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Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong

13 May

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong is dedicated to improving the lives of children in Hong Kong who live with a serious illness, disability or disadvantage.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong does not focus on any single illness or disability. Instead, they aim to address the needs of children who are sick, disadvantaged or live with disabilities and other special needs who are not getting the help they need.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong generally does not make cash payments directly to beneficiaries. Instead, they aim to provide physical and practical resources to meet the unmet needs of disadvantaged children and to relieve the burden on their families. Their objective is to enable disadvantaged children reach their full potential and enjoy a more fulfilling life.

Although Variety’s work is serious, they never forget the importance of having fun. Bringing smiles to the faces of children is a positive and fun experience for Variety volunteers, sponsors and supporters.

Of course, they can’t do everything on their own. Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong proudly works in partnership with other children’s agencies and charities in Hong Kong and they welcome the support of any person or organization that shares their ideals and objectives.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong is focused solely on Hong Kong children who are living with a disadvantage. All funds raised in Hong Kong are applied for the benefit of disadvantaged children in Hong Kong.

What you can do to help
People from all walks of life can help children through Variety by becoming a regular donor, attending an event, organizing a fundraising event, taking part in a personal challenge like a marathon or trek, leaving a bequest in their will or volunteering.

Donate: People from all walks of life can help children through Variety by becoming a regular donor, attending an event, organizing a fundraising event, taking part in a personal challenge like a marathon or trek, leaving a bequest in their will or volunteering. To donate please follow this link

Gifts and services in-kind: Gifts and services in-kind are a vital element in enabling Variety to meet its vision and mission. Gifts of auction and raffle prizes for events, business skills such as legal or accountancy advice or technology and office items are all necessary to successfully deliver Variety’s vision and mission.

For more information about HOW YOU CAN HELP please email info@variety.org.hk

Volunteer: As Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong grows and their programs develop, they will need assistance in many ways, such as fundraising events, assistance with outings for children and with the administration of their programs and events.

Use your talent, experience and passion to make a real difference to Hong Kong children in need. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child’s face light up and knowing your contribution has helped make it happen. For more information about HOW TO BECOME A VARIETY VOLUNTEER please email info@variety.org.hk.

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Junior Achievement (JA)

1 May

Junior Achievement (JA) is dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in the global economy, through their applied learning programs in work readiness, entrepreneurial thinking and financial literacy.

JA HK is one of the 100+ members of JA Worldwide, and a leading provider of Other Learning Experiences in Hong Kong. Their programs enable young people to learn the world of work from the first-hand experience of business volunteers. Since their establishment in 2001, JA HK has engaged the support of over 21,000 business volunteers from some 700 companies to serve more than 330,000 students from over 600 schools.

JA HK is a registered not-for-profit, tax-exempt charity under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance in Hong Kong. The organization does not receive annual subvention from the government. Their success hinges on the strong partnership with and valuable support from different stakeholders in the community. Partner companies and individuals contribute and support their organization in different ways.

Student Volunteers: JA HK provides an excellent service learning opportunity for student volunteers. They are keen to recruit more university student volunteers to deliver their two primary school programs, JA Play Lab and JA More Than Money. Students can also volunteer at the JA HK office as administrative support to gain experience on the operation of a not-for-profit organisation. Through volunteering, students develop their collaboration and communication skills.

To register as a volunteer, please follow this link and complete the form.

For more information, please email info@jahk.org

Earthwatch Institute – be part of a Scientific Expedition

19 Apr

Earthwatch is an international nonprofit organization that connects citizens with scientists to improve the health and sustainability of the planet. For the last 45 years, Earthwatch has empowered nearly 100,000 volunteers to join leading scientists on field research expeditions that tackle critical environmental challenges around the globe—from climate change to ocean health, human-wildlife conflict, and more.

Their mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.

Join and Expedition:
Earthwatch provides citizens with the opportunity to work alongside leading scientists to combat some of the planet’s most pressing environmental issues. With Earthwatch, you will experience hands-on science in some of the most astounding locations in the world. You will meet a community of like-minded travelers and return home with stories filled with adventure.

Anyone can join an expedition—no experience necessary! Volunteer opportunities cover a variety of subjects including archaeology & culture, climate change, ocean health, and wildlife & ecosystems. All training will be provided upon your arrival.

Earthwatch offers both adult expeditions and teen expeditions for 15- to 17-year-olds. Teens are also welcome on most of Earthwatch’s adult expeditions if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Volunteers join Earthwatch from all over the world.

To select an expedition and to sign up, please visit their website find an expedition you are interested in, and read the expedition briefing (you’ll find a link to the briefing at the top of the expedition website). That will give you all of the information about the expedition. When you are ready to book, simply book online.

For more information please contact Earthwatch at info@earthwatch.org

Crossroads Foundation – Student Summer Internships

15 Feb

Crossroads Foundation recruits students from universities and colleges to participate in its annual internship programme. Students are given the opportunity to be assistant managers in most of our many departments and to help in the running of them. They work with people from around the world while gaining vital, real-world English-environment, work experience.

Roles available include communications, design, translation, accounting, administration, research, goods preparation for distribution, shipping, computing, catering, hospitality, simulation experiential programmes, our fair trade marketplace and café. Students are awarded a certificate and a reference letter from Crossroads on completion of the internship programme.

Date: Students commit to a six-week, full-time service period. Our work week is Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

First intake: June 5th – July 14th 2018 (Deadline for applications is May 12th)

Second intake: July 10th – August 18th 2018 (Deadline for applications is June 16th)

Time: Crossroads working hours for interns are 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. They are closed on public holidays unless advised otherwise.

Place: Internships take place at the Crossroads Village, 2 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun.

How: Interested students should complete an internship application form. They will then undertake a brief interview and, in the following weeks, be notified as to whether they have been accepted and in which department they have been placed. After completing 6 full time weeks of internship, each student will receive a certificate and a letter of reference from Crossroads. These are awarded at an internship celebration at the end of the period or upon finishing the programme.

Note: Students who are not in Hong Kong at the time of the interviews may complete their interviews online. Email us for more details at volunteer@crossroads.org.hk.

About : Crossroads Foundation is a Hong Kong based, non-profit organisation serving global need. They believe that, in a broken world that sees too much suffering, we should do all we can to link those who are in need with those who can provide help. So Crossroads provides an intersection, literally a crossroads, to bring both together. They offer four global crossroads services:

Global Distribution: This distributes Hong Kong’s quality excess goods as needed, internationally and locally. It provides a crossroads between need and supply.

Global X-perience: This offers simulated x-periences of global need. It provides a crossroads between the lifestyles of the rich and poor.

Global Handicrafts: This sells fair trade goods from people in poverty. It is a crossroads between those needing a fair income and those with buying power.

Global Hand: This provides a ‘matching’ website for public-private partnerships. It is a crossroads between for-profit and non-profit organisations who wish to address global need.

Don’t miss Room to Read’s 2018 Gala on 2 March!

10 Feb

Please join Room to Read‘s Hong Kong Chapter to get Active for Education and be a Game Changer at Room to Read‘s Hong Kong Gala on Friday 2 March 2018.

Join Room to Read‘s Founder John Wood and their APAC Board members to celebrate and be inspired by their game changers in the making – young learners around the globe empowered through their programs to be their best selves.

Date: Friday, 2 March 2018

Time: 6:30PM, Champagne Reception; 7:30PM Dinner

Place: Grand Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel

Price: HKD$48,000 (10 Guests)

Dress Code: Formal Cocktail

To reserve your table, please email caroline.sprod@roomtoread.org

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.

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.

Hong Kong 24 Hour Race 2017

11 Nov

The 24 Hour Race is back on December 2nd on Lugard Road, Vicotria Peak!

Buy your tickets now to be apart of the largest anti – slavery youth led movement.

Every 24 hours, 5500 men, women and children become victims of slavery, you can help change that. Be the change that the world needs.

Run it. Raise it. End it.

Date: Saturday, 2 December – Sunday, 3 December 2017

Time: 7am (2/12) – 11am (3/12)

Place: Lugard Road, Hong Kong

Price: $280 (limited to 400, first come first served)

Tickets available on Eventbrite

About 24 Hour Race: In 2010, Christopher Schrader had a vision to create an event that bridged extreme endurance with philanthropy. Working together for months with a group of students, the first 24 Hour Race took place in Hong Kong.

Since that first race the 24 Hour Race has rapidly expanded as a youth movement. Students plan the events, run the races, fund-raise and advocate in their communities. By providing a comprehensive timeline and framework for the students to put together the race, they nurture youth leadership and entrepreneurship with a philanthropic cause.

Our mission is to challenge our generation to lead global action against slavery through the 24 Hour Race movement.”

The 24 Hour Race event is a global movement that engages young people in a lifetime experience to raise awareness. When a student joins the race, their teachers, classmates, parents will be interested to know more about the cause. When 10 students are joining the race and fundraise in the campus, the whole school will learn about the cause, and people will discuss and talk about slavery issues. When thousands of students around the world are joining the race, it becomes a youth movement – the world leaders, the governments will take actions, make policies and conscious decisions with the stories of modern slavery victims in their mind.

STUDENTS ORGANIZE THE RACE AND THE HEADQUARTER SUPPORTS THEIR GROWTH
The 24 Hour Race is a platform to empower youth. 24 Hour Race provides opportunities for mentorship, professional development, leadership, and encourage durable philanthropic values in thousands of young people. They want young people to organize the events, find local solutions to problems, and grow professionally while learning about philanthropy.

Student Directors are leading some key roles in organising the race including contacting schools, volunteers and donors. 24 Hour Race’s HQ team based in Hong Kong are providing professional mentorship, supporting systems and framework for them to put the event together. They allow their student leaders to be responsible for independently organised events for which 24 Hour Race provides the opportunity but students execute.