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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

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
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

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.

Volunteer with Youth Diabetes Action

Living with diabetes can be a financial strain, particularly in low-income families—four blood tests and four insulin injections are required daily. Support Youth Diabetes Action to ensure no child gets left behind because of this illness.

Youth Diabetes Action (YDA) is a charity established in 2001, dedicated to supporting children and adolescents with diabetes and their families in Hong Kong.

Services:
Education and Community
– Diabetes seminars and workshops
– Diabetes School Care Plan
– Hong Kong Childhood Diabetes Registry
– Blue November
– Advocating for children with diabetes
YDA Today

Financial and Medical Support
– Financial Assistance Programme
– Flame of Hope Scholarship

Care Support (This project is supported by The Community Chest)
– Mentoring
– Parent Sharing
– Children and Youth Programmes
– Family Events

Volunteer: YDA is always in need of reliable volunteers to help with general operation and administration, as well as with different occasions like member activities and fundraising events. An example of a fun member activity is the upcoming Cartoon Rice Dumpling making workshop on 18 January.

To register as a volunteer, download the registration form here

For more information please email support@yda.org.hk

World Vision Charity Walk with Love 1 Feb


Deprived of food, out of school, child marriage, these are the adversities that many children in Afghanistan face. As we embrace a new year of hope, let’s spend a morning with our friends and colleagues, walk together and raise funds to help children and families in Afghanistan in need.

Funds raised from Charity Walk with Love will support World Vision to provide livelihood assistance, child protection and healthcare in Afghanistan, with the aim to assist children and families who have lost their livelihoods and homes due to adverse environmental conditions. Your generosity will help rebuild their lives, restore their health and rekindle hope.

HK$1,000 can subsidise pharmaceutical supplies to Mobile Health Teams
HK$500 can support a facilitator a month’s salary, to provide assistance for caregivers of children
HK$200 can provide vegetable seeds and farming tools for a household

Remarks:
This is a charity walk event, which is not recommended for people with mobility disabilities.
– Participants aged below 18 must obtain consent from a parent/guardian to participate in the event. Children aged 12 or below must be accompanied by an adult.
– Each participant will be awarded a certificate at the venue after the event.
– For individuals and families, awards will be given to the top three fundraisers; for organisations and groups, awards will be given to the top three fundraisers and the organisation/group with the highest number of participants. Registered companies, institutions, schools and churches are classified as ‘organisations and groups’, and the rest are classified as ‘individuals and families’. The cut-off date for all awards is 13 January 2020.
– The Organisers will make every effort to hold the event as scheduled. If the event is eventually cancelled due to bad weather or safety concerns, participants are encouraged to continue their support for World Vision‘s development projects in Afghanistan. If participants would like to request for a refund of their donations, please send an email to hotline@worldvision.org.hk or contact World Vision’s Donor Services Team on 2394 2394.

Date: Saturday, 1 February 2020

Time: 10am-1pm

Place: The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club

Price: Minimum Fundraising Amount
Adults (Above 12): $300 / person
Children (Under 12): $200 / person

To register, please follow this link

Enrolment Deadline: 13 January 2020 (Monday)

Participants are advised to use the free shuttle bus service between The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club and Tseung Kwan O MTR station. Limited parking space at the venue will be allocated according to the submission time of the minimum fundraising amount.

About World Vision: World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.

MSF Day 7 July – Donate a day’s income


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 or intern with Projects Abroad


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.

Po Leung Kuk

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


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.

Matilda International Hospital Carols by Candlelight

Join Matilda International Hospital to celebrate Christmas with friends and family in their spectacular heritage site this December.

Christmas choirs, Father Christmas and snowmen will star in the Carols by Candlelight Charity Event at the Matilda International Hospital at 6-8pm on Tuesday, 4 December 2018. Admission to the charity event is free, and open to all. It is a festive evening, a time to enjoy being close to loved ones, listen to carols, savour specialty Christmas foods, and embrace the true spirit of giving at Christmas.

All sales proceeds will go to the Matilda Children’s Foundation, which provides life-changing surgeries to children with no other means of assistance.

Date: Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Time: 6-8pm

Place: Grounds of Matilda International Hospital, 41 Mount Kellett Road, The Peak

A free shuttle bus runs between the Peak Galleria (Public Transport Terminus) and Matilda International Hospital at the Peak from 5:15pm to 8:10pm on 4 December (Tuesday). Additional shuttle buses will depart from hospital to Central after the event.

Event highlights: Choir performance, Father Christmas, Grotto, games and sale stalls, Christmas food delights

Enquiry: 2849 0355

About Matilda Children’s Foundation : In 2003 Matilda International Hospital established the Matilda Children’s Foundation to raise money for life-changing surgery for children in need. Matilda doctors and teams volunteer to help the foundation, donating time, expertise, money and resources for surgery.

The charity has provided treatment and care for over 60 children from the region. Every dollar raised goes to the Foundation.