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Volunteer for Light Be, a Social Housing Solution

21 Feb

An overseas reporter once described subdivided units as a ‘local specialty’ of Hong Kong. When this ‘local specialty’ is commonly found in many parts of Hong Kong, the problem is no longer one that only affects the bottom sector of the society; it is in fact a much wider socio-economic issue of Hong Kong with huge impact on the development and well-being of our next generation.

light-be-logoThe new challenges of the day are calling for new solutions. Some of the general public believe that this social problem may be alleviated through a social enterprise combined with innovation. Turning this belief into actions, Light Be was founded in response, and the business was named as ‘Social Realty’. Light Home was made possible with the generous support from different sectors of the general public.

light-be-1In 2013, Light Be successfully launched Light Home and started renting apartments from different landlords to sublease the property to the less privileged at an affordable rent.

How this works
In simple terms, Light Home landlords voluntarily compromise their rental income temporarily, instead they willingly offer their apartments for a term of years as Light Home to help the others. When the lease ends, Light Be will make arrangements according to the landlord’s decision to either continue using the property as Light Home or recover the property for other purposes. The difference between this and traditional charity donations, is that Light Home landlords do not have to donate their properties nor cash, instead they continue to hold and own the properties. The arrangement of Light Home is a bit similar to a low-return patient investment that maintains the value of the property in the long term.

Light Be is now moving onto another stage of growth. Apart from working with individual landlords, Light Be has started to rent apartments from the commerce sector, welfare sector, as well as the Government (Light Housing). It continues to explore various ways to rediscover and reemphasize the great social value of real estate.

What this means for tenants
A Light Home tenant will receive a four-fold protection: rent, lease period, co-tenants and facilities. Firstly, the affordability of the tenants will be taken into account when the Light Home rent is fixed. Secondly, Light Home can provide a maximum of three-years lease period if the situation allows. Thirdly, co-tenants must apply with the referrals of social workers and will be assessed before matching. Fourthly, the safety and sanitation of Light Home and its essential facilities are prioritized. In terms of space, Light Home adopted the standardized area of no less than seven square meter per person in reference to the Public Rental Housing.

light-be-2With the guarantee of a pleasant living environment, the responsibility of the tenant is to try their best to live a better life. In a maximum lease period of three years, the tenant should gather sufficient confidence and ability to satisfy their next stage housing need after moving out. During the process, Light Home provides the tenants a space with considerate arrangements and encouragement to let them regain confidence and rediscover the joy and challenges of their new lives with a proactive attitude.

How you can help
Landlord
Light Be aims to provide an environment to encourage the tenants to be self-reliant, at the same time be responsible to landlords for on-time rent payments. They manage the property responsibly and will return the property when the lease ends. If you are considering to rent out your currently owned property, or plan to purchase a property to rent out as a ‘Light Home’, please feel free to contact Light Be by emailing realty@lightbe.hk.

Volunteers
Light Home’s recent development rely greatly on the voluntary involvement of the commerce sector, construction sector and the charity sector. Their volunteers specialize in property, leasing service, renovation, maintenance, engineering, tutoring, training, employment opportunity, women work, children work, and various professional sectors. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Light Be at realty@lightbe.hk.

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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.

Library builder’s monument of books

21 Oct

Here is an article on BBC about John Wood, founder of Room to Read that I would like to share. Volunteering and doing something good starts with a simple idea. This is the story of his.

a night for nepalYou can meet John Wood in person at A Night for Nepal on 27 October. For more information about this fundraising event for Room to Read, please follow this link.

Navigate for Charity in Hong Kong and Macau – The Salvation Army Orienteering 2014

29 Aug

salvation armyThe Salvation Army Orienteering is a city orienteering competition as well as a fundraising event. It has been attracting corporations and young working adults to take part in this meaningful game since 2006, supporting the community services of The Salvation Army. Participants can understand more about Hong Kong and Macau during the process, and travel around Macau after the competition.

This year, the event will be held on 18 October (Saturday). It tests not only navigation skills, but also running speed, fitness and strength of the participants. After finishing the competition in Macau, participants may use the ship tickets to return to Hong Kong, or stay there with teammates till the next day (19 October).

Running Around Hong Kong and Macau
salvation army 2The competition is divided into two game areas: Kowloon Peninsula and Macau Peninsula. Teams have to achieve the highest score by visiting various checkpoints with a wordless map provided. There is no set game route for the competition. Score of each checkpoint varies depending on the level of difficulty.

The competition will start at Kowloon Park and end at Pui Ching Middle School in Macau. Scores and time of each game area are calculated individually. The final result will be the total score of the two areas. Team with the highest score in each category will be the champion. If there is more than one team having the same score, the champion will be the team that completes in the shortest time.

The enrollment deadline is 5pm on 6 October (Monday). For further details, please visit the website http://www.salvationarmy.org.hk/orienteering or call 2783 2333.

Date: 18 October 2014 (Saturday)

Time: 9:30am – 6pm

Start Point: Kowloon Park
End Point: Pui Ching Middle School, Macau

Game Areas: Kowloon Peninsula and Macau Peninsula

Eligibility: Aged 18 or above

Category: Open (2-person & 4-person Team)
Corporate (4-person Team)

Minimum Fundraising Amount (HK$):
Open $4,000 / 2-person Team
$6,000 / 4-person Team
Corporate $20,000 / 4-person Team
(If 3 teams or more enroll, $15,000 / team)

Quota: 450 Players

About The Salvation Army : The Salvation Army is an International Christian church and charity working in 126 countries and has been serving Hong Kong for over 80 years. With the commitment to transforming lives, caring for people and making disciples, they are currently operating 79 social services units, 31 schools and nurseries, 17 corps (churches) and 1 outpost and 15 Family Stores in Hong Kong and Macau. There are offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Yunnan for poverty alleviation development in China.

The Salvation Army are called to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are dedicated to supporting the people in need in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China; and strive to respond to local needs, emergencies and disasters with the love of God. Their work spans a diverse range of areas including, but not limited to:

– People with Spiritual Needs
– Families facing Crisis
– Disadvantaged Elders
– Children and Youth
– People with Disabilities
– The Marginalised Minorities
– Disaster Survivors

The 40th Sedan Chair Race – Play your favorite Movie Star

9 Jun

If you like to play dress up, hanker after the days of yore in old Hong Kong, then this event is for you! Rent a sedan chair and join the annual Sedan Chair Race and raise money for charity!
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There are a number of categories for you to choose from:

The Serious Challenge 速度挑戰賽 – 8 Runners, 1 Passenger & 1 Cheer-leader*
The Fun Challenge 搞鬼挑戰賽 – 8 Runners, 1 Passenger & 1 Cheer-leader*
Serious / Fun Challenge – Ladies – 8 Runners & 1 Cheer-leader*
Serious / Fun Challenge – Schools – 8 Runners (minimum of 3 Boys & 3 Girls) & 1 Cheer-leader*
* Optional

Information about registration, entrance requirements, and sedan chairs for rent are available from their website.
sedan chair
So come out, play dress up and get ready for some serious fun!

Deadline for registration: July 2014

Date: Sunday, 26 October 2014

Time: 10am – 12noon (sedan chair race)
12noon – 4pm (bazaar)

Location: Mathilda International Hospital

A little background: in 1975 Nurse Joyce Smith created a competitive sedan chair race for charity as a means to showcase the location and facilities of the Matilda International Hospital. From this the Sedan Chair Charities Fund was established. Today the annual Sedan Chair Race is probably the most colourful fundraising event in Hong Kong’s annual charity calendar.

Their Mission: Their aim is to raise money for needy charities in Hong Kong mainly through their annual October Sedan Chair Race and Bazaar, supported by over 40 running teams and 3,000 visitors. They also organise various fund-raising activities to raise more money. The fund raised goes to support charitable organisations that generally do not receive assistance from the Hong Kong Community Chest, Hong Kong Jockey Club or the Government – none go to the Matilda International Hospital.

Call for Volunteers – Room to Read HK Gala on March 6th!‏

14 Feb

RtR HK GalaRoom to Read‘s largest global fundraiser will be taking place here in Hong Kong on Thursday, March 6, at the Four Seasons Hotel, and they need your help!

Without the aid of dedicated volunteers¬ this event simply wouldn¹t be possible. The funds raised on the evening will help Room to Read to support literate communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania Vietnam, and Zambia through the building and outfitting of schools and libraries; the creation and implementation of reading and writing curriculum; the training of teachers and librarians; the production and dissemination of local language publications; and the provision of holistic scholarships for young women enrolled in Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program. For more information about Room to Read‘s programs, please see their website.

Please let them know now if you are interested in helping out at this year’s Room to Read gala and specify the time slots during which you will be available. If you can volunteer, please send Miya Dunets at email Miya.Dunets@roomtoread.org your mobile number and let her know if you have volunteered at previous RtR galas.

This is where they need help and the timings of those different tasks:
Time Slot 1: 3pm-6pm (Setting up event: 8-10 volunteers needed)
Time Slot 2: 6pm-7:30pm (Manning registration: 5-7 volunteers needed)
Time Slot 3: 7:30-11pm (Assisting with the auction: 35 volunteers needed)
Time Slot 4: 11pm-12am (Helping to clear up, collect prizes, and thank guests: 8-10 volunteers needed)

Please don’t be discouraged from volunteering if you cannot stay for the entirety of the time slot for which you sign up. Room to Read still needs you! Dinner and gratitude will be provided for all volunteers. Room to Read will be holding a volunteer briefing at the Four Seasons on February 27th, at 7pm.

Please contact Miya Dunets at email Miya.Dunets@roomtoread.org with any questions.

Room-to-Read-photo-2About the charity: Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

To achieve this goal, Room to Read focuses on two areas where they believe Room to Read can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need Room to Readto succeed in school and beyond by building and stocking libraries, building bright ventilated classrooms, publishing books in the local language, training educators and providing one-on-one support to teachers, and supporting girls to stay in school by providing material support—such as school fees, clean uniforms or transportation, in addition to mentoring and life skills training to help girls succeed in the classroom and beyond.

People’s Food Bank

2 Jul

logo_foodbankThe office of the People’s Food Bank is located at Sai On Centre, Sai Ying Pun. It was originally a relief centre for street sleepers. It went into operation on 24 March 1997 and is still providing services for street sleepers on Hong Kong Island today.

All along, the centre has been providing food for street sleepers and emergency food supplies for the poor to relieve their hunger. After the financial crisis of 1998, the issue of poverty worsened in Hong Kong. A UN report on human development pointed out that in terms of the gap between the rich and the poor, Hong Kong ranked number 3 in developed areas of the whole world and number 1 in developed areas of Asia. The SAR Government reduced the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) for the first time in June 1999. This caused further hardship to those who relied on the SAR Government for their livelihood. With the economic downturn and high rate of unemployment, the number of street sleepers shot up. The number of referrals to this centre for food assistance continued to increase.

In November 2002, with the help of Food Link, the centre obtained leftovers from a hotel. The food collected, combined with vegetables, provided food for the stomachs of 12 people on average every day. In 2003 when SARS was ravaging the territory, the hotel stopped the supply of food. The free food service offered by the centre was temporarily suspended. Fortunately, a donation made by a Mr Li meant that the service could be relaunched. The daily quota for meal service increased from 12 to 24. Thereafter, the number of people asking for food assistance kept on increasing. As a result, St. James’ Settlement formally established the People’s Food Bank on 13 December 2003, providing the poor with temporary free food assistance.

The People’s Food Bank only receives a small amount of subsidies from the SAR Government. Most of the food, money, tools and equipment are donated by benefactors. The People’s Food Bank main task is the collection of food and monetary donations. Their partner agencies in various districts in turn deliver the food to the poor.

Their Mission: The People’s Food Bank’s mission is to provide food to people in need on a short-term and weekly basis, relieve hunger and to promote social cohesion through encouraging people to share resources with those less fortunate than themselves.

Volunteering: If the People’s Food Bank is to provide food to Hong Kong people in need on a short-term and weekly basis, they need your helping hands in this collective effort to help the poor of Hong Kong. Volunteer services needed include:
peoples food bank– Food Drive / Fund-raising
– Re-packing Food
– Visiting
– Logistics
– Editing & Publishing
– Research / Survey
– Translation
– Volunteer of planning & Organization

And children & youth volunteers are also welcome.

For more information and to download their volunteer application form, please visit their website.

SAMSUNGYou can also donate food. The dry food that the People’s Food Bank need is divided into two main categories, namely primary food and secondary food.
– Primary food refers to rice, noodles and canned food, e.g. luncheon meat, beans in tomato sauce, sardines, spicy diced pork, twice-cooked pork, dace in black bean sauce, etc.,that can constitute a full meal without requiring other foods.
– Secondary food generally refers to non-primary food and is used for nutritional supplements and fibres, e.g. oats, canned fruits, milk powder, condensed milk, biscuits, canned soup, etc.

Please visit their website for a list of food collection points.