Pink Walk for Breast Health without boundaries

Pink Together 2020 banner
Celebrating their 15th anniversary this year, Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation (HKBCF) proudly presents “Pink Together 2020” this October – a first ever virtual charity event to enhance public awareness of breast cancer in a territory-wide scale.

Pink Walk for Breast Health, the annual walkathon has reached over 2,000 participants at the Victoria Peak every year. As the social distancing measures are still in place, HKBCF is remodelling this annual fundraising event to virtual base — Pink Together 2020.

Pink Together 2020 provides wellness aficionados and the public who wish to give support to the local breast cancer community an opportunity to exercise for a good cause and spreading this goodwill to family and friends. Participants can choose their own sports activities, including walking, running, hiking, yoga, push-up, etc. and upload their record to the event platform.

Anywhere, anytime, any pace without boundaries!

Like past years, HKBCF will present a number of awards to top individual and group for their dedicated support:
– Best Dressed Pink Award for Individual, Group and Pet
– Highest Fundraiser for Individual, Group and Corporate
– Highest Participants

Of these, the Best Dressed Pink Award is the highlight. Participants are free to submit entries by uploading contestant photos on Social Media Platform with #bestdressedpink #pinktogether2020 #hkbcf @hkbcf_official.

Act now, join “Pink Together 2020” and show your support!

Date: Anytime within October 2020

Time: Anytime of day

Place: Anywhere you want

Categories:
1. Individual ($350 minimum donation)
2. Team
a) Small/Family Team ($350 minimum donation per participant)
b) Organisation/ Corporate ($350 minimum donation per participant)
c) Large Team ($300 minimum donation per participant)
d) School (Students, Teachers & Staff) ($200 minimum donation per participant)

Enroll Now: To enroll, please follow this link

About Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation: Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation was founded on 8 March 2005, as a non-profit charitable organisation dedicated to mitigating the threat of breast cancer to the local community through education, support and research & advocacy. Its mission is to promote public awareness of breast cancer and the importance of breast health; support breast cancer patients on their road to recovery and advocate better breast cancer care in Hong Kong.

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre

Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre logoMaggie Keswick Jencks was the co-founder, alongside Charles Jencks, of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. Maggie was a writer, a landscape designer, a painter and a mother of two.

In May 1993, Maggie was told that her breast cancer had recurred and spread to her bones, liver and brain. When asked, her Dumfries oncologist gave her two to three months to live. By joining a trial involving advanced chemotherapy Maggie extended her life by a further 18 months and it was in this time that her idea for a cancer caring centre was born.

Maggie spent her younger years living in China and Hong Kong with her parents. Together they set up the Keswick Foundation in Hong Kong to support pilot projects addressing areas in the medical and social systems that need review.

In 2005, the Keswick Foundation approached Maggie’s UK to pioneer the implementation of the first Maggie’s outside of the UK. In 2008 Maggie’s Hong Kong opened their temporary centre and in 2013 Maggie’s Hong Kong were proud to relocate into their permanent, purpose-built centre designed by Frank Gehry.

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre offers multi-professional services to anyone diagnosed with cancer, their family members, Photo of Marrige's Cancer Caring Centrefriends or carers. Maggie’s Centre is based in Tuen Mun Hospital, within walking distance from its oncology department. All of Maggie’s services are offered free of charge. These include Information & Practical Support, Emotional & Psychosocial Support, Relaxation & Stress Management, all within warm and welcoming spaces.

Maggie’s aim is to help people equip themselves with effective ways to face and cope with a cancer diagnosis, treatments, and psychological, informational, and emotional impacts of cancer. The welcoming, home-like environment of Maggie’s Centre is part of Maggie’s integrated ethos. The comfortable setting allows you to be yourself, not a hospital patient.

Although the Hong Kong Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre has currently suspended face-to-face activities due to the Coronavirus outbreak, phone and email consultation is still being provided and online workshops and programmes are also available.

How You Can Help
Fundraise: Set for yourselves a target and ask your friends, colleagues and relatives to support you with a donation to Maggie’s Centre. You can organise your own event such as hiking challenge, marathon, music jam session or cake baking to support people touched by cancer.

Action now and look at Maggie’s “Fundraise for us” leaflet for more details.

Volunteer: You can support Maggie’s in a very direct way by helping them as a volunteer.

Maggie’s regular fundraising events and projects always need ‘hands on deck’ to make everything run smoothly. You can also get involved at Maggie’s Centre by looking after the beautiful garden, sorting the library area, or helping with different administration work. By volunteering, you can become a vital part of Maggie’s!

To get involved simply fill out their volunteer registration form.

For more information please email info@maggiescentre.org.hk or call 2465-6006

One last word before Christmas…give generously

This will be the last blog post of the year. As we dive into the Festive Season, spare a thought for those less fortunate. With the continued social unrest, it’s been a particularly difficult year for nonprofits to raise funds with many fundraising events either postponed or cancelled. They need your help more than ever.

So please spare a thought for them and donate generously. The organisations listed under Volunteer Opportunities on this blog would welcome your donations.

Happy Holidays, posts will resume in the New Year!

Winter Charity Bazaar benefitting HK Breast Cancer Foundation 14 Dec


The Hive Spring invites you to a Christmas Charity Bazaar organized in collaboration with the German Speaking Ladies for the benefits of Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation! Whether you‘re looking to shop for a good cause or searching for last-minute gifts, their charity marketplace has got you covered. Join with your friends and family for a day of festive fun!

Date: Saturday, 14 December 2019

Time: 10am – 6pm

Place: The Hive Spring, 3/F, Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Wong Chuk Hang

Price: Free, to attend please register here

About Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation : Founded in 2005, the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation (HKBCF) is the first non-profit organisation dedicated to mitigating the threat of breast cancer in the local community through education, patient support, research and advocacy.

Women of Hope Fundraising Luncheon 2019


The Women of Hope (WOH) was established in 2014 to recognise Hong Kong’s influential women who tirelessly champion the calls for social justice for women, children and our community, as well as those who astound our city with their ability to create, inspire and offer hope to all, both at home and abroad.

On Friday 17th May, 2019 The Women Of Hope Awards Fundraiser Luncheon will be held at JW Marriott, Admiralty. All proceeds raised from this event will help further the work and reach of the HKAHF’s Cancer Fund, by helping the sick who do not have the financial means and immediate access to high cost treatment (such as PET, CT scans or MRIS and breast screening – mammograms) and also allow them the use of the Adventist Hospital Oncology Centre.

Date: Friday, 17 May 2019

Time: 11am – 2:30pm

Place: JW Marriott Ballroom, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

Price: HK$35,000 / HK$25,000 per table
HK$2,500 per seat

To register and purchase tickets, please follow this link.

Dress Code: Business Attire

About Hong Kong Adventist Hospital Foundation: Hong Kong Adventist Hospital Foundation’s Charity Outreach Programs were set up to support financially disadvantaged patients from around the region. Their mission is to assist and support those people whose quality of life could be dramatically improved by medical treatment, yet lack the financial capacity to even consider seeking proper help. Through the Outreach Programs, they have been able to contribute to the society and have helped to restoring joy and happiness to families that have been plagued by ongoing suffering, pain, and uncertainty.

HKAHF’s Charity Outreach Programs are a multi-faceted care service, providing assistance through financial contributions and is complementary to support the public sector. HKAHF depends on your generous and kind support to extend its life-changing initiatives.

Charity Outreach Programs include:
– Adventist Heart Fund
– Cancer Fund
– Children’s Hearing Fund
– Children’s Medical Fund
– Children’s Orthopaedic Fund
– Eye Fund
– Otological Service Fund
– General Medical Fund
– Medical Fund
– Development Fund
– Healthy Lifestyle Fund

Pink Disco – Bollywood Dance for Breast Cancer


Come join the PINK DISCO on Saturday 13th October to support the fight against breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in Hong Kong, a Bollywood dance workshop has been organized to raise awareness, funds, and contribute what we can towards the cure of this disease. Early detection saves lives, so let’s dance against breast cancer, together!

The dance class will be led by Hanisha Gianani and Yuvraj Parwal, and 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation.

Organised by: Roshini Mehta and Bharisha Mirpuri

About the instructors:
Hanisha is a Bollywood dance choreographer, YouTuber and founder of Ek 2 Three – a dance company that creates fun, sparkling dances inspired by Bollywood cinema. Check out her YouTube channel here:www.youtube.com/c/hanishagianani

Yuvraj is a Bollywood dancer and choreographer who has worked and performed alongside several professional artists. In 2017, he won the Hong Kong spotlight edition of Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa.

About Breast Cancer Awareness month:
October is globally known as ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’, or the PINK month. It’s a worldwide annual campaign to highlight the importance of breast health awareness, education and research against breast cancer. Although breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among women, 86% of breast cancer cases are curable if detected early enough.

Breast Cancer in Hong Kong:
* Breast cancer has become the most common cancer affecting women in HK since 1993
* Female breast cancer cases diagnosed in Hong Kong has tripled from 1152 in 1993 to 3900 in 2015
* On average, about 10 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every day
* The median age of breast cancer patients was 56 in HK, compared with 62 in US, 60 in Australia
* Lifetime breast cancer risk for females is 1 in every 16. In 2015, 55% of women diagnosed with breast cancer were ages 40-59. The older the age, the greater the risk.
* Young people are not immune from the disease. The youngest case reported was below 20 years old
Source: The Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation

Date: Saturday 13 October 2018

Time: 5-7pm

Place: Steam Studio & Cafe, Sheung Wan

Price: $200 per person – 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to the HK Breast Cancer Foundation
For more information and to buy tickets, please follow this link to Eventbrite

Dress code: PINK of course, and comfortable shoes/trainers are advised

Official hashtag: #pinkdisco2018

About Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation: The Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation (HKBCF) was set up on 8 March 2005, as a non-profit charitable organisation dedicated to mitigating the threat of breast cancer to the local community through education, patient support and research & advocacy. The HKBCF is operated by Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation Limited.

Mission:
* Promote public awareness of breast cancer and the importance of breast health
* Support breast cancer patients on their road to recovery
* Advocate better breast cancer care in Hong Kong

Run PinkRun.HK & promote breast cancer awareness

PinkRun.HK (formerly known as Pink Heels Race) is an annual charitable event organized by Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry (named as ‘The Registry’ in the below) It aims to promote knowledge and risk awareness of hereditary breast, ovarian and prostate cancers caused by BRCA gene mutation, and also to raise fund for supporting the underserved high-risk families by undergoing BRCA testing and genetic counseling services in the community.

Pink 5K Run has been held for the third year already, the route of Pink 5K Run is with narrow steps, uphills and downhills path, and even stairs; symbolizes the path face by the cancer patients and their families is also full of difficulties and challenges. However, such tough and painful route could be overcome with the support of the community.

Pink Family 1K Run is a newly-added race event in 2018, through this fun-filled parent-kid running activity, aiming to enhance knowledge and arouse the awareness of hereditary breast, ovarian and prostate cancers caused by BRCA gene mutation in families; also to inject some positive energy to the patients and their family members.

Pink Heels Race is one of the iconic races of The Registry. Apart from those typical OL always in high heels joining this race, there were even muscular men showing their elegant side, and also the happy & sweet family team. All of them enjoyed the race a lot and had lots of fun!

Date: 11 November 2018

Time:
Pink Family 1K Run 10:00am – 10:30am
Pink 5K Run 10:30am – 11:30am
Pink Heels Race 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Charity Booths 11:30am – 4:00pm

Place: Stanley Main Street
For more information on race requirements, routes, enrollment fees etc. please follow this link.

For enquiries please email enquiry@pinkrun.hk or call (852) 3155 6500 (Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00)

About Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry: Established in 2007, Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry is the only and first-ever charitable organization dedicated to help the high-risk families who have hereditary risk of breast, ovarian and prostate cancer due to BRCA gene mutations. They also aim to advance and standardize clinical care by formulating preventative measures through data collection, research, public education, counseling and supportive care services in reducing the incidence of hereditary cancers in Chinese population. The Registry now has the largest database and biobank of hereditary breast cancers specimens in Chinese which would facilitate better understanding research of the disease locally and worldwide. The Registry has raised funds for financing the underserved high-risk families in the community to undergo genetic testing and counseling and has benefited over 2,000 families up to now.

The 5th Race with Pink Heels

heelsYou into heels? How about Pink ones? How about running in Pink Heels?

pink heelsRace with Pink Heels is an annual charitable event organized by Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry. It aims to promote knowledge and risk awareness of hereditary breast, ovarian and prostate cancers caused by BRCA gene mutation, and also to raise fund for supporting the underserved high-risk families by undergoing BRCA testing and genetic counseling services in the community.

slide_4Participants are required to wear a pair of heels, 2-inch or below, with pink ornaments. The race course is 100 meters long at Stanley Main Street. There are 3 Race categories: Individual Challenge, Quadrathlon Team Race and Fun Race. “The Champion Award” is awarded for each game. For raising public awareness of hereditary breast cancer, all participants are welcome to put on pink accessories as support to the event. “The Best Costume Award” & “Top Fundraiser Award” is available for contending.

Date: Sunday, 22 November 2015

Time: 12 6pm

Location: Stanley Main Street, Hong Kong

For more information about the race, entry requirements and prizes awarded please follow this link to their website

hbcf_logoAbout the Organisers: Established in 2007, Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry is the only and first-ever charitable organization dedicated to help the high-risk families who have hereditary risk of breast, ovarian and prostate cancer due to BRCA gene mutations. They also aim to advance and standardize clinical care by formulating preventative measures through data collection, research, public education, counseling and supportive care services in reducing the incidence of hereditary cancers in Chinese population.

The Registry now has the largest database and biobank of hereditary breast cancers specimens in Chinese which would facilitate better understanding research of the disease locally and worldwide. THE REGISTRY has raised funds for financing the underserved high-risk families in the community to undergo genetic testing and counseling and has benefited over 1,000 families up to now.

World Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong

WCRF HKWorld Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong is a unique charity dedicated to the prevention of cancer through the promotion of healthy diet and nutrition, physical activity and weight management. WCRF HK is committed to providing cancer research and education programmes which expand understanding of the importance of food and lifestyle choices in the cancer process. WCRF HK’s unique strength lies in the World Cancer Research Fund global network, an international alliance of national member charities backed by cancer, nutrition and lifestyle experts from around the world.

WCRF HK  guidelines-circlesWCRF HK’s work in Hong Kong began in 2002 when they set up their local office and began working with the Department of Health to produce a series of cancer prevention publications to benefit the general public of Hong Kong. WCRF HK was invited to join the Department of Health’s Cancer Expert Working Group (CEWG) in 2003 and has contributed expertise on cancer prevention and helped the government formulate guidelines on cancer prevention for public health in Hong Kong since then. WCRF HK’s Recommendations for Cancer Prevention were largely endorsed in the Report of the CEWG published in 2005. The CEWG is currently reviewing and updating the guidelines for cancer prevention.

wcrf hk 3Their Mission: A goal of WCRF HK is to inform and educate men, women and children on the prevention of disease and the importance of healthy diets and lifestyles, especially in view of Asia’s dramatically changing food pattern in recent years and the lessons learned from SARS. Since 2002, WCRF HK has been actively working with the HK Department of Health and the local health community to promote their cancer prevention message through different education materials, seminars, campaigns and programmes. While WCRF HK continues to fund local scientific research looking into the relationship between food, nutrition and cancer, they also update local health professionals with the latest global scientific evidence on the role of diet and lifestyle in cancer prevention.

Volunteering: Become a Friend of WCRF HK by joining them as a volunteer! By volunteering for WCRF HK, you will be helping in the fight to prevent cancer here in Hong Kong and worldwide. Voluntary support enables WCRF HK to keep costs down, and hence allows them to spread them cancer prevention message further than would otherwise be possible.

Volunteer opportunities include:
– Fundraising events e.g. Beat the Banana! Charity Run
– Distributing promotional materials
– Office administration work
For further information please visit their website

8th “Beat the Banana!” Charity Run 2013

beat the bananaIf the thought of running after fruits brings a smile to your face, then this fundraising event is for you. Welcome to “Beat the Banana!” Charity Run a signature event held annually by World Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong (WCRF HK). The Run sees participants chase a life-sized banana with the aim of beating it across the finish line. The aim is the event helps promote the importance of physical activity and a healthy diet in reducing the risk of cancer in a fun and light-hearted way.
The 8th “Beat the Banana!” Charity Run will take place on Sunday, 17 March 2013 along the Tsimshatsui East Promenade.

Date: Sunday, 17 March 2013

Location: Tsimshatsui East Promenade

Category: 6km Elite Race (from 8am), 3km Fun Run (from 9am), WCRF HK-Wellcome 1km Kids Banana Run (from 10am)

Participating Classes: Individual (Adults, Kids/Students), Team (Family and Friends, Corporation, Schools)

Route:
WCRF HK-Wellcome 1km Kids Banana Run: HK Cultural Centre > Avenue of Stars > InterContinental Hong Kong > Back to HK Cultural Centre
3km Fun Run: HK Cultural Centre > Avenue of Stars > Tsimshatsui East Promenade > International Mail Centre > Back to HK Cultural Centre
6km Elite Race: A circular route twice the above 3km route

beat_the_bananaPlaces: Places are limited and on a first-come, first served basis

Registration Deadline: 31 January 2013 (Early Bird) / 3 March 2013 (Deadline)

So come out and have some fun!

About World Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong
WCRF HK is part of a global network of cancer charities dedicated to funding research and education that focus on the prevention of cancer through healthy food and nutrition, physical activity and weight management.

WCRF HK is a unique charity dedicated to the prevention of cancer through the promotion of healthy diet and nutrition, physical activity and weight management. WCRF HK is committed to providing cancer research and education programmes which expand our understanding of the importance of our food and lifestyle choices in the cancer process. Our unique strength lies in the World Cancer Research Fund global network, an international alliance of national member charities backed by cancer, nutrition and lifestyle experts from around the world.

Volunteering: Become a Friend of WCRF HK by joining as a volunteer! By volunteering for WCRF HK, you will be helping in the fight to prevent cancer here in Hong Kong and worldwide. Voluntary support enables WCRF HK to keep costs down, and hence allows them to spread their cancer prevention message further than would otherwise be possible.
Why volunteer for WCRF HK? You could:
– Meet new people
– Gain practical experience
– Develop skills
– Enhance your CV
– Be active in the community
– Give something back
– Gain confidence
– Have fun!

What can I help with? Here are a few ideas:
– Fundraising events e.g. Beat the Banana! Charity Run
– Distributing promotional materials
– Office administration work
For more information about volunteer opportunities, please visit their website