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TWGH 2019 Flag Day Appeal – 31 Aug

29 Aug

Tung Wah Group of Hospitals is probably the oldest charity and social enterprise in Hong Kong. They began in 1869 building one hospital. Today they run three hospitals, numerous enterprises taking care of the elderly, children, the disabled and much more.

This Flag Day Appeal is your chance to donate to their cause. Look out for their volunteers on 31 August and give generously.

Date: Saturday, 31 August 2019

Time: 7am – 12:30pm

Place: All over Hong Kong

Make a donation: Or you can make a donation. Simply follow this link and download the donation form.

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MSF Day 7 July – Donate a day’s income

27 May


Back in 2004, when Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Hong Kong celebrated its ten-year anniversary, “7.7 MSF Day” was first launched as one of the activities which aimed to raise awareness and funds. The concept of “by donating a day’s income, you are volunteering for MSF” was welcomed by different sectors of the public. Since then, “7.7 MSF Day” has become one of the significant annual events of MSF Hong Kong.

Each year, over 3,000 field workers work with MSF in over 70 countries, providing medical aid to populations in danger. Despite adverse circumstances and limited resources in the field, MSF field workers never give up on saving lives and alleviating suffering. However, with the increasing challenges over recent years, providing emergency medical aid to people in need has never been an easy mission. Not only do field workers have to prepare themselves for the special living conditions in the field, but also might suffer directly from the emergencies, including, but not limited to, attacks on medical facilities, massive epidemic outbreaks, and armed conflict.

Although it may not be possible for everyone to work on the frontline, all of us can offer a helping hand to the populations in need by donating a day’s income. Your support is vital to MSF’s field workers in carrying out the medical humanitarian missions.

This year is the 15th anniversary of “7.7 MSF Day”. MSF sincerely invites you to participate in their medical humanitarian work by donating one day’s income. To signify you are volunteering for MSF on 7 July, please put on the “MSF Day bracelet” on that day and show your support. Join MSF! Together we can break through obstacles and save more lives.

Date: After receiving your donation, a “7.7 MSF Day” bracelet will be delivered to you as soon as possible. As the administrative and postal procedures take time, enrolment and donations made from 21 June onwards may not receive their bracelets in time for MSF Day. Should you have questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with MSF by emailing events@hongkong.msf.org

Donate: To make a donation, please follow this link

About MSF: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, pandemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

MSF provides medical care to help people survive catastrophic situations, where communities and health structures may be overwhelmed. Their core work is providing emergency medical assistance in situations of armed conflict.

MSF actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality. MSF does not take sides but seeks to bring assistance to those who need it most urgently. In situations of conflict, they do not accept funds from governments or other parties who are directly involved.

MSF has a commitment to address the suffering people endure and the obstacles encountered in providing assistance. MSF is constantly seeking to improve the quality, relevance and extent of their assistance, and are dedicated to the pursuit of innovation. When MSF witnesses serious acts of violence, neglected crises, or obstructions to its activities, MSF may speak out about this.

MSF was founded in Paris, France in 1971. Today, MSF is a worldwide movement of 24 associations. MSF International, which binds these associations together, is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

MSF is an independent, self-governed, non-profit organisation. It operates programmes in more than 60 countries worldwide. Its work is carried out by thousands of health professionals, logistical and administrative staff, the vast majority of whom come from the countries where the organisation is providing medical assistance.

Volunteer for the Rainbow Project

8 Mar

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a group of neuron-developmental impairments. People suffer from ASD usually shows different degrees of deficit in social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication, repetitive and stereotyped behaviour, such as rocking back-and-forth, repeating others’ speech or with obsessive interest.

Research indicates that the signs of Autism can emerge at the age of 18 months to the age of three, and, these symptoms, whether mild or severe, are incurable and could affect people for the rest of their lives.

Founded in 1999 by a group of concerned parents, educators, and professionals, Rainbow Project is a local charitable organisation set up in Hong Kong. They provide English medium special education service, bilingual (English or Cantonese) occupation therapy and speech therapy to children (age 3 to 11) who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other special education needs. Aside from that, the Rainbow Project also conducts workshops and training at their learning centre and gives talks on Autism at mainstream schools to raise the awareness of Autism.

Volunteer opportunities: Rainbow Project welcomes volunteers to help them with various projects. Are you good at dealing with children and you want to help during a field trip? Do you know how to build or maintain a website and you have some spare time? Do you want to help Rainbow Project paint a wall or do you know how to fix a chair? Get in touch – Rainbow Project values the help of their volunteers as part of their community program to raise awareness of autism.
– IT support
– Classroom Assistant
– Photographer/Videographer
– Events and Outing Helper
For more information about volunteering opportunities, please give Rainbow Project a call at (852) 2548 7123 or email: rainbow@rainbowproject.org

Volunteer or intern with Projects Abroad

24 Feb


Projects Abroad is one of the largest volunteer abroad organizations in the world. Founded in 1992, Projects Abroad sends 10,000 people abroad each year on a variety of service projects and internships overseas. All participants receive unparalleled in-country support from their full-time, professional staff to ensure that the experience is safe, worthwhile and fun.

Volunteer overseas or intern abroad in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Latin America. Projects Abroad offers overseas voluntary work placements including teaching, care, conservation & environment, medicine & healthcare, journalism, law & human rights, international development, business, and more.

Volunteer overseas:
Volunteer overseas with Projects Abroad, as a great opportunity to put your time into a meaningful and rewarding programme. Projects Abroad offers a wide range of service trips in various fields of interest, with placements in more than 30 destination countries around the world.

On an overseas volunteering programme you can impact communities and the environment in various areas of need, such as caring for children, teaching English, or protecting wildlife.

With more than 300 trained staff in their destinations and over a thousand different placements to choose from, Projects Abroad is one of the leading volunteer organizations in the world. But their impact will not be felt without the dedicated overseas volunteer work completed by their participants of all ages and backgrounds, who total more than 5,000 each year.

You can volunteer overseas in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, Central America, and the South Pacific.

For more information please follow this link to the How it Works page on their website.

Internships overseas:

Boost your resume and gain skills and real world experience on one of Projects Abroad’s international internships. Their internships abroad allow you to contribute to sustainable development and bring a more cross-cultural understanding to the world.

Projects Abroad offers internships in more than 30 developing countries around the world, where you can gain valuable experience by working alongside qualified professionals in your chosen field.

Projects Abroad’s local staff will work closely with you to determine which specific internship placement gives you the most valuable learning experience and provides the greatest benefit in the country.

To find out more, please follow this link.

High School Specials:

If you are 15 to 18 years old and enrolled in full-time education you can join Projects Abroad on a High School Special. Each project follows a schedule of taught sessions, hands-on and observational work, as well as evening activities and weekend excursions. Lasting two to four weeks, these programs are designed to make the most of your short time abroad while contributing to your community service credit requirements or college applications.

Read more about the structure of High School Specials, how travel arrangements work, or explore below the variety of High School Specials projects available.

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work. If you want to know more about their achievements, read Projects Abroad’s 2017 High School Specials Impact Report.

To find out more, please follow this link.

Orbis Walk for Sight 2019

8 Feb


With spring warming the earth and flowers beginning to bloom, March is the ideal time for a family picnic. So, it is time to put down your phones and let nature’s glorious blues and greens revitalize your eyes while you savor shared moments in the countryside, and help fundraise for a great cause!

Incredibly, 2019 marks the 20th anniversary since Orbis’ first-ever Walk for Sight. Orbis invites you to join them in helping the world’s needlessly blind and to see the day’s event filled with nature’s beauty, the simplicity of happiness, and the vibrant colors their “Indiana’s Adventure” theme will provide.

Date: Sunday, 10 March 2019

Time: 9:30am to 3:00pm

Place: The walk will begin and end at the Hong Kong International School (HKIS) in Tai Tam Country Park

Route: 6km and 10km walk in the Tai Tam Country Park

Shuttle Service: Free round-trip buses to the park will run from Central Pier No.8 from 8:00am to 8:45am; and the buses from the park to Central Pier No.8 will run from 12nn to 3:00pm

Carnival: Relax with a tasty sandwich box, snack and drinks in the countryside, enjoy stage performances, blindfold experience and games after your walk!

Application Deadline : 5p.m. 21 February 2019 (Thursday)
To register, please follow this link.

For more information, please email info.hk@orbis.org or call 2595 0263

About Orbis: Orbis is the result of a unique and lasting alliance forged between the medical and aviation industries. In the 1970s, leaders of these two industries came together to create the plan that led to the foundation of Orbis. They knew that the high costs of tuition, international travel and accommodations prevented most doctors and nurses in low-income countries from participating in overseas training programs. Even when they could afford to study abroad, their opportunity for direct clinical experience was limited because strict licensing laws often prevented them from performing surgery.

The solution was a mobile teaching hospital. With a fully equipped hospital on board an airplane, doctors trained in the latest ophthalmic techniques, including pediatric ophthalmology, could bring their surgical knowledge and skills to doctors in low-income countries through hands-on training and lectures. A grant from USAID and funds from private donors enabled Orbis to successfully convert a DC-8 plane into a fully functional teaching eye hospital. As replacement parts for the original DC-8 plane became more difficult and expensive to obtain, it became clear that a newer, larger aircraft was needed. In 1992, after a major fundraising appeal, Orbis purchased a wide-body DC-10 to replace the DC-8. Within two years, Orbis had converted the plane into an eye surgery hospital.

Orbis set up office in Hong Kong in 1985. Today, the office has a staff of some 45 whose main goal is to prevent blindness worldwide by raising funds and increasing awareness of eye health issues. Recent years have seen the office recruiting numerous local ophthalmologists to Orbis’ global sight-saving team. Their role is to visit developing countries where they teach their skills to local counterparts who then share their newfound abilities with their colleagues.

Po Leung Kuk

26 Jan

In the late 19th Century, abduction and trafficking of women and children were serious crimes in Hong Kong. On 8th November, 1878, a group of local Chinese presented a petition to the Governor, Sir John Pope Hennessy, K.C.M.G., to set up Po Leung Kuk to rescue the kidnapped victims. The “Society for the Protection of Women and Children” was approved by the Hong Kong Governor in May, 1880, but as the petition was submitted on 8th November, 1878, that date was adopted as theirfounding date.

“Po Leung”, translating literally as protection of the young and the innocent, represents the core vision of our organization. Formally established as the Society for the Protection of Women and Children in 1880, in their 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.

In line with the economic development of Hong Kong over the past century, the range of services and coverage 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, they are able to utilise donation dollars to maximize the returns to their most important stakeholder – the community.

What you can do to help
To build a caring society, caring companies of any business nature and scale and caring individuals regardless of your gender, education level, profession, nationality, race and religion are welcome to join as Po Leung Kuk volunteer.

Types of Volunteer Service:
– Recreational Activity
– Workshop/Small Group Teaching Class
– Visit of Service Units
– Escort Service for Medical Appointment
– Domestic Cleaning and Maintenance
– Sharing
– Child Care
– Homework Guidance
– Translation

Mission of Po Leung Kuk Volunteer:
To the community, you can
– Help the needy from all walks of life
– Foster the caring spirit
– Discover more about yourself
– Broaden your horizons
– Develop a sense of responsibility
– Enrich your life experience and explore more possibilities

To volunteer, download the Registration Form
Complete the form and email to plkinfo@poleungkuk.org.hk or fax to (+852) 2890 2097 (for Individual Volunteer)

For enquiries, please email to plkinfo@poleungkuk.org.hk or call at (+852) 2277 8888.

TWGHs Charity Challenge Race 2019

9 Dec


The TWGHs Charity Challenge Race is a large-scale race to raise funds for TWGHs Development Fund of Kwong Wah Hospital Redevelopment Project.

Race Format: Each team player/individual player begins at the starting point, leaping over 8 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.

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

Date: Sunday, 27 January 2019

Time: 7:15am – 12pm

Place: Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong

Rules: For more information on rules and guidelines, please follow this link

To participate in the race, please follow this link

For enquiries please call 2117 1650

About Kwong Wah Hospital: Kwong Wah Hospital, established by the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals in 1911, is one of the acute hospitals in Kowloon Central Cluster managed by the Hospital Authority. After 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.

Additional and enhanced patient services to be provided after redevelopment
– Retain its role as acute hospital and aim to provide about 500 additional beds and 10 additional operation theatres.
– 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.
– By expansion of Chinese and Western Medicine Integration Services so as to provide comprehensive Chinese and Western Medicine Hospital Services.