Blog Tag: Service

And Idea – Do it for sight!

Posted by Peter MUIR

ORBIS Hong Kong contributes to the fight against global blindness in several different ways – raising funds and building public awareness, as well as facilitating local ophthalmologists and orthoptists to work as medical volunteers and travel to various places around the globe conducting training sessions, eye examinations and check-ups.

To support ORBIS in there work, why not organize a Bite for Sight event – a sensory lunch where food and drink has to be identified whilst blindfolded. Or a Braille writing competition – use alphabet Braille cards and challenge students to write a sentence. Charge entry and give out prizes.

Discovery College Swimathon

Posted by Peter MUIR

Swimathon@DC is the first charity swimathon event that will take place at Discovery College, open to all students above Y5 who is capable of swimming more than 200m. Unlike the conventional speed competitions, this event focuses on physical endurance and that the participants will attempt to swim as many laps as they can within 30-minute time frame. All funds collected from the application fees will be directed to Mother’s Choice, a non-governmental organization that assists young children that need permanent homes as well as underprivileged pregnant mothers. This event is open to individual participants and teams with maximum of four members.  The application form can be found below.

For any queries, please contact dc.swimathon@gmail.com.

Swimathon Application Form

ESF Junior Coaching Course

Posted by Peter MUIR


Are you interested in sports?  Are you keen to expand your knowledge about sports coaching?  There is an opportunity for senior students to take part in a Coaching course with ESF.  Aims of the course include developing understanding of organizing and leading sports events, become knowledgeable about the planning and delivery of coaching sessions, and ultimately be able to organize a sporting tournament.  The course will be eight weekly one-hour sessions held at DC and will cost $300.    The course will initially only be open to Year 12 students. Dates are to be confirmed.  For those who complete the course, there will be opportunity for continued volunteer efforts, and perhaps even paid employment.  If you are interested sign up today on the DC Community Engagement webpage sign up page or click here.

Chungking Mansions Refugee Support Group

Posted by Peter MUIR

DC will soon be establishing a Community Engagement group that will support the efforts of the Chungking Mansions Service Centre. The Chungking Mansions Service Centre is the only full-service drop-in service centre providing humanitarian assistance to refugees, asylum seekers and torture claimants in Hong Kong. Their mission is to provide a holistic support system to refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong which increases social, financial, cultural, mental and spiritual well-being. Since 2004, the centre fills a large gap in social welfare services by providing essential humanitarian assistance such as shelter, food, clothes and other daily necessities. In addition, they are the only source for educational, psychosocial, recreational and spiritual support.

Areas where the service centre works are:
1. Provision of essential basic needs
2. Food programme
3. Case work, advice, and advocacy
4. Support for new arrivals
5. Education support and programming for children and adults
6. Youth Development Programme
7. Recreational activities
8. Assistance for unaccompanied minors
9. Therapeutic/counseling support
10. Outreach work

The DC group will initially be open to Year 12 students only. Though the group will develop ideas of their involvement, activities might include:
• Volunteering in small groups to projects/events/activities at Chungking mansions
• Developing and leading lessons – aimed at children and/or adults – such as English, computer skills, crafts at Chungking mansions
• Fundraising/awareness events at DC
• Organising and hosting fun days where your clients visit and use our school facilities

This offers students a great opportunity to be involved in a meaningful CAS Project. To show your interest, Sign up today on the DC Community Engagement webpage sign up page or click here.

Organisers needed for Help the Helper week

Posted by Peter MUIR

Ever considered what your helper/maid/aunty does for you?  Here is an opportunity to organize an event to show appreciation to the helpers that work in the DC community.  We are looking for Year 9 students to establish a committee to organize our “Help the Helper” week planned for early February.  Show your interest by signing up on the DC Community Engagement sign up page or click here to sign up. Sign up today!

CAS / C&S Idea – Computer Reuse Project

Posted by Peter MUIR

An idea for a CAS / C&S project – Investigate the different material used to build computers and how these materials are disposed of or recycled.  Set up a programme to source old computer items, fix and rebuild them, them pass them on to disadvantaged members of the community.  These websites might help… http://www.freegeek.org/ and http://nextsteprecycling.org/.

World Food Day at DC

Posted by Peter MUIR

As a part of creating awareness about World Food Day (16 October), a group of Year 9 students organised a number of events, including a food drive and food sales.  They are pictured here presenting Feeding Hong Kong with the equivalent of three big boxes of dry foods collected in school from DC students and families. Feeding Hong Kong is a local charity that works to redistribute surplus food to people in need throughout Hong Kong. They were thrilled with the students’ efforts and in return presented them with a ‘thank you’ certificate. In addition the students presented Feeding HK with a cheque for HK$1,980 which they collected as a result of their bake sale prior to mid-term. The students are already planning an even bigger food collection drive and awareness raising activities for next year.

Sign Up for Hoops of Hope

Posted by Peter MUIR

Hey Year 7 DC students! Looking for an interesting Community Engagement (service) activity to get involved in? Hoops of Hope is your answer! Be a part of planning and running DC’s very own Hoops of Hope event, where you will organise DC students to participate in a basketball shoot-a-thon to raise awareness about World Aids Day.  Sign up on the sign up page on this site.  Sign up quickly – places are limited.

Habitat For Humanity Under No Roof

Posted by Peter MUIR

Under No Roof aims to provide a platform for youth to empathize with people without decent shelter, people who live in substandard housing. It simulates a slum where “families” live in makeshift shelters. Participants build houses made of cardboard and scrap materials and then spend the night in the shelters.   Under No Roof will take place on Jan 5 to 6, 2013.   It requires a donation/registration fee of HKD600/person (less for a group of 10 participants).  See this UNR 2013-fact sheet for more details of how to get involved.

Box of Hope

Posted by Peter MUIR

Box of Hope is a local charity project aimed at supplying useful/educational gifts to underprivileged children in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia.  The project involves children filling an individually designed shoebox with educational gifts that will then be collected and delivered to children in need.  DC will again be involved in the project this year.  It is a good opportunity to use this time to develop their awareness of the issues faced by disadvantaged children in Hong Kong, and discus the need to support those who are underprivileged.  For more details about the activity at DC, please email damien.barry@dc.edu.hk