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.

Feeding Hong Kong’s Festive Food Drive

This year, with school and job disruptions and rising food prices brought on by COVID-19, food assistance has never been more vital.

Drop off any of the food items below at the Feeding Hong Kong Foodbank or their community collection points before Tuesday, 8 December and Feeding Hong Kong will make sure they are delivered to the doors of their charity partners to bring some extra Christmas cheer to those in need.

Date: Before Tuesday, 8 December

Place:
The FHK Warehouse
Unit 715, Block A2
Yau Tong Industrial City,
17-25 Ko Fai Road,
Yau Tong, Kowloon

Community collection points

About Feeding Hong Kong: Every day, 3,600 tonnes of food waste are sent to landfills in Hong Kong, while more than one million people live in poverty struggling to afford nutritious meals. Feeding Hong Kong is on a mission to change that.
Feeding Hong Kong rescues quality surplus food from food companies that would otherwise go to waste
Feeding Hong Kong redistributes food surplus to charities and community programmes in Hong Kong
Feeding Hong Kong collaborates with volunteers and community partners to collect, sort and redistribute food

Donation Day for ImpactHK – 7 Nov

ImpactHK Donation Day banner ad
If you’ve been using the time working from home to sort clear out your closets and looking for a place to donate to, here’s a solution for you. ImpactHK has been receiving enquiries from people wanting to donate their unneeded items such as clothing, appliances and more to the homeless in Hong Kong.

In order for ImpactHK to better receive and distribute these items, ImpactHK has decided to have special days dedicated to receiving these goods called Donation Days. Their next Donation Day will be on Saturday, November 7th from 10am to 3.

On this day ImpactHK invites you to bring your goods to their centre, The Guestroom in Tai Kok Tsui and help place your donated items into the designated areas.

ImpactHK team and volunteers will then distribute these items to the homeless, less fortunate and their partner charities.

ImpactHK will accept the following items;
-cell phones and computers in working order
-towels
-clothing
-shoes
-bags
-housewares
-bedding
-toiletries
-non-perishable food items
To make the donation a celebration, there will be coffee, live music and more.

Date: Saturday, 7 November 2020

Time: 10am – 3pm

Place: The Guestroom, G/F, 29 Oak Street, Tai Kok Tsui

For more information, please call 24480011 (10am-7pm)

About ImpactHK: ImpactHK is a non-profit that provides the homeless in Hong Kong with friendship, food, shelter, education and employment opportunities. Their journey started with the simple aim of doing one act of kindness per month for the homeless. ImpactHK has grown significantly since then and many volunteers have joined them in their journey to support the less fortunate in a meaningful and measurable way. Together, ImpactHK has evolved into a powerful humanitarian movement with the opportunity to make a positive impact on the plight of the homeless in Hong Kong.

Join HKDR’s Life Saver Club and sponsor a rescue dog

HKDR Life Saver Club banner
Please join Hong Kong Dog Rescue’s Life Saver Club to exclusively sponsor one of their dogs in waiting. During this pandemic when it’s difficult to host fundraising events, income from this initiative is needed more than ever. Every dollar will go towards HKDR’s mission to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome Hong Kong’s abandoned dogs.

$1,000 Pledge Level: For a monthly donation of HK$1,000 for a minimum of 12 months or yearly donation of HK$12,000:
– You will be exclusively sponsoring one of HKDR’s dogs and receive a Life Saver Club Certificate acknowledging you as the official sponsor of that dog.
– You will receive biannual updates of your sponsored dog. If your dog is adopted, another dog will be assigned to you and you will receive a new certificate.
– You will be entitled to two free tickets to their annual Peak To Fong Sponsored Walk.

$500 Pledge Level: For a monthly donation of HK$500 for a minimum of 12 months or yearly donation of HK$6,000:
– You will be exclusively sponsoring one of HKDR’s dogs and receive a Life Saver Club Certificate acknowledging you as the official sponsor of that dog.
– You will receive an annual update of your sponsored dog. If your dog is adopted, another dog will be assigned to you and you will receive a new certificate.

$200 Monthly Maintenance Pledge: For a monthly donation of HK$200 for a minimum of 12 months or yearly donation of HK$2,400:
– You will be exclusively sponsoring one of HKDR’s dogs and receive a Life Saver Club Certificate acknowledging you as the official Monthly Maintenance sponsor of that dog.
– Monthly Maintenance Programme covers the monthly costs of flea, tick and heartworm protection for the sponsored dog. If your dog is adopted, another dog will be assigned to you and you will receive a new certificate.

To join: You may subscribe to the Life Saver Club with credit card by completing the form in the following this link

About Hong Kong Dog Rescue: HKDR was founded in 2003 for the specific purpose of saving dogs and puppies from the Hong Kong Government’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) Animal Management Centres. The organisation has cared for and re-homed more than 9,500 dogs while being largely funded by private donations, sales of HKDR merchandises and fundraising events. HKDR is proud to be a No Kill Organisation, meaning that no dog under its care will be euthanised for any reason other than when it is the only humane option.

Mooncake Donations Needed!

As you all know, October 1 is Mid-Autumn festival. A time to take a break, enjoy a big reunion meal and play with friends. What would the Mid-Autumn Festival period be without mooncakes?!

Many of us will receive boxes of mooncakes this week, and Green Hour hopes to bring some Mid-Autumn cheer to people they support on a weekly basis through their own mooncake distribution.

To help fight food waste and support Green Hour, Green Hour encourages you to donate any excess mooncakes that you don’t plan on eating and make sure they end up in the hands of those in need in the city.

Green Hour plans to distribute this evening and across the following days/weeks, so mooncake donations are welcome for the next 2 weeks.

Mooncakes MUST be in date at the time of donation with enough time for Green Hour to distribute them before their expiry date.

If you have any questions feel free to get in touch at info@greenhourhk.com or call Green Hour at 2177 7790.

Date: 1 October and anytime over the next 2 weeks.

About Green Hour: Initially established in late 2017 as ‘Waste Free Hong Kong’, Green Hour is an organisation aiming to promote a sustainable lifestyle through education, events and campaigning.

Having already organised multiple beach cleanups, ‘plogs’ as well as Hong Kong’s first ‘Plastic Attack’, Green Hour has begun establishing itself in the area.

With plenty of plans and ideas organised for the future, Green Hour hopes you will join in and help them in their quest for Climate Action.

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.

Volunteer with Soap Cycling

Soap Cycling banner
Soap is one of the most important yet underrated tools in the fight against disease and malnutrition. By recycling hotel soap, Soap Cycling is able to take something that is otherwise filling our landfills and recycle it into something that can save the lives of thousands of children each year.

Anti-bacterial properties of soap act to keep people away from germs when used in handwashing, thus improving sanitation in poor regions. Handwashing with soap significantly reduces the impact of two fatal diseases: acute respiratory infection (e.g., pneumonia) and diarrheal disease.

According to UNICEF, there is consistent evidence that handwashing with soap at critical times — including before eating or preparing food and after using the toilet can reduce diarrheal risk by about 45%.

Over two million bars of soap are thrown away each year, just by hotels in Hong Kong alone. By collecting this soap, Soap Cycling is helping to eliminate thousands of pounds of chemical waste from our landfills each month.

Soap Cycling is a non-profit organization which aims to reduce preventable child deaths in Southeast Asian countries and to contribute to the overall MDG4 target of reducing the under-five mortality rate. Soap Cycling establishes long term collaborations with hotels to collect, recycle and then distribute their used soap. The soap is distributed through their partner NGOs primarily to disadvantaged youth in underprivileged areas in Asia.

What you can do to help: You can help — and get involved with — Soap Cycling in many different ways. Among others, you could opt to donate to help them increase their impact, you could devote time as a volunteer, you could donate soap, and if you’re a student, you could do a student internship with Soap Cycling. Also, even if you cannot donate or volunteer, you would help if you spread the word about Soap Cycling and their cause.

Volunteer: Soap Cycling offers a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere for individuals, families and corporate groups to participate directly in saving the lives of young children. Soap Cycling’s warehouse is conveniently located within a five-minute walk from the Kwai Fong MTR station, making them easily accessible from anywhere in Hong Kong.

Fill in the form in the attached link now if you want to join Soap Cycling as a volunteer.

Set up your own soap recycling operations: If you’re interested in learning more about how you can begin similar soap recycling operations in your area, complete this form and you will receive your guidebook Guide to Soap Recycling.

For more information please email info@soapcycling.org

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.