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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.

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.

One last word before Christmas…give generously

This will be the last blog post of the year. As we dive into the Festive Season, spare a thought for those less fortunate. With the continued social unrest, it’s been a particularly difficult year for nonprofits to raise funds with many fundraising events either postponed or cancelled. They need your help more than ever.

So please spare a thought for them and donate generously. The organisations listed under Volunteer Opportunities on this blog would welcome your donations.

Happy Holidays, posts will resume in the New Year!

Comedy Without Borders


This World Refugee Day (20 June) – harness the power of comedy, music and food! This event is curated with members of the refugee community who are bringing a truly unique and memorable event to you on 22 June at Social Room. Expect comedic turns with Afrobeats and Hip-hop acts, wearable art and food prepared by Table of Two Cities chefs.

#welcomerefugees

Date: Saturday, 22 June 2019

Time: 7-10pm

Place: Social Room, 3/F Won Hing Building, 74-78, Stanley St, Central

Price: Online tickets are HKD200 and include 1 standard drink, canapés and a night of entertainment for a good cause. Tickets at the door are HKD250.

To register online, please follow this link to EventBrite

About Table of Two Cities: Table of Two Cities is a grassroots organisation to document stories from the refugee community in Hong Kong, through the medium of food.

First 2019 Beer for Books

Room to Read HK Chapter is pleased to announce their first 2019 Beer for Books on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Alto Bar and Grill from 6:30-8:30pm.

Please come and join Room to Read HK Chapter for a libation to celebrate World Refugee Day and their first Room to Read HK Chapter Beer for Books in 2019.

*$10 of every drink purchased (from their regular menu) will be donated to Room to Read HK to print 1 local language book.

Date: Thursday, 20 June 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Place: Alto Bar and Grill, 31/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay

About Room to Read: Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

The vision of the Hong Kong Chapter is to share the work of Room to Read with Hong Kong residents and businesses. They support Room to Read’s belief that education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty and will focus their goals to help provide access to education to millions of children.
Volunteering with the Hong Kong Chapter is not only a great way to help further Room to Read’s mission but also an opportunity to develop new skills and make connections with like-minded individuals.

Hands On seeks Communications Manager (paid part-time maternity contract)

The #HandsOn team are looking for a part-time Communications Manager from June until next January! This 6-month maternity cover role is ideal for someone with a strong background in copywriting and a passion for community involvement. This individual will oversee external communications driving volunteer engagement and recruitment—supporting the #HandsOn mission to empower everyone to volunteer! View the role and contact info@pivot.com.hk if interested to apply by following this link.

About Hands On: Founded in 2007, the Hands On Hong Kong mission remains to mobilize and empower the community to meet pressing social needs in Hong Kong through volunteer services.

Their vision is for a caring community that gives its time and talent to transform Hong Kong.

In 2017 alone, Hands On organized over 1,400 volunteer activities, serving more than 46,000 beneficiaries, including disadvantaged children and youth, isolated elderly, ethnic minority students, under-resourced families, refugees and people with disabilities. Join Hands On in their mission to serve Hong Kong’s community together!

Justice Centre Young Advocates Programme

Young Advocates and Clinical Legal Education students

Applications for the 2019 Young Advocates Programme are now open. Please click here to read Justice Centre’s detailed information pamphlet.

What is the Young Advocates Programme?: The Young Advocates Programme (YAP) is a unique programme for high school students to gain hands-on experience in a non-profit setting.

Through the intensive programme, Young Advocates engage in all areas of Justice Centre’s work, from the provision of legal and psychosocial support to refugees, to anti-human trafficking research and advocacy. Young Advocates also receive one-to-one personal coaching and mentorship from Justice Centre’s highly-qualified international staff lawyers and policymakers, helping students develop important skills, knowledge, and experience as they begin applying for university courses.

Who can apply?: YAP is open to students who have Hong Kong residency and are aged between 15 – 18. Young Advocates should have a keen interest in human rights law, NGO management and refugee rights. The programme is aimed at students interested in a career in law, psychology, social sciences, human rights, politics, or NGO management generally.

Places are limited to four Young Advocates per programme to allow Justice Centre to offer a tailored programme to each Young Advocate.

Programme dates: Justice Centre runs four programmes per year; one in the spring and three in the summer.

Spring Programme 2019 (two weeks):
15 – 26 April 2019

Summer Programme 2019 (three weeks):
(i) 17 June – 5 July 2019
(ii) 8 – 26 July 2019
(iii) 26 July – 16 August 2019

How do I apply?: For more information on the cost and content of the programme, and to request an application form, please contact Justice Centre at YAP@justicecentre.org.hk

Open evening: If you would like to find out more about the YAP and Justice Centre’s work, Justice Centre will be hosting an open evening and information session for prospective applicants at Justice Centre offices at 6:45pm on Thursday, 17 January 2019.

To RSVP, please contact Justice Centre at YAP@justicecentre.org.hk

About Justice Centre Hong Kong: Justice Centre Hong Kong is a non-profit human rights organisation working fearlessly to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable forced migrants: refugees, other people seeking protection, and survivors of torture, human trafficking and forced labour.

Launched in 2014, Justice Centre Hong Kong was formerly Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, which over seven years, helped more than 2,000 refugee men, women and children on the road to a new life.

Building on their expertise in refugee issues, Justice Centre Hong Kong identified a clear need for an increased response to tackling forced labour and human trafficking in Hong Kong, and expanded their remit to fill this gap.

Justice Centre Hong Kong advocates with and for forced migrants, bringing their voices into the public debate. Justice Centre Hong Kong campaigns for legislative and policy change, conduct research and work with the media and civil society to fight root causes and change systems and minds.

Justice Centre Hong Kong provides people seeking protection in Hong Kong with free and independent legal information and specialised legal and psychosocial assistance.

Justice Centre Hong Kong receives no government funding. Instead, Justice Centre Hong Kong has spearheaded an innovative pro-bono working model that sees leading international law firms provide financial assistance and donate hours to help with legal research and support. Justice Centre Hong Kong also harnesses funding from a variety of trusts and foundations and through individual donations.

Send Xmas gifts to Children in Need UNICEF

UNICEF Hong Kong presents the Inspired Gift Christmas set and Christmas card for the upcoming festival. With just a small donation, you can bring warmth and joy to children in need over harsh winter!

When you purchase an Inspired Gift on our website, you can send a Christmas e-card with a custom message to your family and friends. Let’s share blessings of a hearty Christmas with our loved ones and the deprived children!

UNICEF Waterproof School Bags:
Donate $162 and buy 6 UNICEF Waterproof School Bags. Each contains ultracomfy shoulder straps, mesh lined, 2 inner and 1 outer pocket and a name tag.

Blankets:
Donate $468 and buy 9 Blankets. These warm, fleecy thermal blankets help keep children warm and healthy.

Life-saving Winter Clothing Kit:
Donate $642 and buy 2 sets of Life-saving Winter Clothing Kit. Each includes jackets, trousers, fleeces, socks, boots or strong shoes, a scarf and a hat.

You can also add an extra Christmas card to your purchase in the shopping cart for the purpose of Christmas gift exchange.

About Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK): Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) was founded in 1986 and was established as an independent local non-government organization to raise funds through public donations, partnerships with companies, special events, etc. to support UNICEF’s work. UNICEF HK also promotes and advocates for children’s rights via organizing education and youth programmes in Hong Kong.

Michaelmas Fair 2018 & Xmas Cards

The Christmas Fair of the year is just around the corner. Michaelmas Fair at St. John’s Cathedral is a Hong Kong institution, with game stalls, marching bands, second-hand clothes, white elephant, charity stalls, and tons of Christmas gift ideas!

If it’s Christmas cards you are after, they have those too, or pop into the Cathedral’s Bookstore which stocks probably the largest collection of charity cards in Hong Kong.

Date: Saturday, 28 October 2018

Time: 10am – 4pm

Place: St. John’s Cathedral, Garden Road