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Justice Centre Young Advocates Programme

3 Jan

Young Advocates and Clinical Legal Education students

Applications for the 2019 Young Advocates Programme are now open. Please click here to read Justice Centre’s detailed information pamphlet.

What is the Young Advocates Programme?: The Young Advocates Programme (YAP) is a unique programme for high school students to gain hands-on experience in a non-profit setting.

Through the intensive programme, Young Advocates engage in all areas of Justice Centre’s work, from the provision of legal and psychosocial support to refugees, to anti-human trafficking research and advocacy. Young Advocates also receive one-to-one personal coaching and mentorship from Justice Centre’s highly-qualified international staff lawyers and policymakers, helping students develop important skills, knowledge, and experience as they begin applying for university courses.

Who can apply?: YAP is open to students who have Hong Kong residency and are aged between 15 – 18. Young Advocates should have a keen interest in human rights law, NGO management and refugee rights. The programme is aimed at students interested in a career in law, psychology, social sciences, human rights, politics, or NGO management generally.

Places are limited to four Young Advocates per programme to allow Justice Centre to offer a tailored programme to each Young Advocate.

Programme dates: Justice Centre runs four programmes per year; one in the spring and three in the summer.

Spring Programme 2019 (two weeks):
15 – 26 April 2019

Summer Programme 2019 (three weeks):
(i) 17 June – 5 July 2019
(ii) 8 – 26 July 2019
(iii) 26 July – 16 August 2019

How do I apply?: For more information on the cost and content of the programme, and to request an application form, please contact Justice Centre at YAP@justicecentre.org.hk

Open evening: If you would like to find out more about the YAP and Justice Centre’s work, Justice Centre will be hosting an open evening and information session for prospective applicants at Justice Centre offices at 6:45pm on Thursday, 17 January 2019.

To RSVP, please contact Justice Centre at YAP@justicecentre.org.hk

About Justice Centre Hong Kong: Justice Centre Hong Kong is a non-profit human rights organisation working fearlessly to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable forced migrants: refugees, other people seeking protection, and survivors of torture, human trafficking and forced labour.

Launched in 2014, Justice Centre Hong Kong was formerly Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, which over seven years, helped more than 2,000 refugee men, women and children on the road to a new life.

Building on their expertise in refugee issues, Justice Centre Hong Kong identified a clear need for an increased response to tackling forced labour and human trafficking in Hong Kong, and expanded their remit to fill this gap.

Justice Centre Hong Kong advocates with and for forced migrants, bringing their voices into the public debate. Justice Centre Hong Kong campaigns for legislative and policy change, conduct research and work with the media and civil society to fight root causes and change systems and minds.

Justice Centre Hong Kong provides people seeking protection in Hong Kong with free and independent legal information and specialised legal and psychosocial assistance.

Justice Centre Hong Kong receives no government funding. Instead, Justice Centre Hong Kong has spearheaded an innovative pro-bono working model that sees leading international law firms provide financial assistance and donate hours to help with legal research and support. Justice Centre Hong Kong also harnesses funding from a variety of trusts and foundations and through individual donations.

UNICEF 2019 Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition

21 Dec

© UNICEF HK/2018

Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) would like to invite you to their annual fundraising campaign, China Children’s Week 2019 – Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition.

By joining the Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition, children can express their wishes for a better world and send blessings to vulnerable children while raising funds for mothers and children in rural China, championing the spirit of ‘kids helping kids’.

© UNICEF China

Funds raised from the event will support the ‘Cash Transfers for Deprived Children‘ Project in rural China, which aims to improve the health of mothers and their babies in rural China, and avoid newborn deaths.

Theme: For every child, a better world

Groups: Open to children aged 12 or under in 3 groups
A. Aged under 6;
B. Aged 7-9;
C. Aged 10-12

On-site activities:
– Booth games
– Parent-child workshops
– Charity sales

Prize and Certificate:
– 1st Prize, 2nd Prize, 3rd Prize and 20 Consolation Prizes for each age group
– Each participant will receive an e-certificate of participation through e-mail

Date: Saturday, 23 February 2018

Time: 12-6pm

Place: Central and Western District Promenade – Central Section (Near Tamar Park)

Public Enrolment: From 18 December 2018 to 1 February 2019
Enrolment donation:
HK$280 (includes a complimentary entry, a basic drawing kit, a game ticket, an elite workshop one-time pass and a LEGO® CITY / LEGO® Friends gift pack*)
*Participant would receive the randomly assigned LEGO® gift pack upon submission of drawing on the event

Enrolment deadline:
– 25 January 2018 (Friday) for submission of printed application form
– 1 February 2018 (Friday) for online enrolment
Enrolment is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

For more information, please contact Ms. Sandy Yeung at 2833 6139 or email to event01@unicef.org.hk

About Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK): Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) was founded in 1986 and was established as an independent local non-government organization to raise funds through public donations, partnerships with companies, special events, etc. to support UNICEF’s work. UNICEF HK also promotes and advocates for children’s rights via organizing education and youth programmes in Hong Kong.

Send Xmas gifts to Children in Need UNICEF

13 Dec

UNICEF Hong Kong presents the Inspired Gift Christmas set and Christmas card for the upcoming festival. With just a small donation, you can bring warmth and joy to children in need over harsh winter!

When you purchase an Inspired Gift on our website, you can send a Christmas e-card with a custom message to your family and friends. Let’s share blessings of a hearty Christmas with our loved ones and the deprived children!

UNICEF Waterproof School Bags:
Donate $162 and buy 6 UNICEF Waterproof School Bags. Each contains ultracomfy shoulder straps, mesh lined, 2 inner and 1 outer pocket and a name tag.

Blankets:
Donate $468 and buy 9 Blankets. These warm, fleecy thermal blankets help keep children warm and healthy.

Life-saving Winter Clothing Kit:
Donate $642 and buy 2 sets of Life-saving Winter Clothing Kit. Each includes jackets, trousers, fleeces, socks, boots or strong shoes, a scarf and a hat.

You can also add an extra Christmas card to your purchase in the shopping cart for the purpose of Christmas gift exchange.

About Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK): Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) was founded in 1986 and was established as an independent local non-government organization to raise funds through public donations, partnerships with companies, special events, etc. to support UNICEF’s work. UNICEF HK also promotes and advocates for children’s rights via organizing education and youth programmes in Hong Kong.

Signed copy of Heroes by Stephen Fry up for grabs, benefiting Room to Read

6 Dec

This December, Bookazine is supporting Room to Read once again by running a silent auction. All Bookazine customers are invited to place a bid to buy an exclusive signed copy of ‘Heroes‘ by the magnificent Stephen Fry. Branded with Stephen Fry’s unique charm, this brand new collection of his retelling of the bold and heart-stirring adventures of mortal heroes in Greek mythology is a must-read for fan of Fry as well as Greek mythology. Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of – at our worst and our very best.

There is only one copy up for grabs so if you’re interested, keep an eye on the auction and be sure to place a winning bid! Just follow the link here.

All the proceeds of the auction will be donated to Room to Read to help them establish a library in India.

*The silent auction will be running from December 1st-15th. Bidders have to be 18 or above. The name of the winner will be announced on Bookazine social media on December 17th, 2018.
**The donations and bids will be in USD.

Chi Heng Foundation

5 Dec

In the 1990s, blood selling became popular in parts of Central China especially among poor farmers as a means to earn extra money. Many blood collecting stations operated illegally and used unsanitary practices for blood collection, including:

• Pooling and reinjection of blood
• The unclean spinning of blood
• Shared needles

As a result, estimates of as high as 60% of the adult population is infected with HIV in many villages. The exact extent of the tragedy remains unknown. Dr. Gao Yao Jie, an activist for AIDS patients in Henan Province, estimates that up to one million people are infected in Henan province alone.

Founded in 1998, the Chi Heng Foundation is a charity registered and based in Hong Kong with offices in Henan, Anhui, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. It is a non-government organization whose programs are funded by private donors, business, and partner NGOs.

Chi Heng” means “wisdom in action”, and at CHF they believe they must use their knowledge to help people in need. With this in mind, CHF moves from village to village throughout Central China offering help to all children affected by AIDS, thereby ensuring that no child is excluded and each child’s needs are fully understood.

CHF primarily focuses on paying for the children’s education and living expenses, making sure all funds are delivered directly to schools and programs by their staff. CHF does not operate orphanages or foster homes. Instead, local relatives often take in the children, allowing them to continue to grow up in their native villages. To further decrease their sense of social stigma and isolation, CHF places the children in schools that purposefully integrate the orphans with children not affected by HIV/AIDS. These efforts aim to give orphans a stronger sense of community and belonging.

CHF promises a long-term commitment to helping children not only complete their education but also receive dependable, comprehensive support.

What you can do to help
Volunteer: There are multiple ways to volunteer for the foundation:
* Fundraising
* Awareness raising
* Event planning
* Office support
If you would like to volunteer, please click here to complete the online volunteer registration form.

Intern: Chi Heng offers summer, fall, and spring semester internships, as well as yearlong programs for recent university grads, undergraduates, and graduate students. Internships are unpaid, can be full or part-time, and are offered in the Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong offices. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9am to 6pm.

Placement is decided upon based on availability and the needs of each office. Start and end dates are flexible, depending on the needs of each intern.

Applicants must demonstrate a strong command of English; knowledge of Mandarin or Cantonese a plus.

Applicants will be asked to select from the following categories to indicate their preferred type of internship:

– Direct Service (limited availability)
– Administration
– Research/Evaluation
– Publications
– Public Relations/Publicity
– Web Page/Computer Graphic Design
– Translation (English/Mandarin Chinese and/or Cantonese)
– Other (must confirm alternate type with CHF before selecting this option)

Applicants should note that though they will specialize in a particular area, they will be involved in a variety of tasks depending on the needs and activities of the organization.

Application instructions:
Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and completed Chi Heng Foundation Application Form to CHF. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The cover letter should answer the following questions:
– Why would you like to work with the Chi Heng Foundation?
– What are your relevant skills and experiences?
– How do they pertain to Chi Heng’s work?

Please click here to download the application form.

Application deadlines are as follows:
Summer semester: April 15
Fall semester: July 15
Spring semester: November 15

For more information please email info@chihengfoundation.com or call 2517 0564

Volunteers needed for Hong Kong’s Fastest Executive Race

8 Nov

On Friday, 30th November, 50-60 of Hong Kong’s top business leaders will race against each other on a 13 km route from Pok Fu Lam Reservoir to Admiralty in support of Room to Read’s Literacy Program. Last year, with only fifteen participants, Room to Read impacted over 9,000 children through their literacy program by raising close to 4 million HKD and they look forward to exceeding that number this year!

Millions of children are now at risk of growing up without basic literacy skills. Room to Read’s Literacy Program seeks to ensure that children enter grade 3 with the reading and writing skills they need to start their educational journey.

Room to Read is looking for the kind help of 25 volunteers to help with our Fastest Executive Race event.

Date: Friday, 30th November 2018

Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Volunteers aren’t required to be there for the entire duration but would need to confirm their available time slot. Please let Room to Read know your earliest start / latest finish time within this time frame.

Roles:
1. Course Marshals / Water providers
2. Help with registration
3. Help at the finish line with time keeping and guiding runners on to the bus to the award ceremony
4. Room to Read is also looking for any First Aid qualified volunteers

Location : Race checkpoints are located on the trail, starting at Pok Fu Lam Resevoir, ending at Bowen Road. The final location is Upper House in Admiralty.

Requirements: Some of the checkpoints are reached by walking several kilometers through hilly terrain so this volunteer role is ideal for keen and able hikers! A Room to Read representative will escort you to each checkpoint.

Other info: Volunteers will be given a T-shirt to wear and keep. Volunteers will need to wear their own clothes suitable for hiking and bring a backpack, water and mobile phone. 

To sign up, please email tijana.zderic@roomtoread.org by 16th November

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.

10×10 Philanthropy: Raise funds for 3 worthwhile causes

7 Nov


A little over a month before Christmas, spare a thought for the various charities in Hong Kong, who still need to achieve their fundraising goals for the year. Here’s a great way to look at three and make a donation.

Please join the fourth installment of 10×10 Hong Kong in support of 3 young and unique grassroots charities!

If you would like to attend the event, please buy a ticket by clicking on the PLEDGE NOW button by following this link and selecting the amount of your pledge (minimum $1,000 pledge required for an event ticket, options up to $3,000 also available). If you want to purchase multiple event tickets, please just select the Pledge amount per ticket). Your Pledge purchase is converted to Charity dollars on the night, and it is 100% tax deductible.

If you are unable to attend on the night but would still like to support the event, you may still make a pledge to the charities by entering an amount of your choice.

10×10’s MISSION:
“To Empower the Next Generation of Giving”

HOW DOES IT WORK?
– 10 volunteer committee members organise a charity event (1 x venue, 3 x charities, 3 x dragons, drinks & canapes).
– Each committee member invites at least 10 of their friends, family and colleagues to attend the event (10 x 10… get it?). Each guest pledges HK$1,000 or more to attend the event, creating a pool of at least HK$100,000.
– Upon arrival at the event, each attendee is given ‘Charity Dollars’ equal to the value of their ‘Pledge’.
– After drinks, snacks and networking, attendees are seated to watch the 3 charities pitch their unique cause, and listen to the panel of Dragons question the speakers on their business model, impact and future goals. The audience also have an opportunity to ask questions of the charities.
– After the pitches and friendly interrogation from the Dragons, each attendee then decides which charity they want to give their ‘Charity Dollars’ to.
– Charities receive 100% of the funds raised (minus a 10% project fee to 10×10 to cover admin and overhead costs).
– Guests can opt to receive a tax deductible receipt from the charity 4-6 weeks after the event.

THE CHARITIES
For this event the committee members have chosen 3 exceptional charities who will be pitching their unique causes to you on the night:
– Sprouts Foundation
– Rooftop Republic
– The Brightly Project

Your Pledges will be available for collection at the venue on the night of the event. For a HK$1000 pledge, you’ll receive two HK$500 charity vouchers which you can allocate across the charities however you please.

Date: Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Time: Doors open at 6:30pm, pitches will start at 7pm sharp

Place: HKEX Exchange Auditorium (HKEX Connect Hall), 1/F One and two Exchange Square, Central

Price: Minimum $1,000 pledge required for an event ticket, options up to $3,000 also available. If you want to purchase multiple event tickets, please just select the Pledge amount per ticket. Your Pledge purchase is converted to Charity dollars on the night, and it is 100% tax deductible.

NOTE: PAYMENT BY VISA / MASTERCARD ONLY.

About Sprouts Foundation: Sprouts Foundation aims to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty, by providing education programs to some of the lowest-income families in Hong Kong and elsewhere. Our small-group, activity-based classes focus on enhancing children’s self-esteem and their interest in learning, by building skills relevant both to work and life. These include English and IT proficiency, as well as a wide range of professional capabilities including entrepreneurship. Combined with corporate visits and a variety of weekend outings, we help open our students’ eyes to the world and the many opportunities around them, and give them the capacity and confidence to reach out more ambitiously.

About Rooftop Republic: Rooftop Republic Foundation is dedicated to building inclusive communities around urban farming and sustainable living in Hong Kong.

The Foundation works closely with:
(i) local schools to establish farm-based education programmes (projected to impact 1000+ students over the next 3-4 years)
(ii) disenfranchised groups, such as youth and the elderly, encouraging them to participate in the community through urban farming (30+ community programmes projected to impact 1000+ elderly over the next 3-4 years)
(iii) marginalised communities, including persons with special needs, to provide vocational job trainings and job placement in urban farming

Donations from this 10×10 event will go towards:
– rolling out training programmes (2 vocational training programes per year enrolling 30 students per cohort)
– creating a space to bring communities together including people with special needs
– creating urban farms for horticultural therapy

About The Brightly Project: Lulio targets to prevent student suicides by empowering schools and their teachers to feel more confident, capable and knowledgeable in their efforts to proactively support students at risk of suicide.

Donations from this 10×10 event will go towards screening 4,000 students for suicide risk, and to work directly with four schools, who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford the services, to:
1. Identify where students are struggling and potential areas of risk
2. Provide data on mental health in their school
3. Based on the data, implement mental health and suicide prevention strategies and actions
4. Create a series of YouTube videos for students to learn more about mental health, how to understand and interpret their own feelings, and to decrease the stigma around asking for help

About 10×10: Back in 2013 in Sydney Australia, 3 passionate and highly successful social entrepreneurs Laurence Marshbaum, Nina Skryzynski and Jenny Newmarch shared a vision that everyone can make a difference by getting involved with philanthropy. They saw that young professionals like themselves wanted to live purpose driven lives and to give back to their local communities. However they lacked the time, knowledge and framework to do so in a way that made a difference.

On the flipside grassroots for purpose organisations (not for profits) found it hard to find financial support and volunteers to sustain their work. Laurence, Jenny and Nina got together 10 friends and organised an event with each friend inviting 10 of their friends and they lined up 3 charities to attend. That night they raised $ 11,000. The night was a success and the concept of 10×10 was born.

Today
10×10 has started a movement worldwide and aims to empower the next generation of giving. 10×10 is successfully building a community of likeminded young individuals who are inspired to come together to support innovative grassroots charities in a fun and engaging way. Their innovative model and technology platform makes the 10×10 concept simple, replicable and low cost.

10×10 committee members love being part of the 10×10 experience with over 94% recommending it to friends – they build new networks and gain skills in leadership and teamwork. More importantly for them their 10×10 experience ignites a passion for philanthropy and this translates to a whole new generation of people giving more from a young age.

For participating charities, 10×10 offers an innovative and fresh way of directly engaging with a young supporter base. Many come away from an event being provided not just with financial help but also with a valuable network of involved professionals who can assist with expertise and connections.