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Discovery College Sunrise2Sunset: 12 Hour Relay – Team PathFinders

The wonderful Discovery College school organised a 12-hour relay race all in aid of PathFinders. We decided to tie up our own laces and rise to the challenge ourselves. Team PF ran for 12 hours! Our brave team was made up of many of our long-term staff and volunteers with family and friends. Thanks to all who joined in on the fun!

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Having the Choice

13 weeks pregnant. No new employment contract. Ineligible to receive medical care in Hong Kong. Nyalla was left with little choice as her family also informed her that she was unwelcome to return home to Indonesia with an out-of-wedlock child.

Through the help of PathFinders’ Home Country Integration Programme*, we arranged and facilitated her safe travel to Ruth Ministry (an NGO) in Bandung, Indonesia, where she’s receiving shelter, access to prenatal care, further counseling and support about her parental options. PathFinders will continue to provide her with financial assistance for the duration of her pregnancy.

Outcome: Nyalla has chosen adoption for her child, after which she plans to return to Hong Kong as a domestic worker. PathFinders will be part of Nyalla and her child’s journey until the child becomes legally adopted in Indonesia. We will be by her side to ensure her and her child are set up for a sustainable future.

*The Home Country Integration Programme is kindly sponsored by Noble Group


Last Season’s Fashion Cast Offs for Charity

LAST SEASON’S FASHION CAST OFFS

PROVIDE SHELTER FOR UNDERPRIVLEDGED CHILDREN IN HONG KONG

KEE Club accepting donations of luxury fashion pieces for LUXARITY Collect Event, January 28th and Monday 9th, 2015

LUXARITY, Hong Kong’s high fashion designer charity sale, has announced it is accepting donations for pre-loved luxury designer clothes. The new and gently used items will then be re-sold with funds raised donated to support Mother’s Choice and PathFinders, Hong Kong charities committed to sheltering and supporting children in Hong Kong.

A unique charity embracing the philosophies of fashion up cycling and recycling, LUXARITY will be accepting donations of pre-owned designer pieces at KEE Club (6/F, 32 Wellington Street, Central) on January 28th and February 9th 2015 from 10am – 6pm. Accepting entire wardrobes and collections, the LUXARITY team will pick-up from homes or offices for those donating more than five pieces (contact LUXARITY limousine at info@luxarity.com).

LUXARITY offers the opportunity to offer something back to the community — by selflessly donating pre-loved designer clothes and accessories. The proceeds raised going to Mother’s Choice and PathFinders fashion cast offs are literally helping to shelter many babies and children in need.

LUXURITY accepts women’s, men’s and children’s clothes, accessories, shoes, bags and leather goods, from all major fashion houses across the world including Paris, Milan, London and New York.

With details of the second annual LUXARITY CHARITY SALE to be announced shortly, LUXARITY is aiming to raise funding to change many children’s lives, and to boast designer pieces from the wardrobes of Hong Kong’s best-dressed models, celebrities and style-setters including Ankie Beilke, Jaime Ho Ku, Diana D’Arenberg and many more.

This year, all proceeds from LUXARITY CHARITY SALE will support Mother’s Choice and PathFinders. Both charities are committed to the welfare of children in Hong Kong.

About LUXARITY

LUXARITY is an initiative created by a group of committed professionals who aim to combine Luxury + Charity and Passion + Compassion to make a positive difference in the world. For details, visit www.luxarity.com

Key partners include:

Cristina Ventura, founder of Luxarity, senior executive in the fashion industry for 20 years and a believer in the magic combination of fashion, luxury and charity. She held regional management positions with many of the leading global brands including Apple, Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. She is currently SVP for a leading Luxury Company based in Asia. Cristina studied at Harvard and Stanford and is a lecturer at global conferences and universities about business, corporate communication, fashion and technology. She is a yoga and meditation teacher and vividly involved in several Hong Kong and European charities, dedicated to make a positive impact on the world.

Coral Puig, www.thelovecomes.com, Coral encourages and assists corporations and entrepreneurs in using social marketing differentiation strategies and breakthrough creative communication tools to nurture, develop and grow business by doing good.

Denise Ho, Denise Ho is one of Hong Kong’s premier fashion stylists and a great supporter for sustainable and eco-friendly fashion in the city. A graduate from Rhode Island School of Design, Denise spent more than a decade working in the fashion industry from New York to London before returning back to her home city of Hong Kong. Other than styling celebrities, fashion campaigns and editorials for major fashion magazines, Denise is also working with Redress to promote fashion sustainability.  

KEE Club

Founded in 2001 by Hong Kong-based Austrian Christian Rhomberg and his wife Maria, KEE is a private members club embracing the exclusive salon culture, which incorporates convivial fine dining and an international nightclub as well as unique lifestyle and cultural events. Discreetly located at Number 32 Wellington Street in the heart of Central Hong Kong, KEE is a sanctuary where members, their international guests and visiting celebrities can gather to eat, meet, do business, party, or just be. KEE recreates the atmosphere of a luxurious European residence while showcasing some of the finest art and design from around the world and offering a diverse selection of international entertainment including avant garde film screenings, international uber-dj’s and some of the most interesting social and cultural events in Hong Kong. KEE is renowned for its outstanding cuisine – with a full Chinese menu presented at lunchtime and a contemporary European menu available in the evening. Capitalising on its success and experience in Hong Kong, KEE opened a second club in Shanghai in September 2008, which shares its 796 Hua Hai Road address with the luxury brand Richemont’s Shanghai headquarters and the flagship showrooms Alfred Dunhill and Vacheron Constantin and has already become the city’s ultimate temple de luxe. For further details, visit keeclub.com

Jeeves, In the year 1969, the original Jeeves shop of Belgravia Square opened, in the heart of London’s prestigious embassy district, just a few blocks away from Buckingham Palace. Jeeves of Belgravia provides the highest level of service & quality that modern laundries and dry-cleaners are unable to provide. Jeeves reputation for unparalleled service and spotless quality has grown rapidly in Hong Kong. More recently Jeeves has been awarded a Royal warrant by His Royal Highness The Prince Of Wales. Today, Jeeves of Belgravia’s fashion care concept, spotless service, attention to detail, and technical know-how is preferred by fashion conscious individuals from all over the world including London, New York, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore & Tokyo.


Operation Santa Claus Kick-off Ceremony

“On International Migrants Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to shape diverse and open societies that provide opportunities and lives of dignity for all migrants.” – Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General

Today, PathFinders will mark UN International Migrants Day 2014 by hosting a kick-off ceremony for our Migrant Health Matters programme sponsored by Operation Santa Claus HK 愛心聖誕大行動. We are celebrating the occasion with a festive and fun Christmas Party for all of our beneficiaries!

Read the Secretary-General’s full message here:http://www.un.org/en/events/migrantsday/2014/sgmessage.shtml

If you would like to see more photos, please take a look at our Facebook album.


Deutsche Bank X-mas Bazaar

Our volunteers and staff sold hand-made jewellery made by our beneficiaries at the Deutsche Bank Christmas Bazaar on 5 December 2014. We raised $4560 from the sale of our handicrafts!


Mayer Brown JSM Fundraising Event

A huge and heartfelt thanks to the wonderful team at law firm Mayer Brown JSM who hosted a fantastic client event of raising funds for and awareness of PathFinders’ and our signature Mothers’ Empowerment Programme. A fabulous HK$200,000 was raised! Thanks in particular to MBJSM partners Gabriela Kennedy and Jaime Lam and also to Jennifer Doyle. Sincere gratitude to keynote speaker and passionate minority spokesperson, the Honourable Anna Wu Hung-yuk, GBS, JP, who gave a moving and personal speech about her own experience as a migrant child growing up in Hong Kong. Further thanks to the team at Fofo as venue hosts; to charismatic and persuasive (!) auctioneer Brian Hodgson of Hong Kong Auctions Ltd; to photographer Justin Lim; to the glorious a cappella singers: The Grace Notes; and to all those who so kindly sourced and donated auction prizes. Thank you very, very much Mayer Brown JSM and everyone who came and gave!


PathFinders’ 6th Anniversary Celebration

PathFinders’ 6th Anniversary Gala Dinner held on 21 November 2014 was a resounding success. A huge and heartfelt thank you to all of our fabulous guests, donors, volunteers and supporters! With your tremendous generosity we raised over HK$2,400,000 in donations and pledges.

Your contributions allow us to continue protecting children in crisis in Hong Kong. Our mission is to ensure that every child in Hong Kong has a fair start in life.

A special shout out to our hilarious MC “Miss Pinky”, Nicole Constable for her heartwarming video speech, HK Photobox – Hong Kong’s Premier Photobooth Rental Company for providing photo silliness, Jon Butters Photography and Suraj for capturing the night, Onion Creative for their stunning design work and the incredible Paragon Sound System crew for their eclectic sounds including live saxophone!

We are so grateful to all our wonderful sponsors, donors and partners:Linklaters, MACQUARIE, Jacob’s Creek, Absolute Sanctuary, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji, The Pavilions, Phuket, LOFT Niseko, Emma and Steven Matthew, Grace Vineyard, Helena Koo, Amanusa, Bali, Bread Street Kitchen & Bar and Oliver and Anne Bolitho, Arcane and Shane Osborn, Pernod Ricard, Plukka, GaveKal Endowment Limited, JetOne Motion Hong Kong,Platinum Heart, DANCE Kho, Burberry, Manchester United, Gregoire Michaud, Bread Elements, Aésop cosmétiques, Genie Juicery, Champagne G.H.MUMM, Jean-Paul Hévin, Paul Lafayet, Ohso chocolate, Quintessentially Hong Kong, Takao Komaru Photography, The Butchers Club Hong Kong,Hippfish Hair, Vitality Center Ltd., Ten Feet Tall, Twopresents, Bonham Strand, Lizzie Bee, Time to Grow Urban Farming 種樂樂城市耕作, Woodrite 木一番, Feeding Hong Kong

To see photos of this event, please click on the below links:

Jon Butters Photography

Suraj Katariwala


Rock Painting Workshop

We’re so proud of the students from the Renaissance College who held a rock painting workshop for our beneficiaries on 24 October 2014. The students were well prepared, organized and independent in leading the workshop.

Therapeutic activities such as art and music are incredibly beneficial in building emotional and social confidence for our beneficiaries. Some of the benefits include relaxation and stress reduction, opportunity to find and build relationships, and discovery or renewal of interest in an enjoyable and meaningful activity.

If you would like to see more photos, please take a look at our Facebook album.


Hong Kong Disneyland

On 18 October 2014, Hong Kong Disneyland and volunteers Emma Levy and Simone Wheeler from CLSA joined hands with PathFinders to sponsor 50 migrant children and their mothers on an adventure-filled day exploring the theme park. The children were so excited to see all the disney characters and go on all the fun rides. Thank you so much for putting huge smiles on our little one’s faces.