Judith Akokomebe, a 19-year old Nigerian student, was walking to church, in June 2017, when acid was viciously thrown at her. The highly corrosive chemical substance caused immense, searing pain as it melted the skin on her face, chest and arms, causing third degree burns. Judith’s left eye has been severely damaged and she is close to becoming blind. Her left ear has been melted away. Her physical scars are raw and extensive. She knows that her road to recovery is a long, arduous one but Judith remains positive. She has taken the step to forgive her perpetrator, only wanting to finish her studies so as to fulfill her dream of becoming a pharmacist. About the organisation: Back to Job’s main goal is to help acid attack survivors resume a normal life by creating opportunities for employment and education. Made possible through online volunteering support from United Nations Volunteers and Morobe Development Foundation Inc., we are a team of volunteers driven to create a brighter future for acid attack survivors globally.
It is hoped that everyone, even with physical restraint, can have the pleasant experience of enjoying the sunshine and beach with family and friends. Hence, “Inclusive Beach” is planned to be held in September this year. To render beach accessible to wheelchair users, beach wheelchairs, which are specially designed to cross the sand and float on water will be introduced. Barrier-free mat will be laid as passages on the beach as well to enable ordinary wheelchairs to move around. Through this event, we wish to demonstrate the feasibility of inclusive facilities and community planning.
To raise operation fund ($120/person) to support the inclusion route, which provides an ideal platform for 400 physically and mentally disabled people and their families, enjoy the nature and the excited atmosphere of a marathon as long as normal participants. Sowers Action invites 3 special care organizations to join us, together with our volunteer support, we hope to create an inclusion community and hope those disable person to develop their physical fitness and build up confidence.
HKSAR university grant committee (UGC) is supporting Dr. roger wong led research group with a 1.3M 3-year grant, which is the 3rd highest at HKBU. However, the President Roland Chin rejected the recommendations of the appeal panel to renew roger's appointment despite the panel concluded that Roger's research is of strategic interests to the University. Although Roger has published 4 star (world-leading) research with the support from public fund, the majority of the funded research would require another year to complete. Simply said, donation of one year salary is needed or the 1.3M used public money would go to complete waste.
Hi I’m Michaela Mok, a fresh graduate from Good Hope School. I was first associated with SKSFF two years ago when I had to propose and carry out an internal activity at school to prove my worth in order to join my school’s student council. I ended up calling it “Pause for Paws” (great title I know), an awareness campaign for local stray dogs. Narelle was nice enough to arrange to bring pups and a few dogs to school and this made the event interactive and really got the message across students. After successfully earning my spot on the student council, I went back a couple times to see my furry friends. My mom, Linda Jackson, now an active volunteer at SKSFF got me involved in a few of their activities, including face-painting, fundraising, shaking buckets etc. Last year, the school suggested I enter a local competition called “Community Leaders of Tomorrow” where funds were given to me and my partner to carry out an activity for a charity of our choice. Without hestitation, we went straight back to Narelle and SKSFF to organise Pause for Paws version 2.0, where we went to shake buckets and raise awareness outside the Rugby Sevens. This event brought both students and teachers together as well as the community and even got the attention of the Education Bureau who later invited us to give a lecture about our experience to professors and students alike at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Though we did not win CLT, we were rewarded with the Most Popular Project Award. Upon finishing my public exams and graduating, I received a call about Pause for Paws creating buzz within the Education Bureau and that they would like my partner and I to appear on a television programme about student-led projects in collaboration with RTHK. Needless to say, SKSFF has opened a series of doors in my life, leading me to different opportunities and for that I am forever grateful. Among all the events, it puts a smile on my face to see our community willingly come together to pitch in to help our furry friends. Each dollar spent on the dogs is put to good use with medical care, food and maintenance, all ensuring a better life for the dogs, as said in SKSFF’s motto. During my few visits to the kennel, I have grown to love each of the 106 dogs there, understanding their back stories and personalities. I hope tonight’s event with help of the fringebacker can provide enough assistance to the shelter to keep making a difference, one canine at a time.
The 9 Dragons Ultra is a challenging, multi-day trail ultra event taking place on the 1st to the 3rd of February 2019, in Hong Kong. The first race, starting at midnight on Friday, consists of an 82km (50 mile) trail run with a lofty 4000m of elevation gain. Sunday features an entirely different 50km course with a further 3200m of elevation gain. Only 250 places will be available to runners who hope to aim to complete both events - The 9 Dragons 50/50 - and a further 250 will compete in either the 50 Miler (82km) or 50km race.
"Eco-Rangers 2018" is initiated by The Conservancy Association (CA). Apart from raising funds for CA’s environmental education and tree conservation work, the event also provides a great opportunity for the public to enjoy nature and enhances their environmental awareness.
童心同行慈善音樂會"由關注本地及國內兒童身心成長的香港非牟利註冊慈善機構「腦之家」主辦，聯同贊助機構浩樂音樂藝術天地，今年已踏入第四屆。表演節目豐富，除了ToNick樂隊, 超級巨聲陳康健及香港唱作歌手曹震豪先生作為活動大使和表演嘉賓外，還有由本地低收入及內地農村兒童表演的英文歌舞，也有本地專業音樂家演出之室樂、長笛、豎琴等等; 更有南亞族裔表演歌舞及中文歌曲等。音樂會主要目的是為腦之家籌募經費，令貧窮兒童也能同樣享有平等發展的機會，及以音樂宣揚愛與關懷，喚起社會各界對本地及國內貧窮兒童腦袋及身心成長的關注，以悠揚樂章傳揚扶貧訊息。