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12 April Literary Soirée with Nury Vittachi

Room to Read’s Hong Kong Chapter is delighted to host an event with Ellen de Muinck Keizer at the Residence of the Consul General of The Netherlands in Hong Kong.

Join Room to Read’s Hong Kong Chapter on Tuesday 12th April 2016, 5:00pm-7:30pm to meet fellow booklovers and to be entertained and inspired by the wit and erudition of Asia’s bestselling and occasionally subversive author and columnist, Nury Vittachi, as he shares his top five secrets on a successful creative life in Hong Kong.

This will also be an opportunity to hear about Room to Read (www.roomtoread.org), a global NGO that has brought the gift of literacy to 10 million children in low-income countries in Asia and Africa.

literarysoireeforliteracyinviteWine and canapés will be served and there will be a silent auction to raise funds for Room to Read‘s literacy programs.

Date: Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Time: 5:00 – 7:30pm

Location: Residence of the Consul General of The Netherlands, 24 Mount Cameron Road, The Peak, Hong Kong

Cost: $400 per person (LIMITED spaces)
Tto register, please follow this link.

* There will be limited parking available for guests at the residence.

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.

To 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 Room to Readto 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.

For more information please visit their website.

Barefoot Walk for Children

Chinese New Year is a time for reunion and celebration with new clothes, new shoes, festive food, and even traveling for a new beginning. Have you set new goals for the New Year? Why not start your New Year by participating in something unique and meaningful? You can bring wondrous blessings and laughter to the children afar in the conflict zone of South Sudan, by placing yourself in a South Sudanese experience in the charity barefoot walk.

barefootJoin the Spring Charity Barefoot Walk for Children on 28 February 2015 (Sat), and come with family, friends or team up with co-workers.

Since the civil war broke out in late 2013 in South Sudan, located in eastern Africa, over a million of people, half being vulnerable children, were displaced and forced to flee from home. To stay away from the fighting, many refugees live in hideous refugee camp and rely on food provided by relief agencies. The large number of refugees has put tremendous pressure on food supply. Many in starvation are struggling to survive with some even resort to eating tree leaves.

Barefoot-walkingThe funds that you raise, together with other donations received from World Vision famine activities will provide support to over 400,000 refugees of South Sudan, including the provision of food aid, water containers, children healthcare and more!

Bring hope to the children of South Sudan by walking barefoot and raising funds. See you there!

Date: 28 February 2015

Location: The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club

Individual or Family
Nine-hole Golf Course Route
Barefoot walk + Game Booths ── From the starting point, participant walks barefoot to the Nine-hole Golf Course covered in green pastures to experience the challenge deprived children are facing daily (duration is about 1.5 hours). After the walk, check out the educational game booths.
(Suitable for children from 3-12 years old)
Time: 10am to 2pm
Minimum Fundraising Amount: $400 for individual, $900 for each family
Available Spots: 1,200
(Suitable for children from 3-12 years old)

Refugee Life Experiential Route
Barefoot walk + Game Booths + Experiential workshops ── After the walk, join in the special workshop to experience the difficult life of South Sudanese children.
Time: 10am-3pm
Minimum Fundraising Amount: $600 for individual, $1,600 for each family
Available Spots: 300

Corporate or Organisation
“We are United” Route
Barefoot walk + Game Booths +Team building workshops ── After the walk, transform into South Sudanese refugees with your team in workshop, and learn about turbulent life in the midst of war.
Time: 10am-3pm
Minimum Fundraising Amount: $4,000 for each team
Available Spots: 50

Application Deadline: 30 January 2015
First come, first served
For more information please visit the World Vision website.

worldvision1About the charity: While on a trip to China in 1947, a young American reporter, Dr Bob Pierce, met Tena Hoelkedoer, a female missionary in Xiamen. She arranged for him to talk to some children there. On the last day, she brought with her a poor girl named Baiyu (meaning white jade). After hearing Pierce’s words, Baiyu told her father that she wanted to go to school. However, she was scolded, beaten and thrown out of her family. Pierce wanted to help this precious soul, so he gave Ms Tena all that he had which was just five dollars. Ms Tena used it to buy food and clothes for Baiyu and send her to school. She asked Pierce to send the same amount each month after returning home so that she could continue to look after Baiyu.

This encounter marked the turning point in Pierce’s life. In 1950, he founded World Vision, with the aim of helping poverty-stricken children around the world. That five dollars set the prototype of the child sponsorship programme. The first child sponsorship programme began a few years later in response to the needs of hundreds of thousands of orphans at the end of the Korean War in 1953. It was later extended to other Asian countries, and places such as Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Today, monthly contributions from child sponsors enable World Vision to provide impoverished children and their communities with access to clean water, nutritious food, healthcare, education, and economic opportunities, enabling them to become self-reliant. World Vision is a living tribute to Pierce’s work.

In 1962, Typhoon Wanda hit Hong Kong severely. World Vision distributed relief supplies in Hong Kong, and later set up its first field office in the territory. With the economic recovery in Hong Kong, World Vision Hong Kong turned itself into a fundraising office in 1982, supporting the relief and development work of World Vision offices world-wide. In 2010, the people of Hong Kong sponsored over 200,000 children living in poverty, helping to fund World Vision Hong Kong’s international long-term ‘Area Development Programmes’. World Vision Hong Kong also promotes public education, raising public awareness about global issues such as poverty, hunger, health and child rights.


orbisAttention runners! Looking for a challenge? Get ready for an adventure! Orbis Hong Kong invites runners to compete in the 2014 Great Ethiopian Run on 23rd November in the world’s third highest capital, Addis Ababa. Running 10 km at 10,000 feet above sea level, participants will help save the sight of Ethiopians at immediate risk from blindness due to trachoma.

An estimated 21 million Ethiopians, primarily women and children, suffer from trachoma, a highly infectious eye disease that is easily spread between infected and healthy eyes by flies, fingers or clothing. The infection thrives in areas where people have limited access to clean water and basic health care. Treatment with antibiotics or through increased environmental and lifestyle changes costs very little but contributes immeasurably to alleviating the epidemic and creating hope for a productive future.

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Date: 21st to 25th November 2014

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Travel costs: HK$25,000 (including event entry fee, visa application, round-trip economy class flight tickets, accommodation shared in twin room, local transportation, a fee for tour guide and dinners)

** Please note that the followings are not included in the package:
• All lunches
• Drinks
• Any additional cultural events with communities
• Photography costs
• Single room is subject to availability and additional cost based on quotation
• Additional visa fee may incur if you are holding a passport of nationality other than HKSAR

Fundraising target:
In addition to the travel costs, participants are required to raise at least HK$15,000 for Orbis. You can make use of the online fundraising platform at Orbis’s homepage: http://www.orbis.org/pages/create-an-online-fundraising-page-hk1 to share their initiatives and fundraising efforts with friends and relatives. The money will be used to support Orbis’s sight-saving projects conducted in Ethiopia. (Participants are required to make up the balance if the fundraising target cannot be met.)

Payment schedule:
Travel costs (HK$25,000): – HK$2,500 upon registration
– HK$22,500 by 31st August 2014
Donations (HK$15,000): – by 31st October 2014

About Orbis:
Orbis1ORBIS Hong Kong was established in early 90s when a group of impassioned individuals who shared the dream of a world free from preventable blindness came together to raise public awareness about eye care issues. That same year, three high-profile supporters donated US$14 million to fund the purchase of a DC-10 airplane to replace the existing DC-8 Flying Eye Hospital. The biggest of these supporters was leading local businessman Mr. Y.C. Ho, who generously donated US$7 million of the DC-10’s cost. He and his fellow donors’ extraordinary kindness succeeded in instantly raising awareness about ORBIS’s presence in Hong Kong and its worldwide sight-saving work.

Urgent Appeal: Help children affected by the Horn of Africa Food Crisis‏

With famine declared in southern Somalia, UNICEF is appealing for additional donations to deal with the growing crises in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

How You can help: Donate by clicking on this link to UNICEF Hong Kong.

Other ways of helping UNICEF
Volunteering: Did you know that UNICEF Hong Kong needs volunteers in various capacities to help them in their efforts? These include sorting the change from their Change for Good (CFG) Programme, help pack items for charity sales, general office support and so on. Visit their website for more information.