries, please email plkinfo@poleungkuk.org.hk or contact their Corporate Communications Department on 2277 8352 (Corporate Donation) / Social Services Department on 2277 8158 (Individual Donation).

So get rid of the unwanted clutter, donate, help our community and save our environment through recycling.

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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.

Music Children Foundation

1 Dec

Formed by a group of professional musicians graduated from Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University and others overseas Music Academies, the Music Children Foundation strives for providing free training on music instruments to those children aged below 12 and who do not get the chance to learn music due to their impoverishment. The programmes provide courses on Music Theory and Music Instruments so as to allow these children not only to try play with music instruments but also discover the potential talented children to further train them to perform skillfully in an ensemble group. In addition to music training, some of these beneficiaries under the programs will be invited to participate in an ensemble group or choir, rehearsing and performing publicly. Besides, they will also be invited to attend concerts, workshops and parent-child integration music camp, together with their parents or/and grandparents.

Vision:
To introduce music to underprivileged children at an early age and to cultivate their core values towards building a harmonious society.

Mission:

Music Children Foundation

* To provide an early music education for underprivileged children in Hong Kong, making it an enjoyable experience that builds the children’s confidence, strengthens their character, and enables them to express themselves through music.
* To provide a comprehensive music education program through the teaching of music instruments, music appreciation, and attendance of music and other arts performances, such activities are all conducted under the supervision of professionally-trained musicians.
* To provide an opportunity for children to develop their talents in music alongside their academic studies.
* To engage family members in music-related activities as participants or volunteers to enhance parent-child relationship.
* To faster a life-long interest in the arts through the learning of music.

What you can do to help:
Be an instrument tutor

Music Children Foundation

Music Changes Children; Children Create Music”. It takes professional tutors’ support to achieve the Music Children Foundation’s missions. Music Children Foundation wishes you can join them too! For more information as to what kind of music tutors they are looking follow, please follow this link.

Volunteer
The Music Children Foundation needs volunteers who share the same mission and have the same passion to work hand in hand with them. They need people who can help with music, photography/video, administration, IT, etc. If you would like more information, please follow this link and fill out the form provided.

Christmas Carol Concert benefitting SoCO

16 Nov

Please join SoCO for an adult evening of drinks, canapés and carols in the festive setting of the Helena May to benefit the Society for Community Organization. This is the 6th annual carol concert and SoCO is thrilled it has become a tradition for so many.

Date: Friday, 8 December 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Place: Helena May, 35 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong

Price:
Adult ticket – $600 (drinks, canapés and carols)
Donation – $500 (can help an underprivileged child access free learning opportunities)
Donation – $1,000 (helps a family living in a cubicle modify their living environment)
Donation – $2,500 (support the ongoing work of SoCO)

Tickets from Ticketflap

About SoCO: Society for Community Organization (SoCO) is a human rights pioneer in Hong Kong. SoCO firmly believes that everyone should be entitled to equal rights. Equal opportunity for participation and fair distribution of social resources is the foundation of human rights. In the face of the widening disparity between the rich and the poor, and the increasingly restrictive political arena, SoCO stands firm in their crusade to establish an equal society and to build a strong power base for the people. SoCO is motivated by a common dream, and that is: “Let us work hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder to build a caring, equal and just society”.

SoCO is an incorporated, non-profit-making and non-governmental community organization. It was formed in 1972 by people from the Catholic and the Protestant church under the ecumenical movement.

It was financially supported by donations from overseas churches, the Hong Kong Community Chest, the Hong Kong Government and individuals. SoCO has, through civic education programs and social actions, nurtured grassroots people with a sense of civic rights so that they can exert their political power to the Government. These people have, during the course, regained their self-confidence and cemented with one another to champion for an equal social system. In view of the plight of the marginalized groups, SoCO also provides direct and emergent services to relieve their hardship temporarily.

Grassroots people are struggling day in and day out to keep their head above water. It is most scornful to see economic development brings social inequality. These deprived cannot enjoy our economic success and they are socially discriminated. They have been snubbed and fallen into oblivion. Standing in the line of underprivileged are caged lodgers, tenants with financial difficulties and living in appalling conditions, aged singletons, street-sleepers, ex-offenders, mentally ill patients, ethnic minorities, non-documented mothers of split families, families made up of new immigrants, patients and their families, Hong Kong residents being detained at the Mainland, etc. They are SoCO’s service targets.

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.

Impact HK

17 Oct

ImpactHK started with the aim of doing one kind act per month for the homeless in Hong Kong.

Many volunteers joined as they wanted an opportunity to support the needy in a meaningful and measurable way.

As their movement grew, so did an opportunity for them to make bigger impact. Examples of their programmes include…


Kindness Walks: Kindness Walks are focused on providing kindness and support for the homeless and needy throughout Hong Kong.

ImpactHK builds trust and friendship with the homeless in hopes of creating opportunities for change.

Along the way they support others in need such as the elderly, cleaners and poor.

ImpactHK provides food, drinks, toiletries, clothing, free laundry and more.

ImpactHK is also hosting private Kindness Walks for companies and organisations. Send ImpactHK an email at IMPACTHK@icloud.com if you’d like more information.

Free Laundry: After serving the homeless in Hong Kong with food and clothing roughly 100 times in the last year, it became clear that the clothing donation system wasn’t working.

ImpactHK would hand out clothing and see it in the rubbish the next day.

If the recipient really liked the clothing item, he’d wear it for a good while and then eventually just have to throw it out as well. Washing clothes is way too big of a job when you’re living on the streets.

This is when ImpactHK came up with their free laundry initiative.

The concept is simple. ImpactHK finds laundry shops in areas near homeless communities. ImpactHK gives the laundry shops a large deposit and create free laundry cards with the map, restrictions and expiry date on them. ImpactHK passes the cards out to the homeless and explain to them how it works.

They take their laundry with the voucher to the shop and get it washed for free. The laundry shop totals the amount and ImpactHK pays at the end of the month.

Housing: ImpactHK will soon start a housing programme providing a free accommodation for homeless individuals willing and able to participate in our programmes.

Job Creation: ImpactHK will be rolling out a number of job creation initiatives. All jobs will be supported with multiple connections including a home and friendship.

What you can do to help: If you are interesting in LEADING a Kindness WALK or have any questions please let them know at IMPACTHK@icloud.com

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.