Society for the Relief of Disabled Children

The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (SRDC), founder of the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay and today providing disabled children with medical care in a loving environment, is probably the most recognized charity in Hong Kong and an organization much deserving of your time as a volunteer.

Areas where they would need a hand include:
– Administrative Assistance
– Fund-raising events
– Photography/Recording
– On-Site Training
– Web Design
– Project Planning & Organization
– Translation
– Data entry
– Accounting
For volunteer information, please call 2819 3050 or complete the Volunteer Registration Form on their website and fax to 2817 0322 or email to event@srdc.org.hk

About The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children: The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (SRDC) was established in 1953, with the mission to provide medical, surgical, rehabilitation and educational services to disabled children in Hong Kong. The Society, using funds generated by the generosity of the community, established a convalescent home in Sandy Bay in 1955 for children stricken with skeletal tuberculosis. The home initially had only 50 beds but was subsequently expanded in stages to become the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay (DKCH) in 1968 and was in the frontline fighting against tuberculosis, poliomyelitis and spinal deformities. The Hospital subsequently became internationally recognized for this work and remains a training center for surgeons and health workers from around the world.

The Society was responsible for the running cost of the Home and Hospital and ran the institutions on a day-to-day basis until 1991 when the Hong Kong Hospital Authority took over management of all public hospitals in Hong Kong. Despite the change in management, the Society still has a significant influence in the running of the Hospital and has continued to support the Hospital with specific needs or in emerging areas of child health that are not readily available in the public health care system. They have also expanded into other areas of medical social concerns that fulfill the mission of the Society.

Currently, the Society is supporting the following programmes
:
– providing disabled children with medical care in a loving environment in DKCH at Sandy Bay
– offering specialist medical, orthopaedic and rehabilitation services
– supporting clinical research in facilities built by the Society in DKCH
– allowing ventilation dependent children to lead better lives and to have normal schooling at JF Kennedy Centre at Sandy Bay
– supporting the Kids on the Block (KOB) Puppetry programme

Their Vision and Mission:
The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children believes that every child has the right to live happy and fulfilling lives and The Society strives for a world in which disadvantaged children can grow fulfilled lives and contribute to society and realize their full potential.

The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children is committed to:
– promoting awareness of equality and freedom from discrimination in the community
– improving the children’s physical health by sponsoring medical, surgical and rehabilitation services
– caring for their psychological wellbeing and mental mindset and by empowering them with love and care

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