By livinggreenwithbaby | October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments
In Hong Kong, which has one of the world’s largest disparities between rich and poor, three out of four children live in poverty. Project Hong Kong is a program started by HandsOn Hong Kong, an NGO whose mission is to address the needs of Hong Kong children living below the poverty line through volunteerism by organizing, and training volunteers and managing volunteer projects for key local charities to deliver services to the underprivileged.
Project Hong Kong organizes art, fashion and performance workshops with the aim of helping children express themselves creatively while discovering their own creative potential and increasing their self-esteem.
We recently sat down with Francesca DeFranchis, the project producer and coordinator, to get more insight on Project Hong Kong.
LGB: What is Project Hong Kong and how did you get involved?
FDF: The opportunity was offered to me by a friend, Monica Watkins, who is the founder of Art in Motion. I have worked for many fundraising events in various capacities in the past, but this was my first role as a producer. I realized this was an opportunity to be involved in art workshops she planned to organize in Hong Kong; a great chance to help disadvantaged children using my professional connections and experience. And when I approached my contacts asking for help, I received an amazing response.
FDF: Our first fundraiser took place in New York on April 13, 2013, with performers and artists such as Chloe Flower, Michael Arana, the YoMoCo and Galaxy of Tar. It was followed by the charity Black and White Ball in Hong Kong on April 26, 2013. We are planning to work together again next year on a larger event and involving many more artists who are eager to support this cause. In New York, we support the project’s efforts by producing events helping to raise funds that can provide for these children’s workshops to continue.
LGB: How can the general public help or get involved?
FDF: People can support us in many ways. Artists and creatives can be part of our fundraising events by donating their time or work. Businesses can sponsor us with donations and provide their names to help us with publicity. Individuals can also help with donations, or simply spreading the word and following the project through social media; Project Hong Kong has a facebook page. You can also follow my efforts on the project through my own DeFranchis fan page.
After many years of my involvement in non-profit events, I’ve seen that real changes in the world come from the inside out, and so I believe that helping disadvantaged children–whether they are in Hong Kong, Africa or elsewhere–through these efforts is a worthy cause and will eventually make a difference.
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