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.

AWA Charity Bazaar 2019

Gifting & Giving Wrapped Up
In One Fabulous Event
The AWA Charity Bazaar is back! Enjoy holiday shopping in the Police Married Quarters (PMQ’s) covered marketplace. Rain or shine, over 85 vendors and artists will be offering unique gifts for everyone on your list.

Bid at the bazaar! Check out the exciting line up of packages including boutique hotel stays, fine jewelry, presidential level art and culture memberships, fitness packages and more. All valued at HK$5,000+ each.

Look for volunteers selling red envelopes filled with chances to win goodies like gift certificates to restaurants, shows, spa treatments and much more. All worth HK$300 + each.

A Giving Tree will be in the center of the fun! Choose a charity to support, fill out a sponsor star for you or a loved one and hang it on the Giving Tree, knowing you are supporting those less fortunate this holiday season.

Proceeds benefit AWA supported charities!

Date: Thursday, 7 November 2019

Time: 11:30am – 7:30pm

Place: PMQ, Aberdeen Street, Central

About AWA: The AWA is a volunteer based charitable women’s organization with a proud, nearly 60-year legacy of giving, with 700+ members from 38 countries. The AWA aims to help the underserved, empower and provide platforms for women, encourages cultural adventures and exchanges in Asia (and beyond) and fosters a supportive community through educational, recreational, fundraising and social activities.

Design Thinking For Social Good – 28 Sept

CALLING ALL NGOS! Asian Charity Services is providing a one-day learning-by-doing training session on September 28, focused on Design Thinking for Social Good.

This is an incredible opportunity for an NGO looking to rethink their programs and reengage with beneficiaries to make a greater impact.

Date: 28 September 2019

Price: Sign up for free here by Sep 13:

For more information, please email ACS at

About Asian Charity Services: Asian Charity Services sets out to build stronger, more effective NGO leadership teams in Hong Kong. They provide free training workshops and consulting services delivered by some of Hong Kong’s best business leaders – their passionate volunteers.

TWGH 2019 Flag Day Appeal – 31 Aug

Tung Wah Group of Hospitals is probably the oldest charity and social enterprise in Hong Kong. They began in 1869 building one hospital. Today they run three hospitals, numerous enterprises taking care of the elderly, children, the disabled and much more.

This Flag Day Appeal is your chance to donate to their cause. Look out for their volunteers on 31 August and give generously.

Date: Saturday, 31 August 2019

Time: 7am – 12:30pm

Place: All over Hong Kong

Make a donation: Or you can make a donation. Simply follow this link and download the donation form.

Solerìco Pub Quiz Fundraiser

Come join Solerico on July 18th for their very first fundraiser and help disadvantaged communities across the world have access to renewable energy.

Join Solerico for a fun night of pub quizzing, eating, and fundraising. Solerico will provide prizes for the top 3 teams and will be holding a silent auction.

Date: Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Time: 7-10pm

Place: Little Creatures Brewing Hong Kong, 5A New Praya, Kennedy Town

HKD 400 per individual.
HKD 2000 for a team of 6.
Price includes dinner, a drink and the quiz.

All proceeds for the evening will go directly to Solerico. To buy your tickets, please follow this link to Eventbrite.

About Solerico: Solerico’s mission, with your help, is to promote and invest in green technologies, bridging the gap between communities with energy needs and the governments, corporations, communities, and individuals who want to cut out fossil fuels and make a change in the world… For more information on what Solerico does, click here.

Volunteer for Light Be, a Social Housing Solution

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
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

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

Musica Senza Confini for MSF

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

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.

John with Yak
John with Yak

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

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 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

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.