"I cannot be defeated; the only thing that can defeat me is my mind."

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Jan 2015 E-newsletter

06-01-2015


IN THIS ISSUE
Rocking out with KELY: Clockenflap
Seeing the Possibilities - "Nothing is Impossible"
Mental Health Matters
CNY Pudding!
KELY in the Community
Special Thanks
Save the Dates!
KELY's Media Corner
Underage Drinking, Sizzle and Fry, 16 October 2014

Dealing with DrugsExpat’s Parents, Nov Issue 2014

On the EdgeSouth China Morning Post, 3 November 2014
Rocking out with KELY (safely) at Clockenflap!
Continuing our harm reduction youth campaign from the Hong Kong Sevens, KELY team and volunteer ambassadors took on our first outreach at Clockenflap, Hong Kong's largest annual music festival, to make sure young people having fun, staying hydrated, and staying safe. 

On 28 to 30 November, the team ran a hydration campaign in and around the festival to help over 2,100 young people at our Chill Out tent and at the festival grounds. Majority of the youth we intervened with were between 14 to 17 year old, who required support varying from needing a place to rest and recuperate, to physical and emotional support. 

We wish to thank Clockenflap and Privé
 Group for giving us the opportunity to provide harm reduction outreach to the young people at the festival!
Youth participants celebrating at Seeing the Possibilities Fashion Show at The Vine Church on 11 December, a finale to Seeing the Possibilities, KELY's signature mentorship programme to help ethnic minority youth build capacity and life-skills through fashion arts and event planning training. 
After a year-long of training and planning, 30 youth participants from Sir Ellis Kadoorie School celebrated at Seeing the Possibilities Fashion Show to show the audience what they have learned over the year. 

With the theme "My Hong Kong", our participants have presented an extraordinary fashion show which attracted over 400 people in audience, presenting a unique Hong Kong story through their own experience and identity. Our guest judges of the day included renowned fashion stylist and founder of The D'Vine Divia Harilela and photographer Aanchal Wadhwani, who inspired many young people in the audience.

KELY would like to thank Regal Airport Hotel Hong Kong, The Vine Church, Enoch Ho, Amy Wan, Martyn Minns, Academy of Design, Mary Kay, Cafe O, all mentors and volunteers for making our programme and the fashion show a memorable and inspiring one for all our young participants.


Click here or the image above to view more pictures from Seeing the Possibilities Fashion Show.
 

READ:
Our exclusive interview with Aanchal Wadhwani on the right column

More about Seeing the Possibilities Fashion Show on the media: 

Nothing is Impossible

Fashion photographer and entrepreneur "Matryoshka" Aanchal Wadhwani says that, with a little help, Hong Kong’s young people have all the ability to create the world full of imagination. 

“I was 16 when I started my fashion label. It was a bold step to take, especially when all my friends were busy with their books,” says Aanchal Wadhwani, founder of fashion photography Matryoshka and now a director of Academy of Design.

“I couldn't find a platform that would allow me to put my designs to the test. So, I created my own.” 

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Aanchal noted the lack of initiatives in the city to express creative mind – a problem she sees even now, for young people in Hong Kong."This is one of the biggest reasons that drove me to open Academy of Design - to offer an affordable and a REAL education in fashion, knowledge that comes straight from the current industry.”
 
“There are not a lot of institutes [in Hong Kong] targeted to help youngsters the way KELY does - not only by educating, but opening a door to a career.” She added: “There are youngsters who lose hope early on because of many pressures. With KELY’s programme…those youngsters can find a new light and explore a creative output of their emotions.” 

Having introduced by a friend, she became involved with Seeing the Possibilities as a fashion and artistic photographer for the programme. "I was excited to give a few days of my time to provide quality work for the student's portfolios and help shape their careers."

Aanchal hopes to see young people regain motivation and develop a new dream for themselves. She concluded: 
“Nothing is impossible.”
Mental Health Matters
“I think it’s important for young people with mental health issues to know that they are not alone because this gives them a purpose to keep fighting…if they try to seek help themselves first, they should be given a channel and an opportunity to do so.” says 17 year-old Reyna (pseudonym), who feels that Hong Kong lacks peer support groups for those who struggled with mental health like herself.
 
Over the years, KELY has continually expanded its services to be inclusive to local Chinese, ethnic minority and non-Chinese speaking communities. “We see a lack of relevant resources catered to different groups of youth in Hong Kong, and hope to fill in the gaps with multi-faceted initiatives to help them develop cultural and social capitals. Our programmes, including Talk2Me IM, are developed and implemented based on feedback from the youth from the three communities we work with," says Sky Siu, KELY’s Acting Executive Director.
On 15 November, KELY has officially launched the pilot of Talk2Me IM, the 1st bilingual youth support WhatsApp helpline to provide emotional support to all young people in Hong Kong. Available in both Cantonese and English, the helpline allows young people to reach counsellors confidentially through WhatsApp. Counsellors and therapists will then assess the situation to see if further follow-up, via phone or in person, will be necessary.

Our sincere thanks to Hind Hotels + Properties Limited  for believing in our programme and donating to our initiative.

For more information about Talk2Me IM, please visit: kely.org/en/talk2meim
Sky Siu, KELY Support Group’s Acting Executive Director, calls on Hong Kong to re-examine youth support services as a part our investment to Hong Kong’s future. Read her article “On the Edge” on the South China Morning Post here.
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KELY x Peninsula Chinese New Year Pudding Charity Sale
Happy New Year to you(th) and all!

KELY is pleased to partner with Peninsula Merchandising Limited once again this Chinese New Year to raise funds* to help empower young people to make informed life choices. We are currently offering Chinese New Year pudding for sale to all KELY stakeholders to enjoy over the holidays. Don't miss this opportunity!

*All donations will go towards Talk2Me.
KELY in the Community
Thanks to State Street Foundation, KELY was invited to host a booth at the NGO Marketplace on 16 - 17 September and share knowledge and expertise with 600 attendees, including major NGOs, corporate business leaders, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) professionals. 

On 10 September, KELY was invited to participate at the annual Victoria Shanghai Academy (VSA) IB CAS Fair, which provided us a channel to get our message out and recruit students volunteers. Thanks VSA for the opportunity!

On 25 October, KELY team and 10 youth volunteers partnered with Regal Hotels International in the Hong Kong CleanUp Challenge, with an aim to make Hong Kong a cleaner, better place. Thank you for inviting us to this meaningful event!
 

Thank you Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) for sponsoring KELY to be at the Asian U20 Sevens Championship and Prudential New Years Youth Festival to advocate our work in the youth community. From January to April 2015, HKRFU will continue to sponsor us to be at various rugby events, including the long awaited Hong Kong Sevens!

See "Save the Date" below for more details. 
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK....
As a non-subvented organisation, KELY relies on the support of generous donors to serve the youth community. Your generous donation allows us to continue providing services for Hong Kong's young people. 
...Art of Living Hong Kong for dedicating Yogathon Hong Kong 2014, a yoga challenge which brought over 40 Hong Kong yogis together to rise and support KELY and what we do. With the theme "Rise for a Cause", Yogathon 2014 was a part of the International Yogathon Challenge, where over 1.2 million people across the world have participated till date. The donations received from the event will go towards our harm reduction and prevention services for young people. Namaste!
...King George V School(KGV) for hosting 'Causal Day for KELY' in benefit of our work! All funds raised and donated by KGV students to contribute to our youth support services.
...the student team behind NOVA Dance Competition, who chose to raise funds for KELY for the 2nd consecutive year to encourage Sha Tin Collegeand other secondary school students to support other young people! All proceeds from ticket admissions and merchandises was donated to KELY to help Hong Kong youth reach their full potential. 
...Mrs. Theresa Wong, mother of KELY staff Victoria, who hosted children-friendly DIY detergent workshops at MAMASMART, a family-oriented eco-designer market, on 29 September in support of KELY. Cheers to Theresa and all the Smart Mamas!
...Christine Lam, Fashion Designer and Creative Director of Aly and Rachelle, who hosted a 4-day fashion charity sale Youth Has No Age from 13 - 16 November in support of Hong Kong's young people. Proceeds from the sale will go towards our youth support services. 
...Rotary Club of Shouson Hill for appointing KELY as one of the charity beneficiaries at Oktoberfest party. The funds raised from the event will go towards KELY's long term capacity building programmes.
We would also like to thank the following individuals and groups for their generous donations and gifts in kind: 

Ms. Agnes Tai
Ms. Amy Leong
Ms. Christina Pong
Mr. Edmund Poon
Mrs. Fern Ngai
Ms. Grace Chow
Ms. Greta Wong
Mr. Ian Wells
Ms. Josephine Lee
Mr. Kwok Chuen Ngai
Mr. Michael John Green
Mr. Philip Longuet-Higgins
Mrs. Purviz R. Shroff
Ms. Selina Ko
Ms. Stella Hui  
Charitable Choice
Street Poppy
Women in Finance Asia
SAVE THE DATES!
Domestic League Super Saturday

Date:      17 Jan, 2015
Venue:    Hong Kong Football Club, 
                 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley
Website: 
www.hkrugby.com
KELY Support Group's Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Date:    5 February, 2015
Time:    6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: Ernst & Young, 
              Function Rm. #2201,
              22/F, CITIC Tower,
              1 Tim Mei Ave.,
              Admiralty, Hong Kong
Canadian International School CARE Fair

Date:       23 January, 2015
Venue:    
Canadian International School,
                 36 Nam Long Shan Rd.,
                 Shum Wan, Hong Kong

Website: www.cdnis.edu.hk
Caring Company Partnership Expo 2015
Date:      25 March, 2015
Time:      1:30pm - 6pm
Venue:   Hall 5G, Hong Kong Convention
                and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo
                Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Domestics League Grand Finals Day

Date:      7 March, 2015
Venue:   King's Park Sports Ground, 
                11 Wylie path, Ho Man Tin,
                 Kowloon
Website: 
www.hkrugby.com
Hong Kong Sevens 2015
Date:       27 - 29 March, 2015
Venue:    Hong Kong Stadium, 
                 55 Eastern Hospital Rd,
                 So Kon Po, Hong Kong

Websitewww.hksevens.com
 
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