It can be easy to get swept up in the many festivities and frivolous fun this season, but it’s important to take a moment and reflect on how privileged we are. There are many in Hong Kong who are less fortunate and will find the colder months particularly difficult. The holiday season is all about celebration, but it’s also about spreading a little joy and hope to everyone, especially those in need.
So with this in mind, go out and give back this season by volunteering, donating and supporting some of the great causes below. From charity walks and fairs, to clothing and food drives, there are so many ways that each and everyone of us can contribute and help the underprivileged this year…
To celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Saturday 3 December), Hong Kong Charity, CareER is teaming up with AIA MPF to hold their first ever fundraising walkathon. The aim of the walkathon is to raise awareness about people with different abilities, and remove some of the stigmas in Hong Kong by celebrating all abilities! There will be simulation activities (like braille and lip-reading) encouraging participants to consider aspects they may take for granted on a daily basis. Plus, we even hear a little rumour that ‘seeing eye dogs’ will be there on the day! With our very own Sassy Girl, Tania working for the event organisers, SENsational Consultancy, this is a cause especially close to our hearts.
The event is open to all ages and abilities (and is wheelchair accessible), with funds going directly to CareER, helping people with disabilities develop their careers! Corporates, groups, families, and individuals can get involved, so make sure to register soon.
When: Saturday, 3 December
Where: Hong Kong Observation Wheel, Central, Hong Kong
How much: The fundraising target is $250 for individuals, and $500 for corporate teams.
One of our favourite clothing brands, Grana, is teaming up with the inspirational non-profit Impact HK this festive season. Impact are dedicated to supporting the homeless community in Hong Kong, and before the temperature drops they are organising ‘The Impact HK Great Big Clothing Drive‘. Clear out that closet and head over to The Fitting Room by Grana to drop off your clothing donations (drop off points also include Rula Bula in Central, Cava in Sai Kung and UNRICH JEWELLERY in Hung Hom). You can also volunteer to handout the donated clothes to the homeless on 17 December
When: 1-11 December 2016, Weekdays 12-10pm | Weekends 10am – 10pm
Where: The Fitting Room,108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How to Donate: Stop by The Fitting Room by GRANA. Drop your clothes in our big blue donation box. Get 10% off your next GRANA order!
No one should go hungry this Christmas time, so join Feeding Hong Kong and host a “Festive Food Drive“. Feeding Hong Kong is a wondeful charity that helps those in need and reduces food wastage – read more about what they do here. Get your friends, colleagues and family together for a little party and donate some much needed food items. Feeding Hong Kong will work with its charity partners all over Hong Kong to ensure that your donated food gets to those in need before Christmas day… most needed items are canned, including canned veggies, fish, soups, meat and beans. Put a smile on someone’s face this Christmas!
Register here to host your own Festive Food Drive.
If you’re keen to do something practical this season to give back, why not sign up to help out in the Food Angel Kitchen? Food Angel has kitchens in Sham Shui Po, Lai Chi Kok and Chai Wan where you can help prepare food boxes for those who don’t have the income to afford regular meals. You’ll mainly be prepping veggies for hot meal boxes and you can go yourself or with a group… a great thing to do with friends! You can also help serve hot meals at the Kowloon Community Centre – simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
There are plenty of events that give back this season, and all you have to do is pay and take part! One that we’re most looking forward to is The Guest Room‘s “Sox Appeal” – a night of funky beats from two awesome DJs with a dress code of mismatched socks! All the money from tickets and drinks will go towards the Love 21 Foundation for health and nutrition programmes that support the Down Syndrome and Autistic community in our city.
When: Saturday, 3 December, 7 – 11pm
Where: Dream Like Bubbles, 7/F, 36 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town
How much: $150 (early bird before November 10th), $200 after that, $250 at the door. Price of admission includes a drink and a lucky draw ticket. Drinks from $40 and each drink purchase comes with a lucky draw ticket. Tickets available here.
Fancy a giggle this festive season? Buy a ticket to watch the awesome Vivek Mahbubani perform a VIP comedy night in aid of the Justice Centre Hong Kong. The award-winning HK based comedian is sure to tickle your funny bone, and you’ll get two drinks and nibbles included in the ticket price. All proceeds from the tickets will go towards the Justice Centre Hong Kong to help support migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong… read more about the crucial work Justice Centre does as a non-profit human rights organisation here.
When: Thursday, 8 December, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Where: La Viola, Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets are $500 per person, including two drinks and nibbles each. Available here.
Book worms – this one is for you! Bring Me A Book is a literacy non-profit in Hong Kong that trains parents and teachers, provides Chinese and English books, and hosts quality programmes with authors and experts… check out all upcoming events with the charity here. Bring Me A Book is always looking for volunteers to help with making protective covers for donated books (to help them last longer!), train as storytellers for community storytelling sessions, create content for social media and the website, and create and manage the storytelling programme.
Register here to volunteer and read more about what the organisation does here.
Get outside and appreciate Hong Kong’s great outdoors at the Lamma 8 Charity Run! Supporting CWS (Child Welfare Scheme), this 8km run across one of Hong Kong’s best islands aims to raise $110,000 for the charity, which supports local projects and grassroots charities in Nepal. CWS helps around 30,000 children every year, providing education, healthcare and social opportunities to communities that need it most. If you’ve missed registration for the actual run, you can still sign up to volunteer on the day as a checkpoint marshall, first aid (if you are certified) or with the set up, registration and pack up. After the scenic run, everyone can enjoy the highly anticipated Lamma Fun Day where there will be food and drink, market stalls, beach football, live music, games and much more – all of which supports CWS in training and providing education to disadvantaged children and youth.
When: Saturday, 12 November, 9.30am (report time, 10am start time)
Where: Tai Wan to Beach, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
How much: Register as a volunteer here.
Calling all foodies – enjoy a delicious meal and help feed the needy at the same time by visiting the Pei Ho Counterparts Pop-up Shop in Central. Set up by restauranter Ming Gor, proceeds from these convenient lunch boxes will go towards the underprivileged, and you can even buy some meal vouchers which will go straight to those who need them most. Choose from nine of Ming Gor’s tasty lunchbox specials which come served in biodegradable lunch boxes… head there quick before 15 December when it closes!
Read more: Sassy Supports Pei Ho Counterparts Pop-up
Get into the Christmas spirit and help spread some joy by participating in one of the many events organised by Operation Santa Claus! Throughout December there will be tons of fundraising opportunities for this festive charity initiative, with all proceeds and donations going towards a number of local beneficiaries that support the elderly, community projects, medical programmes, children and youth, and those with mental and physical disabilities. You can donate directly (details here), by purchasing any merchandise and by volunteering – contact them here for volunteering enquiries.
More info here.