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Caritas Shoe Drive – Good shoes needed

20 Oct

Support Caritas’ shoe drive, donate your unused/gently used shoes. All donations go towards Caritas’ services. They are looking for sneakers, men’s and women’s shoes, please refer to the poster on the right for the types of shoes they are looking for. Shoes should be packed in clear plastic bags.

And here are the drop off point details:

Donation Period: 23 October – 3 November 2017

Collection Point Hong Kong:
Caritas Community Centre Aberdeen
2/F, 20 Tin Wan Street, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Tel: 2552-4211
Collection Times: Monday (2-10pm), Tuesday – Saturday (10am-10pm), Sunday (2-6pm)

Collection Point Kowloon:
Caritas Community Centre Kowloon (next to St Teresa’s Church)
1/F, 256A Prince Edward Road West, Kwoloon
Tel: 2339-3713
Collection Times: Monday – Friday (9am-10pm), Saturday (9am-2pm), Sundays closed

About Caritas–Hong Kong: Caritas–Hong Kong (Caritas) was founded in July 1953 by the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong. The primary purpose of its establishment was to offer relief and rehabilitation services to the poor and the distressed, with the aim of addressing some of the social hardships and inequalities in Hong Kong resulting from the Second World War and subsequent social and political changes at the time.

Since its modest beginning in 1953, Caritas has persisted in its efforts to help people strive for self-development and self-reliance. As a multi-service organization, Caritas has continuously developed and modified its services in response to Hong Kong’s changing needs. The wide-ranging services provided by Caritas include social work services, education, medical care, community development and hospitality.

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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.

Race to Feed 2017

12 Sep


Heifer Hong Kong’s annual fundraising event “Race to Feed” aims to engage the whole community to run for a good cause. Since the first event in 2006, it has raised over HK$45 million to help tens of thousands of poor farmers in rural China become self-reliant. Last year, more than 1600 runners joined the race. This year other than “1K x 5 Relay” for the Corporate/Organization teams, “10K Individual Run” and “3K Family Fun Run,” we also welcome runners to form teams for group runs. With this year’s theme, “Heifer Alliance”, participants not only can challenge themselves physically, but also learn about the life-changing power of animals and spend a meaningful Sunday morning with family and friends! Donations raised will be allocated to poverty alleviation projects in China.

Date: Sunday, 12 November 2017

Time: 8am – 12pm

Place: Sha Tin HK Science & Technology Park Pak Shek Promenade

Application Deadline: Friday, 20 October 2017

For more information regarding the race and enrollment requirements, please visit their website

About Heifer Hong Kong: Founded in 2000, Heifer Hong Kong has helped impoverished families and communities in Mainland China to become more self-reliant. Through Heifer’s unique community development model, Heifer Hong Kong works with Haihui to end rural poverty in Mainland China.

Vision:
* An increasing number of families in China ending hunger, becoming self-reliant and caring for others.
* A compassionate young generation in Hong Kong that is active in making a difference in the global community, starting in China.

Mission:
* To provide opportunities for the Hong Kong community to support Heifer’s poverty alleviation program in China.
* To raise the public awareness of Heifer’s work and values through education.

ImpactHK Quiz for Change

7 Sep


This is not your average quiz night!!

On this night you have a great opportunity to raise some much needed funds for ImpactHKand their hopes of attaining a centre!

ImpactHK is so close to reaching its’ financial goal in order to get a workspace! Once they have a centre, ImpactHK will work at eliminating food waste, create language learning and sports programmes for the homeless, increase their number of Kindness walks, and so much more!

Your support by attending this event would be huge!!

Teams of 2-6. $150 per head.

This includes, quiz entry, snacks, and happy hour prices.

In addition to the already discounted drinks, Halcyon is generously donation a percentage from every drink sold to ImpactHK!

This quiz will have many fun twists and turns! It’s guaranteed to please!!

Come join ImpactHK in a fun and very meaningful night!

Have a laugh and win some great prizes!!

Date: Saturday, 23 September 2017

Time: 5pm

Place: Halcyon, G/F The Centrium, 60 Wyndham street, Central, Hong Kong

Price: Teams of 2-6. $150 per head.

For more information, please visit their Facebook page

About ImpactHK: 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.

The Hub Hong Kong Children and Youth Centre

28 Aug

The HUB is a children’s support concept which provides food, educational, social health and wellbeing services to those who need it most without discrimination.

In early 2011 the first HUB was established in Bangkok, Thailand in partnership with Childline Thailand with the support of the Royal Family.

Hong Kong based Australians David Boehm and Bruce Stinson decided they wanted to give something back to Hong Kong after 30+ years of working and living here, and asked Bill for his support and advice.


The outcome was a commitment to help the children in disadvantaged circumstances especially concerning economic and social opportunities. They believe that the youth are the key for Hong Kong to continue to be a leading, growing community. They saw that not all children had the same opportunity so they decided to form a Foundation to give children the opportunity to find a better environment to develop into contributing members of the community.

What you can do to help:
The Hub welcomes volunteers to help with homework guidance, household visits, outdoor activities, assisting with activities and much more. Whether you want to work with children & families, teenagers, women, or new arrivals, there is something for everyone. If you are interested, please let the Hub know by filling out the form in the attached link.

Volunteer for Health in Action

3 Aug

Asylum seekers and refugees (ASRs) have limited rights in Hong Kong and they are a group of marginalized and ignored population. Due to the backlog of the screening process, it is not unusual for an ASR to stay in Hong Kong for years, some of them have stayed in Hong Kong for over ten years. They are prohibited to engage in any form of businesses or jobs, except in rare exceptions. During the lengthy screening process and long waiting time, ASRs can only live under limited government and NGO subsidies. Despite their long stay, they are often detached from the society and there is little public awareness of their presence in the city.

Health in Action is a humanitarian organization established in 2011 in Hong Kong, with a focus in promoting community health and wellbeing through the empowerment of underprivileged populations in Hong Kong and in Southeast Asia. Their work is rooted in the core belief that every human being has the right to health. They offer support to people based on health needs, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. Health In Action is a registered charity in Hong Kong and is a member of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service.

Health In Action advocates health equity for the underprivileged, including ASRs in Hong Kong. The right to health implies that the government should provide accessible and acceptable basic healthcare to all living in the city. This also includes other health-related services such as nutritious food and safe housing etc. The right to health enshrined in international human rights treaties, such as International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, is applicable to Hong Kong. ASRs can attend basic medical services at public hospitals with their fees waived. However, experience from ASRs show that there are multiple factors hindering their health care access, including cultural differences, language barrier, lack of awareness of health needs and financial constraints. All these impose negative effects on the physical and mental health of ASRs.

What you can do to help:
Volunteers are Health in Action’s core valuable assets. Their committed team of multi-disciplinary volunteers is continuously expanding, with professionals including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, social workers, lawyers and more. University students are also a crucial part of their taskforce. Health in Action welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds and experiences to join them in working towards health equity.

If you are interested in joining Health in Action as a volunteer, please do not hesitate to let them know by emailing hia@hia.org.hk.