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TWGHs Charity Challenge Race

1 Nov


Run the TWGHs Charity Challenge Race and raise money for TWGHs Development Fund for the Kwong Wah Hospital Redevelopment project.

About the Charity Challenge Race:

Route Map

The goal of this Charity Challenge Race is to raise funds for TWGHs Development Fund of Kwong Wah Hospital Redevelopment project.
* It’s a fun race with over 6 different obstacle points along the 2.5 kilometre race course to leap over.
* Event includes stage performance and game booths
* There is also a kid-zone designated for children under 12 years old

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

Race Format:
Each team player/individual player begins at the starting point, leaping over 6 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.

Team Challenge Race (Corporate/Organization Team and Family and Friends Team)
* Team result is determined by the sum of finishing time of top three players in each team

Individual Challenge Race
* Divided into 4 age groups for male and female players. Result is determined by individual finishing time
* Age group is based on the year of birth. Applicant should register to their respective age group
(Example: If you were born in December 2005, your age group should be age 12-19)

Date: Sunday, 10 December 2017

Time: 7:15am – 12pm (Start time of different categories will be announced by early December 2017)

Place: Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong

Enrollment:

Race Categories

For more information on how to register or donate, please visit their website.

About the Kwong Wah Hospital Redevelopment:

Original Kwong Wah Hospital

The Kwong Wah Hospital was established by the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals in 1911 as the first hospital in Kowloon and the New Territories.

Current Kwong Wah Hospital

The hospital underwent a redevelopment in 1958. To update facilities and to expand services a new redevelopment is underway. After this 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. It will not only retain its role as acute hospital but provide an additional 350 beds and 10 additional operation theatres.
Other additions will include:
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.
Expanding Chinese and Western Medicine Integration Services so as to provide comprehensive Chinese and Western Medicine Hospital Services.

About Tung Wah Group of Hospitals:
TWGH is probably Hong Kong’s oldest charitable institution. The establishment of TWGHs can be traced back to Kwong Fook I-tsz, a small temple built at Tai Ping Shan Street on the Hong Kong Island in 1851 for people to house the spirit-tablets of their ancestors. As the temple was gradually taken by the sick and the destitute as a refuge, it became reeked with dirt and eventually aroused the concern of the Government and the public. Hence, a group of earnest Chinese community leaders proposed to raise funds and build a hospital in the neighbourhood. In 1869, $115,000 and a piece of land at Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan were granted by the then Governor MacDonnell. The first Chinese hospital in Hong Kong was finally built in 1870 through the enactment of the Tung Wah Hospital Ordinance. Prior to the establishment of the hospital, a temporary clinic was set up by the founding Directors near the hospital premises to offer free medical treatment to those in need. The hospital, named “Tung Wah Hospital”, was constructed in 1872 and started to provide free Chinese medicine services to the sick and the poor. It hence laid a foundation of the charitable work of TWGHs. To meet the imperative demand for medical services resulting from the rapid growth of population, Kwong Wah Hospital in Yaumatei, Kowloon and Tung Wah Eastern Hospital in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong were built and commenced operation in 1911 and 1929 respectively. In 1931, the 3 hospitals were amalgamated into the “Tung Wah Group of Hospitals” under the management of one Board of Directors.

Apart from medical care, TWGHs had been offering various social welfare and education services ever since its beginnings. When the hospital buildings were being constructed, remains were found on the site. A cemetery was then built by the founding Directors to re-bury those remains near the Slaughter House at Kennedy Town which started the Group’s provision of community services. It also started the immediate provision of alms to the needy. It provided assistance to victims whenever there were disasters, and even extended its relief work to mainland China. In 1880, TWGHs started its first free school at the Chung Wah College adjacent to Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road with the donation income of the temple used to provide free education to the poor. In 1941, with the outbreak of the Pacific War, TWGHs insisted to provide limited medical services in Tung Wah Hospital and Kwong Wah Hospital. It also helped undertake rebuilding work including repatriation of refugees, provision of free food and clothing, taking care of the wounded and burying the dead. Medical services of TWGHs were resumed after the war. In the 1950s and 1960s, TWGHs further established primary and secondary schools and embarked on the development of formal and systematic social welfare services.

With gradual evolution over the past hundred years, TWGHs has now developed into a well-established charitable organization in Hong Kong with a huge recurrent expenditure largely subvented by the Government and only a small portion covered by service users. As TWGHs needs to shoulder the shortfall in funding as well as the cost for developing new services by raising funds from the public, holding fund-raising activities has become imperative to sustain the financial well-being of the Group. To serve the community better, TWGHs will continue to dedicate its efforts in providing diversified and high quality services for the people of Hong Kong in the years to come.

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Sandy Bay Charity Fair 2017

22 Oct

The 36th Sandy Bay Charity Fair at DKCH is coming soon! Organised by The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children and with loads of bargains, yummy food, lots of fun and laughter, this is the place to spend a Saturday afternoon and get your Christmas shopping done. All net proceeds will be donated to the betterment of the donations for disabled children in Hong Kong.

Date: Saturday, 4 November 2017

Time: 10am – 5pm

Place: The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay, 12 Sandy Bay Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

About The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (SRDC): The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (SRDC) was established in 1953, with the mission to provide medical, surgical, rehabilitation and educational services to disabled children in Hong Kong. The Society, using funds generated by the generosity of the community, established a convalescent home in Sandy Bay in 1955 for children stricken with skeletal tuberculosis. The home initially had only 50 beds but was subsequently expanded in stages to become the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay (DKCH) in 1968 and was in the frontline fighting against tuberculosis, poliomyelitis and spinal deformities. The Hospital subsequently became internationally recognized for this work and remains a training center for surgeons and health workers from around the world.

The Society was responsible for the running cost of the Home and Hospital and ran the institutions on a day-to-day basis until 1991 when the Hong Kong Hospital Authority took over management of all public hospitals in Hong Kong. Despite the change in management, the Society still has a significant influence in the running of the Hospital and has continued to support the Hospital with specific needs or in emerging areas of child health that are not readily available in the public health care system. They have also expanded into other areas of medical social concerns that fulfill the mission of the Society.

Currently, the Society is continuously supporting the following:
* Equipment purchase or upgrade at The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay
* The Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe
* Doctor Fellowship Program – Overseas Orthopaedic Surgeons
* China Patient Project
* Implant Sponsorship
* Others, e.g. clinical research at HKU

Volunteer for the Hong Kong Alliance for Rare Diseases

23 May

A rare disease is any uncommon disease with a very low prevalence rate. There are over 6,000 diseases identified as rare diseases worldwide. Most rare diseases are caused by genetic defects or mutation and are found during childhood or even early infancy. In most of the cases, they pose serious threat to a patient’s entire life with extreme disabilities affecting quality of life. Some of them are even degenerative and life-threatening.

The definition for rare diseases differs among different organisations and jurisdictions, as follows: 6.5 to 10 cases in every 10,000 by World Health Organization (WHO); less than 7 in every 10,000 in the US; less than 5 in every 10,000 in the European Union (EU); and less than 1 in every 10,000 in Taiwan.

Some commonly known rare diseases identified in Hong Kong include Mucopolysaccharidosis, Pompe Disease, Infantile Cutaneous and Articular Syndrome, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, Myelofibrosis, Marfan Syndrome, Spinocerebellar Ataxia, Muscular Atrophy, Fabry Disease, Gaucher Disease, Achondroplasia, various forms of Osteochondrodysplasias, Inborn Errors of Metabolism and Mitochondrial Diseases. Most of the rare diseases are genetic in nature. In spite of a very few reported cases, rare diseases present a real threat to patients’ health, and bring heavy burden to their families.

Hong Kong has in place a world-renowned public health policy, and a healthcare system of high standard. However, we lag far behind in terms of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and protection of rare disease patients, as compared with many countries and places in Europe, US, and Asia. Government has not come up with a clear definition of rare diseases, or formulated related policies. The general public, including some healthcare professionals and social workers, have inadequate understanding and knowledge about rare diseases.

What Hong Kong Alliance for Rare Diseases does
* Enhance understanding of rare diseases among patients, carers and their families; promote self-help and mutual support and positive attitude, towards leading a more fulfilling life.
* Promote public education on rare diseases, strengthen community awareness, understanding and support for patients, their families and related self-help organisations.
* Ensure rare disease patients and their families’ needs and views are represented via policy advocacy and dialogues with Government authorities; leading to the formulation of proper support policies and services to address their needs in medical care, rehabilitation, education, welfare and social participation.
* Support and assist in rare disease-related research study.
* Unite rare disease patients, families, self-help organisations, healthcare professionals and academia, media and other stakeholders, promote collaboration and exchange.
* Promote dialogues, consultation and collaboration among related rare disease organisations in Hong Kong, Mainland China and overseas.

What you can do to help
The Hong Kong Alliance for Rare Diseases organises various events and activities to promote community awareness and support for rare disease patients and families. They invite you to act now and register as their volunteer.

Please download and fill in the Volunteer Registration Form by following this link, and email to info@hkard.org

Italian Charity Day at Sandy Bay

14 Nov

iwa_colThe first Annual ‘Italian Charity Day at Sandy Bay’ was held in December 1983. This Fund Raising Event is organized by the Italian Women’s Association to raise funds for The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay, a paediatric hospital specializing in orthopaedics, neurology and degenerative diseases.

The fair is an annual event which is held on the first Saturday of December. It has two main attractions: ‘II Mercatino’, a bazaar of products donated by Italian sponsors, and ‘Le Grazie’ restaurant serving authentic Italian dishes prepared by the local Italian community. People are welcome to reserve a table at the delicious restaurant or enjoy Italian dishes at the ‘Gourmet Corner’, at a minimal cost and with all proceeds supporting a worthy cause.

Date: Saturday, 5 December 2015

Time: 10am – 5pm

Location: Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital, Sandy Bay

Sandy Bay Charity Fair at DKCH

1 Nov

Sandy_Bay_Charity_FairSince 1981, the annual Sandy Bay Fair has been held on the first Saturday in November, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. Held at the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay at Pokfulam, the Fair is legendary and well attended by the public. Loads of bargains, lots of fun, laughter and delicious food. All net proceeds are used to support the Hospital to improve medical facilities.

So come and have some fun, and stock up on Christmas cards and gifts for friends and family.

Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015

Time: 10am – 5pm

Location: The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay
12 Sandy Bay Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Cost: Free

About The Society for Relief of Disabled Children: The Society for Relief of Disabled Children believes every child has the right to live happy and fulfilling lives and they strive for a world in which disadvantaged children can grow fulfilled lives and contribute to society and realize their full potential.

The Society for Relief of Disabled Children is committed to:
– Promoting awareness of equality and freedom from discrimination in the community – Improving the children’s physical health by sponsoring medical, surgical and rehabilitation services
– Caring for their psychological well being and mental mindset and by empowering them with love and care

Musica Senza Confini for MSF

29 Oct

msf posterOpera Prima Society of Hong Kong (香港美樂歌劇社) is a newly established non-profit making organization aiming at presenting and organizing opera, musical, vocal, choral, and instrumental music fundraising events in generating donations in support of humanitarian groups globally.

On 18 November, Opera Prima will launch their very first fundraising event, a concert benefiting Doctors Without Borders (MSF). So come join them for an evening of music and help raise funds for a very good cause.

Date: Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Time: 8pm

Location: Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall

Cost: $1,000, $300, $100
Tickets can be purchased at URBTIX

About MSF: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – Hong Kong was established in 1994, and is now one of the 24 associations of the international movement. MSF has offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Guangzhou, and are extending their work to some of the countries in southeast Asia. Because of the generosity of public support, the funds raised in Hong Kong and the region are an important support to their global relief work. The large majority of the money comes from individuals.

MSF organises a variety of public events and experience sharings, and facilitate media interviews to raise awareness of humanitarian crises.

MSF recruits field workers from Hong Kong and the region for their missions and provide professional training. They also support MSF field missions in the region, as well as responding to emergencies.

The 5th Race with Pink Heels

11 Oct

heelsYou into heels? How about Pink ones? How about running in Pink Heels?

pink heelsRace with Pink Heels is an annual charitable event organized by Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry. It aims to promote knowledge and risk awareness of hereditary breast, ovarian and prostate cancers caused by BRCA gene mutation, and also to raise fund for supporting the underserved high-risk families by undergoing BRCA testing and genetic counseling services in the community.

slide_4Participants are required to wear a pair of heels, 2-inch or below, with pink ornaments. The race course is 100 meters long at Stanley Main Street. There are 3 Race categories: Individual Challenge, Quadrathlon Team Race and Fun Race. “The Champion Award” is awarded for each game. For raising public awareness of hereditary breast cancer, all participants are welcome to put on pink accessories as support to the event. “The Best Costume Award” & “Top Fundraiser Award” is available for contending.

Date: Sunday, 22 November 2015

Time: 12 6pm

Location: Stanley Main Street, Hong Kong

For more information about the race, entry requirements and prizes awarded please follow this link to their website

hbcf_logoAbout the Organisers: Established in 2007, Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry is the only and first-ever charitable organization dedicated to help the high-risk families who have hereditary risk of breast, ovarian and prostate cancer due to BRCA gene mutations. They also aim to advance and standardize clinical care by formulating preventative measures through data collection, research, public education, counseling and supportive care services in reducing the incidence of hereditary cancers in Chinese population.

The Registry now has the largest database and biobank of hereditary breast cancers specimens in Chinese which would facilitate better understanding research of the disease locally and worldwide. THE REGISTRY has raised funds for financing the underserved high-risk families in the community to undergo genetic testing and counseling and has benefited over 1,000 families up to now.