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Serve-a-thon – Turn intent into ACTION

28 Mar

Despite Hong Kong’s wealth, nearly 15 per cent of residents lack the ability to meet their most basic needs. Recent studies have shown those most at risk are elderly who live alone, with 37% unable to afford the basics, and children, with more than one-fourth living below the poverty line.

What is Serve-a-thon?
Serve-a-thon Hong Kong brings together NGOs, corporates, government, media and civil society in collaboration to raise public awareness about the importance of community engagement in helping address social issues.

Over nine days, from May 6th through May 14th, the city will unite in service through hundreds of volunteer activities taking place across Hong Kong. This Hong Kong-wide ‘service marathon‘ offers volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, schools, civic organizations and corporations to come together and serve the community.

More than 75 major cities around the world host some form of service marathon. Serve-a-thon Hong Kong will be the largest-ever collective volunteerism-based event of its kind in Hong Kong. 2017 is the inaugural year of this annual event in Hong Kong.

Serve-a-thon supports those at greatest risk
*Animals
*Children and youth
*Elderly
*Environment
*Ethnic minorities
*Migrant workers
*People with disabilities
*Refugees
*Women

Why Volunteer?
Join Hong Kong’s first-ever collective service marathon and be part of this important initiative that gives back to the community:
– Learn more about Hong Kong’s pressing social issues
– Familiarize yourself with Hong Kong’s vibrant NGO sector and its valuable work serving those in need
– Sample different types of volunteer activities at different times of the week
– Participation is free for individuals and groups
– All volunteer hours will be counted and reported back following Serve-a-thon
– You can join as an individual or as a group

Date: 6-14 May 2017

Please note:
– Sign ups for activities are taken on a first come, first served basis, just simply check the calendar
– Registration is free to individuals or groups (families, friends, neighbors, schools, universities, churches, civic organizations)
– Group names will be posted on the website
– Corporations are required to follow the corporate registration procedure


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. These 17 goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice.

The volunteer opportunities within Serve-a-thon Hong Kong work to meet these global goals while serving the local community. For more information, please visit their website

About the Organisers:
HandsOn Hong Kong (HOHK) is a registered charity that mobilizes and empowers the community to meet pressing social needs in Hong Kong through volunteer services. Founded in 2007, HOHK runs more than 100 volunteer activities each month; in 2015 alone the team organized 1,436 volunteer activities and served 107,000+ beneficiaries, many of whom include children and youth, the elderly, refugees, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) is a federation of non-governmental social service organizations. The establishment of the HKCSS came about after the end of the Second World War. In 1947, the HKCSS was established to co-ordinate and plan the diversification of various relief and welfare services. In 1951, the HKCSS became a statutory body under the Hong Kong Code of Practice (Cap. 1057). The rapid development of Hong Kong after the war and social welfare services has become one of the focus of government development. The HKCSS has been firmly in the position and has been an important partner in the development of social welfare since the 1970s. At present, the HKCSS has more than 450 institutional members who provide quality social welfare services to the public through its more than 3,000 service units.

Cycle for Millions

7 Jan

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Cycle For Millions is the first-ever territory-wide charity cycling event in Hong Kong. Organised by Pok Oi Hospital, this annual event has attracted over 33,000 riders from all walks of life since 2009.

Event Objectives
– To raise funds for Pok Oi Hospital’s development for the largest Nursing and Residential Care Home in Hong Kong
– To promote cycling in the Hong Kong Community
– To advocate green living style
– To prevent illness by encouraging physical exercises
– To help establish a stable and harmonious society
– To raise public awareness over road and cycling safety

pok-oi-2Date: 5 March 2017 (Sunday)

Registration Time: From 7:00 am to 9:45 am (Participants will assemble and start at different time slots as assigned by the Organizer. All participants must complete the charity ride within the specified event time.)

Place:
Bring Own Bike: Mei King Playground, Tsing Yi (Near the Tsing Yi Road)
Borrow Bike: Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Tsing Yi Campus) outdoor parking area

Price:
Individual Category – $680 (minimum funds raised)
Corporate Category (team not exceeding 15 members) – $28,000 (minimum funds raised)

Requirements for Participants
– The Organizer strictly requires all participants to possess basic cycling skills and road safety knowledge.
– All participants must have reached the age of 12 by March 5, 2017
– Participants under 18 years old must obtained a signed provision from their parents or guardians in order to participate in the event. The Parent/Guardian Consent form can be downloaded from the event website.

For more information and to register, please visit their website

About Pok Oi Hospital: Pok Oi Hospital, a charity organization that has grown with the Hong Kong community since 1919, currently operates 84 service units spreading all over Hong Kong serving over 800,000 beneficiary attendances annually. Pok Oi provides quality and diversified services, including hospital, clinical centres for teaching & research in Chinese medicine, Chinese medicine mobile clinics, nursing home, care & attention homes, day care centres for the elderly, secondary and primary schools, kindergartens, family multiple intelligences centres, community cyber centre and hostel for single persons.

Food Angel – help prep meals for the disadvantaged

27 Nov

food-angelFood Angel is a food rescue and food assistance program launched in 2011 by Bo Charity Foundation with the mission of “WASTE NOT, HUNGER NOT.” The program rescues edible surplus food from different sectors of the food industry that would otherwise be disposed of as waste. Following strict safety protocols, the rescued food items will then be prepared as nutritious hot meals in their central kitchen and be redistributed to serve the underprivileged communities in Hong Kong.

food banks  food_angel3.jpgUntil March 2011, Food Angel has provided over 2,956,453 meals and rescued over 2,474,823 kg of surplus food from going to the landfills.

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Beneficiaries of Food Angel include deprived elderly (71%), children from low income families (20%), the unemployed (3%), disabled and people in rehabilitation (4%) and the homeless, caged home dwellers etc (2%).

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Mission
– Reduce Food waste at Source
– Alleviate Hunger
– Relieve Poverty
– Educate the Next Generation

What you can to help
SCMP 03MAY13 NS CHAIWAN6  DW__6536.JPGVolunteer at one of their two kitchens in Chai Wan and Sham Shui Po where you can help prepare meal boxes: preparing raw vegetables and hot meal boxes (non-cooking duties)
To volunteer, you need to be over 16. You can volunteer as an individual or in a group. To find out about available dates and to register, please follow this link.

Beyond Vision Projects

12 Nov

BEYOND VISION PROJECTS (BVP) is a social enterprise supported by a group of passionate volunteers and professional advisors and academics in related field. In order to achieve their goal of enhancing the visually impaired (VI) and elderly with low vision’s quality of life; their first project, Tactile-Audio Interaction System (TAIS) services was successfully developed under substantial research. They got encouraging results and feedbacks which have proven TAIS can enable the mental image building process of the visually impaired (VI) and elderly with low vision.

BVP believes that art and culture inspires us, brings us together and, teaches us about who we are and the world we live in; despite the differences in age, gender, race or physical impairments. Arts and culture is for all.

Their Mission
BEYOND VISION PROJECTS (BVP) strives to enhance the quality of life of the visually impaired(VI) and elderly with low vision which focus on SOCIAL INCLUSION, SOCIAL EQUALITY and SOCIAL PARTICIPATION.

Their Goal
BEYOND VISION PROJECTS (BVP) aims at providing our Tactile-Audio Interaction System (TAIS) services: a simple-to-create ‘touch synchronized’ tactile and audio tool. This tool will enable the VI and elderly with low vision to receive visual information through touching and hearing, not limited to accessibility to art but all possible aspects of daily life. Subsequently, trainings for TAIS production and services will be provided to visually impaired individuals so as to open up job opportunities.

Training and Workshops
BEYOND VISION PROJETS (BVP) provides training and workshops; such as tactile painting making; audio description workshop and TAIS workshops, for the visually impaired, their family members and friends; as volunteer.

Training will cover:
– Tactile Painting Making
– Visual impairment awareness, customer care and guiding
– The principles of description
– Describing paintings, objects and artefacts
– Using other senses to engage blind and partially sighted visitors
– Improving accessibility, including leading an audio described tour

What you can do to help
BVP believes that people who have visual impairments should have an equal opportunity to experience art and culture, heritage and historical venues. They work with museums, galleries, schools and other organisations to provide inclusive and accessible consultations, tours and experiences. With your support; BVP can create a more accessible and inclusive society. Please contact BVP: info@beyondvision.asia for sponsorship or donations.

Or join BVP as an individual volunteer or group volunteer; by sending BVP an email (info@beyondvision.asia) with simple introduction and your intention.

Christmas Bazaars 2016

3 Oct

One way of getting your Christmas shopping done and support charities in Hong Kong is by visiting the numerous Christmas Bazaars. Here are a few to get you started:

HELENA MAY CHARITY BAZAAR
This is an annual event at Helena May where the public is welcome and can visit more than 50 stalls selling handmade crafts, jewellery, accessories, books etc.

Date: Thursday, 13 October 2016

Time: Please call the Helena May for details.

Place: The Helena May, 35 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong

MICHAELMAS FAIR 2016
michaelmas-fair_poster-2016_revA Hong Kong institution run each year by St John’s Cathedral, this fair offers games, marching bands, old books, household items, clothing stalls, book stalls, food and drink and much more. Fun for the entire family!

Date: Saturday, October 29 2016

Time: 10am to 4pm

Place: St. John’s Cathedral, Li Hall, 4-8 Garden Road, Central

SEDAN CHAIR RACE & BAZAAR
20121029-CNW-09_Superstar-Sedan-Chair-Race-for-CharityThe annual Sedan Chair Race is the main fundraising event of the Sedan Chair Charities Fund. The fund raised goes to support charitable organisations that are lesser known and have very limited resources to do fundraising themselves – none go to the Matilda International Hospital where the event is held each year. Watch as teams wearing all sorts of colourful costumes race by. There are also games and food stalls.

Date: Sunday, October 30 2016

Time: 10am to 1:30pm

Place: Matilda International Hospital, The Peak

SANDY BAY CHARITY FAIR at DKCH
Since 1981, the annual Sandy Bay Fair has been held on the first Saturday in November, from 10:00 am to 5:00pm. Held at the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay at Pokfulam, the Fair is legendary. Loads of bargains, lots of fun, laughter and delicious food as well as their famous limited edition Christmas cards. All net proceeds are used to support the Hospital to improve medical facilities.

If you can’t make it to the fair, you can order their Christmas cards by mail. To download this year’s catalogue, please click on this link.

Date: Saturday, 5 November 2016

Time: 10am – 5pm

Place: The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay, 12 Sandy Bay Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

JWA ANNUAL CHARITY BAZAAR
The Jewish Women’s Association of Hong Kong (JWA) invites you and the whole family to their annual bazaar! It is slated to be bigger and better than before! Happy holidays and happy shopping! All proceeds will go to charity.

Date: Sunday, November 6 2016

Time: Please call the Jewish Women’s Association for more information.

Place: Island School, 20 Borrett Road, Mid-levels

LAMMA FUN DAY
cwsLamma Fun Day Beach Music Festival is one-day charity event with something for everyone live music on stage on the beach, DJs, market stalls, a licensed bar, arts and crafts, tasty food, free water, a charity auction, bric-a-brac stalls, plus sports and activities for kids during the day. Entrance is free – the event is run by volunteers and CWS Hong Kong, with the generous support of Lamma and Hong Kong businesses. Now in its 16th edition, this year’s event will raise money for education projects in Nepal.

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016

Time: 11am till late

Place: Yung Shue Wan, Tai Wan To, Lamma Island

Ruck’N’Roll Charity Ball – An Evening at the Hotel California

3 Aug


An Evening at the Hotel California with Don Felder, Grammy Award Winner, member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and a former Lead Guitarist of the Eagles.

ruck n roll 3Hosted by the HKRU Community Foundation, this annual “Ruck’N’Roll Charity Ball” at the HKCEC benefits the Po Leung Kuk. All proceeds will go to various Po Leung Kuk initiatives helping disadvantaged groups in Hong Kong. For more details please visit www.rucknrollcharityball.org

Date: Saturday, 5 November, 2016

Place: Grand Hall, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Price: $2,888
Price includes an outstanding gourmet dinner, great quality wines and free-flow drinks all night. Ticket scan be purchased online from Ticketflap

* With a special performance by the Muffin Tops featuring Kevin Burke

About The HKRU Community Foundation: The HKRU Community Foundation was established in March 2013 with the aim of providing a separate identifiable vehicle to manage the HKRU’s charitable activities. This was done to achieve the dual objectives of promoting the positive influence the HKRU has on the community and encouraging corporate and social responsibility funds to assist in these programmes to allow their continuation and expansion. The Foundation aims to be a regional leader in the area of sport-for-development, using rugby as a medium to tackle social issues and effect change. The Foundation also hosts an annual “Ruck’N’Roll Charity Ball” at the HKCEC in support of Po Leung Kuk, more details at www.rucknrollcharityball.org

po leung kukAbout Po Leung Kuk: “Po Leung”, translating literally as protection of the young and the innocent, represents the core vision of the organization. Formally established as the Society for the Protection of Women and Children in 1880, in Po Leung Kuk’s long history they have prevented and resolved kidnappings, protected destitute women and children, and assisted the Secretary for Chinese Affairs (under British Rule) as a mediator in complex family and marriage disputes.

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In line with the economic development of Hong Kong over the past century, the range of services and coverage that Po Leung Kuk provided to the community constantly expanded as welfare needs evolved. Today, Po Leung Kuk is Hong Kong’s leading social service organization and fundraiser. Under a modern corporatized management structure, Po Leung Kuk is able to utilise donation dollars to maximize the returns to their most important stakeholder – the community.

Cause Corps

18 Jun

In the busy modern world, finding time to commit to volunteer world is a challenge. Here’s a way to commit short periods of time and still do good.

Cause+Corps+How+We+WorkMeet Cause Corps. Cause Corps is for people who want to meet passionate volunteers, engage in fun activities whilst doing good via direct action. The micro-volunteering events Cause Corps runs include: environment, children, disaster response (such as Nepal), animals, the disadvantaged amongst our community, and more.

Cause Corps (pronounced Cause-CORR) partners with organisations such as PostPals UK, that sends postcards to sick children in hospitals; SOS Villages Da Nang, a Vietnamese orphanage in need of toys and clothes; and Journey Nepal, supporting babies, women and disaster recovery in Nepal.

Volunteering Opportunities
cause corps beaniesYou can contribute from home, or meet Cause Corps in cafes and public places to write, knit, plant, learn and teach together for a difference cause. In Hong Kong, Cause Corps’ activities are conducted via their Meetup page. Examples of volunteer initiatives organized in Hong Kong include:
Postcard writing sessions – creating colourful postcards for terminally ill children.
Letter writing gathering – creating letters of hope and inspiration for adults facing challenges worldwide
Painting for OAPs – creating artwork to send to local senior homes
Knitting beanies for babies in Nepal
For more information, please visit their Meetup page.

* Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult (parent or guardian).

Join Cause Corps to take direct action on causes you care about. Meet passionate volunteers like yourself. Join Cause Corps to measure your impact; rate the volunteering organisations partnered with Cause Corps; and make volunteering a way of life.

In addition, Cause Corps is seeking committed Chapter Leads interesting in running micro-volunteering events in and around HK. Kirsty (Director, EU) from Sydney Cause Corps HQ will be here to tell you more about Cause Corps and what you can do to become a member of the Cause Corps family! This is a perfect opportunity for you to join the growing Cause Corps family, learn to run events at a time that suits you, and receive all the support and resources from Cause Corps!

Cause Corps will be running two information sessions Sunday 26th July and Sunday 3rd July.

Date: Sunday, 26 June

Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm

Place: Les Artistes Café, 1/F Man Hoi Building, No. 98-100 Electric Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

Registration for this event is via their Meetup page.

If you can’t make this information session, there is another one scheduled for 3 July.

cause corps logoAbout Cause Corps : Cause Corps is a not-for-profit grassroots organisation aiming to make doing good a daily habit. In today’s time poor society, they hope to inspire a cultural change, where the world understands how simple volunteering can be when you micro-volunteer. Founded in Australia, Cause Corps run short in time, free micro-volunteering events around the world that allow volunteers to see a direct impact by working with local and international partner organisations.

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Make doing good a daily habit

Who is Cause Corps
Cause Corps is a not-for-profit, community driven startup. They marry tech and creative, community and digital, years of volunteering experience with youthful enthusiasm to make doing good a daily habit for everyone. Cause Corps believes in:
– In the power of passionate people volunteering for causes they care about
– In the power of technology to connect and enable positive
– In the purpose of great volunteer organisations to make a better world

Mission
Encourage the world to do a million acts of micro volunteering by:
Making volunteering as easy as possible
Providing proof of real impact
Rewarding volunteers in a meaningful way

For more information please visit their website
And their Meetup