This weekend marked the 30th Anniversary of the incomparable Pedal Kart Grand Prix - run by our brother organisation - the Association of Round Tables in Hong Kong.
Ladies Circle were hugely proud to help Round Table in the run up to and during the event - providing marshals, etc etc
A huge thank you to the Hong Kong Round Table for the generosity in sponsoring lunch to visiting children from our focus charity Small Group Homes. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their time watching the race and enjoying lunch.
Our Community Coordinators Karla and Mary did a sterling job behind the scenes.
The logistics behind an initiative like Box of Hope are enormous and at Ladies Circle we pledge, not only to donate complete Boxes of Hope, but also to help the ladies who organise the collection, checking, sorting and onwards shipment of boxes.
This year we gathered ladies together to help during 3 sessions joining others who kindly volunteered their time and energy. On arrival at the location in Central you find yourself simply in awe from the start at what it takes to make this such a successful initiative.
On the left we found a wall of boxes recently delivered and in need of checking, in the middle a vast table with enough space for maybe more than 30 volunteers at a time to check boxes....dotted around the table, extra items to fill boxes.....marker pens, elastic bands.......
On the far right, a wall of boxes checked and sorted into the age and gender category for onwards shipment.
Boxes need to be checked for a few reasons.....their may be strict customs regulations for the country the box would be sent to, some boxes are packed full with more than is asked for whereas others may be lacking a few of the items needed for a complete box. The aim is that all children receive roughly the same amount/quality of contents.
While we were there donations of soap, notebooks, pencils, balls etc kept arriving - news was out on Facebook we'd been short of supplies and the generosity of the local community was so heart warming.
After a 3 hour stint, we kept going. So hard to stop and we kept saying...."Just one more box"......for me, I was hopeful of finding the boxes my children put together.....I was excited to see a neighbours box - and what a delight it was too!
We did stop eventually and headed for a delicious and well earned lunch together. A perfect end to a really wonderful volunteering opportunity.
We met on the 3rd November for our monthly Dinner Meeting with a difference this month! We were attempting to beat last years record of 245 boxes of hope......
This year we were looking to pack boxes of hope for a Tibetan orphanage, home for adults with learning difficulties in HK and very special baby boxes of hope as well as the standard box of hope distributed across HK and Asia.
The room was very well organised into specific stations for stationery, hygiene items, toys and educational items - as well as a wall of boxes ready for wrapping/packing. All items were donated by members and guests and their collective generosity was simply incredible.
With loud music playing, buffet dinner served and drinks flowing everyone set to and after 3 hours everything was complete. The result? An awe inspiring 344 boxes packed. Fiona, Karla and Mary then spent a further hour tidying up ready for the boxes to be ferried to Central the next morning by van ready for the Box of Hope checking and delivery.
Ladies Circle Hong Kong again showing their genorosity of spirit and kindness.
A group of ladies and their friends joined the Australian Association organised Melbourne Cup Lunch on 1st November.
The iconic horse race has a huge following in Hong Kong - not just amongst the Australian community - and there are many events around the city giving a great excuse to socialise, dress to impress and enjoy a spot of horse racing.
The event started early with champagne flowing, the best dressed competition, the big race itself, delicious buffet lunch followed by an amazing raffle and disco.....some of our ladies partied on until the small hours of the next morning!
All in all a fabulous event! Everyone at the Australian Association made us feel very welcome, thank you!