Choices

NESTA supported six local charities as part of Choices in the last academic year.

Donor(s):
Nigel Pearson - $1,000
Jonathan Smith - $600
NESTA donation - $1,000
 

Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society

Amount raised :Donors : $1,000Nigel Pearson
$600Jonathan Smith
$1,000NESTA donation
The plight of the white dolphin is much publicised in Hong Kong but this creature is still under threat. The Society seeks to educate the public on the conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises in Hong Kong. We run seminars for schools in English or Cantonese. HKDCS also runs dolphin watching trips locally.

 

  • NETs and non-NETs can donate money to these charities.
  • NESTA will collect the funds. Your donation goes directly to the charity.
  • You can send donations to the NESTA bank account (HSBC: 508 208 063 001)
  • To avoid confusion, please do not donate $200 or $400 (membership fee rates!)
  • We can also help you deposit cheques or cash directly to the charities. 
  • Please notify Graham at choices@nesta.hk when you have made a donation. 
  • If requested, you can receive a 'tax deductible' receipt from the charity.
  • You could donate yourself or with friends.
  • Unless you want to be anonymous, your name will be included as a charity sponsor.
  • We are hoping that each charity receives at least $3,000.

 To donate now or find out more information, e-mail choices@nesta.hk

 

Donor(s):
Mark Thomas - $3,000
Choices donation - $400
 

Crossroads Federation

Amount raised :Donors : $3,000Mark Thomas
$400Choices donation
Serving a world of need, Crossroads, true to its name, provides an intersection which brings the right people together to help. It does so in four ways.

  • Global Distribution: Even as people battle dire poverty around the world, Hong Kong manufacturers, companies and others pour high quality goods into Crossroads' warehouse: computers, medical equipment, educational supplies, clothing, household goods, books, electrical goods and more. The Government of the Hong Kong SAR provides Crossroads with 200,000 square feet of storage. With any one dollar donated, Crossroads can therefore send goods worth at least twenty dollars both locally and around the world.
  • Global Handicrafts: Unfair trade conditions make it tough for communities trying to work their way out of poverty. Global Handicrafts is a colourful marketplace with products from scores of producers and artisans, operating on a Fair Trade basis: jewellery, chocolate, coffee, tea, soap, candles, carvings, pottery, silks and more.
  • Global Village: It is said, "I cannot understand a man unless I walk a mile in his shoes." In Global Village, visitors are invited to 'step into the shoes' of people grappling with world need. Rather than hearing a lecture on these issues, people 'x-perience' something of them, through simulation: war, refugee life, manual labours, poverty, HIV/AIDS, blindness and more.
  • Global Hand: In today's era of Corporate Responsibility, many companies are looking for NGOs with whom they can co-operate to help a hurting planet and its hurting people. Often, though, they have trouble finding partners. Global Hand is an online matching service that helps connect profit and non-profit organisations. It has also built a special application of its software for the United Nations, partnering with the corporate sector.

 

  • NETs and non-NETs can donate money to these charities.
  • NESTA will collect the funds. Your donation goes directly to the charity.
  • You can send donations to the NESTA bank account (HSBC: 508 208 063 001)
  • To avoid confusion, please do not donate $200 or $400 (membership fee rates!)
  • We can also help you deposit cheques or cash directly to the charities. 
  • Please notify Graham at choices@nesta.hk when you have made a donation. 
  • If requested, you can receive a 'tax deductible' receipt from the charity.
  • You could donate yourself or with friends.
  • Unless you want to be anonymous, your name will be included as a charity sponsor.
  • We are hoping that each charity receives at least $3,000.

 To donate now or find out more information, e-mail choices@nesta.hk

 

Donor(s):
Poppy West - $500
Theo West - $500
NESTA donation - $400
 

Feeding Hong Kong

Amount raised :Donors : $500Poppy West
$500Theo West
$400NESTA donation
Feeding Hong Kong (http://feedinghk.org/) is the first Hong Kong food bank which gets surplus food from shops and manufacturers then gives it to people in need. It wants to fight hunger in Hong Kong and reduce the amount of quality food that is being sent to our city’s landfills. Volunteers can help with bread runs and at the warehouse. It also raises awareness about poverty and food problems in Hong Kong and promotes healthy eating and nutritional education to the most vulnerable groups in our community.

Its work benefits four key groups. Firstly, underprivileged individuals and families as direct beneficiaries receive high quality, nutritious food that they would not otherwise afford. Secondly, the charities in their network benefit from a regular, free delivery of food. This allows them to save money, serve more people and redirect saved resources to other poverty alleviation programmes. Thirdly, the food companies benefit from provision of a safe, sustainable way to redirect high quality food surplus to feed people in need. Finally, the community as a whole, by making the best use, in the most ethical, ecological and sustainable way of excess food in the city and ensuring that good food is eaten rather than disposed of in landfills. Beyond these four groups, Feeding Hong Kong is the lowest cost and most efficient way to feed those in need in Hong Kong. For every HK$8 donated to us, we can help provide a meal to an individual in need

 

  • NETs and non-NETs can donate money to these charities.
  • NESTA will collect the funds. Your donation goes directly to the charity.
  • You can send donations to the NESTA bank account (HSBC: 508 208 063 001)
  • To avoid confusion, please do not donate $200 or $400 (membership fee rates!)
  • We can also help you deposit cheques or cash directly to the charities. 
  • Please notify Graham at choices@nesta.hk when you have made a donation. 
  • If requested, you can receive a 'tax deductible' receipt from the charity.
  • You could donate yourself or with friends.
  • Unless you want to be anonymous, your name will be included as a charity sponsor.
  • We are hoping that each charity receives at least $3,000.

 To donate now or find out more information, e-mail choices@nesta.hk

 

Donor(s):
Nigel Pearson - $1,000
NESTA donation - $400
 

Animals Asia

Amount raised :Donors : $1,000Nigel Pearson
$400NESTA donation
This charity has three main goals in Asia. It aims to stop bear bile farming in China, as well as animal abuse in zoos and safari parks. It also wants to improve cat and dog welfare. This is done in Hong Kong through the Dr Dog and Professor Paws projects. (http://www.animalsasia.org/)

 

  • NETs and non-NETs can donate money to these charities.
  • NESTA will collect the funds. Your donation goes directly to the charity.
  • You can send donations to the NESTA bank account (HSBC: 508 208 063 001)
  • To avoid confusion, please do not donate $200 or $400 (membership fee rates!)
  • We can also help you deposit cheques or cash directly to the charities. 
  • Please notify Graham at choices@nesta.hk when you have made a donation. 
  • If requested, you can receive a 'tax deductible' receipt from the charity.
  • You could donate yourself or with friends.
  • Unless you want to be anonymous, your name will be included as a charity sponsor.
  • We are hoping that each charity receives at least $3,000.

 To donate now or find out more information, e-mail choices@nesta.hk

 

Donor(s):
Anonymous - $2,200
NESTA donation - Runners-up - $800
 

AFS Intercultural Services

Amount raised :Donors : $2,200Anonymous
$800NESTA donation - Runners-up
AFS is one of the biggest worldwide cultural exchange organisations. Students from all over the world, including Hong Kong, spend a year living and studying in another country. AFS runs a Cultural Fair in Hong Kong. About 1,200 local students can interact with exchange students and ethnic minorities from India, Pakistan and Nepal. Donations will go to fund this fair.

 

  • NETs and non-NETs can donate money to these charities.
  • NESTA will collect the funds. Your donation goes directly to the charity.
  • You can send donations to the NESTA bank account (HSBC: 508 208 063 001)
  • To avoid confusion, please do not donate $200 or $400 (membership fee rates!)
  • We can also help you deposit cheques or cash directly to the charities. 
  • Please notify Graham at choices@nesta.hk when you have made a donation. 
  • If requested, you can receive a 'tax deductible' receipt from the charity.
  • You could donate yourself or with friends.
  • Unless you want to be anonymous, your name will be included as a charity sponsor.
  • We are hoping that each charity receives at least $3,000.

 To donate now or find out more information, e-mail choices@nesta.hk

 

Donor(s):
NESTA donation - Champions - $1,200
Nigel Pearson - $1,000
 

Bring Me A Book

Amount raised :Donors : $1,200NESTA donation - Champions
$1,000Nigel Pearson
To promote family literacy by facilitating access to the best children's books and empowering parents and teachers to read aloud with children for future success in school and life.

Our Programs

The Bookcase Library Program

– places bookcases filled with quality, age-appropriate children's books in Chinese and English into nurseries, kindergartens, health clinics and community centres. All of the books are selected by literacy experts.

The Book Bag Library Program

- serves as a lending library. It provides an easily accessible selection of quality children's books and audio recordings that enhance reading skills and language acquisition. The Book Bag Library contains about 220 books for children ages 0 to 11 years.

The First Teachers™ Program

- enhances both Library programs by engaging and educating parents, childcare providers, and teachers on the critical importance of reading aloud and read aloud strategies

 

  • NETs and non-NETs can donate money to these charities.
  • NESTA will collect the funds. Your donation goes directly to the charity.
  • You can send donations to the NESTA bank account (HSBC: 508 208 063 001)
  • To avoid confusion, please do not donate $200 or $400 (membership fee rates!)
  • We can also help you deposit cheques or cash directly to the charities. 
  • Please notify Graham at choices@nesta.hk when you have made a donation. 
  • If requested, you can receive a 'tax deductible' receipt from the charity.
  • You could donate yourself or with friends.
  • Unless you want to be anonymous, your name will be included as a charity sponsor.
  • We are hoping that each charity receives at least $3,000.

 To donate now or find out more information, e-mail choices@nesta.hk

 

Through Choices, NESTA members supported different sectors of society in Hong Kong by working with local charities from 2011 to 2014. Students presented in English while learning about local issues.

Secondary students represented and presented local charities to senior and exchange students, who acted as judges.




Results

Choices 2014 was won by 'Bring Me A Book'. AFS were runners up. Once again, we had a new winner. The standard of presentations was impressive. Many thanks to RNC Phillip Weber for helping us book the venue and to all the NETs who helped and donated to charities.

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