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11 Februry 2017

On 11 February 2017, Zontians Lolita Ng (Chairperson of the Social Services Committee), Cecilia Yao and Isabelle Young visited Benji Centre, a social enterprise serving children with hearing.

 
 

14 January 2017

The ZCK has, for three consecutive years, sponsored the HPV vaccination Project to safeguard the underprivileged girls (including the ethic minorities) in Shamshuipo, Tin Shui Wai, Tsuen Wan and Wanchai against cervical cancer through the continuing generous support from the Hong Kong Women Doctor Association and various NGOs. the project was successfully concluded by the last round of injections on 14 January 2017 in Tsuen Wan. The young and their parents gave encouraging appreciative feedback to the Project aimed at protecting girls from common but preventable infections associated with cervical cancer.

 
 


3 September 2016

Lolita Ng, Chair of the Social Services Committee, was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Head of the Caritas Group & Community Work in recognition of the Zonta Club of Kowloon 's support of the Young Mothers Project.

 
 

Love Connection Opening on 15 April 2016
15 April 2016

Youth Work Project on "Love Connection"

The Zonta Club of Kowloon has launched a 18-month project named "Love Connection" to help teenage girls in achievement of mature values towards love and courtship. Opening of the project was officiated on April 15, 2016 at the Ma On Centre of HK Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council, the service partner.

Zontian Agnes Koon, Board Director and the President (Designate), gave an inspiring speech at the event, encouraging the young participants to actively participate in the forthcoming activities that ranged from educational workshop, talks, group therapy, drama therapy, camp to interested classes ( e.g. cooking and physical exercise).

Through the activities, the Club aimed to impart positive attitudes and values to the teenage girls, particularly those who felt disoriented and/or hurt in their relationships with the opposite sex, so that they knew how to better protect themselves in handling sexual demands from boyfriends. In the longer term, this might prevent or minimise teenage pregnancy and life-long emotional/psychological damages.

Zontian Susanna Lo (Chairman of the Social Services Committee), Lolita Ng, Cecilia Kuk and Beryl Chan attended the Opening Ceremony in support of this meaningful project.

The event was well attended by about 50 young girls. Quite a number of their boyfriends were present. An educational workshop on "Knowing More About The Opposite Sex" was organised immediately after the Opening Ceremony.

 

2016 HPV Vaccination
16 January 2016

On 16 January 2016, we continued primary prevention of cervical cancer by giving HPV vaccination to the girls from low-income families.at Kwai Hing Learning Centre of The Open University of Hong Kong with the generous sponsor of Hong Kong Merck Sharp & Dohme MSD and the kind assistance of HKSKH Lady MacLehose Centre and in collaboration with doctors from the Hong Kong Women Doctors Association.

Our HPV vaccination project has been deeply honoured to have received HK$70,000 from the Sir Robert Hotung Charitable Fund's 2015 allocation exercise.as a project for the prevention of sickness. The Sir Robert Ho Tung Charitable Fund, one of the major trust funds in Hong Kong, was set up in 1956 with a bequest by the late Sir Robert Ho Tung. The fund is managed by HSBC Trustee (Hong Kong) Limited. Its charitable objects are for the relief of poverty, prevention of sickness and those benefiting the elderly, handicapped and under-privileged.

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2015 HPV Vaccination
17 January 2015

The kick off ceremony took place on 17 January 2015 at Sap Pat Heung Rural Committe Kung Yik She Primary School in Tin Shui Wai. In 2014, 77 girls in Shum Shui Po benefited from the vaccination project. In 2015, Zonta Club of Kowloon not only continues its support, but also has expanded the vaccination project to 100 underprivileged girls in Tuen Mun and Tin Shui Wai areas.
 

HPV Project
28 Jun 2014

In collaboration with Hong Kong Women Doctors Association (HKWDA) and International Social Service (ISS), the HPV Project was successfully accomplished on 28 June 2014.The same group of 73 girls has completed a 3-dose series of HPV vaccine on schedule, with 4 girls to be given at a later time due to school event . The 3rd dose was delivered at the HKU Student Union in the Composite Building. Arrangement was made with the HKU Development & Alumni Affairs Office for a campus tour after the vaccination. More detail >
 


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Lymphoma video Project 2019/20


Video is produced in collaboration with Hong Kong Cancer Fund. The educational video is produced by medical/nursing professionals, highlighting useful knowledge and series of physical exercise for management of Lymphedema that frequently occurs after surgical operation, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy for breast cancer treatment. The video is produced in traditional Chinese voice with English subtitles and another in Putonghua with simplified Chinese subtitles.




Project on Holistic Development of Young Mothers
January 2019

Launched in January 2019, Project on Holistic Development of Young Mothers is a joint initiative of our Club with Caritas Hong Kong. The aim is to empower young mothers to achieve economic independence, build self-esteem and become self reliant. Personality dimension workshops were organized in June 2019 to help young mothers (most are unwed mothers) to reconstruct their own lives. Les Beatitudes participated in organizing Sewing Classes. Scholarships were also offered to four selected young mothers to enable them to pursue their vocational training or school programmes. Through education and training, young mothers would be better able to move forward with more confidence and self-esteem.

Zonta Club of Kowloon was awarded ZI Centennial Anniversary Grant, at its 100th anniversary, in recognition of the Project on Holistic Development of Young Mothers conducted jointly with Caritas Hong Kong. At the 2019 ZI Disitrict 17 Conference in Hong Kong, Zonta Club of Kowloon was also awarded District 17 Governor Award for Best Centennial Local Service Projects.



Enhanced Radiotherapy Service for Gynaecological Cancer Patients
21 September 2018

In September 2018, our Club sponsored Department of Clinical Oncology, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital to purchase one set of Venezia applicator for enhanced radiotherapy of gynaecological cancer patients. The new applicator allows adequate dose delivery to a wider spectrum of tumour location and topography, such as pelvic side wall, which is more difficult with conventional brachytherapy applicators. It is safe, more effective and user friendly, giving higher survival rate and reducing the risk of later complications of surrounding organs. The clinical use of Venezia applicator began in November 2018. By the end of April 2019, a total of 21 treatment sessions were offered to 7 cervical cancer patients.



Donation to Les Beatitudes on 6 January 2018
6 January 2018

Agreeing to provide job opportunities for women from underprivileged families who want to and need to work in a flexible arrangement and home environment, ZCK has the pleasure to become the Ruby Sponsor of Les Beatitudes to fund one collage learning workshop for underprivileged mothers and/or children The cheque (HK$50,000) presentation ceremony was held on 6 January 2018.



Visit to Hong Kong Cancer Fund
12 Sep 2017

Zonta Club of Kowloon had the privilege to host a private lunch for the International President Elect Ms Susanne von Bassewitz, when she stopped over Hong Kong before attending Manila Conference.

After the lunch, Lolita Ng had arranged a visit for PE Susanne to visit the Hong Kong Cancer Fund. There was a very thorough presentation by Mrs Sally Lo, CEO of the HK Cancer Fund and Dr Michael Tse of the Institute of Human Performance of HKU on our "Keep Moving Project". They also presented the effect of physical exercise for breast cancer survivor patients' recovery. This research is evidence base. They will further research the different of effect between doing exercise at the Gym and at Centre/home.
 


Mindfulness Corner Project
May 2017

Zonta Club of Kowloon in May 2017 sponsored the procurement of equipment for setting up a Mindfulness Centre to provide Mindfulness psychological training to female inmates at Nei Kwu Correctional Institution, Hong Kong Correctional Services Department at Hei Ling Chau. The facilities are used for mindfulness meditation as a rehabilitation intervention for treatment for female drug abusers and law offenders.
 


Keep Moving Project
March 2017

In March 2017, our Club sponsored Hong Kong Cancer Fund on the 'Keep Moving' Project to improve the physical functioning, psychological well-being and quality of life of breast cancer survivors. We collaborated with the Active Health Clinic, Institute of Human Performance of the University of Hong Kong to provide professional training, monitoring and assessment of the programme. Dr Michael Tse of University of Hong Kong presented a progress report on the research findings which has proven the effectiveness of evidence-based exercise intervention for breast cancer survivors. The Institute has also published a research report with acknowledgement of Zonta Club of Kowloon’s contribution to the Project.
 


2 July 2016

Zontians Lolita Ng and Doreen Kong interviewed the young unwed mother who applied for a scholarship that the Zonta Club of Kowloon sponsored to assist unwed mothers in reengineering their lives by pursuit of formal education or vocational training.


2 July 2016

Zontians Lolita Ng and Doreen Kong met up Carmen Yim, the Supervisor of the Caritas Unwed Mothers Project





1AM - First Action Moment: Self-help & Help Seeking App
March 2016

In March 2016, Zonta Club of Kowloon launched the "1AM App" in collaboration with the Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women ("ACSVAW). This is the first Chinese-speaking app worldwide for the prevention of violence and abuse among women and girls providing access to sexual violence resources and vital survival information that allows victims to immediately alert their preset group of trusted friends, family, or emergency services about potentially violent situation. This smartphone app is designed to be a potentially lifesaving alert system and uses technology to empower women and girls to take an active role in the prevention of sexual violence.

The project has received the D.R.E.A.M.S. Achievement Award - Meritorious Newly Conceptualized Advocacy Project at the Zonta International 19th District 17 Conference held in Manila in September 2017.

 



   

Hope of Teenage Mothers
2 Nov 2012

In 2011, in cooperation with Caritas Hong Kong, donation to the education fund for teenage mothers helps them to continue their education at night schools or to prepare themselves for a future career. Through this project, Zonta Club of Kowloon aims at giving those teenage mothers a chance to discover their various talents, re-start their career and enhance their self esteem. Hope of Teenage Mother is one of the 3 best club service projects from District 17 to enter into the competition for the Zonta International Service Recognition Award, which will take place at the Zonta International Conference in Orlando, 26 June to 2 July 2014. More detail >



Music Room at Lo Wu Correctional Institution
8 Jun 2013

A new Music Room equipped with musical instruments for the inmates has been set up at the Lo Wu Correctional Institution, a project sponsored by Zonta Club of Kowloon. Nine representatives from ZCK including the District Governor, President, and Directors attended the unveiling of the ZCK's Plaque on 8 June 2013.
 


Elderly

We care for women of different ages and needs; we care for children and teenage mothers, but we also help elderly parents in the form of equipment sponsorship to Caritas Aged Home More detail >




Project on Prevention & Treatment of Depression Among the Elderly
24 November 2018

Zonta Club of Kowloon in November 2018 sponsored a two-year project of the Hong Kong Women Foundation Limited Ho Kwok Pui Chun Neighbourhood Elderly Centre. The project is an outreach effort aims to enrich the lives of the elderly. Programmes and activities were developed providing home visits, workshops, art and craft classes, educational seminars, group art therapy and social activities to foster closer communal relationships and active ageing. It also aims to provide social support and raise public awareness to help promote positive mental health and combat with the increased prevalence of depression.


Others

18 Nov 2017

Lolita Ng, Chairperson of the Social Services Committee, was with the new Commissioner of the Correctional Services Department, Mr. Terence Lam at a departmental function.

 

Visit to Hei Ling Chau on 24 May 2017
24 May 2017

The board Zonta Club of Kowloon has approved the sponsorship for the purpose of setting up of a mindfulness corner in Nei Kwu Correctional Institution of the Correctional Services Department for the clinical practice of mindfulness in the psychological treatment of female Drug Addiction Treatment Centre (DATC) inmates. A cheque presentation ceremony cum a visit to the DATC in Hei Ling Chau was organized on 24 May 2017. President Agnes Koon presented the cheque to the Assistant Commissioner (Rehabilitation), Mr Raymond Tang
 
Zontian Agnes Koon joined the celebration of the Year of the Monkey at the annual spring reception of Caritas-Hong Kong on 22 February 2016 which was opened with a lion dance and officiated by Mrs Regina Leung and John Cardinal Tong Hon. Next to Agnes Koon are Ms Maggie Chan, Director, Social Work, Service Division, Caritas and Ms Angie Lai, Service Head,Family Service, Caritas.


17 June 2016

The Zonta Club of Kowloon has, over the years, collaborated with the Correctional Services Department (CSD) in rehabilitation of female inmates. On invitation of the CSD, Zontian Lolita Ng, Chairperson of the Social Services Department, represented the Club to attend the Passing-out Parade held on 17 June 2016 at Tung Tau Staff Training Centre, Stanley.
 


4 March 2017

President Agnes Koon presented a cheque of $102,600 to the Founder & CEO of Hong Kong Cancer Fund. The charitable donation, designated to the 'Keep Moving' Project, assists breast cancer patients in achieving body and mind wellbeing. In April - July 2017, they would receive in-depth education through workshops and physical exercise to minimise the adverse side effects of the disease and treatment e.g. fatigue, upper lymphoedema, hot flushes, night sweats, anxiety, depression, etc. The Active Health Clinic, institute of Human Performance of the University of Hong Kong contributes to the professional aspects and the assessment of the quality of life and health conditions of the participants at the end of the project. President Agnes Koon, Chairperson of Social Services Committee, Lolita Ng and Zontians Winnie Teoh, Y C Choy, Julianne Doe, Cecilia Kuk, Claire Liu, Corina Tsang, Fannia Woo and Julia Chan, attended the Kick Off Ceremony of the 'Keep Moving' Project at the CancerLink Centre.


6 September 2016

Zn Lolita Ng & Doreen Kong met the representatives of the Correctional Services Department to discuss the project to set up a mindfulness centre in Nei Kwu Correctional Institution for drug related inmates. The ZCK finally supported to establish centre with a Fund of $60,000. Project in progress.

COVID-19




Harmony House

(A) Donate care packs for 100 families from the Women Shelter including the in house residents and ex-residents in May 2020

 

Harmony House

(B) Help to execute Area 2 project for 100 vulnerable families suffered from domestic violence in May 2020

 


Caritas Project Hyacinth project for the vulnerable unwed mothers and their young children, etc



Donate surgical face masks (adult/children) and plastic gloves etc. to the vulnerable/ distressed young mothers and their young children in connection with Project Hyacinth for Residents Help Centre in Southern District and Kwai Chung in May 2020. 150 families are benefited.
 



Caritas Ngau Tau Kok Community Centre for the elderly and children (May 2020)

Caritas Project Hyacinth project for the vulnerable unwed mothers and their young children, etc

- Donate care packs (surgical face mask, noodles, can of luncheon meat, toilet paper, and basic necessities etc.) to 400 elderly living alone in Ngau Tau Kok or Kwun Tong District.

- Donate care packs (children surgical face masks, educational toys e.g. chess, puzzles, drawing book plus drawing pencils, handicrafts, stationery, snacks, vitamin C supplement, etc.) to 250 children living with their families at in the Kwun Tong District.
 


Hong Kong Women Foundation Ho Kwok Pui Chun Social Centre for the elderly ZCK donated care packs (surgical masks, hand sanitizer, supermarket coupons) to 500 elderly living alone or with another elderly on Hong Kong Island in June 2020.

 



Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy Foundation Limited for providing e-music learning to children aged 5 - 9 (K3 to P.3) (May 2020)

"Music Connects" Education package (booklets and promotional material) would be distributed to the target group, coupled with E-learning devices (e.g. iPad) and internet access. Children may continue learning though home bound as schools are closed during the COVID period. Music is also a good pressure relief and soothing tool. Hot-line will be set up to answer enquiries of school kids. Around 300,000 school kids of aged 5-9 will be benefited.
 



















 
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