Get Ready to Give Back at This Year’s Serve-a-thon

Hong Kong’s Serve-a-thon returns this May for another year of volunteering and community service at over 150 events

You know what they say, it feels good to give back. And thanks to HandsOn Hong Kong, we now know that it’s good for you too! In 2018 they worked with Nielsen to examine the impact on volunteering on one’s emotional well-being, and it turns out it has a positive effect on mental health and self-esteem.

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HandsOn Hong Kong is a local charity with a clear mission: to empower everyone in the city to volunteer, connecting people with local, under-served organisations who need help. Every month, they work with over 100 NGO partners to help the poor, educate children, assist the elderly, empower the disabled and so much more. In May, they’re going above and beyond for their annual community service week, Serve-a-thon.

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serve-a-thon 2019 volunteer hong kong

HandsOn Hong Kong launched Serve-a-thon back in 2017, as a way to inspire people to start serving the community. Since then, volunteers have donated over 8,000 hours of support for more than 30,000 people. This year’s Serve-a-thon is happening 4 – 12 May, 2019 and HandsOn Hong Kong is hoping it’s going to be the biggest one yet, with over 150 activities for volunteers and the community.

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The effects of Serve-a-thon are very real, and very appreciated. “It’s very important for volunteers to support our charity. We are a small team and volunteers provide the extra support we need to ensure all our learners’ individual needs are met,” says Michelle Li, Head of Special Educational Needs at The Nesbitt Centre, a non-profit focused on maximizing the potential of adults with learning disabilities.

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“We choose to be part of Serve-a-thon so the community knows that we are here and we are taking volunteers—it’s so important for our members to be able to interact with new people.”

Ready to do good and feel good by volunteering? Register as a volunteer and then select your preferred activity from the activity calendar.

Hong Kong’s Serve-a-thon returns from 4 – 12 May, 2019 with over 150 activities taking place across the city. For more information and ways to get involved, check out www.serveathonhk.org.hk

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