To celebrate Baxter’s 35th anniversary, we are launching a #TakeYourToxins campaign - which will start on April 11th! Healthy kidneys filter and remove excess fluid and toxins from blood and turn it into urine. Kidney failure, also called end-stage renal disease (ESRD), is the last stage of chronic kidney disease and happens when kidneys operates at less than 5-10% of normal function and dangerous toxins build up in the bloodstream. At this stage, the patient can only survive with dialysis or a kidney transplant. Yet every day, we take for granted that our kidneys are silently working to rid our body of toxins while patients with kidney failure do not enjoy the same freedom. This campaign aims to highlight the issue of kidney failure by comparing our daily trash disposal with the toxins that patients carry in their bodies until they undergo daily treatment at night. Before Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD) treatments, many patients had to carry a solution bag and needed four or more dialysis exchanges a day. A group of Baxter employees will initiate the campaign and carry a small plastic bag to fill it with ALL the accumulated trash. Then they will upload to social media pages with #TakeYourToxins – to mark the start/end of the challenge. We’re making it fun and impactful by taking the waterproof plastic bag everywhere we go, including places where we wouldn’t normally bring a bag! The donation will end by June 14th. We aim to link this movement back to education and awareness around kidney illness and treatments – and of course, mobilizing our connections to raise money for a worthy cause. Be sure to share this with your friends and family and help donate to this page! Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD) offers the patient the option of an effective home modality of renal replacement therapy, encourages self-autonomy, and supports optimal quality of life - designed for patients that refuse to let kidney diseases compromise their lives, careers, social life, travels, relationships, or most importantly stand in the way of achieving their dreams.
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.
起跑! 為女孩加油 在世界各地，女孩面對著多重威脅和歧視，而在最貧窮地區生活的女孩，更是最弱勢的一群！ 全球… 約七成被販賣的受害者都是婦女或女孩。 每年新增1500萬兒童新娘，即每兩秒一個女孩早婚。 逾七億人每天倚靠不足港幣15元生活，其中婦女或女孩較為容易陷於貧窮。 有一億三千萬女孩失學。 「『愛 ‧ 女孩』 起跑!」是國際培幼會及Cosmopolitan合辦的慈善跑步籌款活動，目的是爭取及推動女孩權益及公義，幫助發展中國家的女孩免受歧視、不平等及粗暴對待。 請即行動，身體力行，為女孩起跑，讓她們也擁有起跑的機會。
B’Elanna has been an amazing and integral part of our community, serving tirelessly in caring for everyone she comes into contact with. With her infectious smile and overflowing love, she has given everything she can to bless everyone else, but sadly she has been unable to continue her university studies due to her family falling on financial difficulties. Now it’s our turn to come around and support her in her time of need. Our goal is to raise the final tuition fees for her last 2 years of university so she can finish what she started.