Press Release: AWA Charity Bazaar 2017
July 17, 2017
The 30th American Women’s Association of Hong Kong’s Charity Bazaar will be held on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at the city’s creative hub PMQ on Aberdeen Street in Soho.
This popular fundraising event invites small to medium business owner’s to participate in collective fundraising – the original social enterprise – using the event to fund organizations in Hong Kong which need desperate help.
This volunteer-led, organized and run event has over 1,000 visitors who come to support the AWA’s fundraising efforts in the heart of the city where shoppers and tourists come to lunch, browse the artisanal shops and take in the beautifully restored and reinvigorated landmark building.
This year is gearing up to be better than ever with more than 70 vendors offering beautiful jewelry, ladies fashion and accessories, cosmetics, children’s apparel, Christmas decorations, stationery, gifts, toys, wine and much more. The ever popular Lucky Lai See will entice shoppers with an opportunity to win holidays, junk boat trips, jewelry, massages, manicures and much more. The Giving Tree will present an opportunity to donate to a specific Hong Kong charitable cause. A new feature this year, the Bottle Pull, will give everyone a chance to win exclusive wines, artisanal olive oils and vinegars and more.
Co-chair of this year’s Charity Bazaar Lisa Strunin says, “This event is what makes the AWA so special, women from all walks of life band together, put in long hours and incredible heart and energy to create this tradition which we’ve been organizing for 30 years. I’m proud to walk in the steps of those who have done this job before me.”
AWA Charity Bazaar 2017 highlights:
• Longest running charity bazaar in the city-now in its 30th year;
• Holiday-themed outdoor bazaar;
• Variety of over 70 vendors;
• Giving Tree to fund a specific need picked from the 35-40 applications the AWA receive annually;
• Extended shopping hours from 11:30am to 7:30pm for shoppers to come after work;
• Centrally located venue in the heart of Soho, easy to reach on the escalator and many dinning choices.
The AWA funds programs through vigorous vetting to fund those organizations that might be overlooked. A good example of the kind of application we receive is from Ronald McDonald House (RMH), which provides temporary housing for families with hospitalized children suffering from serious illnesses, hoping to alleviate the physical and mental stress endured during this difficult time. RMH’s application asked for only HK$20,000 to help subsidize transportation costs for previous tenants of the Home who now want to “pay it forward” by regularly helping to keep the house clean and sanitary for children with compromised immune systems. Most of these volunteers are low-income families themselves but make the journey back to the home to help those who are in the same situation they once were.
About the American Women’s Association of Hong Kong: We are a not-for-profit organization of international women from over 35 nations. Our mission is to support Hong Kong charities and schools through community service and monetary grants, while offering educational, recreational and social activities to our members, connecting them with the community of Hong Kong.