Sedan Chair Charities Fund

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.

Volunteering:
The Sedan Chair Charities Fund are currently looking for experienced volunteers to join them. Roles available include:

A. General Administration/ pre-event (good demand in English (verbal and written) is requested.)
– Design work (skillful in AI, Illustrator and / or Photoshop etc)
– Administrative duties (promotional materials distribution, cold calls making, phone calls follow up, prize distribution and other communications duties to assist both the – Event and Program Coordinators)
– Editorial and translation
– Organize and distribute donation/ prizes for bazaar
– Part time staff (who can come to their offices once or twice a week to fully assist their staff for general duties etc)

B. During the Race (include but not limited to)
– Reception, general affairs (Reception for VIP, race teams and volunteers)
– Time keeper
– Race marshal
– Crowd control
– Photo taking
– Video recording
– Race assistants (i.e. follow up with the immediate race result announcement; need to work closely with the Race Director and the M.C.
Note: native speaker or good command of English is highly preferred)

C. During the bazaar (include but not limited to)
– Guest performer (i.e. responsible for preparing a stage live performance)
– Audio control
– Photo taking
– Video recording
– Crowd control
– Bazaar assistants (i.e. follow up with the performers; need to work closely with the guest performers and the M.C. Note: native speaker or good command of English is highly preferred)
– Booth handling (to assist Vendors to generate sales during the Bazaar. Training will be provided)

D. General Administration/ post-event
– Administrative duties (Follow up race result release, promotional distribution, raffle prize release, and other communications duties to assist both the Event and Program Coordinators)

For more information, please visit their website.

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