Volunteer with Make-A-Wish Hong Kong

More than a Wish, from wish catching to wish effect, it is a Wish Journey! For 20 years since their establishment, Make-A-Wish Hong Kong has walked through many unique Wish Journeys with nearly 2,000 children with critical illnesses and their families. A Wish Journey brings them physical and emotional benefits, empowering them to embrace what comes next. For both our Wish children and their families, this experience is impactful and unforgettable.

Make-A-Wish Hong Kong has a number of volunteer opportunities: From Wish Catching/Wish Planning (requires mandatory training) to participating in fundraising events and children’s activities to assisting in general office work etc., there is something for everyone.

Register: If you would like to volunteer, please follow this link and complete and submit the form.

For more information, please call 3101 9688 or email info@makeawish.org.hk

About Make-A-Wish Hong Kong: Make-A-Wish Hong Kong’s mission is to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses aged 3 and 17 to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To date, Make-A-Wish Hong Kong has transformed nearly 2,000 children’s lives. Make-A-Wish Hong Kong is dedicated to making every eligible child’s wish come true.

Christmas cards, gifts etc.

Normally at this time of the year there are a host of fundraising Christmas bazaars and fairs to go to where one can buy Christmas cards, scoop up the perfect gift, all benefitting different charities in and around Hong Kong. Not this year. Because of the pandemic, all these events have been cancelled. Here are two suggestions for you is you are looking for cards to send to relatives that you won’t see this year or a special gift for that special person in your life.

Cards, gift wrap, gifts to order: The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children whose mission is to support medical, surgical, rehabilitation and educational services to differently-abled children in Hong Kong produces beautifully designed cards in both Western and Chinese designs, gift wrap and gifts each year that can be ordered. Please follow this link to their digital catalogue.

The Bookstore, St. John’s Cathedral: At this time of the year, The Bookstore at St. John’s Cathedral on Garden Road stocks a wide variety of Christmas Cards from various charities. In addition to books, cards and gifts, The Bookstore also offers the largest selection of Fair Trade products in Hong Kong. From coffee and tea to chocolate and nuts. Opening Hours are
Monday to Saturday: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday & Public Holiday: Closed

Shop now and give to charity!

Pink Walk for Breast Health without boundaries

Pink Together 2020 banner
Celebrating their 15th anniversary this year, Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation (HKBCF) proudly presents “Pink Together 2020” this October – a first ever virtual charity event to enhance public awareness of breast cancer in a territory-wide scale.

Pink Walk for Breast Health, the annual walkathon has reached over 2,000 participants at the Victoria Peak every year. As the social distancing measures are still in place, HKBCF is remodelling this annual fundraising event to virtual base — Pink Together 2020.

Pink Together 2020 provides wellness aficionados and the public who wish to give support to the local breast cancer community an opportunity to exercise for a good cause and spreading this goodwill to family and friends. Participants can choose their own sports activities, including walking, running, hiking, yoga, push-up, etc. and upload their record to the event platform.

Anywhere, anytime, any pace without boundaries!

Like past years, HKBCF will present a number of awards to top individual and group for their dedicated support:
– Best Dressed Pink Award for Individual, Group and Pet
– Highest Fundraiser for Individual, Group and Corporate
– Highest Participants

Of these, the Best Dressed Pink Award is the highlight. Participants are free to submit entries by uploading contestant photos on Social Media Platform with #bestdressedpink #pinktogether2020 #hkbcf @hkbcf_official.

Act now, join “Pink Together 2020” and show your support!

Date: Anytime within October 2020

Time: Anytime of day

Place: Anywhere you want

1. Individual ($350 minimum donation)
2. Team
a) Small/Family Team ($350 minimum donation per participant)
b) Organisation/ Corporate ($350 minimum donation per participant)
c) Large Team ($300 minimum donation per participant)
d) School (Students, Teachers & Staff) ($200 minimum donation per participant)

Enroll Now: To enroll, please follow this link

About Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation: Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation was founded on 8 March 2005, as a non-profit charitable organisation dedicated to mitigating the threat of breast cancer to the local community through education, support and research & advocacy. Its mission is to promote public awareness of breast cancer and the importance of breast health; support breast cancer patients on their road to recovery and advocate better breast cancer care in Hong Kong.

Help MSF respond to the COVID-19 Crisis

MSF’s emergency teams are experts at fighting disease outbreaks. With your support, MSF can help save the lives of people battling COVID-19.

As the new disease continues its rapid global spread, MSF is responding to a whole new challenge: scaling up their emergency medical activities and supporting fragile health systems impacted by this pandemic. Furthermore, MSF needs to protect the tens of thousands of people who have been relying on their regular medical programmes for essential healthcare services every day.

image of medical personnel dressed in PPE
©Peter Casaer
MSF’s first response to the COVID-19 outbreak was to set-up a project in Hong Kong at the end of January, focusing on supporting the most vulnerable people in society. Through health education and donation of supplies such as personal protective equipment and masks, MSF was able to reach the elderly, homeless people and other at-risk groups.

As COVID-19 spreads across the world, MSF is responding to the pandemic in some of the hardest-hit countries, such as Bangladesh, India, Brazil, Yemen, etc. MSF is responding to rapidly changing medical needs and delivering much-needed assistance: caring for patients, carrying out infection prevention and control measures, building temporary health structures to decongest overwhelmed referral facilities for COVID-19 patients and more.

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©Brigitte Rossotti

Click here to learn more about MSF’s latest response on COVID-19

Right now, MSF teams are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in more than 70 countries and regions where they run existing programmes, as well as opening projects in other areas that have become outbreak hotspots.

Image of a temporary medical facility for Covid patients
©Olmo Calvo
MSF has launched the COVID-19 Crisis Fund to raise urgently needed donations for their emergency response to this pandemic. The funds raised will support MSF’s COVID-19 response worldwide, and will include their response to its consequences on their existing projects.

MSF teams are also gearing up to confront potential outbreaks in areas they were already working before the pandemic struck. MSF is deploying medical staff, sending supplies and applying nearly 50 years of experience fighting outbreaks and epidemics to protect the most vulnerable and save lives.

Help MSF to provide medical supplies to help protect their medical workers

Help MSF send experienced medical workers to the areas affected by the outbreak

Help MSF set up emergency healthcare facilities to help reduce the burden on local hospitals

With your support, MSF will help beat the new coronavirus pandemic. Please donate today by following 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. MSF’s core work is providing emergency medical assistance in situations of armed conflict.

MSF’s 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, MSF does 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 MSF is 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.

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre

Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre logoMaggie Keswick Jencks was the co-founder, alongside Charles Jencks, of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. Maggie was a writer, a landscape designer, a painter and a mother of two.

In May 1993, Maggie was told that her breast cancer had recurred and spread to her bones, liver and brain. When asked, her Dumfries oncologist gave her two to three months to live. By joining a trial involving advanced chemotherapy Maggie extended her life by a further 18 months and it was in this time that her idea for a cancer caring centre was born.

Maggie spent her younger years living in China and Hong Kong with her parents. Together they set up the Keswick Foundation in Hong Kong to support pilot projects addressing areas in the medical and social systems that need review.

In 2005, the Keswick Foundation approached Maggie’s UK to pioneer the implementation of the first Maggie’s outside of the UK. In 2008 Maggie’s Hong Kong opened their temporary centre and in 2013 Maggie’s Hong Kong were proud to relocate into their permanent, purpose-built centre designed by Frank Gehry.

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre offers multi-professional services to anyone diagnosed with cancer, their family members, Photo of Marrige's Cancer Caring Centrefriends or carers. Maggie’s Centre is based in Tuen Mun Hospital, within walking distance from its oncology department. All of Maggie’s services are offered free of charge. These include Information & Practical Support, Emotional & Psychosocial Support, Relaxation & Stress Management, all within warm and welcoming spaces.

Maggie’s aim is to help people equip themselves with effective ways to face and cope with a cancer diagnosis, treatments, and psychological, informational, and emotional impacts of cancer. The welcoming, home-like environment of Maggie’s Centre is part of Maggie’s integrated ethos. The comfortable setting allows you to be yourself, not a hospital patient.

Although the Hong Kong Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre has currently suspended face-to-face activities due to the Coronavirus outbreak, phone and email consultation is still being provided and online workshops and programmes are also available.

How You Can Help
Fundraise: Set for yourselves a target and ask your friends, colleagues and relatives to support you with a donation to Maggie’s Centre. You can organise your own event such as hiking challenge, marathon, music jam session or cake baking to support people touched by cancer.

Action now and look at Maggie’s “Fundraise for us” leaflet for more details.

Volunteer: You can support Maggie’s in a very direct way by helping them as a volunteer.

Maggie’s regular fundraising events and projects always need ‘hands on deck’ to make everything run smoothly. You can also get involved at Maggie’s Centre by looking after the beautiful garden, sorting the library area, or helping with different administration work. By volunteering, you can become a vital part of Maggie’s!

To get involved simply fill out their volunteer registration form.

For more information please email info@maggiescentre.org.hk or call 2465-6006

Visit UNSCHEDULED, support local art galleries benefitting HandsOn

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

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

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
InspiringHK Sports Foundation
Justice Centre Hong Kong
Kely Support Group
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

Combat COVID-19 with UNICEF

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is of a scale most people alive today have never seen. Worldwide, the outbreak is claiming lives and livelihoods as health systems buckle, borders close and families struggle to stay afloat.

In response to the fast-evolving nature of the pandemic, UNICEF is urgently appealing for funding and support to heighten public health response in order to reduce transmission and mortality of COVID-19.

UNICEF supports vulnerable countries by providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and basic infection prevention and control measures for vulnerable families and children. Across the globe, UNICEF commits to distributing vital public health messaging to children and families so they can protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19.

UNICEF needs your help right now
Combat COVID-19 with UNICEF

Donate NOW

About UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund is a United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide. Operating out of U.N. headquarters in New York City, it is among the most widespread and recognizable social welfare organizations in the world, with a presence in 192 countries and territories. UNICEF‘s activities include immunizations and disease prevention, administering treatment for children and mothers with HIV, enhancing childhood and maternal nutrition, improving sanitation, promoting education, and providing emergency relief in response to disasters.

Autism Partnership Foundation (APF)

Autism Partnership Foundation (APF), a registered charity body (qualified for the exemption from tax section 88 of the Inland Revenue) in Hong Kong, is committed to making a difference in the life of individuals with autism. Through various fundraising initiatives, APF aims to raise funds to generate public awareness and knowledge about autism. APF will also advocate ABA treatment and intervention through community programs of education and research and provide support and help for children with ASD and their families in Asia.

Since their establishment, APF has devoted themselves to provide the best services with aims of generating public awareness and acceptance of autisms, advocating Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment and supporting ASD individuals, their families and all those involved to thrive for realizing inherent potential of ASD people and achieving the greatest degree of independence and highest quality of life possible.

With such aims, the Autism Partnership Foundation is committed in providing a range of support services for children with autism from low-income families, their parents and local schools in Hong Kong. Their service programs will adopt the ABA approach to enable the best possible outcome. Through their specialized services, the children have the opportunity to receive free ABA treatment support, and parents can gain stronger knowledge and better understanding in addressing and handling some of the common challenges faced by their child.

APF services are provided by dedicated, dynamic and qualified ABA therapists and professionals with extensive knowledge and experience in working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.

Volunteer: APF welcomes Hong Kong citizens who reach the age of 15 to be their registered volunteers. APF will match each volunteer’s talents, abilities and interests with their workload, and assign suitable duties for them.

You are welcome to contribute your time & talent to APF on office work and fundraising projects. Please complete the Volunteer Application Form Here.

Starfish is recruiting committee members

The Starfish Charitable Trust is recruiting new committee members to break the child poverty cycle of underprivileged children in HK through creative means.

Please come join the Starfish Charitable Trust at their welcome lunch to find out more about their team and how you may help!

Suggested contribution: HKD200

Any questions, feel free to reach out to their PR officer for this event Alicia (98381833)

Date: Saturday, 14 March 2020

Time: 12-2pm

Place: Union Church, 248 Queen’s Road East

Price: Free, with a suggested contribution of $200. To register, please follow this link to Eventbrite

About Starfish Charitable Trust: Since its inception, Starfish’s mission is to exhaust all avenues to appropriate medical treatments that could ease or even alleviate the sufferings of children in order to increase their chances for adoption and offering hope for a normal life.

Besides giving medical treatments to the children, Starfish also cares for the emotional and spiritual needs of these children as an approach for holistic healing. Starfish’s objectives include training programs to coach, develop and upgrade the skills of the caregivers to enable them to deliver their service effectively and with dedications in a well- managed and clean environment.