Every year at the Fair, both CIS students and outside charity representatives have the opportunity to showcase their fabulous work to contribute to society and make our local and global communities a little bit kinder, more caring or more just. There are opportunities to talk about your organisation on the main stage and we run a Charity Stall Treasure Hunt to encourage visitors to interact with your booth. All charity spots are free.
Last year the following Charity Stalls were at the Fair. Please take a look below to read more about their causes:
Action against Hunger
Ana By Karma
Angels for Orphans
Animal Social Enterprise
CIS Christian Club
CIS World Vision
Feeding Hong Kong
Friends of UNRWA
Hong Kong Art Symposium
Hong Kong Dog Rescue
Hope for Paws Foundation
International Care Ministries
Man Cha Teas / Loving Kids Charity
Natural Direct Company Ltd
One Inch Vertical
Philippines Book Project
Plastic Free Seas
Room to Read
Song Saa Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
The Society for Relief of Disabled Children
United World Schools
Watchdog Early Education Centre
World Wildlife Fund
Health in Action is a charity that works domestically and internationally to provide medical aid to beneficiaries. With CIS Health in Action, we aim to benefit people in mainly the Kwai Tsing area by improving their lifestyle through methods such as holding events that will teach beneficiaries about nutrition and a balanced diet. We hold events every other month and we look to expand to helping beneficiaries in other districts around Hong Kong.
World Vision is a charity that works internationally with Christians and follow the mission of the (our) Lord and Saviour Jesus to help the poor and oppressed to mainly help children across the world. CIS World Vision sponsors two children on an annual basis and we fundraise to improve their lives through sponsoring them to give them better living conditions such as better nutrition, healthcare, and education.
Free Medical Clinic
Inspired by two years of a burgeoning service program at school, 12 Year 12 students are organising a free medical clinic in conjunction with the Stanley Wellness Center (http://www.stanleywellnesscentre.com/) and Dr Lauren Bramley & Partners (http://www.laurenbramley.com/).
In collaboration with fourteen experienced medical professionals, the Free Clinic will provide a full range of medical services covering all manners of medical practitioners including general practitioners, nurses, osteopaths, obstetricians, counsellors, dentists, naturopaths, acupuncturists, and perineal rehabilitation therapists.
We are currently raising funds to subsidise medicine for beneficiaries of the program, as well as to cover transportation costs.
Hope for Paws Foundation
Hope For Paws Foundation is a fundraising group that works to raise money for Hong Kong shelter dogs to give them a better quality of life. We also focus on raising awareness for these shelter dogs, and we strongly promote the idea of "adopt, don't shop", and we work on encouraging the public to adopt a dog rather than buying on at a pet store.
We will be selling various items including notebooks from a primary design competition, and the net profit will go to smaller Hong Kong dog shelters such as Catherine's Puppies and Sai Kung Stray Friends, who is currently struggling with keeping the shelter running, especially after the big typhoon and rainstorm.
Apart from raising money, we try to make regular trips over to the shelters to spend time being with the dogs that our money is going towards. These dogs do not get a lot of one on one time which damages their chances of getting adopted (because they don't really know how to be social), and going out there to spend time socialising them also raises their chances of adoption. Our ultimate goal is to help dogs get adopted, and to better their lives at the shelter while they wait.
Ana by Karma began in a charming way.
In June 2014, Hong Kong accountant Quin Thong travelled to Bhutan for the second time; and met up again with old friend, Dorji and his wife, Karma. When she found they were struggling to make ends meet, Quin offered Karma US$200 to buy a sewing machine.
This gift would enable Karma, who was illiterate and has no income source, to independently earn money for her children’s education. But Karma would not accept the cash. And so Quin came up with the idea of crowd-funding the sewing machine by selling scarves hand-made by Karma.
Using Facebook and social media to invite Quin's network to crowdfund, orders came in far surpassing their expectations: 40+ overnight, 100+ in few weeks, and in less than 16 weeks, more than 1,000 orders were received.
With that, the Ana by Karma venture blossomed, fulfilling Karma’s and her fellow weavers’ dream to step up in life, using their own talent and creativity in the heritage art of weaving.
By supporting Ana by Karma, you empower these women to earn a living independently. In addition, a portion of your purchase goes to fund training and development programs for the weavers and their children.
GENES is a student led CoCurricular Activity group that works alongside Hong Kong Mucopolysaccharidoses & Rare Genetic Diseases Mutual Aid Group (HKPMS). GENES aims to not only raise funds to help the charity, but to also raise awareness within the school community about genetic diseases in Hong Kong. This year, GENES will be selling patterned drawstring bags, GENES-designed drawstring bags, laptop stickers, and henna tattoos. Come by our stall to not only support the cause, but to learn more about genetic diseases!
Established in November 2015, ONEINCHVERTICAL hopes to bring a free but professional basketball training camp to younger children. We hope that basketball will help them keep fit, relieve stress, and expand their horizon to help them find an interest other than school work. We want to make our basketball clinic enjoyable for everyone, hence we do not expect participants to have any prior knowledge or playing experience of basketball. At ONEINCHVERTICAL, all of the coaches have come to a common agreement that the sessions will be planned to be fun, but still stress the important fundamentals that make a good basketball player.
CIS Friends of UNRWA supports the United Nations Relief and Works Agency's annual emergency appeals, aiming to provide assistance, protection and advocacy for some 5 million registered Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory, pending a solution to their plight. In CIS, funds and awareness are raised.
CIS Feeding HK supports the only food bank in Hong Kong that focuses on redistributing surplus food from retailers, distributors and manufacturers to people in need, serving to bridge the gap between food wastage and aiding those suffering from food insecurity. The student-led group hosts activities such as TeacherChef to raise awareness, and organises bread runs and school-wide food drives to rescue surplus nutritious food which is then categorised and packaged for redistribution.
CIS World Wildlife Fund collaborates with WWF Hong Kong to raise awareness for environmental issues facing HK and the global community. The group holds weekly meetings to discuss contemporary struggles for sustainable living, and organises awareness/fund raising activities such as CIS Green Week.
SGLI is an initiative that gathers student leaders from around the world to discuss global issues and design solutions to address them in our communities, this year in the theme of Conservation. On our return, frustrated by the instances at unnecessary and excessive waste at our school, we set up our Small but Tall initiative, which focuses on making small changes to create a large impact.
For our first project, we're selling beautiful and convenient CIS mugs that we hope will decrease use of paper coffee cups. Our stall will even feature a fun customisation station with decoration tools for you to make your cup completely unique!
The Hong Kong Art Symposium, which will take place on the afternoon of March the 24th, 2018, will be an event geared towards celebrating art. The event will involve performances, themed rooms, interactive workshops and a student art competition. We aim to affect greater change in the student community of Hong Kong and bring awareness to the importance of art and creativity.
Green Monday is a social startup group that aims to tackle climate change and global food insecurity by making low-carbon and sustainable living simple, viral and actionable. Our platform enables corporations, restaurants, schools and the general public to join efforts in performing our social and environmental responsibilities.
Since the launch of School Program in 2012, Green Monday has been putting much effort in educating the young generation to follow a green lifestyle and contribute to building a more sustainable world. With the support of various partners, the Green Monday School Program covers over 800 primary & secondary schools and 600,000 students. Our school program is one of the most successful programs in raising students’ awareness on green eating habits.
The CIS GSA is a support network and discussion group for LGBTQ+ issues within the CIS and Hong Kong community. We aim to raise awareness within the school about LGBTQ+ issues, provide a safe space and network for students to express themselves openly and seek advice, and increase tolerance and acceptance for LGBTQ+ individuals. We will be selling t-shirts and laptop stickers, and all proceeds will help us promote our cause and help disadvantaged LGBTQ+ youths in Hong Kong!
For 25 years, ICM has been bringing help, hope, and change to the poorest of the poor in the Philippines. Supporting those living on less than US$0.50 per day, ICM delivers life-skills training in health, livelihood, and values. ICM believes that if families can avoid preventable diseases, learn how to increase income, and have strong values, they can build hope in their lives -- which is the key to lasting change.
ICM takes a chance on families that other organisations can’t or won’t reach.
Children of the Mekong is the Hong Kong branch of Enfants du Mekong, a French charity founded in 1958.
Our mission is to educate, train and support the children and youths of Southeast Asia, to enable them to improve their material living conditions and to develop intellectually, emotionally and morally. Our vision is for the families and children living in harsh and impoverished conditions in Southeast Asia to come out of poverty and live with dignity. Every sale generated proceeds to the charity.
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In Hong Kong and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children's unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach. We do whatever is takes for children - every day and in times of crisis - transforming their lives and the future we share.
SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
The SPCA was first formed by a group of volunteers in 1903 and became active in 1921. Our 95th Anniversary of the SPCA gives a rundown of key milestones in our development.
Although we are the first charity in Hong Kong to deal with all aspects of animal welfare, we obtain around only 1% of our funding from the government. The rest of our funding comes from the generosity of the general public, for which we are extremely grateful. It is a constant challenge to raise the funds necessary to continue our work.
We believe that animals are living creatures which like humans, are able to feel pain, hunger and thirst. We should not inflict any suffering upon our fellow creatures just because they can't speak.
Children's Thalassaemia Foundation
Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder disease which is common in Hong Kong. One in every eight people in Hong Kong population carries genes of thalassaemia (they are known as thalassaemia carriers). People with Thalassemia major disease are not able to make enough haemoglobin, which causes severe anaemia. Monthly blood transfusion and daily iron chelation treatment are required to sustain life.
Children's Thalassaemia Foundation is a charitable organization aims to improve quality of life of patients with thalassaemia major. On the other hand, enhancing public awareness of thalassaemia is also our aim to eliminate the birth of thalassaemia major, and ultimately to eradicate the disease in Hong Kong.
The funding raised will go direct to finance thalassaemia patients to purchase iron removal devices and accessories to release their burden. Stem-cell transplantation is the only way to cure the disease, the Foundation provides financial aids to patients who get chance to receive the treatment.