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Unwanted Christmas presents? Give to charity

11 Dec

Christmas is a time for giving, but unless you’re incredibly lucky (or sent out a specific list of desired items before), chances are you’ll have at least one gift that you don’t like –or can’t even stand the sight of. You can repurpose them, re-gift them, even sell online, but if you run out of ideas think about donating them to charity.

There are a number of charities in Hong Kong who would welcome your onloved gifts. Here are some suggestions

People’s Food Bank
Too many chocolates, cookies, unwanted Christmas hampers? Donate to the People’s Food Bank. Run by local charity St. James’ Settlement they provide temporary food assistance to the poor. For a list of the food donations accepted and their collection points, please follow this link.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is one of the most established organisations for recycling goods. Donated goods are sorted, distributed and sold in Family Stores in Hong Kong and Macau. The net proceeds will go to The Salvation Army for use across its invaluable community programmes. Some of the donated goods will be directly helping people in need, such as home alone elderly, street sleepers, ex-prisoners and CSSA recipients.
The Salvation Army accepts
– Clothing, footwear, handbags and accessories, either brand new or used in clean condition
– Electrical home appliances in working order
– Electrical office equipment (e.g. computer, fax machine, printer, etc.) in working order
– Toys (no soft toys), stationery, books, gifts and premiums
– Software / DVD / VCD / CD with copyright
They do not accept
– Furniture, used bed mattresses or bedding
– Medicine
– Food
– Worn-out or broken items
– Used kitchenware
– Used underwear or towels
Donations can be dropped off at one of their many Family Stores, a list of which is provided on their website.

Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth launched the Used Clothes Recycling Program in 2001, which collects all sorts of textile products: used clothes, shoes, bed sheets and handbags. Re-wearables are exported to neighbouring countries while the worn out pieces are turned into wipers for industrial use. They have over 200 collection points – check out their website and find the one closest to you.
If the amount of used clothes exceeds a certain number (e.g. 5 large bags of clothing or more), Friends of the Earth would arrange door-to-door collection service. Please notify them 1-2 weeks before in advance. Please call 2528-5588 for further details.

Po Leung Kuk
One of the oldest charitable institutions in Hong Kong, the Po Leung Kuk was founded in 1878 to rescue women and children from human trafficking. In it’s long history, Po Leung Kuk is best known as an orphanage, today it offers a wide range of social services in Hong Kong including adoption, integrated family services, elderly services, medical and integrated health services, education and much more. Po Leung Kuk welcomes donations-in-kind to fulfil the basic needs of their service recipients, particularly children, the elderly and low-income families! All kinds of items are welcome – electrical appliances, computers, stationeries, toys, books, household accessories, cookware, etc. For any enquiries, please email plkinfo@poleungkuk.org.hk or contact their Corporate Communications Department on 2277 8352 (Corporate Donation) / Social Services Department on 2277 8158 (Individual Donation).

So get rid of the unwanted clutter, donate, help our community and save our environment through recycling.

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Room to Read – Let’s Give Joy this Christmas

2 Dec

Your generosity has supported the educational journeys of over 11.6 million children. That’s 11.6 million children who have the chance to fulfill their potential and change their lives. When you give to Room to Read, you give lasting change that ripples through families, generations and beyond. And through December 31st, your impact on students and communities in Asia and Africa will go twice as far.

All donations made this month will be matched 1:1, thanks to IMC Financial Markets.
That means:
• Your gift of HKD$200 becomes HKD$400, filling two bookshelves with beautiful, colorful local language books.
• Your gift of HKD$400 becomes HKD$800, teaching two children to read and write for a whole year.
• Your gift of HKD$2400 becomes HKD$4800, keeping two girls in school for a year through their Girls’ Education Program
• Your gift of HKD$7900 becomes HKD$15,800, will provide two librarians who will share their love of reading and books with their students.

Will you give more children, more families and more communities the opportunity to create and sustain change?

To donate, please follow this link

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.

room to read 2To 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 to 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.

room to read john-woodFor more information please visit their website.

The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention

21 Nov

The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong Kong (SRACP), formerly known as The Hong Kong Discharged Prisoners’ Aid Society, is a government recognised charitable organisation established in 1957. Because of limited financial resources at early stage, most of the staff at that time was voluntary part-time workers. With the dedication and perseverance, the work of the Society gradually came to be recognised and valued by the public. In 1959 the Society received its first government subvention and since then yearly subvention has been granted to sustain the rehabilitation service for offenders and discharged prisoners. The Society was incorporated as a non-profit making limited company under the Companies Ordinance on 23 September 1966.

Through service units, SRACP provides quality rehabilitation and multifarious service for Hong Kong residents who are charged with criminal offence, have been convicted of crimes, or released from prisons; as well as to provide community education, mental health service and crime prevention programmes for the general public of Hong Kong. Our services include individual and family counselling, hostels, recreation, court social work, vocational training and employment, mental health service, community education and volunteer programmes, etc.

The Society is a member of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, the International Prisoners Aid Association and the Community Chest of Hong Kong.

These are examples of some of the things they do:
Home Circuit Service Centre
The Social workers of Home Circuit Service Centre are granted approval to communicate with a prisoner’s family by the Hong Kong Correctional Services Department, providing services including 24-hour hotline, family counseling, and family support groups for the incarcerated or discharged persons and their family. The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention also encourage family members of offenders and ex-offenders to become volunteers; through providing volunteer service and supporting other families with similar background, they learn to give back to the community.

Blue Bus Sharing of LOVE
*To render emotional and social support to children and youth of incarcerated/ *offended parents
*To build up resilience of children and youth from negative impacts of parental imprisonment
*To counteract the negative cycles of criminal influence in these families
*To resolve children and youth’s adjustment difficulties during the imprisonment of their significant family members
*To strengthen the constant and regular inmate-family connection in order to enhance positive family relationship

Home Network‧Love Linking
Home Network‧Love Linking’ is sponsored by the Community Investment and Inclusion Fund. This project compiles the collaboration between Family, School, Commercial and Community. The project aims at connecting the families of prisoners and ex-prisoners as well as facilitating these families to partner with external parties in the “Companion Scheme”. They will be gradually transformed from service recipient to social capital in the process of rendering service to other underprivileged groups with commercial and community group. The rehabilitated families will also share their stories through community network to alert teenagers about the consequences on family of committing crime and to let parents know how to identify the deviant behaviors of their children, so earlier prevention can be done. Moreover, the family members will share their stories through micro-firm and radio. This is to raise the public noises and discussion on their stories so as to increase social acceptance towards these families.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Project Grant: Project Oasis
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Project Grant: Project Oasis, funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust since 2005, is an integrated and collaborative project by the Society and Substance Abuse Assessment Unit (SAAU) of Kwai Chung Hospital. The Project is characterized by joint effort between medical professionals and social workers, aiming at providing substance abusers with short term hospitalized detoxification treatment and comprehensive community based rehabilitative services.

In order to further consolidate the efficacy of treatment, aftercare hostel – Bradbury Oasis Hostel with license under the Drug Dependent Persons Treatment and Rehabilitation Centres (Licensing) Ordinance, provides 16 male placements. Past rehabilitated service users act as peer counsellors to help substance abusers strive for detoxification and abstinence. Those who have rehabilitated well in Bradbury Oasis Hostel but still have residential needs, can apply for short term supportive placement in Chi Lik Oasis Hostel, so as to facilitate their return to independent living in the community.

To find out more about what the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention do, please follow this link

Volunteer:
Through volunteering with the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, the general public, ex-offenders and ex-mentally ill persons are engaged in driving crime prevention education and offender rehabilitation activities in the community. The general public will have the opportunity to know the offenders and ex-mentally ill persons better, encouraging public acceptance. At the same time, ex-offenders and ex-mentally ill persons can rebuild their confidence, which is essential for their reintegration to society.

1. Volunteer Training
The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention offer specialized social service mainly serving offenders, ex-offenders and ex-mentally ill persons. Therefore, every individual have to attend a basic volunteer training before they join our volunteer team to learn the basic communication skills with our service users and the important things to note when serving them.

2. Volunteer Services
Community Volunteer Team
Formed by people from the community, community volunteer team organises festive mass programmes and group works in correctional institutions to increase the linkages of inmates with the outside world; they assist social workers in carrying out services in Magistrates’ Courts to help relieve the stress of persons awaiting trial and their families. Volunteers also provide prison visitation services and organise birthday parties to help ex-offenders connect with their children, and organise crime prevention education programmes to avoid intergenerational crime. Other volunteer activities include organising activities for ex-mentally ill persons to prepare them for their return to society, and providing justice education programmes to help young people develop good citizenship. Lastly, the community volunteer team is also actively involved in Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention’s agency events such as fundraising activities.

Ex-offender Volunteer Team
To aid their reintegration into society, Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention encourages their service users including ex-offenders, ex-mentally ill persons and ex-drug abusers to actively participate in volunteer service, such as hair cutting and wheelchair repairing volunteering activities. These activities can also transform their service users into givers and help them understand giving is more blessed than receiving.

Social Inclusion Volunteer Team
The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention encourage service users to work with community volunteers in providing services for other disadvantaged groups, such as people with intellectual disabilities, the elderly and physically handicapped children. On one hand, this allows community volunteers to have more understanding towards ex-offenders through interaction; on the other hand, it helps widen positive social circle of ex-offenders.

3. Volunteer social activities
In addition to coordinating volunteers to provide services, the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention also organises regular exchange and recreational activities to enhance their interests in the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention service and their sense of belonging to the team.

Those who are interested in becoming a SRACP volunteer may apply directly to the Agency. (For enquiries, please call 2782-3080). For more information about volunteer requirements, please visit their website by following this link

TWGHs Charity Challenge Race

1 Nov


Run the TWGHs Charity Challenge Race and raise money for TWGHs Development Fund for the Kwong Wah Hospital Redevelopment project.

About the Charity Challenge Race:

Route Map

The goal of this Charity Challenge Race is to raise funds for TWGHs Development Fund of Kwong Wah Hospital Redevelopment project.
* It’s a fun race with over 6 different obstacle points along the 2.5 kilometre race course to leap over.
* Event includes stage performance and game booths
* There is also a kid-zone designated for children under 12 years old

Eligibility:
* Team/ Individual Challenge Race player must be aged 12 or above
* Each team consists of 4 players (minimum 3 players) regardless of gender

Race Format:
Each team player/individual player begins at the starting point, leaping over 6 different obstacle points along the 2.5 kilometre race course to the finishing point. If player fails at the obstacle point or violates the race rules, 60 seconds will be counted as penalty. Player is required to wear a timer inside the penalty zone until penalty time is over. No interference of the timer is allowed.

Team Challenge Race (Corporate/Organization Team and Family and Friends Team)
* Team result is determined by the sum of finishing time of top three players in each team

Individual Challenge Race
* Divided into 4 age groups for male and female players. Result is determined by individual finishing time
* Age group is based on the year of birth. Applicant should register to their respective age group
(Example: If you were born in December 2005, your age group should be age 12-19)

Date: Sunday, 10 December 2017

Time: 7:15am – 12pm (Start time of different categories will be announced by early December 2017)

Place: Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong

Enrollment:

Race Categories

For more information on how to register or donate, please visit their website.

About the Kwong Wah Hospital Redevelopment:

Original Kwong Wah Hospital

The Kwong Wah Hospital was established by the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals in 1911 as the first hospital in Kowloon and the New Territories.

Current Kwong Wah Hospital

The hospital underwent a redevelopment in 1958. To update facilities and to expand services a new redevelopment is underway. After this redevelopment, the hospital will provide a patient-oriented environment with the capacity and capability to deliver holistic and seamless healthcare services, in collaboration with other hospitals within the cluster. It will not only retain its role as acute hospital but provide an additional 350 beds and 10 additional operation theatres.
Other additions will include:
Emergency Services – Provision of adequate isolation facilities and 24-hour CT Scan services, and expansion of Emergency and Observation ward.
Outpatient Services – Consultation rooms for specialist out-patient will be expanded from 44 to around 100.
Day Care Medical Services – Provision of one-stop multi-disciplinary services to patients with non-acute conditions at an ambulatory care centre, facilitating patients to receive medical treatments.
New Medical Oncology Services – Including front-line management, consultation services and chemotherapy programmes.
Expanding Chinese and Western Medicine Integration Services so as to provide comprehensive Chinese and Western Medicine Hospital Services.

About Tung Wah Group of Hospitals:
TWGH is probably Hong Kong’s oldest charitable institution. The establishment of TWGHs can be traced back to Kwong Fook I-tsz, a small temple built at Tai Ping Shan Street on the Hong Kong Island in 1851 for people to house the spirit-tablets of their ancestors. As the temple was gradually taken by the sick and the destitute as a refuge, it became reeked with dirt and eventually aroused the concern of the Government and the public. Hence, a group of earnest Chinese community leaders proposed to raise funds and build a hospital in the neighbourhood. In 1869, $115,000 and a piece of land at Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan were granted by the then Governor MacDonnell. The first Chinese hospital in Hong Kong was finally built in 1870 through the enactment of the Tung Wah Hospital Ordinance. Prior to the establishment of the hospital, a temporary clinic was set up by the founding Directors near the hospital premises to offer free medical treatment to those in need. The hospital, named “Tung Wah Hospital”, was constructed in 1872 and started to provide free Chinese medicine services to the sick and the poor. It hence laid a foundation of the charitable work of TWGHs. To meet the imperative demand for medical services resulting from the rapid growth of population, Kwong Wah Hospital in Yaumatei, Kowloon and Tung Wah Eastern Hospital in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong were built and commenced operation in 1911 and 1929 respectively. In 1931, the 3 hospitals were amalgamated into the “Tung Wah Group of Hospitals” under the management of one Board of Directors.

Apart from medical care, TWGHs had been offering various social welfare and education services ever since its beginnings. When the hospital buildings were being constructed, remains were found on the site. A cemetery was then built by the founding Directors to re-bury those remains near the Slaughter House at Kennedy Town which started the Group’s provision of community services. It also started the immediate provision of alms to the needy. It provided assistance to victims whenever there were disasters, and even extended its relief work to mainland China. In 1880, TWGHs started its first free school at the Chung Wah College adjacent to Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road with the donation income of the temple used to provide free education to the poor. In 1941, with the outbreak of the Pacific War, TWGHs insisted to provide limited medical services in Tung Wah Hospital and Kwong Wah Hospital. It also helped undertake rebuilding work including repatriation of refugees, provision of free food and clothing, taking care of the wounded and burying the dead. Medical services of TWGHs were resumed after the war. In the 1950s and 1960s, TWGHs further established primary and secondary schools and embarked on the development of formal and systematic social welfare services.

With gradual evolution over the past hundred years, TWGHs has now developed into a well-established charitable organization in Hong Kong with a huge recurrent expenditure largely subvented by the Government and only a small portion covered by service users. As TWGHs needs to shoulder the shortfall in funding as well as the cost for developing new services by raising funds from the public, holding fund-raising activities has become imperative to sustain the financial well-being of the Group. To serve the community better, TWGHs will continue to dedicate its efforts in providing diversified and high quality services for the people of Hong Kong in the years to come.

Race to Read – Hong Kong’s Fastest Executive Race 2017

27 Oct

On the afternoon of Friday December 1, over thirty top business leaders will race against each other on a 13 km route from Pok Fu Lam Reservoir to Admiralty in the Hong Kong’s Fastest Executive Race 2017, in support of Room to Read’s Literacy Program. Each participant will be raising funds to make learning possible for at least 100 children in low income countries across Asia and Africa. Last year, with only fifteen participants, Race to Read impacted over 9,000 children through their literacy program and they look forward to exceeding that number this year!

Millions of children are now at risk of growing up without basic literacy skills. Room to Read’s Literacy Program seeks to ensure that children enter grade 3 with the reading and writing skills they need to start their educational journey.

Join top business leaders including John Lindfors, Managing Partner, DST Investment Management Ltd, Yusuf Alireza, former CEO of Noble Group, and of course John Wood, founder, Room to Read!

Donate now to help your chief be top of the fundraisers’ leaderboard! With every HK$400 you donate, you can help set one child on the path to educational success and to reaching their full potential.

What you can do to help:
Fundraise – help one of the business leaders by raising funds for them
Donate – make a donation to Room to Read

For further enquiries, please contact: tijana.zderic@roomtoread.org

Date: Friday, 1 December 2017

Place: Pok Fu Lam Reservoir to Admiralty

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.

room to read 2To 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 to 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.

Volunteer as a Guest Teacher with i-Future

2 Oct

i-Future Teens International Foundation Limited was founded in 2016 by prominent Hong Kong entrepreneur cum philanthropists, Ms. Kelly Li, Mr. Kelvin Wu, Ms. Alexandra Qian and Ms. Polly Chan. They were inspired by both IMC Weekend School, a Dutch-based United Nation winning motivation-directed children education charity program.

Their Vision
To provide developmental opportunities and exposures to children and youth from under-resourced neighborhoods in Hong Kong to inspire them to identify their own talents and dreams, and become self-confident, motivated, responsible, creative and happy global citizens.

Their Objectives
* To help children and youth broaden their perspectives
* To enhance children and youth’s self-confidence and motivations in learning including their interest in learning English
* To help children and youth actualize their individuals’ potentials
* To help children and youth establish a better sense of connectedness to the global community

Volunteer as a Guest Teacher
Students at i-Future Weekend School are taught by professionals, who apart from having the knowledge and skills, are passionate about their jobs.

The roles of i-Future guest teachers include:
* Inspiring and motivating their students to consider if they may want to pursue the professions that they are in.
* Preparing short presentations which usually include their personal growth stories, challenges they have encountered and a brief introduction of the job possibilities in their own fields.
* Leading a 30 minutes game/exercise to inspire their students to think about possible skill sets that may be required in their profession.

Guest teachers that i-Future is looking for (including but not limited to):
* Environmental Protection Specialist
* Journalist
* Astronomer
* Aviation Professionals
* Historian
* Scientist
* Psychologist
* Athlete
* Health Professionals
* Lawyer
* Artist
* Businessman
* Chef
* Magician
* Designer

If you are interested in becoming an i-Future volunteer teacher, please sign up/ login now. For more information on the lesson topics, please refer to their schedule.

Room to Read Lunch for Literacy

29 Sep


Room to Read is organizing their first Lunch for Literacy event on 8th November 2017 at the China Club. For the first time, they are collaborating with Hong Kong International Literary Festival (HKILF) to come together for a literary fundraiser, featuring Jung Chang, renowned author of the international bestseller Wild Swans, and Room to Read‘s Co-Founder and CEO, Erin Ganju.

Join Room to Read for a traditional Chinese lunch and a discussion focusing on writing, access to literature and diversity. The event will include performances from local poets and a fundraising auction.

Programme
Reception: 12:00pm | Lunch: 12:15pm | Book Signing with Jung Chang: 2:00pm

Proceeds will aid HKILF and Room to Read‘s education projects.

Date: Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Time: 12 – 2:30pm

Place: 14/F, China Club, The Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street

Price: (Includes free-flow drinks & lunch)
Table of 12: HKD$12,000
Individual seat: HKD$1,000

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.

room to read 2To 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 to 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.

room to read john-woodFor more information please visit their website.

About HKILF: The Hong Kong International Literary Festival (HKILF), founded in 2001, is an annual event held over 10 days in the fall, featuring established and emerging writers from around the world in a programme that includes discussions, literary lunches and dinners, workshops, lectures, debates, book signings, and readings.

The stellar list of past HKILF authors includes literary luminaries such as Seamus Heaney, Louis de Bernières, Colm Tóibín, Jung Chang, and Yann Martel.

HKILF is organized and coordinated by Hong Kong International Literary Festival Limited, a non-profit, charitable literary arts organization which also manages the annual Young Readers Festival (YRF).