In March, Ladies Circle were recognised for the 13th consecutive year as a Caring Organisation. This year, Hong Kong Family Welfare Society nominated us to receive the award at the Caring Company Partnership Expo 2017.
We interview one of our Community Coordinators below to find out more about her impressions of the expo, potential focus of future LCHK volunteer work and how she feels about her role as Community Coordinator....
LCHK: Thank you for accepting the award on our behalf, what did it mean to you?
Karla: On behalf of Ladies Circle Hong Kong, I take great pleasure in representing our group for receiving the award. This is my second year as the Community Coordinator and I always feel to be amazed with our members' commitment and contribution to the local community and for those who are in need in other parts of the world.
LCHK: That's wonderful. How did this years Expo compare to previous years, did you find any new charities we could consider supporting in the future?
Karla: Compared with the past two years, I found this year had the least number of exhibitors at the expo.
I would recommend to have a used material collection day to support one division at the HK Women Workers Association. The sewing team on recycling work, which is to collect waste material to re-make / re-design into new product. Broken umbrella, used table cloth / coffee bean bag / rice bag, etc. will be made as handbags, pouches, art pieces... for selling at their shops.
LCHK: That sounds like something our newly formed Craft Circle could get involved with!
Finally, what do you enjoy about membership of LCHK and the work we do in the Community?
Karla: Members of Ladies Circle Hong Kong not only build up friendship between ourselves, we also try to make connection to those we do not know and have never seen before. We also used our funding wisely in sponsoring children and adults from low income and deprived families, new immigrants and people with disabilities. This doesn't quite fully describe how rewarding all these services are to me but I am as always excited on being one of the volunteers."
LCHK: Thank you for your time Karla. The work our Community Coordinators undertake is very much appreciated by our members and charities we support.
If you are interested in finding more about how our members engage with the Community please contact our Community Coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org
This special day was first recognised on 28th February 1909 in New York, organised by the Socialist Party of America, commemorating the struggle for women's rights.
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In thinking about what it means to me I researched quotes and articles with so many referencing women's great strengths - which kept leading me back to the word "kind". This inspired a fun challenge to the Council members - thanks to the famous quote below by Princess Diana - to carry out random acts of kindness today.
So what have your Council been up to today?
We've had lovely messages to each other, helped our friends, given flowers, biscuits for the teachers at school, dinner for helpers, attending a charity event...
What did you do on this day?!
Our March 2017 after dinner speaker, Andrea Lomas, Head of Spa Operations for the Mandarin Oriental Group, delivered a fabulous and informative presentation focus on a growing need to focus on Digital Detoxing.
The topic was something close to our hearts with the growth of daily contact by email, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Text........
Andrea succinctly delivered some top tips to our members starting with asking us to switch our phones to Airplane Mode for the duration of the presentation. A very simple but hugely liberating task and not to be reserved just for those hours we spend on airplanes.....!!
Other top tips included to ensure that your bedroom is a digital free zone - no taking those phones to bed, dispense with digital alarm clocks (the blue light intereferes with the body's ability to go into rest mode), go back to using wristwatches (don't rely on your phone to tell you the time), turn off push notifications on your phone......and many more.
Andrea ended the session leading us through guided meditation - which was so wonderful that one our of our guests admitted to relaxing so much as to drift off to sleep!
At the end of the presentation, instead of the mass exodus home, many members stayed to talk further with Andrea - a sign that the topic was a much needed and very well delivered one.
As for me, my phone was left in the living room last night with WhatsApps left to be answered in the morning....!
Fiona - IPP 2016/17