Volunteer Tour Guides for Art Basel Hong Kong Wanted

5 Feb

Art Basel in Hong Kong is among the world’s premier international art fairs for Modern and contemporary art which provides an in-depth overview of the region’s diversity through both historical material and cutting-edge works by established and emerging artists. In 2018, it will feature 248 premier galleries from 32 countries and territories, half of the participating galleries have exhibition spaces in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Since the show’s inauguration in Hong Kong, Para Site has been organising its public tours, providing insight into some of the featured artists and works. Following the programme’s success in previous years, Para Site is looking for enthusiastic individuals interested in contemporary art to join our guided tour programme in 2018. These bilingual volunteers (Cantonese & English or Mandarin & English) will be asked to give guided tours and interact with guests from all around the world during the opening hours of the art show.

The guides will be responsible for sharing information about participating artists and their artworks from selected galleries to groups of 15 people, during one-hour tours. Para Site will provide a training session prior to the art fair. As the guided tours will run through each day of the fair, we hope for a daily commitment of at least 7 hours from the volunteers. In return, Para Site will provide a complimentary ticket to the Vernissage at Art Basel in Hong Kong on March 28, together with our exclusive Para Site publications and tote bag.

If you are interested in joining the programmes, please send an email to guidedtour@para-site.art with your name, CV, and contact details before Sunday, February 11, 2018. Selected individuals will be contacted for an interview.

Date:
Thursday, March 29, 1:00pm – 9:00pm (VIP viewing 12noon – 1pm)
Friday, March 30, 1:00pm – 8:00pm (VIP viewing 12noon – 1pm)
Saturday, March 31, 11:00am – 6:00pm

Deadline for application is February 11.

About Para Site: Para Site is Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art centre and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia. It produces exhibitions, publications, discursive, and educational projects aimed at forging a critical understanding of local and international phenomena in art and society.

Founded in early 1996 as an artist run space, Para Site was Hong Kong’s first exhibition-making institution of contemporary art and a crucial self-organised structure within the city’s civil society, during the uncertain period preceding its handover to Mainland China. Throughout the years, Para Site has grown into a contemporary art centre, engaged in a wide array of activities and collaborations with other art institutions, museums, and academic structures in Hong Kong and the international landscape. In early 2015, Para Site moved to greatly increased premises, in North Point/Quarry Bay. Throughout its history, Para Site‘s activities have included a range of different formats, among which P/S magazine (1997-2006), a bilingual publication, which was Hong Kong’s first visual arts magazine and a central platform for the development of art writing and of a discursive scene in the city and the Curatorial Training Programme (2007-2010). Since 2012, Para Site has been running an International Art Residency Programme and has been organizing an annual international conference. This is accompanied, starting from 2015, by a new educational format aimed at training young curators and other art professionals. Para Site‘s activities are made possible by the generous support of its patrons, and grants from foundations and the Government of the HKSAR.

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Save and Share – New Year Gift Packs and Food Collection

4 Feb

Chinese New Year is a time of year for celebration and gift giving. In the Chinese tradition, food is generally given as gifts as part of the new year’s celebrations. If you have received one gift too many, think about making a donation to Food-Co and the People’s Food Bank. In this holiday season, they are looking for Chinese New Year gift packs, rice, noodles, canned food and other packaged food with complete packaging with an expiry of 8 weeks or longer. Around 970,000 Hong Kong people live below the poverty line. FOOD-CO and People’s Food Bank will distribute your donations to the deprived families.

Collection period: 5 February – 9 March 2018

Collection Points:
1. 聖雅各福群會總會902室
St. James Settlement Headquarters Rm 902
2. 西安中心
Sai On Centre
3. 慈惠軒(九龍西)
Kindness Centre (West Kowloon)
4. 慈惠軒(葵涌)
Kindness Centre (Kwai Chung)

Support this food drive and support deprived families in Hong Kong.

About Food-Co: In June 2016, St. James’ Settlement was awarded by SIE Fund to run FOOD-CO the first IT platform for food support service. FOOD-CO aims at facilitating food donation in a more efficient way with advancement in technology and data analysis. FOOD-CO works with like-minded partners to solicit resources for poverty alleviation. They cultivate a culture of save and share, with an aim to reducing food waste and creating a better living environment.

About People’s Food Bank: The office of the People’s Food Bank is located at Sai On Centre, Sai Ying Pun. It was originally a relief centre for street sleepers. It went into operation on 24 March 1997 and is still providing services for street sleepers on Hong Kong Island today. All along, the centre has been providing food for street sleepers and emergency food supplies for the poor to relieve their hunger. After the financial crisis of 1998, the issue of poverty worsened in Hong Kong. A UN report on human development pointed out that in terms of the gap between the rich and the poor, Hong Kong ranked number 3 in developed areas of the whole world and number 1 in developed areas of Asia. The SAR Government reduced CSSA for the first time in June 1999. This caused further hardship to those who relied on the SAR Government for their livelihood. With the economic downturn and high rate of unemployment, the number of street sleepers shot up. The number of referrals to this centre for food assistance continued to increase. In November 2002, with the help of Food Link, the centre obtained leftovers from a hotel. The food collected, combined with vegetables, provided food for the stomachs of 12 people on average every day. In 2003 when Sars was ravaging the territory, the hotel stopped the supply of food. The free food service offered by the centre was temporarily suspended. Fortunately, a donation made by a Mr Li meant that the service could be relaunched. The daily quota for meal service increased from 12 to 24. Thereafter, the number of people asking for food assistance kept on increasing. As a result, St. James’ Settlement formally established the People’s Food Bank on 13 December 2003, providing the poor with temporary free food assistance.

One-arm Push-up Challenge – Raise Money to stamp out Animal Cruelty

28 Jan

Police have called on Hongkongers to take part in a one-arm push-up challenge to raise money for an animal charity and stamp out animal cruelty.

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news.php?id=192200&sid=4

A star-studded opening ceremony will be held at Stanley Plaza today, where you will be able to take photos with officers from elite police squads, including the counter-terrorism response unit and airport security unit.

All proceeds will be used to help the Society for Abandoned Animals, which relies solely on private donations.

Spring Charity Barefoot Walk for Children 2018

25 Jan

Enjoying a hearty meal with your loved ones is probably a must-do during Chinese New Year, but have you thought about spending a day out with them in the countryside this year?

Take your children, invite your relatives and co-workers to the Spring Charity Barefoot Walk for Children 2018. You will have a great time while doing something meaningful. All proceeds from this event will go to World Vision’s integrated health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects in South Sudan to help South Sudanese children and families affected by the ongoing conflict in their country and provide them with much-needed basic necessities and food assistance.

Date: Saturday, 24 February 2018

Time: 10am – 1:30pm

Place: The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club

Categories: Take a 4km journey without shoes on to “experience” displacement of South Sudanese children. Check out the booths and activities after the walk to learn more about the challenging life of South Sudanese people.

Individual
$500 minimum fundraising amount

Family
In addition to the Barefoot Walk, Take part in workshops to learn more about the lives of families displaced by war. Try building a simple makeshift tent and a latrine, and fetching water in the settlement.
Barefoot Walk: $1,000 (Include 2 adults & 2 members under 16)
Barefoot Walk + Family Workshops: $1,800 (Include 2 adults & 2 members under 16)

Corporate & Group
Capture a Moment in South Sudan
Time: 12 – 1:30pm
Use your imagination, let it guide you to the surroundings of the displaced and understand their plight.
Barefoot Walk + Capture a Moment in South Sudan: $6,000 (Include 10 members per team, family members of staff participants are welcome)

To register, please follow this link

Application Deadline: 2 February 2018

About World Vision: World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.

Run for Survival 2018

21 Jan

Be a Conservation Hero and brace up to the challenges
Get rid of plastics to stand up for the oceans

Join Run for Survival, all donations raised will be used to support Asian wildlife conservation efforts of the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong.


Run For Survival is open to the public, and includes a 10km Time Challenge race and 3km Fun Run. There are fascinating checkpoints on race court as well as game booths filled with conservation elements.

Date: Sunday, 4 March 2017

Time: 9am – 2pm

Place: Hong Kong Science Park

Price: Register before 22 January and benefit from the early bird discount

Plus
The first 600 individual/family registrations will receive an umbrella dryer case
The first 200 registrants of 10km Time Challenge will receive a pair of Xtenex shoelaces
The first 200 registrants of 3km Fun Run will receive an Aimore sports bottle
All participants will receive a Truegrasses A4 folder

Register now by following this link

About Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong: OPCFHK is committed to advocating, facilitating and participating in effective conservation of Asian wildlife, with an emphasis on Chinese white dolphins and giant pandas, as well as their habitats through partnerships, fundraising, research and education. It envisions a world where Asian wildlife remains biologically diverse under the stewardship of humans, corporations and governments.

Since its expansion in 2005, OPCFHK has allocated over $80 million to fund 479 research projects on cetaceans, giant pandas and many other species. In 2015/16, OPCFHK is funding three key projects to monitor and understand the population and habitat of Chinese white dolphins, whilst continuing the operation of the Marine Mammal Stranding Response Team in Hong Kong and providing samples to local universities and the Chinese White Dolphin DNA Bank in China, in order to develop an effective conservation plan for the species. Giant panda conservation efforts were extended from infrastructure rebuilding after earthquake to conservation study, capacity building and habitat restoration in the three provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu. It also inspires university students to engage in field work as part of its University Student Sponsorship Programme in Wildlife Conservation, and connects secondary school students as well as corporations to horseshoe crab conservation efforts in Hong Kong through the rearing and fostering programme.

Hong Kong Sports Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability

20 Jan

Hong Kong Sports Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability was founded in 1978 by a group of professionals who wanted to serve persons with intellectual disability (ID).

As the only organisation in Hong Kong offering sports activities to persons with intellectual disability, HKSAPID today has over a hundred agency members and thousands of registered athletes and participants.

HKSAPID became the official member of The International Federation for Intellectual Impairment Sport (INAS) in 1996. In Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, their athletes won the gold and silver medals in table tennis women’s singles and women’s long jump respectively; a silver medal was also attained in table tennis demonstration in Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. The swimming and athletics teams also achieved prominent results in competitions around the world. After 12 years, ID athletes are finally re-included in the Paralympics and 7 local ID athletes gained the qualification slots to the London 2012 Paralympics. They competed with worldwide elites in table tennis and swimming and won 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.

HKSAPID athletes won 1 gold and 1 bronze medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Swimmer TANG Wai Lok broke his personal best and the Paralympic Records with 01:56:32 in Class S14 Men’s 200m Freestyle and won the first-ever gold medal in swimming for Hong Kong.

What you can do to help:
The Hong Kong Sports Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability endeavors to promote social inclusion and spread the message of community partnership through the development of volunteer services.

HKSAPID organizes different kinds of sports activities for persons with intellectual disability (ID), aiming to fully develop their potential in sports, to cultivate a positive attitude in sportsmanship and to facilitate their integration into our community. They are most grateful to have the passionate support of their volunteers who contribute greatly to their activities.

HKSAPID provides training and development programmes as well as other social activities for their volunteers in order to enhance their understanding towards persons with intellectual disability and their sense of belongings. To recognize the contribution of their volunteers, all registered volunteers will be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation based on their hours committed.

HKSAPID welcomes those who are interested to serve intellectual disabled athletes to join them as their volunteer! Interested parties can complete the Volunteer Registration Online Form (Chinese Version only) and return to HKSAPID. For enquiries, please contact Mr. Ben Cheung at 2161 9505.

PathFinders

15 Jan

PathFinders Limited is an independent, secular and non-partisan humanitarian services organisation with tax-exempt charitable status in Hong Kong.

Since their founding in 2008, PathFinders has helped over 4,800 of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable babies, children and migrant women. Over 10% of the children Pathfinders has served would, but for PathFinders, have been at extreme risk of abuse, neglect, even trafficking.

Mission
To ensure that the most vulnerable children born in Hong Kong, and their migrant mothers, are respected and protected.

Vision
For all children to be respected and protected.

Values
PathFinders’ approach is non-judgmental, respectful, passionate, courageous, empathetic, discreet and collaborative.

Why does Hong Kong need PathFinders?
The babies, children and women that PathFinders help are either not supported, or are inadequately supported, by Hong Kong’s existing public welfare, healthcare and access to justice structures. In effect, they fall through the cracks of Hong Kong’s otherwise world class social welfare safety nets.

Who does PathFinders help?
PathFinders helps pregnant, migrant women (principally current or former foreign domestic workers) in distress and their Hong Kong-born children. Despite legal protections, too many of these women are unlawfully fired once their pregnancy is announced or discovered. In 2016, 88% of the fathers were in Hong Kong. Once their employment is terminated, these pregnant women immediately become homeless. Within two weeks they lose access to all public welfare support. Now destitute, they and their babies are among the most vulnerable and underserved people in Hong Kong.

What you can do to help
Volunteer: PathFinders is looking for motivated and passionate volunteers to help vulnerable children and their migrant mothers. Join PathFinders to make a unique and valuable contribution to our community. How you can help:
* Workshop Facilitator
* Supplies Coordinator
* Outreach Ambassador
To learn more about PathFinders’ stories, services, and other volunteer opportunities, to their Meet and Greet volunteer workshop.

Check out the calendar by following this link and sign up for PathFinders’ upcoming events. Join PathFinders to make a difference!


Donate Supplies: PathFinders collect and distribute pre-loved and new baby supplies to migrant mothers and children who desperately need our support. PathFinders gladly accepts donations of the following items for distribution to their clients:
* Newborn and children’s clothes (size up to 2 years)
* Baby blankets
* Baby carriers, baby slings and wraps
* Disposable diapers (up to 1yrs/11kg)
* Lightweight foldable pushchairs (See our ‘Pushchairs for PathFinders‘ collection campaign!)
* Baby milk formula (newborn to 1 yr) – expired baby food is not accepted.
* Maternity clothes
Please ensure that all donated items are dry, clean and in good condition.
Include your name, telephone number and email address inside each of your donation bags/boxes.

Drop Off Locations
PathFinders’ Office – Unit 2D, Worldwide Centre, 123 Tung Chau Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon (Map)
(Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm)
Volunteer’s Home – C4, 101 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong (contact tel: 60441268 or victoria@pathfinders.org.hk to organise drop off)