Tag Archives: Hong Kong

Volunteer for AIDS Concern

1 Jun

AIDS Concern was established in 1990 as the first non-government charity organisation committed to the service of AIDS care in Hong Kong. The founders were a group of volunteers from different backgrounds dedicated to improving the living standards for people living with HIV, and to stop the spread of HIV.

AIDS Concern strongly believes that the key to effectively stop the spread of HIV is establishing close communication with communities most vulnerable to transmission and exposure.

According to AIDS Concern‘s experience, one of the biggest challenges to their mission is the social stigma and discrimination that people living with HIV face, which directly affects their treatments and quality of life. Hence, AIDS Concern invests their resources into providing public health education and awareness programs to create a more supportive society by eliminating misunderstandings about HIV/AIDS.

What you can do to help:
AIDS Concern was initially formed by a group of volunteers who care about HIV issues in Hong Kong. Since their establishment, volunteers play a significant role in their work. AIDS Concern is able to develop their HIV caring and prevention services to the community with great supports and contributions from their dedicated volunteers.

AIDS Concern cordially invites you to join them as their volunteer to work with them in AIDS prevention education and related activities, to help fulfil for their TRIPLE ZERO Mission (ZERO new infections, ZERO AIDS related death and ZERO stigma for people living with HIV) in the community.

To register as a volunteer, please follow this link

For enquiries, please call 2394 6677 or email enquire@aidsconcern.org.hk

Visit UNSCHEDULED, support local art galleries benefitting HandsOn

27 May


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

22 May

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

Buy Limited Edition Postcards and raise money for Plastic Free Seas

17 May

Squid for lunch by Penny Creedon

Simple acts can have big impacts.

With these uncertain times upon us now, we can choose to slow down reconnect and take on the things that really matter. Making time for the little things like the old-school joy of sending a handwritten note to a friend.

Now you can send your love and share your dreams in aid of Plastic Free Seas on a Paper-Roses for Plastic Free Seas postcard.

In the drink by Penny Creedon

Paper-Roses have produced three 3 stunning marine life artworks, which highlight the impact of our plastic pollution crisis on our local marine species: green sea turtles, whale sharks and Chinese white dolphins.

By supporting this collaboration and purchasing a set of postcards, you can help fund the work of Plastic Free Seas and share your concern for our plastic-polluted water with your friends.

To find out more about this fundraising campaign and how you can support please follow this link

The pink pull by Penny Creedon

About the Artist: Artist, Penny Creedon, is a nature lover. She was lucky enough to grow up in the English countryside and now lives in Hong Kong. One of the things she likes most about living in this vibrant and exciting city? The fact that it’s so easy to get out from between the skyscrapers and into nature, whether it’s into the rainforests or out onto the water.

Penny wanted to create the artwork for Plastic Free Seas because of the undeniable impact that pollution and our over-reliance on single-use plastics is having on our surroundings. While updated regulations are likely to be a factor in helping to end this, education is vital to bring about the changes in attitude needed to break our bad plastic habits. Penny freely admits that she is not perfect and knows that we can all make changes to the way we think about and use plastic. The education programme that Plastic Free Seas has put in place, and the passion and perseverance they have in delivering the message, will empower this change.

About Plastic Free Seas: Plastic Free Seas is led by a small team of passionate and focused individuals committed to reducing the scourge of plastic pollution in Hong Kong.

Oxfam HK Face Mask Donation Drive

12 May


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

2 May


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.

Help for Domestic Workers is looking for a Fundraising & Events Volunteer

29 Apr

Many NGOs in Hong Kong operate on limited funding and manpower in an effort to maximize resources for programs that support their core mission. Skills-based volunteering helps address this challenge by engaging volunteers to provide specialized skills and services that leverage job-related expertise, such as accounting, design, HR, IT, legal and more.

For NGOs, skills-based volunteering provides access to specialized skill sets and talent they may not otherwise have. The engagement also empowers the volunteer to leverage their professional skills to drive positive social change, expand their network, develop meaningful community relationships and hone their skills.

Help for Domestic Workers is looking for a Fundraising & Events Volunteer
Key Responsibilities:
• Work with the Board coordinator of Fundraising & Events to develop and implement fundraising campaigns.
• To review fundraising trends, both internally and externally.
• To develop and deliver strategies to promote regular donations via HELP’s new online giving platform
• To help manage and maintain the HELP Fundraising Pipeline.
• To facilitate the development of project proposals by staff to submit to potential donors/trusts and foundations and event sponsors.
• To work with the Board Co-ordinator to plan and execute fundraising events annually such as an annual fundraising dinner.
• To help develop and implement processes for thanking the sponsors, donors and funders in writing and acknowledge them at Board meetings, special events and on the website/social media.
• Work with the finance committee to develop internal procedures for handling donations
• Record all grant and donor-related information as part of an effective donor relations management strategy on the fundraising database
• Positively represent and promote HELP in all its dealings with external agencies

Key Skills:
• Bachelor’s degree and proven track record of fundraising experience (10 years plus)
• Expert networker with high-level relationship management skills, including the ability to engage with senior-level stakeholders and corporate partners.
• Well-developed organisation and project management ability; to plan, prioritise tasks, meet multiple deadlines and budgets
• Strong writing, editing, presentation skills with very good attention to detail
• Self-starter, highly motivated and resourceful problem solver
• Experience using Salesforce, Word Press and Hubspot
• Excellent written and verbal English language skills are essential, Cantonese and or Mandarin language skills would be an advantage.

Amount of time required per month: As many hours as possible but can be flexible

Length of service / commitment required: To start as soon as possible, with commitment open-ended

Language requirement: English is essential, Cantonese and/or Mandarin would be desirable

Location of volunteer work: Mostly in the office at G/F, St John’s Cathedral, Garden Road, Central preferred but can be flexible to accommodate home-working too (for e.g. 50/50 split)

Enquiries: For enquiries and to apply please email j.booth@helpfordomesticworkers.org

About Help for Domestic Workers: HELP for Domestic Workers, provides free advice and assistance on employment, immigration and human rights issues to domestic workers in Hong Kong. Every domestic worker in Hong Kong, irrespective of race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or gender, should have access to justice and receive equal and fair treatment before the law.