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First 2019 Beer for Books

12 Jun

Room to Read HK Chapter is pleased to announce their first 2019 Beer for Books on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Alto Bar and Grill from 6:30-8:30pm.

Please come and join Room to Read HK Chapter for a libation to celebrate World Refugee Day and their first Room to Read HK Chapter Beer for Books in 2019.

*$10 of every drink purchased (from their regular menu) will be donated to Room to Read HK to print 1 local language book.

Date: Thursday, 20 June 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Place: Alto Bar and Grill, 31/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay

About Room to Read: Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

The vision of the Hong Kong Chapter is to share the work of Room to Read with Hong Kong residents and businesses. They support Room to Read’s belief that education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty and will focus their 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.

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Room to Read Hong Kong Chapter Volunteer Opportunities

8 Jun

The Room to Read HK Chapter is getting active for education and they have volunteer opportunities throughout the year!

Action points to get involved:

1. Sign up to help lead a Beers for Books event in June, September, October or December – you will buddy with an experienced volunteer and organise together.

2. Sign up to lead another event of your choosing (ideas here) – either with volunteers you know or let Room to Read HK Chapter share the opportunity with other volunteers too.

Unfamiliar with Beers for Books? Here’s the premise (in brief):
Room to Read volunteers organise casual drinks at a bar, usually mid-week.
• The venue donates HK$10* per drink back to Room to Read.
• Volunteers also organise a raffle to raise additional funds for Room to Read.

What volunteers do:
• Pitch the bar to host on a night that’s typically quiet and donate $10 per drink.
• Secure some raffle prizes (Room to Read can sometimes help).
• Promote the event in advance, show up on the night and bring friends.
• A few other logistical things e.g. get the banner in advance, deposit cash afterwards.

Just a few last points
Room to Read HK Chapter is kicking off with a Beers for Books event every second month, starting in June.
• Experienced HK Chapter volunteers will lead but need another volunteer to help them.
• If you’re super keen to take the lead and organize on what is currently an off-month, that’s totally fine too.

*Printing a Room to Read local-language children’s book costs around HK$10, so each drink purchased (usually beer/wine/other specials) puts one book in the hands of children in Room to Read programme countries. Room to Read HK Chapter can vary from this format though.

Please do sign up if you think you can help – it’s just an indication of interest and you’re not locking yourself into anything (yet) 😉

About Room to Read: Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

The vision of the Hong Kong Chapter is to share the work of Room to Read with Hong Kong residents and businesses. They support Room to Read’s belief that education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty and will focus their 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.

Books for Love @ $10 – 25-28 April

17 Apr


The Swire Properties Community Ambassador Programme and The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) are jointly organising the “Books for Love @ $10” charity sale. The book sale aims to promote a love of reading in a green and affordable way whilst contributing to a meaningful cause. All books collected from the book drive campaign will be sorted by volunteers and put on sale for HK$10 each at ArtisTree, Taikoo Place, with all proceeds going to charity.

NGO beneficiaries this year include The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) and Agency for Volunteer Service (AVS); with proceeds going towards BGC’s “Treasure” child development project, and AVS’ efforts in promoting volunteerism.

So come buy a book and support the environment by reusing donated books.

Date: 25 – 28 April 2019

Time: 12-8pm

Place: Artistree, Taikoo Place

Price: Entry is free, if you would like to go and buy some books, please follow this link to their Facebook page and click on Going

About The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) : Founded in 1936, The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) was established to serve children and youth throughout different eras with its need-specific and community-based service in its comprehensive service network.

About Agency for Volunteer Service : Agency for Volunteer Service (AVS) founded in 1970, is a nonprofit organization with the vision to build a civil society and caring community. AVS is dedicated to playing a proactive and pivotal role in the promotion and development of sustainable volunteerism, and to develop partnerships with all sectors of the community to provide value added and quality volunteer service.

Signed copy of Heroes by Stephen Fry up for grabs, benefiting Room to Read

6 Dec

This December, Bookazine is supporting Room to Read once again by running a silent auction. All Bookazine customers are invited to place a bid to buy an exclusive signed copy of ‘Heroes‘ by the magnificent Stephen Fry. Branded with Stephen Fry’s unique charm, this brand new collection of his retelling of the bold and heart-stirring adventures of mortal heroes in Greek mythology is a must-read for fan of Fry as well as Greek mythology. Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of – at our worst and our very best.

There is only one copy up for grabs so if you’re interested, keep an eye on the auction and be sure to place a winning bid! Just follow the link here.

All the proceeds of the auction will be donated to Room to Read to help them establish a library in India.

*The silent auction will be running from December 1st-15th. Bidders have to be 18 or above. The name of the winner will be announced on Bookazine social media on December 17th, 2018.
**The donations and bids will be in USD.

Volunteers needed for Hong Kong’s Fastest Executive Race

8 Nov

On Friday, 30th November, 50-60 of Hong Kong’s top business leaders will race against each other on a 13 km route from Pok Fu Lam Reservoir to Admiralty in support of Room to Read’s Literacy Program. Last year, with only fifteen participants, Room to Read impacted over 9,000 children through their literacy program by raising close to 4 million HKD 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.

Room to Read is looking for the kind help of 25 volunteers to help with our Fastest Executive Race event.

Date: Friday, 30th November 2018

Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Volunteers aren’t required to be there for the entire duration but would need to confirm their available time slot. Please let Room to Read know your earliest start / latest finish time within this time frame.

Roles:
1. Course Marshals / Water providers
2. Help with registration
3. Help at the finish line with time keeping and guiding runners on to the bus to the award ceremony
4. Room to Read is also looking for any First Aid qualified volunteers

Location : Race checkpoints are located on the trail, starting at Pok Fu Lam Resevoir, ending at Bowen Road. The final location is Upper House in Admiralty.

Requirements: Some of the checkpoints are reached by walking several kilometers through hilly terrain so this volunteer role is ideal for keen and able hikers! A Room to Read representative will escort you to each checkpoint.

Other info: Volunteers will be given a T-shirt to wear and keep. Volunteers will need to wear their own clothes suitable for hiking and bring a backpack, water and mobile phone. 

To sign up, please email tijana.zderic@roomtoread.org by 16th November

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.

Empowering Girl Scholars in Vietnam

6 Oct


To support the continued growth of Room to Read‘s Girls Education Program in Vietnam, Spiga is thrilled to host an inspiring evening of great friends, fantastic food, abundant high-quality libations and an exciting silent and live auction. This event will sell out fast so get your tickets now!

The price of the ticket includes champagne on arrival, a three-course sit-down dinner, fantastic wines personally chosen by Amy Powell and John Wood and a signed copy of John’s latest book, Purpose Incorporated: Turning Cause into Your Competitive Advantage, to thank you for your generous support of Room to Read’s work!

Room to Read is changing the future for millions of children across the developing world via the lifelong gift of education. But there is SO much more we need to do, and tonight’s event will underwrite at least 200 years of Girl Scholars in Vietnam. Thank you in advance for helping them to achieve their dreams.

Date: Thursday, 11 October 2018

Time: 6:30-9pm

Place: Spiga, 3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queens Road, Central

Price: $550 + handling charge
To get your ticket, follow this link to Eventbrite

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.

International Women’s Day Breakfast: Two Tales of Global Impact

23 Feb

World change starts with educated children, and yet so many children around the world face immense barriers to access to education. For both speakers, adversity has been both the obstacle to and the drive behind persevering through challenges to be able to continue their path to education and success in personal and professional life. Join Room to Read this March 8th for “International Women’s Day Breakfast: Two Tales of Global Impact” to hear their inspiring life stories!

Neelam, Room to Read Girls’ Education Program Graduate
From an urban slum area of northwest region of Delhi, Neelam was destined to a life of poverty. Born to a father who works as a fresh produce seller in the local market, and mother who is a domestic helper, Neelam grew up to become the backbone of her family, taking care of her asthmatic mother and brothers and sisters. The turning point in Neelam’s life came in year 2005, when she became part of Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program (GEP) after which, for the first time, Neelam came to know of a different world where she would learn and do interesting things. Despite the many challenges she encountered during the program, Neelam has successfully attained her Bachelor degree in Commerce in 2015 and currently works in the Department of Telecommunications at the Ministry of Communications and and IT.

Elisa Chongbang, Multicultural Learning Facilitator, Hong Kong Christian Service
Elisa is a proud Hong Kong Nepalese woman, whose grandfather came to the city in the 1960s as an officer in the British Army. Hong Kong is her “Karmabhoomi”, meaning a place whose growth she will aid in and contribute to making it a racially harmonious and inclusive city. Since 2014, Elisa has been working in providing direct services to ethnic minorities as a part of her career. She produced the RTHK CIBS radio program called “Role Model: Someone To Look Up To” which aims at motivating the HK Nepali youth by interviewing 13 empowered HK Nepali people, as well as a short video titled “Namaskar Hong Kong” through the WeDo Global Social Issue Video Competition. Her work has helped to preserve Hong Kong Nepali culture and continuously works at improving the self-identity of numerous Hong Kong Nepali youth. She was awarded the Hong Kong Unison Scholarship, which provided her with further training on social policy and advocacy. She is a volunteer with PathFinders, advocating maternity rights for foreign domestic helpers. She is also a Social Justice fellow of Resolve Foundation. Furthermore, she has been volunteering at an organisation that works on promoting mental health care in Hong Kong for the past three years. She wants to keep working on empowering ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, mental health care for children and adolescents, as well as the rights of foreign domestic workers. In her spare time, she likes to sew, write, read and brainstorm new ideas for her future projects.

*Tickets included coffee and breakfast
**Audio and Visual Content will be recorded by the Mettā Team

Date: Thursday, 8 March 2018

Time: 8-9:30am

Place: Mettā, 21/F California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong

Price: $150 from EventBrite

About Room to Read : Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, Room to Read develops literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.