theDesk co-working and events space joins forces with two neighbourhood NGOs to bring together the community in doing our little part to help two vulnerable populations in Hong Kong: the homeless and refugees
By Grace Fung
Housing a mix residential and commercial spaces, our Sai Wan neighbourhood is crowded by tramlines, restaurants and human density. But did you know that the hustle and bustle of Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town are also a hotbed for charitable organisations, NGOs and social enterprises trying to do their share for their community and wider Hong Kong? Here at theDesk co-working and events space, we love to not only highlight our members, neighbouring businesses and heritage, but also forge meaningful connections that benefit our community. So, we’re connecting and collaborating with Justice Centre, a human rights organisation that rents designated desks at theDesk, as well as a friend of the space, Tree of Life, a Sai Ying Pun based community hub and creative space that also aids the homeless, to bring to you ‘Parcels of Hope’, a charity event that invites the community to help benefit both Sai Wan NGOs.
The premise is simple. We’re inviting you, the community, to bring shower gels, shampoos and bath and hygiene products you’ve acquired over your travels (or have bought for the occasion – Wellcome is just across the street, ahem!), bring them to theDesk and package them into goodwill boxes for the local homeless, via Tree of Life. A nominal gift-fee of $100 per box will go to the Justice Centre and its efforts in aiding the refugee population in Hong Kong. Sign off and leave a heartfelt message in a card designed pro-bono by Lun Wong, known illustrator and member of the theDesk, and do a part in helping those who need it.
“I hope to break the barrier,” says Wilson Li, head of Tree of Life, “since the actual beneficiaries of the goods won’t be there. But I hope this is one step in encouraging people to take their part.” Chloe Martin of the Justice Centre shares similar sentiments, telling us that ‘its not just us and them’. “The refugee population faces the same challenges as many others in Hong Kong,” she adds. “They’re people first, and refugees second.”
Reflecting on the motivations behind the fitting collaboration between Tree of Life, Justice Centre and theDesk, Martin reflects that ‘civil society is so small’. “If you work independently, you might be recreating programmes that already exist, or you might not be the best organisation to helm it. It’s about resources and collaborations.” Furthermore, all parties involved truly believe in helping the community, along with the neighbourhood. “People have to work for the community,” they say, “and help each other.”
So, if you’re ready to do some good on Saturday July 22 between 12.30pm and 3.30pm, pop in to theDesk. We hope to see you there! Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or using the form below or at parcelsofhope.eventbrite.hk.