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Clares Bric-a-Brac Sale 17&18 July

Image of St John's Cathedral in Hong Kong
There will be a Sale of bric-a-brac on Friday, 17th and Saturday 18th of July – 10.00am to 2.00pm, outside Castaways shop. It includes glassware and ceramic items, ornaments, kitchen ware, toys etc. All proceeds go towards charities supported by the Clares.

Or if you have time on Wednesday mornings, come join the Clares.

Group photo of members of ClaresCLARES is a women’s group, diverse and multi-national, made up of faith and non-faith, Cathedral and non-Cathedral members. It offers friendship and support to all whilst sorting and pricing donated goods for sale in the charity shop Castaways. There are also occasionally speakers, trips, and lunches.

Make new friends any Wednesday from 9.30am to 12 noon. At 10.30am the Clares break for coffee and conversation. In the Li Hall at St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Hong Kong

For enquiries please contact Stella Carter on stellarcarter@gmail.com

Date: Friday, 17th and Saturday 18th July

Time: 10:00am –2:00pm

Place: Castaways Shop, St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Hong Kong

Become Team Members of Mission Bridge and help disadvantaged children

In May 2012, a group of friends visited a park in Yau Ma Tei called Saigon Street Playground. This simple visit changed their lives. They met children from different nationalities, from different socio-economic backgrounds (normal as well as single-parents, asylum seekers and refugees).

They observed the surrounding areas. Nearby, there were sex toy shops, places of massage/prostitution, people openly drinking alcohol, smoking on the streets, In public toilets, they saw used drug syringes.

They left this area feeling disheartened, wondering about the children of Yau-Tsim-Mong, questioning how a child’s development is affected by such living environments. People living in subdivided flats don’t have an easy life. For most of the youth in the area: the streets, the neighbouring parks, and video game centre are their second homes. All these underlying factors are contributing to the increased possibilities of the youth getting involved in triads, dropping out from schools, having unwanted pregnancies, and so on.

The following week they returned to the Saigon Street Playground, spending time with kids. They never stopped, and thus the Friday gatherings with the kids Mission Bridge “Connecting lives” and the charity Ultimate United was born. Until today, these Friday night gatherings have served over 400 children of over 20+ different nationalities.

Become a Team Member: All are welcome to join this humble cause, even if you just want to come and visit. And if you want to participate and you can’t be regular that’s also fine.

For enquiries and to sign up, please email vjkunited@gmail.com or call 9836 0405 (English) | 9811 4878 (Chinese)

About Ultimate United: Ultimate United was founded by Mr. Sharma, Vijay Partap and his wife Ms. Kung, Kit Ling in May 2012. The couple visited Saigon Street Playground in Yau Ma Tei for the first time, and met people with many different needs (street kids, broken families, refugees, etc.). With the hope to pass God’s love to the families around this park, they began to meet in Saigon Street Playground every Friday and have not missed a single week. The Friday night Kids Club is called Mission Bridge “Connecting lives”, with the aim to connect people and build a stronger and better society.

Oxfam HK Face Mask Donation Drive


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


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 deliver Care Boxes (groceries and masks) to minority families (28 Apr – 3 May)

According to the 2016 poverty report among ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, the poverty rate among children of South Asian, mainly Indian, Nepalese, Pakistani, Filipino, etc., (29.1%) is significantly higher than that of all children in Hong Kong (12.1%). Most of them are born in Hong Kong.

Over the past 2 weeks, The Zubin Foundation has received over 400 calls from people seeking work. There are many families that have lost their only source of income because of their jobs in construction, at the airport and in F&B. Many of these families have little or no savings and children and adults are going hungry.

The Zubin Foundation has received generous donations from the public to provide Care Boxes to the ethnic minority families (EM families) in need. They are now looking for teams of 3 volunteers to help deliver these Care Boxes.

Volunteer yourself if you can help drive your car/van between Tuesday 28 April – Sunday 3 May for delivery. Mobilise your friends and family members to join you as accompanying volunteers to help deliver to the families in need. (Don’t worry if you can’t find accompanying volunteers, The Zubin Foundation can help!)

Date: Tuesday 28 April – Sunday 3 May

To register, please follow this link

For more information, please call The Zubin Foundation at 2540-9588

About The Zubin Foundation: The Zubin Foundation is a think tank and charity that works to improve the lives of Hong Kong’s marginalised ethnic minorities by providing opportunities and reducing suffering

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.

Splash Dash Relay 2020


Join the most inclusive fundraiser in town! The Splash Dash Relay will be Sunday, May 24, 2020. The Splash Dash Relay is a fun, inclusive event for a variety of ages and swim abilities. Teams race the clock (or each other) to see how many laps they can swim in 30 minutes. All levels are invited to participate provided they can safely swim 50 meters. Limited spots are available so register quickly!

Date: Sunday, 24 May 2020

Time: 8.00 am – 5.00 pm (teams will be given a scheduled time slot)

Place: Canadian International School, 36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen

Teams: Teams may consist of 3 or 4 members and 2 Splash graduates will join each team.

Format: Teams swim continuously for 30 minutes, changing swimmers every 25 or 50 meters.

Entry Fee: Each team must raise a minimum of HK$5,000, either through direct payment or donations

To reserve your place in the Splash Dash Relay, teams are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of HK$500. This will be counted toward your fundraising minimum of HK$5,000. For any queries, please contact splashdash@splashfoundation.org.

To register please follow this link

Divisions: Corporate, Friends and Family, Schools and Clubs

The event will be conducted in heats and each team is given a pre-assigned swim time (so your total time commitment is about 90 minutes).

Division Prizes: Most Money Raised, Most Laps Swum and Best Team Spirit

About Splash: Splash supports people who take their first leap into the water, people in Hong Kong who don’t normally have access to or the means for swimming lessons. Splash connects those who can swim with those who can’t, supported by partners who believe there should be no economic or cultural barriers to learning this important skill.

Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2020 – 12 May


Established in 2013, the Hong Kong Human Rights Art Prize has played a pivotal role in discovering and encouraging Hong Kong artists to explore the state of human rights both at home and abroad. Each of the exhibited works will be available for purchase, with all proceeds supporting the important non-profit work of Justice Centre Hong Kong.

Please join the Justice Centre Hong Kong for an evening of thought and conversation provoking art on 12 May 2020 at 6:00pm for the Award Ceremony & Opening Event. The Awards Ceremony will take place at 7:30pm.

The Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize is organized by and for the benefit of Justice Centre Hong Kong.

Date: Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Time: 6-10pm

Place: Goethe-Institut Hongkong, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai

Price: $250 plus handling charge
To buy your ticket please follow this link to EventBrite

About Justice Centre Hong Kong: Justice Centre Hong Kong is a non-profit organisation focused on the promotion of human rights through their legal, psychosocial, research, policy and advocacy work. They are committed to driving change for a just and fair society.

Founded in 2007 as Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, Justice Centre Hong Kong helps more than 300 forced migrants annually on their road to a new life.

Michaelmas Fair – 26 Oct

Get ready for Hong Kong tradition, an opportunity to get all your Christmas shopping done in one place AND support a variety of charities. The Michaelmas Fair organised by St. John’s Cathedral has been around for decades. A true local tradition.

There are handicrafts, home produce, white elephant, second-hand clothes, books, Christmas cards and decorations and much more. For the kids there are game stalls, and food and entertainment fo keep you going. Proceeds go to various charities that the cathedral supports. Don’t miss it.

Date: Saturday, 26 October 2019

Time: 10am – 4pm

Place: St. John’s Cathedral, Garden Road, Central

Christian Action 3-Legged Charity Walk


The 3-Legged Charity Walk provides participants with a unique opportunity to overcome obstacles, work together with others and learn about various challenges faced by disabled children, like the children cared for by Christian Action in Qinghai Province, China.

The goal of this walk is to raise funds for children from low-income families in HK as well as orphans and disabled children in Qinghai

Key activities will include Football training run by ChelseaFC Soccer School Hong Kong, Qinghai Children’s School Day Experiential Workshop, 3-Legged FunRacing Competition and a family-oriented carnival for you and your children. Sponsorship Teams can also take part in the FootGolf plus Putting Game Charity Race.

This will be a wonderful and meaningful weekend event that you don’t want to miss.


Date: Saturday, 23 March 2019

Time: Opening Ceremony 9:15am

Place: The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club

Online Enrolment: For more information and to enrol please follow this link.

Enquiries:
Tel +852 2716 8862
Fax +852 2383 7688
Email charitywalk@christian-action.org.hk

About Christian Action: Christian Action was established in 1985 as a registered charitable organization in Hong Kong. Their mission is to serve those who are poor, disadvantaged, marginalized, displaced or abandoned regardless of their age, gender, nationality and religion.

Their aim is to give them hope, dignity and self-reliance. Their services are based on the example of Jesus Christ who came to serve all people, regardless of their age, gender, nationality and religion, which includes:

Humanitarian programs in Hong Kong for refugees, foreign domestic helpers, ethnic minorities, children and youth from low-income families in Hong Kong and cross-border families and immigrants from Mainland China.

Training programs for the underprivileged and unemployed and professional training services for corporate clients needing specialized training for their workforce.

Humanitarian programs in Qinghai Province on the Tibetan Plateau. This includes co-managing five children’s homes; the province’s first and only Children’s Rehabilitation Centre for disabled children; the construction of winter homes, rural clinics and schools for impoverished Tibetans, and the provision of school scholarships for the rural poor.