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The Cathedral Clares Designer Label Sale IS BACK!

26 Apr

Designer Sale of Spring & Summer Clothing for Men & Women including Shoes & Handbags – need one say more?

All proceeds benefit LOCAL charities

Date: Saturday, 21 May 2016

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Location: Li Hall, St John’s Cathedral

About The Cathedral Clares: The Clares are a diverse and multinational group, faith and non-faith, Cathedral and non-Cathedral members who enjoy occasional lunches and trips around Hong Kong.

Join The Clares and make new friends and even snap up a bargain during sorting and pricing of donated goods for sale in their Charity Shop, CASTAWAYS !

Join The Clares for sorting any WEDNESDAY from 09:30am and for coffee and conversation at 10:30am in The Li Hall of St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Hong Kong. Or
Contact: Stella on stellarcarter@gmail.com
Or: Ruth on ruhuphillipson@yahoo.com

Castaways is located within the Cathedral grounds. It sells clothing, including shoes and handbags, and also books and household linen donated by Cathedral members and the public. Items in good, clean, SALEABLE condition are welcomed.

Apart from the part time Manager the shop is staffed by volunteers from Clares Women’s Network and all profits go to locally based charities. Castaways is proud of its service to the community. It is thrice blessed. It blesses the generous giver, the grateful buyer and the needy charity. (The volunteers also enjoy themselves)

Opening hours are:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 12.00 noon – 2.30pm.
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am – 12.00nn.
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Donation days are Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

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Michaelmas Fair 2015

18 Oct

michaelmas fair poster 2aSt. John’s Cathedral has held its annual Fun Fair for local charities every year since 1946. Set up in the grounds of the Cathedral under brightly coloured awnings, the fair offers marching bands, games, book and clothing stalls, food and much more. Great place to stock up on Christmas cards. Don’t forget the raffle with sumptuous prizes.

Proceeds benefit various charities supported by St. John’s.

Date: Saturday, 31 October 2015

Time: 10am – 4pm

Location: St. John’s Cathedral, Garden Road, Central

Barefoot Walk for Children

3 Jan

Chinese New Year is a time for reunion and celebration with new clothes, new shoes, festive food, and even traveling for a new beginning. Have you set new goals for the New Year? Why not start your New Year by participating in something unique and meaningful? You can bring wondrous blessings and laughter to the children afar in the conflict zone of South Sudan, by placing yourself in a South Sudanese experience in the charity barefoot walk.

barefootJoin the Spring Charity Barefoot Walk for Children on 28 February 2015 (Sat), and come with family, friends or team up with co-workers.

Since the civil war broke out in late 2013 in South Sudan, located in eastern Africa, over a million of people, half being vulnerable children, were displaced and forced to flee from home. To stay away from the fighting, many refugees live in hideous refugee camp and rely on food provided by relief agencies. The large number of refugees has put tremendous pressure on food supply. Many in starvation are struggling to survive with some even resort to eating tree leaves.

Barefoot-walkingThe funds that you raise, together with other donations received from World Vision famine activities will provide support to over 400,000 refugees of South Sudan, including the provision of food aid, water containers, children healthcare and more!

Bring hope to the children of South Sudan by walking barefoot and raising funds. See you there!

Date: 28 February 2015

Location: The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club

Categories:
Individual or Family
Nine-hole Golf Course Route
Barefoot walk + Game Booths ── From the starting point, participant walks barefoot to the Nine-hole Golf Course covered in green pastures to experience the challenge deprived children are facing daily (duration is about 1.5 hours). After the walk, check out the educational game booths.
(Suitable for children from 3-12 years old)
Time: 10am to 2pm
Minimum Fundraising Amount: $400 for individual, $900 for each family
Available Spots: 1,200
(Suitable for children from 3-12 years old)

Refugee Life Experiential Route
Barefoot walk + Game Booths + Experiential workshops ── After the walk, join in the special workshop to experience the difficult life of South Sudanese children.
Time: 10am-3pm
Minimum Fundraising Amount: $600 for individual, $1,600 for each family
Available Spots: 300

Corporate or Organisation
“We are United” Route
Barefoot walk + Game Booths +Team building workshops ── After the walk, transform into South Sudanese refugees with your team in workshop, and learn about turbulent life in the midst of war.
Time: 10am-3pm
Minimum Fundraising Amount: $4,000 for each team
Available Spots: 50

Application Deadline: 30 January 2015
First come, first served
For more information please visit the World Vision website.

worldvision1About the charity: While on a trip to China in 1947, a young American reporter, Dr Bob Pierce, met Tena Hoelkedoer, a female missionary in Xiamen. She arranged for him to talk to some children there. On the last day, she brought with her a poor girl named Baiyu (meaning white jade). After hearing Pierce’s words, Baiyu told her father that she wanted to go to school. However, she was scolded, beaten and thrown out of her family. Pierce wanted to help this precious soul, so he gave Ms Tena all that he had which was just five dollars. Ms Tena used it to buy food and clothes for Baiyu and send her to school. She asked Pierce to send the same amount each month after returning home so that she could continue to look after Baiyu.

This encounter marked the turning point in Pierce’s life. In 1950, he founded World Vision, with the aim of helping poverty-stricken children around the world. That five dollars set the prototype of the child sponsorship programme. The first child sponsorship programme began a few years later in response to the needs of hundreds of thousands of orphans at the end of the Korean War in 1953. It was later extended to other Asian countries, and places such as Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Today, monthly contributions from child sponsors enable World Vision to provide impoverished children and their communities with access to clean water, nutritious food, healthcare, education, and economic opportunities, enabling them to become self-reliant. World Vision is a living tribute to Pierce’s work.

In 1962, Typhoon Wanda hit Hong Kong severely. World Vision distributed relief supplies in Hong Kong, and later set up its first field office in the territory. With the economic recovery in Hong Kong, World Vision Hong Kong turned itself into a fundraising office in 1982, supporting the relief and development work of World Vision offices world-wide. In 2010, the people of Hong Kong sponsored over 200,000 children living in poverty, helping to fund World Vision Hong Kong’s international long-term ‘Area Development Programmes’. World Vision Hong Kong also promotes public education, raising public awareness about global issues such as poverty, hunger, health and child rights.

UNICEF Petition to World Leaders: Don’t let the #childrenofsyria lose another year to bloodshed and suffering

15 Mar

A sad milestone: 3rd anniversary of conflict in Syria
UNICEFAs the Syrian conflict will approach its fourth year on 15 March, UNICEF and their partners have issued an impassioned appeal, asking you and everyone to urge world leaders to take action to prevent the loss of a generation to violence, hardship and displacement.

Specifically:
• An end to the violence against the #childrenofsyria
• An end to the blocking of humanitarian assistance
• An end to attacks on humanitarian workers and facilities
• A renewed commitment to reconciliation and tolerance
• More investment in the education and psychological protection of all children affected by the conflict

You can do your part by signing this petition, just follow this link.
Multiply Your Impact: turn your signature into dozens more by sharing this petition and recruiting people you know to sign.

About UNICEF:
Founded in 1946, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s leading United Nations organisation working specifically for children, with the mandate and influence to transform their lives. The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK), one of the 36 National Committees, was founded in 1986 to raise funds to support UNICEF’s work worldwide and to promote, advocate for child rights in Hong Kong. They believe their work is not completed until all champion for child rights to achieve four Zero Sufferings for children.
UNICEF_BelieveinZero
ZERO Mortality ⇔ Right to Survival
Every child has the right to enjoy food, clean water, health services and a standard of living, etc. adequate for survival

ZERO Underdevelopment ⇔ Right to Development

Every child has the right to education, leisure, participation in cultural activities and understanding their basic rights, etc.

ZERO Abuse ⇔ Right to Protection
Every child has the right to special protection in situations of armed conflict or conflict with the law, and should be protected from any forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation

ZERO Isolation ⇔ Right to Participation
Every child has the right to freedom of expression; social, economic, cultural and religion activities; association and peaceful assembly; information from diverse sources

UNICEF Needs Volunteer School Speakers

18 Jan

unicef vol2Every year, the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) organises various educational activities to promote children’s rights. Last year, UNICEF HK visited over 80 school for more than 120 talks to interact with primary and secondary school students in Hong Kong. Through videos and life stories, students could learn about the lives of the children worldwide and UNICEF’s work on child survival, protection, development and civil participation.

unicef volNow, UNICEF HK is inviting you to take part in their education efforts as a UNICEF HK Voluntary School Speaker, an opportunity to learn more about global children’s issues to conduct school talks at primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong

The duties of a volunteer include:
– Conduct school talks at primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong. Topics include “Children’s Rights”, “War and Children”, “HIV/ADIS and Children”, “Natural Disasters and Children”, “Children in China” and “Water and Sanitation
– Establish and maintain relationships with schools.

Join UNICEF HK as voluntary school speaker if you are:
– Aged 18 or above (Full-time tertiary students are welcome);
– Responsible, independent and proactive;
– Fluent in Cantonese and English, good at communication; and
– Passionate in promoting child rights and UNICEF’s work
Experience in teaching or serve children/youth related work is an advantage.

UNICEF HK will provide training and all necessary school talk materials to those who found suitable. For more information about their project and to sign up please visit their website.

About UNICEF:
Founded in 1946, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s leading United Nations organisation working specifically for children, with the mandate and influence to transform their lives. The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK), one of the 36 National Committees, was founded in 1986 to raise funds to support UNICEF’s work worldwide and to promote, advocate for child rights in Hong Kong. They believe their work is not completed until all champion for child rights to achieve four Zero Sufferings for children.
UNICEF_BelieveinZero
ZERO Mortality ⇔ Right to Survival
Every child has the right to enjoy food, clean water, health services and a standard of living, etc. adequate for survival

ZERO Underdevelopment ⇔ Right to Development

Every child has the right to education, leisure, participation in cultural activities and understanding their basic rights, etc.

ZERO Abuse ⇔ Right to Protection
Every child has the right to special protection in situations of armed conflict or conflict with the law, and should be protected from any forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation

ZERO Isolation ⇔ Right to Participation
Every child has the right to freedom of expression; social, economic, cultural and religion activities; association and peaceful assembly; information from diverse sources

Christian Action

27 Oct

christian actionRoughly 4,500 survivors from wars in Sri Lanka, Nepal and as far away as Uganda and the Congo have made it to Hong Kong. They arrive physically and emotionally scarred. Christian Action is the only comprehensive provider of services to refugees, so they turn to Christian Action for help.

When legal immigrants arrive in Hong Kong from mainland China needing help, Christian Action is one of the few organizations which are open late at night, and have an office in Shenzhen. When their children, and the children of Hong Kong’s ethnic minority groups need language classes, Christian Action provides those too.

Christian Action provides pro-bono legal and psychosocial help; offers abused domestic helpers refuge in safe shelters and provides a wide range of other services.

Christian Action was established in 1985 as a registered charitable organization in Hong Kong. Their mission is to serve those who are poor, disadvantaged, marginalized, displaced or abandoned regardless of their age, gender, nationality and religion.

ca 2Christian Action’s aim is to give them hope, dignity and self reliance. Services provided include:
Humanitarian programs in Hong Kong for refugees, foreign domestic helpers, ethnic minorities, children and youth from low-income families in Hong Kong and cross-border families and immigrants from Mainland China.

Training programs for the underprivileged and unemployed and professional training services for corporate clients needing specialized training for their workforce.

Volunteering:
Christian Action offers a variety of opportunities for you to be involved in their programs.

Ethnic Minorities – Whether they have just arrived, or have been living in Hong Kong for several generations, many Nepalese, Pakistanis and Indians face intense social and economic obstacles resulting in segregation, unemployment and poverty. Language and cultural barriers are a large part of the problem but racial discrimination is often the final straw that extinguishes all hope of a better tomorrow. For them even access to basic services can be a major challenge. Christian Action’s committed team of staff and volunteers have a holistic approach that helps to:
– Break through the language barrier with ongoing Cantonese and English language classes, and the provision of interpreters and escorts to the hospital and social welfare department.
– Solve housing and welfare issues with consultations.
– Educate through workshop, vocational training, career counseling, mentoring for the unemployed and IT skills for all adults and children.
– Promote psychosocial health
– Organize numerous large public events that bring together an average of 1,000 local residents and ethnic minorities each year!
– Dialogue with the Hong Kong Government on policy and service provision improvements.
Christian Action has realized the unique needs of women and the elderly in the Ethnic Minority community, so they provide interest classes, women and elderly support groups. Their target members are now more accustomed to social gatherings and they are gradually being trained to be our Ambassadors and serve the community with their cultural strengths.
– They play the role of bridging the divide between the Ethnic Minority community and Hong Kong society, by organizing cultural sensitivity trainings; this helps the people to understand more about the Ethnic Minority culture and their lives in Hong Kong, thus minimizing the gap due to stereotyping and unfamiliarity.
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Refugees Christian Action runs a comprehensive service center for refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong’s Chungking Mansions. To date, they have registered over 3,700 refugees and asylum seekers and 10 – 20 new clients approach them each month.
Christian Action‘s Chungking Mansions program assists refugees with basic essentials such as shelter, food, clothing, toiletries, and emergency cash grants.
Christian Action is also one of the few sources for education and training support, as well as psychosocial and mental health services.
Christian Action’s staff opens doors for children to attend school and for adults to learn new language and vocational skills and use their time in a productive way. Each week their dedicated volunteers offer between 12 – 15 classes in subject areas such as English, Cantonese, computer training, youth development, football, music, drama, and handicrafts.
Christian Action’s pro-bono team of counselors, therapists, and psychologist help those who are grappling with trauma and depression; their team of skilled and compassionate caseworkers help members of our community access the services available to them by the government and other partners in order to live a full, dignified life in Hong Kong.

These are just a few examples of work that Christian Action does in Hong Kong and the volunteer opportunities offered. If you want to know more, please visit their website and get in touch with them directly.

UNICEF Syria Crisis

8 Sep

syria_coverFor weeks and months we have been reading about the pros and cons of a ‘Military Solution’ for Syria. What is ignored in these stories of conflict is the very human cost. Per the UNHCR’s count, the number of Syrians forced to seek shelter abroad since civil war began in March 2011 passed the 2 million mark on Tuesday with no sign of the outflow ending soon. “The war is now well into its third year and Syria is hemorrhaging women, children and men who cross borders often with little more than the clothes on their backs,” the UN refugee agency said in a statement on 3 September released to mark the milestone.

Now, across the borders, they are still not safe – they are trying to survive and are fearful of having to flee again. The children in particular are at great risk of forced labour, sexual exploitation and trafficking and in need of specialist child services.

This year alone, UNICEF has provided nearly 167,000 children with psychosocial assistance and more than 118,000 children with education, ensuring their rights to education are not deprived by the conflict. Besides, UNHCR has registered all one million children, giving them an identity, preventing them from becoming stateless, and provided them with safe shelters.

The crisis is not yet over. The Syria Regional Refugee Response plan, which calls for HK$23.4 billion (US$3 billion), is currently only 38 per cent funded. More support is needed to rescue these vulnerable children. You can help by making a donation to UNICEF.

NYHQ2012-1300HK$1,500 means 962 doses of measles vaccine, to protect children from this deadly disease

HK$2,800 provides 2 sets of of School-in-a-Box Kit, which is a ready-made education solution predominately used in emergencies. They include solar radio, chalkboard and stationeries etc, and benefit 80 students.

HK$3,500 for 18 first aid kits, to treat the injured children

For more information and to donate, please visit their website.

About The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF:
The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF was founded in 1986. As one of the 36 national committees for UNICEF, to organise fundraising and advocacy activities to provide financial support for UNICEF’s programmes across over 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive.

The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF aims to arouse public awareness of the plight of children in developing countries and of the need to champion children’s rights.

The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF also organise programmes to encourage youth participation in voluntary services.