Press Release: AWA Charity Bazaar 2015
November 10, 2015
Hong Kong, SAR China: The 29th annual American Women’s Association of Hong Kong’s Charity Bazaar will be held on Friday November 13th, 2015 at the city’s creative hub, the Police Married Quarters (PMQ) on Aberdeen Street in Soho.
In the lead up to the organization’s 60th anniversary next year, the AWA’s annual 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.
For the past 3 years, this volunteer-led, organized and run event has over 1,000 visitors who have come to support the AWA’s fundraising efforts in Happy Valley. The move this year brings the event into the heart of the city where the city’s shoppers and tourists come to lunch, browse the artisanal shops and take in the beautifully restored and reinvigorated landmark building.
AWA Hong Kong President Marcy LaRont remarks “the Charity Bazaar has long been a signature event for AWA, kicking off our fundraising in grand style, rallying our members and involving our community through the generosity and involvement of our vendors and the public.” Chair of this year’s Charity Bazaar Lisa Strunin adds, “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 almost 30 years. I’m proud to walk in the steps of those who have done this job before me.” Vice President of Fundraising for AWA, Amanda Foster adds: “and combined with our other fundraising endeavors this year, we hope to continue to grant as many as 20 local Hong Kong organizations with much needed money to fund their programs.”
AWA Charity Bazaar 2015 highlights:
• Longest running charity bazaar in the city;
• 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 8:30pm for shoppers to come after work;
• New venue in the heart of Soho, easy to reach on the escalator and many choices for lunch, tea, dinner and more.
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.