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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.

Visit UNSCHEDULED, support local art galleries benefitting HandsOn


Organised in response to these unprecedented times, UNSCHEDULED comes together as a showcase of Hong Kong galleries, organised by Hong Kong Art Gallery Association (HKAGA) and taking place from 17 to 27 June 2020 at Tai Kwun as the venue partner.

Coma (2019) by Aruta Soup
Courtesry of L + Lucie Chang Fine Arts

In light of the cancellation of the March art week, Art Basel Hong Kong, and Art Central, UNSCHEDULED strives to re-energise Hong Kong’s art scene. Neither a traditional art fair, nor a museum exhibition, UNSCHEDULED is a platform for selling and networking that will present solo exhibitions from HKAGA gallery members, with a focus on modern and contemporary art that has a connection to Asia. Upholding Hong Kong’s unique place as the art centre in Asia, UNSCHEDULED’s scope is rooted in a commitment to creativity emerging from the continent.

Mexican Wrestling Masks (2015) by Liu Bolin
Courtesy of Over the Influence

The exhibition will take place in the heritage-listed Duplex Studio in the Police Headquarters Block at Tai Kwun. A rigid, but free-flowing floorplan will be adopted in place of traditional art fair booth to create a decentralised and inclusive framework for the showcase.

The participating galleries are selected by an independent selection team comprised of established and internationally respected Hong Kong-based curators and artists, including Ying Kwok and Sara Wong. The organising committee is spearheaded by Willem Molesworth (de Sarthe) and Fabio Rossi (Rossi & Rossi) as HKAGA board members.

Temptation By Brush (2020) by Etsu Egami
Courtesy of Whitestone Gallery

A proportion of the proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to local charity partner HandsOn Hong Kong to support the relief efforts of those most affected by the impact of COVID-19.

Dates & Times:
Exhibition Period
Wednesday 17 June – Saturday 27 June, 2020

Press Preview
Wednesday 17 June, 2020; 11am – 12pm
Preview Day
Wednesday 17 June, 2020; 11am – 10pm
Public Days
Thursday 18 June – Friday 26 June, 2020; 12pm – 7pm
Closing Day
Saturday 27 June, 2020; 12 pm – 6 pm

Place: Duplex Studio, LG1/F & LG2/F, Block 01, Tai Kwun

Tickets:
Adult HK$80
Concessions (Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above and people with disabilities and their minders) HK$40
Under 12s free admission

For enquiries please call 3480 5051 or email info@hk-aga.org

About HandsOn: HandsOn Hong Kong mobilizes and empowers our community to meet pressing social needs in Hong Kong through volunteer services.

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.

Habitat for Humanity HK is looking for a Strategy Trainer & Project Manager

Many NGOs in Hong Kong operate on limited funding and manpower in an effort to maximize resources for programs that support their core mission. Skills-based volunteering helps address this challenge by engaging volunteers to provide specialized skills and services that leverage job-related expertise, such as accounting, design, HR, IT, legal and more.

For NGOs, skills-based volunteering provides access to specialized skill sets and talent they may not otherwise have. The engagement also empowers the volunteer to leverage their professional skills to drive positive social change, expand their network, develop meaningful community relationships and hone their skills.

Habitat for Humanity HK is seeking a skills-based volunteer with a proven track record successfully managing teams at a leadership level and driving business improvements. This role helps to introduce strategic insight, vision and ideas that facilitate the organization to resolve issues and challenges.
– Someone with extensive experience of training others, especially the management team in Habitat for Humanity HK‘s organization on developing their strategic thinking
– Deliver training for the management team on how to develop and present a strategy
– Work with the CEO to manage the compilation of the team strategies and input into the wider organisational strategy

Length of service / commitment required: 3 months (Would prefer longer if possible, but happy to start with 3 months )

Amount of time required per month: 15-20 hours

Language requirement: English (Cantonese a plus)

Must work in office / on location at the Habitat for Humanity HK, 23/F, Congregation House, 119-121 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Enquiries: For enquiries and to apply please email Jo.hayes@habitat.org.hk

About Habitat for Humanity HK: Every 21 seconds. That’s how often Habitat for Humanity has helped another family access new or improved housing somewhere around the world in 2019. For the fiscal year 2019, Habitat served more than 7 million people including 3.1 million people from Asia and the Pacific; and enlisted the support of more than 1.4 million volunteers. Habitat for Humanity recognizes that safe and decent housing plays a key role in lifting families out of poverty. Having a home represents a safe haven for a family, a strong and stable place where children can thrive, and a solid foundation on which a family can build a better life. Strong and stable homes help build strong and stable communities. Habitat for Humanity undertakes many types of work to improve housing around the world—from continuing their traditional work to build safe, decent and affordable homes in partnership with soon-to-be homeowners, to their innovative focus on financial inclusion, housing market systems and entrepreneurship, and to their groundbreaking development of microfinance for the housing sector.

In Hong Kong, Habitat for Humanity HK runs several programmes to help low-income families and in particular the elderly living in public housing estates and retirement homes through essential renovation work or deep cleaning services.

Habitat for Humanity HK is experiencing extreme challenges and the impact of having strategic insight and vision will inspire and empower them to develop business strategies that will achieve their organization’s goals. The work of the Strategy Trainer & Project Manager will help the CEO and the Management Team to build a workplace culture that is capable of executing change to meet business objectives.

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

Room to Read Covid-19 Urgent Appeal


In every country where Room to Read operates, there are partial or full public school closures.

With so many children out of school, there has never been a more urgent need to facilitate learning. If you can, please make an emergency donation now or start your own fundraiser to ensure that this crisis doesn’t result in a generation of children who lack basic reading skills, or a generation of girls who drop out of school with no hope.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Room to Read is facing a significant loss of income due to cancelled fundraising events and school closures all around the world.

But Room to Read is not giving up on their students, so Room to Read needs your help. Room to Read is calling on their global community who shares in their belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children® to help. Together, you will ensure that children continue their education no matter what.

The Room to Read team will continue to work tirelessly to bring their programs and resources to students throughout this crisis in novel ways. One example is the Room to Read Literacy Cloud which gives children access to free digital storybooks from around the world. Room to Read will do so even as they maximize every contribution and operate with the same transparency and fiscal accountability they are known for. You can count on Room to Read to forward their mission, focus on impact and report back to you with results.

Donate: To donate please follow this link.

Donations made right now will be MATCHED dollar for dollar by Room to Read board member, Angel Mehta, to a total of US$50,000.

About Room to Read: Room to Read is a non-profit organization for improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, and founded on the belief that “World Change Starts With Educated Children,” the organization focuses on working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments.

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 is looking for a Marketing and Communication Volunteer

Many NGOs in Hong Kong operate on limited funding and manpower in an effort to maximize resources for programs that support their core mission. Skills-based volunteering helps address this challenge by engaging volunteers to provide specialized skills and services that leverage job-related expertise, such as accounting, design, HR, IT, legal and more.

For NGOs, skills-based volunteering provides access to specialized skill sets and talent they may not otherwise have. The engagement also empowers the volunteer to leverage their professional skills to drive positive social change, expand their network, develop meaningful community relationships and hone their skills.

Splash is Hong Kong’s only charitable organization that makes swimming accessible to low-income communities. Bringing together experienced coaches in a supportive group setting, Splash provides an opportunity to learn an important like skill which develops confidence, improves well-being and allows people to flourish both in and out of the water.

Splash is looking for a Marketing and Communication Volunteer

Volunteer Tasks:
– Working with the Splash Team, build and implement a branding and communications strategy
– Generate targeted campaign themes and ideas in order to build up their community of online supporters and followers
– Draft and schedule social media posts
– Prepare materials to promote special events and fundraising activities
– Manage and update website and blog content including translation, copy development and image updates
– Create and manage photo archive
– Manage communications content calendar
– Create and maintain press kit, adapting as needed for press inquiries
– Actively seek and facilitate press opportunities for Splash

Skill(s) required: Communications and marketing, graphic design

Start Date: March or April 2020

Amount of time required per month: 15-20 hours

End Date: 6 months from start date

Enquiries: For enquiries and to apply please call 9160 7181 or email libby@splashfoundation.org