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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.

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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.

How do we embrace a girl in crisis?

17 Jun

When a girl in crisis reaches out to Mother’s Choice for help, they welcome her into a safe place, and equip and empower her for a hopeful future. This looks different for each of the 242 girls who they walked with this year, because Mother’s Choice adapts their approach to the needs of each girl. BoBo’s story reminds us that we all need support from our friends and family when raising our children.

BoBo, a teen client of Mother’s Choice Pregnant Girls Services
“When I was pregnant, I truly didn’t know if I had the support around me to care for a baby, so I thought adoption would be the best plan. But the moment she was born, I felt so much love, I didn’t think I could leave her. Mother’s Choice arranged for a volunteer Project Bridge* family to care of my baby while I made my decision. I was nervous, but as I watched the Bridge Mom gently pick up my daughter, I knew she would be safe. Even so, my heart ached when she was carried away from me.

With support from my family, I realized I have what it takes to be a mother. I am so thankful to be living with our daughter now and am learning to be the best mom I can be. Our home is filled with so much joy as we raise my daughter together.”

Renata, Project Bridge Mom*
“When we first met BoBo in the hospital, we could feel her pain. She desperately wanted to be a mom, but she didn’t have the support she needed. My husband and I committed to caring for her baby in our own home so that BoBo and her family would have some time to get back on their feet. During that time, BoBo came over regularly to learn how to take care of her baby, and I would always try to encourage her. One evening, after we put the baby to bed, she opened her arms, and we hugged and cried together for several minutes. We started as strangers who don’t speak the same language, but we will forever share a deep bond, because we love the same child.

This experience has made me so passionate about supporting young mothers – all we did was care for a baby for two months, but it gave this new family the time they needed to stay together. Saying goodbye to the baby was one of the hardest things we have ever done, but we will absolutely open our home again to do the same thing if it can help another child and their family.”

*Project Bridge connects children in need of a temporary home to loving, nurturing volunteer families who open their homes anywhere from a few days to several months. Mother’s Choice has a great need for more families!

If you want to know about Mother’s Choice’s fostering programme or would like to attend one of their Info Sessions, please visit their website.

mothers-choice-logoAbout Mother’s Choice: Mother’s Choice is a grassroots non-profit organization that provides and promotes loving, nurturing care for babies and children needing permanent homes.

Their story starts in 1987 when founders Ranjan & Phyllis Marwah, and Gary & Helen Stephens, moved by a series of articles in the newspaper about the alarming numbers of teenage crisis pregnancies in Hong Kong, were stirred to action.
The news article reported that approximately 35-40% of the hundreds of girls going to Shenzhen every week were already in their last trimester. There was an obvious need with no one visibly responding, even though people were actually aware of the circumstances of the girls going to Shenzhen for late term abortions. The founders knew that these babies could live given the good and proper medical attention available in Hong Kong – they just needed to find the space and funding to give these girls real options. So together with the support of their friends and the community, they began the work of Mother’s Choice.

Starting with just one borrowed room and no experience but motivated to give back to this city that they love, Mother’s Choice has since helped over 51,000 single girls, cared for 3,600 babies and assisted with 1,400 successful adoption cases.

Despite their achievements, Hong Kong continues to desperately need their services. Bain & Company, a global consulting firm, conducted pro-bono research for Mother’s Choice on the state of crisis pregnancies in Hong Kong in 2010. Based on their research, they conservatively estimated that there are 6,880 crisis pregnancies each year in Hong Kong. Nearly 60% were unwed females, the majority of whom were under 25 years old – Mother’s Choice serviced nearly 25% of these young women.

The research also showed that Mother’s Choice is the leader in providing non-judgmental services to young single girls facing crisis pregnancy in Hong Kong, and the only organization that provides services from conception through labour and delivery and post-pregnancy care.

Unfortunately, the research also showed that there is still an unmet demand of young women facing crisis pregnancy [55%] that are not receiving the help or counseling that they need. It is critical that Mother’s Choice needs to expand their services and reach in the community.

For more information on Mother’s Choice and their work please visit their website.
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Volunteer for the Hong Kong Alliance for Rare Diseases

23 May

A rare disease is any uncommon disease with a very low prevalence rate. There are over 6,000 diseases identified as rare diseases worldwide. Most rare diseases are caused by genetic defects or mutation and are found during childhood or even early infancy. In most of the cases, they pose serious threat to a patient’s entire life with extreme disabilities affecting quality of life. Some of them are even degenerative and life-threatening.

The definition for rare diseases differs among different organisations and jurisdictions, as follows: 6.5 to 10 cases in every 10,000 by World Health Organization (WHO); less than 7 in every 10,000 in the US; less than 5 in every 10,000 in the European Union (EU); and less than 1 in every 10,000 in Taiwan.

Some commonly known rare diseases identified in Hong Kong include Mucopolysaccharidosis, Pompe Disease, Infantile Cutaneous and Articular Syndrome, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, Myelofibrosis, Marfan Syndrome, Spinocerebellar Ataxia, Muscular Atrophy, Fabry Disease, Gaucher Disease, Achondroplasia, various forms of Osteochondrodysplasias, Inborn Errors of Metabolism and Mitochondrial Diseases. Most of the rare diseases are genetic in nature. In spite of a very few reported cases, rare diseases present a real threat to patients’ health, and bring heavy burden to their families.

Hong Kong has in place a world-renowned public health policy, and a healthcare system of high standard. However, we lag far behind in terms of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and protection of rare disease patients, as compared with many countries and places in Europe, US, and Asia. Government has not come up with a clear definition of rare diseases, or formulated related policies. The general public, including some healthcare professionals and social workers, have inadequate understanding and knowledge about rare diseases.

What Hong Kong Alliance for Rare Diseases does
* Enhance understanding of rare diseases among patients, carers and their families; promote self-help and mutual support and positive attitude, towards leading a more fulfilling life.
* Promote public education on rare diseases, strengthen community awareness, understanding and support for patients, their families and related self-help organisations.
* Ensure rare disease patients and their families’ needs and views are represented via policy advocacy and dialogues with Government authorities; leading to the formulation of proper support policies and services to address their needs in medical care, rehabilitation, education, welfare and social participation.
* Support and assist in rare disease-related research study.
* Unite rare disease patients, families, self-help organisations, healthcare professionals and academia, media and other stakeholders, promote collaboration and exchange.
* Promote dialogues, consultation and collaboration among related rare disease organisations in Hong Kong, Mainland China and overseas.

What you can do to help
The Hong Kong Alliance for Rare Diseases organises various events and activities to promote community awareness and support for rare disease patients and families. They invite you to act now and register as their volunteer.

Please download and fill in the Volunteer Registration Form by following this link, and email to info@hkard.org

Kids4Kids Movie Premiere Fundraiser

13 May

Award-winning Taiwanese movie featuring indigenous Taiwanese children actors, Hang In There, Kids! 只要我長大, will be premiering in Hong Kong in June 2017. In partnership with Smark B TV, Kids4Kids will hold a premiere fundraiser on June 3 to raise funds for the upcoming round of My Story Creation Workshops and Competition.

Why?
* To raise funds for My Story Creation Workshops and Competitions 2017/18
* To align with Kids4Kids’ mission of using creativity to make a positive impact
* To offer an exclusive chance for YOU to premiere a meaningful movie!

Movie Synopsis
In a secluded indigenous tribe in Taiwan, 3 kids grew up in the mountains and the woods. They are all very optimistic, energetic, and playful; yet, they are also troubled by their own family issues. Their handicapped teacher opened an after school session to help them with their schoolwork. For the children, it’s like a ray of love shone on them. The teacher has a beautiful voice, but never sings. One day, the 3 kids find a tape of their teacher’s recording and are amazed by her voice. They decide to bring this tape to Taipei…. What changes will this trip bring to all of their lives?

Date: Saturday, 3 June 2017

Time: 3:30-5pm

Place: UA Cine Times, Level 13, Times Square, Causeway Bay

Price:
Movie Ticket | HK$350 each (+ $16.50 Eventbrite fee)
Raffle Ticket | HK$100 each (+ $10.25 Eventbrite fee)
To buy tickets please go to EventBrite

Support literacy development. Make an impact today!

About Kids4Kids: Kids4Kids is a non-profit organization founded in Hong Kong in 2008 and is aregistered charitable institution exempt from tax under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance.

kids4kidskids4kids3Their Mission: To empower children to take responsibility with opportunities to learn about giving back — from the products created to activities organized by kids of all ages to reach out and help, in our local community, for a better Hong Kong.