Tag Archives: Deprived Children

Become Team Members of Mission Bridge and help disadvantaged children

In May 2012, a group of friends visited a park in Yau Ma Tei called Saigon Street Playground. This simple visit changed their lives. They met children from different nationalities, from different socio-economic backgrounds (normal as well as single-parents, asylum seekers and refugees).

They observed the surrounding areas. Nearby, there were sex toy shops, places of massage/prostitution, people openly drinking alcohol, smoking on the streets, In public toilets, they saw used drug syringes.

They left this area feeling disheartened, wondering about the children of Yau-Tsim-Mong, questioning how a child’s development is affected by such living environments. People living in subdivided flats don’t have an easy life. For most of the youth in the area: the streets, the neighbouring parks, and video game centre are their second homes. All these underlying factors are contributing to the increased possibilities of the youth getting involved in triads, dropping out from schools, having unwanted pregnancies, and so on.

The following week they returned to the Saigon Street Playground, spending time with kids. They never stopped, and thus the Friday gatherings with the kids Mission Bridge “Connecting lives” and the charity Ultimate United was born. Until today, these Friday night gatherings have served over 400 children of over 20+ different nationalities.

Become a Team Member: All are welcome to join this humble cause, even if you just want to come and visit. And if you want to participate and you can’t be regular that’s also fine.

For enquiries and to sign up, please email vjkunited@gmail.com or call 9836 0405 (English) | 9811 4878 (Chinese)

About Ultimate United: Ultimate United was founded by Mr. Sharma, Vijay Partap and his wife Ms. Kung, Kit Ling in May 2012. The couple visited Saigon Street Playground in Yau Ma Tei for the first time, and met people with many different needs (street kids, broken families, refugees, etc.). With the hope to pass God’s love to the families around this park, they began to meet in Saigon Street Playground every Friday and have not missed a single week. The Friday night Kids Club is called Mission Bridge “Connecting lives”, with the aim to connect people and build a stronger and better society.

Visit UNSCHEDULED, support local art galleries benefitting HandsOn


Organised in response to these unprecedented times, UNSCHEDULED comes together as a showcase of Hong Kong galleries, organised by Hong Kong Art Gallery Association (HKAGA) and taking place from 17 to 27 June 2020 at Tai Kwun as the venue partner.

Coma (2019) by Aruta Soup
Courtesry of L + Lucie Chang Fine Arts

In light of the cancellation of the March art week, Art Basel Hong Kong, and Art Central, UNSCHEDULED strives to re-energise Hong Kong’s art scene. Neither a traditional art fair, nor a museum exhibition, UNSCHEDULED is a platform for selling and networking that will present solo exhibitions from HKAGA gallery members, with a focus on modern and contemporary art that has a connection to Asia. Upholding Hong Kong’s unique place as the art centre in Asia, UNSCHEDULED’s scope is rooted in a commitment to creativity emerging from the continent.

Mexican Wrestling Masks (2015) by Liu Bolin
Courtesy of Over the Influence

The exhibition will take place in the heritage-listed Duplex Studio in the Police Headquarters Block at Tai Kwun. A rigid, but free-flowing floorplan will be adopted in place of traditional art fair booth to create a decentralised and inclusive framework for the showcase.

The participating galleries are selected by an independent selection team comprised of established and internationally respected Hong Kong-based curators and artists, including Ying Kwok and Sara Wong. The organising committee is spearheaded by Willem Molesworth (de Sarthe) and Fabio Rossi (Rossi & Rossi) as HKAGA board members.

Temptation By Brush (2020) by Etsu Egami
Courtesy of Whitestone Gallery

A proportion of the proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to local charity partner HandsOn Hong Kong to support the relief efforts of those most affected by the impact of COVID-19.

Dates & Times:
Exhibition Period
Wednesday 17 June – Saturday 27 June, 2020

Press Preview
Wednesday 17 June, 2020; 11am – 12pm
Preview Day
Wednesday 17 June, 2020; 11am – 10pm
Public Days
Thursday 18 June – Friday 26 June, 2020; 12pm – 7pm
Closing Day
Saturday 27 June, 2020; 12 pm – 6 pm

Place: Duplex Studio, LG1/F & LG2/F, Block 01, Tai Kwun

Tickets:
Adult HK$80
Concessions (Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above and people with disabilities and their minders) HK$40
Under 12s free admission

For enquiries please call 3480 5051 or email info@hk-aga.org

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

COVID-19 Hong Kong Virtual Marathon

Get ready to run your own course at the FringeBacker COVID-19 Hong Kong Virtual Marathon. Choose your own challenge, from stretching your skills to a 42KM Full Marathon, 21KM Half Marathon, to trying out a 3KM/5KM /10KM Fun Walk or Run. With social distancing in place, you can complete it remotely and creatively in whatever ways convenient for you, such as run your neighbourhood, local trails, treadmill, stairs, walk the dog in parks, anywhere!

FringeBacker has partnered with a record-breaking of over 35 Hong Kong charities in this event. These include:
Aids Concern
Aids Foundation
Asian Charity Services
Changing Young Lives Foundation
Children’s Heart Foundation
Ebenezer School and Home for the Visually Impaired
Renaissance Foundation
Food Angel
Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong
HandsOn Hong Kong
Heifer Hong Kong
HER Fund
Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation
Hong Kong Children In Need Foundation
Hong Kong Dog Rescue
Hong Kong Outward Bound
Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation
ImpactHK
InspiringHK Sports Foundation
Justice Centre Hong Kong
Kely Support Group
Kids4Kids
LAP Lifelong Animal Protection Charity Limited
Lok Sin Tong
Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong
Oxfam Hong KongPathfinders
Plan Internationa;
Resolve Foundation
Ronald McDonald House
Run HK
Sai Kung Stray Friends
SoapCycling Hong Kong
The Boys’ Brigade Hong Kong
The Conservancy Association
The Hub
World Vision
Each of them will be sharing how COVID-19 pandemic has affected their cause and how we can all help in a meaningful way.

This initiative will provide a positive channel for all to know more about Hong Kong charities. To make each step count, participants choose from the 35 Charity Partners they want to support.

For those already active in the running scene, it’s a great way to keep yourself motivated while exercising on your own and to prepare for events ahead.

For beginners, introduce your family and friends to running and to jumpstart some physical training from Couch to 3KM!

Participants will also get a finisher’s meal, e-goodie bag overflowing with cash coupons and wonderful gifts from everyone’s favourite shops.

How to complete a virtual marathon:

Time: Sign up and complete your run by June 30!

Register Now: To register, please follow this link to FringeBacker

For enquiries please email cs@fringebacker.com

Oxfam HK Face Mask Donation Drive


Since there remains a shortage in face masks and the price of these is still quite steep, Oxfam HK will continue to collect face masks and distribute them to people in urgent need. Your donations can help vulnerable groups protect themselves against COVID-19!

Organisations OHK is distributing relief to:
* 1 Step Association
* Alliance for Children Development Rights
* Alliance for Social Protection of Low-income Families
* Catering and Hotel Industries Employees General Union
* Catholic Diocese of HK Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Workers – Hong Kong Island
* Catholic Diocese of HK Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Workers – Kowloon
* Catholic Diocese of HK Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Workers – New Territories
* Celebrity Charity Fund Association Ltd.
* Cleaning Worker Union
* Concern for Grassroots’ Livelihood Alliance
* Concerning CSSA and Low Income Alliance
* Concerning Grassroots’ Housing Rights Alliance
* Concerning Home Care Service Alliance
* Food Angel
* H.K.S.K.H. Tseung Kwan O Aged Care Complex
* HK Islamic Youth Association
* Hong Chi Association
* Hong Kong Blind Union
* Hong Kong Islamic Culture and Welfare Society
* Hong Kong Women Workers’ Association
* Islamic Union of HK
* Jubilee Ministries
* Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre
* Kwun Tong Methodist Social Service
* Mission Bridge
* Muslim Council of Hong Kong
* People Service Centre
* Society for Community Organization
* Street Sleepers Action Committee
* Tin Shui Wai Community Development Alliance
* Tung Chung Community Development Alliance
* United Muslim Association of HK
* United Welfare Union

Type of Masks needed: Adult and child size, three-layer filter face masks that come in boxes, bags or are individually packaged

Collection points and time:
Oxfam Hong Kong office: 17/F China United Centre, 28 Marble Road, North Point, Hong Kong
Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm / 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Oxfam Shop: LG 8, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
Monday to Friday, 10:30 am – 6:30 pm / Saturday, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

For enquiries: 3120 5000

About Oxfam HK: Oxfam Hong Kong (OHK) dates back to 1976 when volunteers joined hands to open a shop for second-hand goods in Hong Kong and raise funds for anti-poverty projects around the world. Some of their first initiatives in the 1970s and 80s were to advocate for justice for Vietnamese refugees who fled to Hong Kong during the Vietnam War, and to help save lives in Ethiopia during the 1984 famine.

OHK implemented the first Mainland China programme in Guangdong province in 1987. The Oxfam China Development Fund was subsequently established in 1992. Since then, OHK has been dedicated to fighting poverty and responding to emergencies in the Mainland.

OHK believes in an integrated approach to eradicate poverty. As such, OHK advocates for policy changes to address the root causes of poverty while proactively supporting disaster relief and humanitarian crises. OHK also implements development and education programmes in impoverished areas. Oxfam Hong Kong has partnered with millions of underprivileged people to alleviate poverty in more than 70 countries/states around the world. OHK has100,000 regular donors from the general public. Their donations are the major source of income that sustains OHK’s ability to achieve the ultimate goal of a poverty-free world.

In recent years, OHK’s work has focused on local poverty, advocating for pro-poor policies in Hong Kong. As a result of their efforts, the Hong Kong SAR government established the Commission on Poverty in 2012, and subsequently announced an official poverty line in Hong Kong. Oxfam has also been a strong advocate of a minimum wage law, which was first established in Hong Kong in 2011 after decades of efforts.

The Oxfam Trailwalker, a 100km hiking marathon founded in Hong Kong in the 1980s, continues to be one of their most notable partnership fundraising events. The success of this fundraising event has not only raised awareness of poverty and injustice, but has also attracted ten additional countries to organise their own Oxfam Trailwalker events.

Relief Care Packages for Hong Kong’s vulnerable


Help HandsOn to provide Care Packages for Hong Kong’s most vulnerable. Each pack costs HK$350 and will last a household one week (includes rice, noodles, cooking oil, face masks, a SIM card for internet access and other necessities). HandsOn‘s goal is to raise enough money for at least 315 relief packs, based on households they know are in immediate need. Any donation you can make will be gratefully received.

HandsOn is partnering with 5 charities, below, to deliver these packs to the vulnerable groups they serve:
• Christian Family Service Centre—Supporting people with mental illness
• ELCSS-HK Communion Lutheran Elderly Health Centre—Supporting low-income elderly
• Hong Chi Morninglight School—Supporting children with disabilities
• Hong Kong Women Development Association—Supporting women and children
• The Hub – Hong Kong—Supporting children from low-income families

Back this campaign: To back this campaign, please follow this link to Sparkraise

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

HandsOn‘s vision is a caring community that gives its time and talent to transform Hong Kong.

Room to Read Covid-19 Urgent Appeal


In every country where Room to Read operates, there are partial or full public school closures.

With so many children out of school, there has never been a more urgent need to facilitate learning. If you can, please make an emergency donation now or start your own fundraiser to ensure that this crisis doesn’t result in a generation of children who lack basic reading skills, or a generation of girls who drop out of school with no hope.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Room to Read is facing a significant loss of income due to cancelled fundraising events and school closures all around the world.

But Room to Read is not giving up on their students, so Room to Read needs your help. Room to Read is calling on their global community who shares in their belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children® to help. Together, you will ensure that children continue their education no matter what.

The Room to Read team will continue to work tirelessly to bring their programs and resources to students throughout this crisis in novel ways. One example is the Room to Read Literacy Cloud which gives children access to free digital storybooks from around the world. Room to Read will do so even as they maximize every contribution and operate with the same transparency and fiscal accountability they are known for. You can count on Room to Read to forward their mission, focus on impact and report back to you with results.

Donate: To donate please follow this link.

Donations made right now will be MATCHED dollar for dollar by Room to Read board member, Angel Mehta, to a total of US$50,000.

About Room to Read: Room to Read is a non-profit organization for improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, and founded on the belief that “World Change Starts With Educated Children,” the organization focuses on working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments.

Combat COVID-19 with UNICEF

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is of a scale most people alive today have never seen. Worldwide, the outbreak is claiming lives and livelihoods as health systems buckle, borders close and families struggle to stay afloat.

In response to the fast-evolving nature of the pandemic, UNICEF is urgently appealing for funding and support to heighten public health response in order to reduce transmission and mortality of COVID-19.

UNICEF supports vulnerable countries by providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and basic infection prevention and control measures for vulnerable families and children. Across the globe, UNICEF commits to distributing vital public health messaging to children and families so they can protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19.

UNICEF needs your help right now
Combat COVID-19 with UNICEF

Donate NOW

About UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund is a United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide. Operating out of U.N. headquarters in New York City, it is among the most widespread and recognizable social welfare organizations in the world, with a presence in 192 countries and territories. UNICEF‘s activities include immunizations and disease prevention, administering treatment for children and mothers with HIV, enhancing childhood and maternal nutrition, improving sanitation, promoting education, and providing emergency relief in response to disasters.

Splash Dash Relay 2020


Join the most inclusive fundraiser in town! The Splash Dash Relay will be Sunday, May 24, 2020. The Splash Dash Relay is a fun, inclusive event for a variety of ages and swim abilities. Teams race the clock (or each other) to see how many laps they can swim in 30 minutes. All levels are invited to participate provided they can safely swim 50 meters. Limited spots are available so register quickly!

Date: Sunday, 24 May 2020

Time: 8.00 am – 5.00 pm (teams will be given a scheduled time slot)

Place: Canadian International School, 36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen

Teams: Teams may consist of 3 or 4 members and 2 Splash graduates will join each team.

Format: Teams swim continuously for 30 minutes, changing swimmers every 25 or 50 meters.

Entry Fee: Each team must raise a minimum of HK$5,000, either through direct payment or donations

To reserve your place in the Splash Dash Relay, teams are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of HK$500. This will be counted toward your fundraising minimum of HK$5,000. For any queries, please contact splashdash@splashfoundation.org.

To register please follow this link

Divisions: Corporate, Friends and Family, Schools and Clubs

The event will be conducted in heats and each team is given a pre-assigned swim time (so your total time commitment is about 90 minutes).

Division Prizes: Most Money Raised, Most Laps Swum and Best Team Spirit

About Splash: Splash supports people who take their first leap into the water, people in Hong Kong who don’t normally have access to or the means for swimming lessons. Splash connects those who can swim with those who can’t, supported by partners who believe there should be no economic or cultural barriers to learning this important skill.

Starfish is recruiting committee members


The Starfish Charitable Trust is recruiting new committee members to break the child poverty cycle of underprivileged children in HK through creative means.

Please come join the Starfish Charitable Trust at their welcome lunch to find out more about their team and how you may help!

Suggested contribution: HKD200

Any questions, feel free to reach out to their PR officer for this event Alicia (98381833)

Date: Saturday, 14 March 2020

Time: 12-2pm

Place: Union Church, 248 Queen’s Road East

Price: Free, with a suggested contribution of $200. To register, please follow this link to Eventbrite

About Starfish Charitable Trust: Since its inception, Starfish’s mission is to exhaust all avenues to appropriate medical treatments that could ease or even alleviate the sufferings of children in order to increase their chances for adoption and offering hope for a normal life.

Besides giving medical treatments to the children, Starfish also cares for the emotional and spiritual needs of these children as an approach for holistic healing. Starfish’s objectives include training programs to coach, develop and upgrade the skills of the caregivers to enable them to deliver their service effectively and with dedications in a well- managed and clean environment.

World Vision Charity Walk with Love 1 Feb


Deprived of food, out of school, child marriage, these are the adversities that many children in Afghanistan face. As we embrace a new year of hope, let’s spend a morning with our friends and colleagues, walk together and raise funds to help children and families in Afghanistan in need.

Funds raised from Charity Walk with Love will support World Vision to provide livelihood assistance, child protection and healthcare in Afghanistan, with the aim to assist children and families who have lost their livelihoods and homes due to adverse environmental conditions. Your generosity will help rebuild their lives, restore their health and rekindle hope.

HK$1,000 can subsidise pharmaceutical supplies to Mobile Health Teams
HK$500 can support a facilitator a month’s salary, to provide assistance for caregivers of children
HK$200 can provide vegetable seeds and farming tools for a household

Remarks:
This is a charity walk event, which is not recommended for people with mobility disabilities.
– Participants aged below 18 must obtain consent from a parent/guardian to participate in the event. Children aged 12 or below must be accompanied by an adult.
– Each participant will be awarded a certificate at the venue after the event.
– For individuals and families, awards will be given to the top three fundraisers; for organisations and groups, awards will be given to the top three fundraisers and the organisation/group with the highest number of participants. Registered companies, institutions, schools and churches are classified as ‘organisations and groups’, and the rest are classified as ‘individuals and families’. The cut-off date for all awards is 13 January 2020.
– The Organisers will make every effort to hold the event as scheduled. If the event is eventually cancelled due to bad weather or safety concerns, participants are encouraged to continue their support for World Vision‘s development projects in Afghanistan. If participants would like to request for a refund of their donations, please send an email to hotline@worldvision.org.hk or contact World Vision’s Donor Services Team on 2394 2394.

Date: Saturday, 1 February 2020

Time: 10am-1pm

Place: The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club

Price: Minimum Fundraising Amount
Adults (Above 12): $300 / person
Children (Under 12): $200 / person

To register, please follow this link

Enrolment Deadline: 13 January 2020 (Monday)

Participants are advised to use the free shuttle bus service between The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club and Tseung Kwan O MTR station. Limited parking space at the venue will be allocated according to the submission time of the minimum fundraising amount.

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.