15 Ways To Do Good In Hong Kong

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By Lau  /  May 6, 2016
Want to get into some community projects to help those in need? From helping out at your local school to volunteering as a dog walker, there are plenty of ways to do good in Hong Kong. 
 

Angels For OrphansAngels-For-Orphans_Butterboom_2.jpgSupport Angels For Orphans by joining their Zumbathon and most recently, their Fitness Challenge to raise money to help children’s lives by providing shelter, food, education, healthcare and clothing. Most the events require an entry fee, but hey, feeling good while doing good is a win-win situation!

Box Of Hope
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Christmas may be season to be jolly, but don’t forget it’s all about giving. Instead of giving endless presents to friends and family, why not make it a little warmer for those that aren’t as lucky as us with a Box of Hope? Donate shoeboxes filled with educational gifts and fun presents for under privileged children to spread some happiness during the holiday seasons. Read more about Box of Hope here.
 
Chi Heng Foundation
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Chi Heng is a Hong Kong-based charity formed in 1998 and is funded by private donors, businesses, and partner NGOs. If art is your thing, then get involved by becoming a teacher on one of their art trips in villages throughout China, to help children affected by AIDS. If you don’t have the time, then offer a helping hand at the art and craft booths at various fundraising events throughout the year. 
 
Crossroads Foundation
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Founded by Aussie couple Malcolm and Sally Begbie in 1995, Crossroads brings resources people in need to help overcome urban poverty. The organisation raises funds by receiving donations from organisations but you can help by donating furniture, household goods, clothes, electrical items or do volunteering work like translating, wrapping and packing goods, or behind-the-scenes admin work. 

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Fighting against hunger in this city is the mission of Feeding Hong Kong. It is Feeding Hong Kong’s duty to reduce food waste by turning leftover quality food from supermarkets and manufacturers into healthy meals that are delivered to their partner charities. So, how can you help? Get involved by collecting food, sorting and repacking or working in the office as a communication or food sourcing assistant.
 
Food Angel

Food-Angel_ButterboomWe love getting our hands dirty in the kitchen in the name of helping others. Food Angel was founded in 2001 with the mission to collect unsold ingredients from supermarkets, which are then prepared into hot meals at Food Angel HQ. Hot dishes are delivered to elderly, homeless people and low-income families with young children. Help by prepping in the kitchen or serving hot dishes to the local community. 

Friends of the Earth

Friends-of-the-Earth_ButterboomFOE (Friends of the Earth) is an awesome eco-oriented charity – Mother Earth has needs, too! To help support, protect and nurture our city, take part in the environmental campaigns to protect our wildlife and beaches, such as clean-up drives. 

HandsOn Hong Kong
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Shaun Bernier is the founder of HandsOn Hong Kong, an organisation that addresses the poverty issues in Hong Kong. Shockingly, this city has one of the highest rates of poverty in the world with 45% of elderly living in poverty. So, what can you do to help? Volunteer at events, help out at food banks or simply spend an hour or two at a local school helping a student improve their English.
 
Hong Kong Dog Rescue
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Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR) is a community that rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes unwanted or abandoned dogs and puppies, providing a temporary home environment at their main Tai Po centre. Donate money or go a step further and adopt or foster a dog if you can’t commit long-term. They’re also looking for volunteer dog walkers and assistants to help at events or behind the scenes.
 
 
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Put a smile on a child’s face through Make A Wish Foundation. The name of the game is to work to make the wish of a child with a terminal illness come true. Volunteering by supporting events or providing administrative support are just some of the ways you can help the cause. 
 
Oxfam
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Oxfam is among the world’s most experienced organisations with the mission to find solutions to help families suffering from poverty, hunger and injustice around the world. Impressively, Oxfam operates in over 90 countries and you can support their poverty programmes by completing walkathons, trail walking and marathons across the city. 
 
Riding For the Disabled Association
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RDA (Riding For the Disabled Association) was founded in 1975 by Governor’s wife, Lady MacLehose as a non-profit organisation aiming to teach disabled children and some adults horse riding for therapeutic benefits. Get involved by volunteering to lead horses in the therapy lessons for children with a range of disabilities. Don’t worry about whether or not you’ve had previous experience with horses, as training is provided.
 
The Salvation Army
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Since the early 19th century, The Salvation Army helps those in need such as families facing crisis, elderly, street sleepers, people with disabilities and ex-prisoners. Help by taking part in some of the fundraising programs like charity sales or simply by donating pre-loved clothes at one of the The Salvation Army Recycling Bins dotted across Hong Kong.
 
Unicef
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One of the largest charities in the world, Unicef is dedicated to providing mothers and children infected with HIV/AIDS with adequate care and support. Enroll in one of Unicef’s marathons to raise awareness and eliminate discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS. Last year, it was held in Disneyland and raisied over HKD$66.5 million. 
 
Watch Dog
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Watch Dog helps parents with toddlers diagnosed with learning difficulties and special needs like autism and Down Syndrome. Founded in 1983, Watch Dog runs English and Chinese workshops to help children with special needs. Help the cause by taking part in outdoor activities, public events, and teaching the children. 
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