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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.

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Lensational

26 Nov

Lensational is a non-profit, youth-led social enterprise with the mission of empowering women through photography. They do this by equipping marginalised women in developing countries with digital cameras and photography training. Changing lives of women, one camera at a time.

Lensational believes that photography can achieve the empowerment of women on two levels:
* Emotional Empowerment: Gaining access to cameras gives them a new way to express themselves freely and to retain memories. Therapeutic photography is also a proven counselling technique to overcome social isolation.
* Economic Empowerment: Lensational women photographers will receive 50% of the revenue if their photographs are sold through this platform and their partner agencies – Wellcome Images and PhotoConcierge. With photography skills, they can also pursue freelance photography opportunities.

Photo Credit: LeeAnn Hidalgo

Founded on the International Women’s Day of 2013, Lensational workshops have so far been conducted for 300 women and girls in ten developing countries. Their photos and stories were shared with over 3,000 visitors to Lensational photo exhibitions in Hong Kong, London and New York, more than 10,000 supporters on social media channels and featured by global media outlets including the Guardian, ABC News and Mashable. Globally Lensational has 60 volunteers working for Lensational across 13 countries.

Lensational envisions a world where women and girls are no longer suppressed of their thoughts and emotions. Help Lensational make this a reality by purchasing a photograph and sharing their website with others.

Clearly – help the 2.5 billion people around the world who suffer from poor vision to see

6 Nov

#eyeswideopen

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.

Room to Read – Let’s Get Quizzical!

17 Sep

Let’s Get Quizzical at Trafalgar!

Join Room to Read for their fourth Room to Read Hong Kong Chapter Students Helping Students pub quiz. The quiz is a “General Knowledge” theme. This will a great night with lots of fun! Tickets have sold out in the previous quizzes so please get your tickets early to save disappointment!

Tickets are available individually or put a team together and join Room to Read to raise funds for their Literacy programs & Girls’ Education Program. All of the money raised will support their work in 10 low income countries in Asia and Africa.

There will be fabulous raffle prizes to be won – all donated by various generous sponsors!

The Trafalgar will be offering Happy Hour until 9pm! The doors open at 6:30pm and the quiz starts at 7:00pm.

Any questions please contact faizabokhari1@gmail.com OR Jodi.Ann.Mullen@outlook.com

Date: Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Place: Trafalgar, The Broadway, 5/F, 55-62 Lockhart Road, Wanchai

Price: $110 per person, RSVP table of 6 to faizabokhari1@gmail.com

Tickets are available from Eventbrite

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.

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.

Walk for Nature at Mai Po 2017

23 Aug


Walk for Nature is now open for registration

Walk for Nature” is an annual fundraising event held in Hong Kong’s iconic Mai Po Nature Reserve that has been held for the past 25 years. Participants walk a set route around the Reserve, which is in the Inner Deep Bay wetlands. Mai Po was recognized as “Wetland of International Importance” under the Ramsar Convention in 1995. Since 1940s, observers at the Mai Po Inner Deep Bay wetlands have recorded a total of 400 different species of birds, accounting for 75 per cent of the known bird species in Hong Kong and giving it a reputation as a paradise for birds. Among them are 35 species that are classified as worldwide endangered species. The Reserve also provides habitat for many species of both flora and fauna.

© Martin Harvey / WWF-Hong Kong

Walk for Nature, WWF-Hong Kong’s most significant educational fundraising event, aims to engage the public about the need to protect Hong Kong’s local natural environment and strengthen their awareness of the importance of environmental conservation.

There are four categories that you can join: Adult, Family, Child or Youth, and Senior.

Date: 4-5 November 2017

Time: 9:30am – 6pm
There will be 10 time slots each day running consecutively at half hour intervals from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Participants can choose their preferred time slot during the registration process.

Place: Mai Po Nature Reserve

Note: Suitable for 4 years old and above
*For safety reasons, baby strollers and prams are not allowed in the Reserve.

Price:

“Walk for Nature” 2017 is now open for registration. To register, please follow this link.

If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to contact WWF staff at 2526-1011 or email walk@wwf.org.hk.

About WWF: WWF was founded in 1961 by a group of passionate and committed individuals with the vision and determination to change the future – for good of the natural world and for all life on Earth.

Today, WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected conservation organizations, with a network active in more than 100 countries. WWF is currently carrying out more than 1,300 conservation projects around the planet – from small-scale local conservation projects to large-scale species protection projects which span all continents.

Their goal is to build a future in which humans can live in harmony with nature.

Registration for the 2017 Sedan Chair Race

14 Jul


The Sedan Chair Race is an annual Hong Kong charity event in which teams take part in a race carrying a Sedan Chair. There are several categories in the race, including:
* The Super Fun Challenge
* The Fun Challenge
* The Serious Challenge – Mens’
* The Serious Challenge – Womens’
* The Serious Challenge – Schools
The Race is held in a real carnival atmosphere, with many teams dressing up in a variety of character costumes and over the years has helped raise many millions of dollars for small, Hong Kong based charities.

Why should you apply?
By participating in this meaningful event, your company can boost staff morale, reinforce group cooperation and demonstrate the company cares about the local community as well as its staff. Entering a team in the race, a fun and team building experience can be achieved for your employees and great exposure for your company name.

To date, around $70 million has been donated to 138 Hong Kong charitable associations and organizations. Join the Sedan Chair Charities Fund and race for a good cause now!

Route Map
Participants are required to run for a 2.1km route, starting from Matilda International Hospital, with 6 – 8 runners and 1 passenger on the sedan chair. You can also ask your friends to be the cheerleaders of your team!

Click here for the rules of the race.

Race Details
Date: Sunday, 29th October, 2017

Time: 10:00am – 1:30am

Place: Matilda International Hospital, The Peak

Application Deadline: 31 August, 2017
Places are limited but team applications are now open! You are highly recommended to submit forms for this funniest race ever as soon as possible since the Sedan Chair Charities Fund can only accommodate 53 teams on the course.

For more information and to download the application form, please visit their website.

About Sedan Chair Charities Fund : The aim of Sedan Chair Charities Fund is to raise money for needy charities in Hong Kong. Race donations will go to support lesser known organisations that have very limited resources to do fundraising themselves.