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Master in Charity Award

Women of Influence Awards 2013: Master in Charity

We are extremely proud and pleased to announce that PathFinders Co-Founder, Board Co-Chair and former Executive Director Kylie Uebergang, was awarded the Master in Charity Award at the Women of Influence Awards 2013, presented by the American Chamber and the South China Morning Post on 8 November 2013.

The Master in Charity award is presented to a woman who is a leading personality in a non-profit, NGO or community serving organisation. In selecting Kylie Uebergang of PathFinders for this ‘s award, the judges felt that her organisation’s incredible contributions to the lives of women and children in Hong Kong, in combination with her individual contributions to policy change and her work with the Civic Exchange, have demonstrated leadership that goes ‘beyond the impact’ to building something that is sustainable and will have a long-term, positive effect on Hong Kong.

Read about Kylie’s path to set up PathFinders here [SCMP, Special Report: Women of Influence Awards, published 11 Nov 2013].

Listen to Kylie being interviewed by Reenita Malhotra Hora here [RTHK Radio 3 (program timing 20:49 to 33.12 minutes), Interviewer: Reenita Malhotra Hora, 10 December 2013]


PathFinders Ambassadors

We are proud to invite supporters to become PathFinders Ambassadors.

Our Ambassadors are a group of people who would like to learn more about the work we do and contribute to it in some way. We meet every couple of months to keep up to date on PathFinder’s happenings and to provide an opportunity for our volunteers to meet each other, exchange ideas and offer suggestions on PathFinders direction and impact.

If you would like to find out more about our Ambassadors group, or become one, please email rebecca@pathfinders.org.hk


PathFinders Comedy Night

PathFinders’ first ever fundraising event, a night of comedy, was a sell out success!!!

Over 150 supporters enjoyed a line up of seven great comedians including Jami Gong, the owner of Take Out comedy. Karen Seymour, our volunteer Ambassador, initiated the event and worked with Jami Gong to set the night up for success. Together with entry fees and other contributions we raised almost HK$50,000!

This funding will provide critical funding for our shelter, PathFinders House, which provides a safe and nurturing home for mothers and babies who need it the most. It costs less than HK$100 per night to provide food, shelter and professional support for each person.

We aim to extend our shelter in 2013 so we can cater to the needs of more homeless babies and their mothers while they go through critical periods and find their long term paths. For further details of our shelter objectives please email melanie@hongkong-pathfinders.com.

PathFinders is thankful to our team of Ambassadors who helped sell tickets and ensured the night ran smoothly.

We are also grateful to our sponsors who provided a variety of offers including the comedians, vouchers for dining experiences, raffle prizes and 2 for 1 drinks after the show, including:
* Take Out Comedy
* Café Siam
* Grand Central
* McSorley’s
* The Porterhouse Purveyors
* TwoPresents
* aden + anais
* NewspaperDirect

To see more photos of the event please check our facebook.

Event invitation.

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PathFinders Happy Holiday Party

Our PathFinders team, with amazing volunteer and sponsor support, organized a terrific end of year HOLIDAY PARTY for our beneficiaries on 24th December 2012, which involved lots of food, gifts and love. Our volunteers helped to create food, played games with our beneficiaries children and even donated a fully decorated Christmas Tree to help create an end of year cheerful feeling to our party. Over 60 beneficiaries and 10 volunteers participated and enjoyed the party.

There were lots of smiling faces and full party bags for all the mothers and children as they walked home on the night of 24th December, Christmas Eve.

Our party could not have been such a success if it were not for the generous donations from the following people and organisations:

* The Yuk Ching Charity Trust donated money for food and also gift packs for our mothers and babies
* Karen Seymour and her sons donated special party food
* Joyful Praise Assembly donated their space for holding our big event
* The United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong donated end of year gifts for the children
* Box of Hope donated mummy bags full of baby goodies for each of our mothers
* Gliding Children donated end of year gifts for the children
* Sunhflower Pottery Studio offered a significant discount rate for our beneficiaries to enjoy the creative activity featured at the party

We are extremely grateful and happy to have received the support of so many people and organisations within Hong Kong’s loving community which made our end of year party loads of fun and special for our beneficiaries, particularly their children.

To see photos of these happy times click here.

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Botanical Gardens visit with Moodys and HandsOn

HandsOn organized a team of volunteers from Moodys to take our beneficiaries on a wild adventure to the Botanical Gardens. The wet weather did not dampen everyones competitive spirit to find all of the animals in the park as a part of an ‘animal treasure hunt’ organised by HandsOn and the volunteers.

Thank you to Moodys for supporting our beneficiaries for the second year in a row. Last year the Moodys volunteers took our mums and babies to the Wetland Park for a day of nature and education.

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Halloween Party with Telstra

Telstra organized a Halloween Party for our beneficiaries which involved a dim-sum lunch at a local restaurant and party games focused on our younger children.  The Telstra volunteer team arrived early to decorate our office and source party supplies and yummy treats.  The balloon twisting and pumpkin costumes were clear favorites of our younger children.

Thank you to Telstra for organizing such a fun event which was enjoyed by all!

If you would like to see photos of our spooky day please take a look at our Facebook album.

See what other initiatives the Hong Kong Telstra team have been involved with through their volunteering and other community support programs.

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Telstra Outreach Event

Telstra’s Executive Leadership Team joined hands for a day with our Case Management Team to outreach to PathFinders beneficiaries living in remote areas such as Kam Tin and Yuen Long. In providing this opportunity to meet beneficiaries in their homes, the Telstra team were able to better understand the challenges faced by migrant women who have given birth to children in Hong Kong. Following the outreach visits Telstra and PathFinders then discussed the wider systemic problems leading to these mothers and children falling outside of Hong Kong’s social welfare next as well as PathFinders organisational challenges in delivering solutions. A group brain storming session then focused on ways that each individual and Telstra’s corporate community could help to plan and deliver solutions. We look forward to further collaborating with Telstra and CSL Limited and thank them for their support!

See what other initiatives the Hong Kong Telstra team have been involved with through their volunteering and other community support programs.

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Women for Humankind

Kylie Uebergang, Pathfinders Co-founder and Executive Director, participated in a panel discussion ‘Women for the Humankind’on 20 September 2012 at the Woman Extraordinaire Forum. In her remarks, Kylie discussed Pathfinders’ mission, work and impact on its beneficiaries. She also provided insight on some of the key factors that exacerbate the vulnerability experienced by foreign domestic workers and their children in Hong Kong.

In particular, she discussed how foreign domestic workers are often unlawfully fired upon notifying their employer of their pregnancy. Given Hong Kong’s two-week limitation imposed on them to find another job, pregnant domestic workers may overstay their visa. This has huge ramifications on the wellbeing of the foreign domestic worker and her future child.

Greater awareness among both foreign domestic workers and their employers of their rights and responsibilities could prevent many of these women and their children from marginalization and deprivation.

Kylie was joined by four other panelists, including: Cheung-Ang Siew Mei, JP, Executive Director of Christian Action; Sue Leong, Private and Charitable Trusts Planning Expert; and Puifong Leung, Co-founder and Board Member of Fair Trade Hong Kong. The panel was moderated by Rachel Cartland, Former Assistant Director of Social Welfare for the HKSAR government.

The panel, hosted by The Women’s Foundation, highlighted the work of leading women working in the NGO sector and engaged in the community. In the discussion, the panelists shared their experiences and challenges they often face working in philanthropy.

This second edition of the Woman Extraordinaire Forum (WEF) brought together a diverse array of women from several sectors and of different ages and nationalities under the banner “Women for the Future: leadership – innovation – philanthropy”. WEF is the largest thought leadership forum for women.

For more information on the event, please click here.

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