“Be” Gala Dinner

Kids4Kids is celebrating 10 years of empowering kids. Their footprint in the community continues to grow and to date, Kids4Kids has engaged with over 300 schools, 20,000 volunteers and 50% of students participating in their programs are from low resourced families.

The future has never been so uncertain for the young generation and Kids4Kids programs create a journey of opportunities for young people to be transformed with self-confidence, learn adaptable life skills, be more socially connected in the community.

Support Kids4Kids by joining Kids4Kids at their “Be” 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner celebration on Saturday, 20 March 2021 at Mariott Hotel, Ocean Park. Kids4Kids has planned a series of virtual events to share the transformation journeys of students whom they serve.

Date: Saturday, 20 March,2021

Time: 6-10:30PM

Place: Mariott Hotel, Ocean Park

Price: Table sponsorship ranges from $60,000-$40,000, Friends Seat $4,500

If you wish to sponsor or make a donation, please follow this link

For more information, please call 3618 6810 or email info@kids4kids.org.hk

About Kids4Kids: Kids4Kids envisions a future where all young people are empowered to be changemakers with the belief that they are never too young to change the world.

Kids4Kids nurtures changemakers through reimagining ways of learning and rethinking social expectations, galvanizing youth to work together, and connecting individuals with communities.

Volunteer with Make-A-Wish Hong Kong

More than a Wish, from wish catching to wish effect, it is a Wish Journey! For 20 years since their establishment, Make-A-Wish Hong Kong has walked through many unique Wish Journeys with nearly 2,000 children with critical illnesses and their families. A Wish Journey brings them physical and emotional benefits, empowering them to embrace what comes next. For both our Wish children and their families, this experience is impactful and unforgettable.

Make-A-Wish Hong Kong has a number of volunteer opportunities: From Wish Catching/Wish Planning (requires mandatory training) to participating in fundraising events and children’s activities to assisting in general office work etc., there is something for everyone.

Register: If you would like to volunteer, please follow this link and complete and submit the form.

For more information, please call 3101 9688 or email info@makeawish.org.hk

About Make-A-Wish Hong Kong: Make-A-Wish Hong Kong’s mission is to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses aged 3 and 17 to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To date, Make-A-Wish Hong Kong has transformed nearly 2,000 children’s lives. Make-A-Wish Hong Kong is dedicated to making every eligible child’s wish come true.

Room to Read: Invest in education and spread hope

Room to Read invites you to join them in IMAGINING and help spread hope this Christmas!

What do you imagine for the future of our children? Our future scientists, doctors, entrepreneurs, environmentalists and teachers. Imagine a child not learning because they have no access to the internet, a computer or a mobile phone. Imagine a child not learning because their parents cannot support them as they are illiterate and had very little education themselves. Imagine a teenage girl who has big dreams but cannot return to school because she will be financially supporting her family and will be getting married soon. And now imagine the smile on a child’s face as they imagine someone believing and investing in their future.

Show your support for future leaders around the world by investing in education TODAY. A group of generous donors will MATCH every gift, to a total of USD $50,000!

HKD $195 will facilitate distance learning for one child for a whole year

HKD $113 will support one girl through phone-based or online mentoring & life skills lessons so she can continue her studies at home

Your gift will give hope and opportunity to children who are fighting for their right to an education with help from Room to Read‘s Literacy & Girls’ Education Program.

Don’t miss this early chance to make your gift go twice as far and open doors for children around the world.

Donate: To donate, please follow this link

For more information, please email asia.pacific@roomtoread.org

About Room to Read: The vision of the Hong Kong Chapter is to share the work of Room to Read with Hong Kong residents and businesses. The Hong Kong Chapter supports Room to Read‘s belief that education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty and will focus our goals to help provide access to education to millions of children.

Volunteering with the Hong Kong Chapter is not only a great way to help further Room to Read’s mission but also an opportunity to develop new skills and make connections with like-minded individuals.

Christmas cards, gifts etc.

Normally at this time of the year there are a host of fundraising Christmas bazaars and fairs to go to where one can buy Christmas cards, scoop up the perfect gift, all benefitting different charities in and around Hong Kong. Not this year. Because of the pandemic, all these events have been cancelled. Here are two suggestions for you is you are looking for cards to send to relatives that you won’t see this year or a special gift for that special person in your life.

Cards, gift wrap, gifts to order: The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children whose mission is to support medical, surgical, rehabilitation and educational services to differently-abled children in Hong Kong produces beautifully designed cards in both Western and Chinese designs, gift wrap and gifts each year that can be ordered. Please follow this link to their digital catalogue.

The Bookstore, St. John’s Cathedral: At this time of the year, The Bookstore at St. John’s Cathedral on Garden Road stocks a wide variety of Christmas Cards from various charities. In addition to books, cards and gifts, The Bookstore also offers the largest selection of Fair Trade products in Hong Kong. From coffee and tea to chocolate and nuts. Opening Hours are
Monday to Saturday: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday & Public Holiday: Closed

Shop now and give to charity!

Volunteer with Hong Kong Unison

Hong Kong Unison is a non-governmental organization focused on serving ethnic minority Hong Kong residents and their families. Unison works on helping the ethnic minority citizens of Hong Kong fight back against racial discrimination and inequality. Their services include promoting racial harmony and cultural sensitivity in schools, planning career guidance programmes and providing scholarships for minority students who hoping to pursue further education.

What you can do to help: Volunteers are viewed as hugely important members of the organisation. Opportunities cover a range of activities, from office administration to event assistance.

To apply online, please follow this link

For more information, visit unison.org.hk
Or call 2789 3246; email info@unison.org.hk

Volunteer with SoCO

The Society for Community Organization (SoCO) was formed in 1971 by a group of clergymen and people who cared for Hong Kong’s development and campaigned for a fair and just social system. Through the promotion of civil rights and the organization of the affected people, they promoted respect for those people’s rights and equality for all members of society.

Top view of a cube dweller homeOver 40 years later, Hong Kong is regarded as one of the richest cities in the world. However, lurking beneath this prosperity is great wealth inequality and a forgotten group of poor people. Hundreds of thousands of people still live in caged homes and wood-partitioned cubicles, while the unemployed, newly arrived families from China and children in poverty struggle for survival. The underprivileged who SoCO support are increasing in numbers – while the city’s wealth continues to accumulate.

SoCO logoFaced with rapid changes in society, SoCO continuously works together with grassroots people to fight for a reasonable livelihood by upholding the principles of “equality for everybody,” “promotion of civil rights” and “implementing justice.” SoCO will continue to soldier on with the underprivileged and hope more people will join forces with them to safeguard human rights and the rule of law, thus enabling the development of a caring and just society.

Vision and Mission: In the coming years, SoCO will the grassroots in supporting them fight for their rights and social justice. By doing so, SoCO hopes that they can realize their common dream of making “all members of human family equal”.

top view of a Hong Kong tiny homeTarget Group: Grassroots people are struggling day in and day out to keep their head above water. These deprived cannot enjoy our economic success and they are socially discriminated. They have been snubbed and have fallen into oblivion. Standing in the line of underprivileged are caged lodgers, tenants with financial difficulties and living in appalling conditions, aged singletons, street-sleepers, ex-offenders, mentally ill patients, ethnic minorities, non-documented mothers of split families, families made up of new immigrants, patients and their families, Hong Kong residents being detained at the Mainland, etc. They are SoCO’s serving targets.

What you can do to help: Become a SoCO Volunteer
In being part of SoCO, you are helping to make a real difference to people living below the poverty line. With your support, there would be a saving of overall cost, enable resources to be used on people that are the focus of SoCO’s attention.

Volunteer Services:
Underprivileged Children Assistance
Providing support for children from underprivileged families via tutoring sessions and individual counseling.

Inadequate Housing Assistance
Providing home improvement to student housing and other aspects of home improvement

Office Work
Assist in mail handling, filing, data input in Chinese and English, translation, etc.

Other Services
Support SoCO’s fundraising activities.

Enrol Now: Please download and complete the relevant application form, return the completed form by fax to 2761 3326, or email soco@pacific.net.hk or by post to the following address
Society for Community Organization, 52 Princess Margaret Road, 3/F, Homantin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Volunteer Application Form (Individual)
Volunteer Application Form (Group)
Child Mentorship Scheme Mentor’s Application Form
Community Learning Centre Teacher’s Application Form

10th Annual One Hike for OneSky – 7 Nov

OneSky unlocks the vast potential hidden in our world’s vulnerable young children, by creating and implementing simple, replicable early learning programs that provide nurturing responsive care, transforming the lives of thousands of at-risk children every day, and ensuring that those most in need have a second chance at childhood.

Celebrate with OneSky on 7 November 2020 (Saturday) for their 10th Annual One Hike for OneSky.

Many of OneSky’s supporters have walked with them through all these years raising crucial funds which have helped train over 43k caregivers, changing the lives of over 209k children in China, Vietnam and Mongolia.

And in May this year, with the opening of the P. C. Lee OneSky Global Centre for Early Childhood Development in Hong Kong, OneSky hopes to raise more crucial funds supporting their new regional training hub for global best practices in early childhood care and education (ECCE), scaling the reach of their work across Hong Kong and Asia, ensuring even more vulnerable children have an equal start in life.

Don’t miss this special day!

Date: Saturday, 7 November 2020

Time: 10:30am – 2:30pm

Featuring three different trails (3.8 km, 7.7 km and 10.5 km) at the beautiful MacLehose Trail, there is something for everyone, whether a beginner or an advanced hiker.

Each registered participant will receive an OneSky T-shirt, an official OneSky e-Certificate of Appreciation and a medal. There are 600 spots available on a first come first serve basis.

To register, please follow this link to Eventbrite

For more information, please follow this link and complete the Contact Me form.

About OneSky: OneSky unlocks the vast potential hidden in our world’s vulnerable young children. OneSky creates and implements simple, replicable early learning programs that provide nurturing responsive care, transforming the lives of thousands of at-risk children every day, and ensuring that those most in need have a second chance at childhood. Since 1998, OneSky has trained more than 43,000 caregivers and directly impacted more than 200,000 children in China, Mongolia and Vietnam.

Christian Action’s 3-Legged Charity Walk – 26 Sept

Christian Action's 3-Legged Charity Walk banner
As we head towards the fall, the charity walk and run season is almost upon us. Here is one of the first, a great one involving all the family and benefitting Christian Action!

The 3-Legged Charity Walk provides participants with a unique opportunity to overcome obstacles, cooperating with others, and learn about the various challenges faced by children with disabilities or from low-income families.

You will not only enjoy the beautiful outdoor scenery at The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club, but you will also have the opportunity, through role-playing exercises and various tailor-made experiential workshops, to learn about the difficulties faced by our children. This will be a wonderful and meaningful weekend event that you don’t want to miss.

Date: Saturday, 26 September 2020

Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm

Place: The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club

Support by Participation:
Double (2) – $700 minimum donation
Family/Team (4) – $1,200 minimum donation
Corporate Team (10) – $4,000 minimum donation
For more information and to register, please follow this link

For enquiries, call 2716 8862 or email charitywalk@christian-action.org.hk

About Christian Action: Christian Action was established in 1985 as a Hong Kong registered charitable organization with a mission to serve those who are disadvantaged, marginalized, displaced or abandoned.

Christian Action‘s Centre for Refugees was established in 2004, and is the first and only community centre for refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong. Each month, Christian Action provides 600 vulnerable families and individuals with hot meals, clothing, shelter and other basic necessities. Christian Action also helps parents get their children into a school through their sponsorship programme, and make ways for adults to learn new skills. Christian Action provides caseworkers, advocacy support, counsellors, and referrals for medical support and legal assistance and raises funds for housing and other necessities.

The Corona Monologues – 29 Aug

Hong Kong has been through A LOT! We have been stuck at homes that have never looked cleaner, and Zoomed with just about everyone from our boss to our bartender. While we have faced a number of challenges and disruptions, this time has also provided us with the space to reflect on ourselves and find out some interesting truths about who we are.

To showcase the global commonality of our experiences, the Hong Kong Players is collaborating with the community and are putting together a series of performance, entitled ‘The Corona Monologues’ to be performed in online for all to join.

ALL proceeds raised from this performance will be donated to support HandsOn‘s relief efforts – tickets are $100, $200 or $500 and there is no limit to how many you can purchase (with all sales being donated).

Date: Saturday, 29 August 2020

Time: 7pm

Place: In front of your computer/smartphone

Price: $100, $200 or $500 and there is no limit to how many you can purchase. Just follow this link to EventBrite

About HandsOn: HandsOn Hong Kong mobilizes and empowers our community to meet pressing social needs in Hong Kong through volunteer services.

About Hong Kong Players: The Hong Kong Players is a dynamic, non-profit community theatre company in Hong Kong. As one of Hong Kong’s oldest running theatre companies, Hong Kong Players is passionate about serving the community through the power of theatre.

UNICEF Emergency Response to explosion in Beirut

Photograph of child bombing victum in Beirut
© UNICEF/UNI356311/Amro/AFP

A massive explosion ripped through the Lebanese capital of Beirut on August 4, and the mushroom-shaped blast left hundreds dead and 5,000 injured. It smashed and destroyed buildings, hospitals, schools across the city, leaving over 300,000 people without homes.

UNICEF is utmost concerned that children among the casualties are traumatized from bereavement and the events they witnessed.

To mitigate, UNICEF is on the ground and working with their child protection partner to provide psycho-social support to affect children across the city.

But the catastrophe in Beirut only adds to what has already been a terrible crisis for the people of Lebanon, they have been facing deteriorating economic challenges since 2019 and followed by COVID-19 outbreak which has left them in despair.

Your immediate and generous help is needed to provide support to the people in Lebanon. Your donation will:
– provide psycho-social support to children and their families to overcome the difficult times
– offer medical supplies to injured children and their families
– rebuild the community in long run

Donate: Donate NOW by following this link.

About UNICEF Hong Kong: 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.