Enlighten Hong Kong Newsletter Spring / Summer Issue Hallo everyone! Enlighten Hong Kong. Room B.12th Floor. Shun Pont Commercial Building. 5-11 Thomson Road. Wanchai. Well time certainly has flown since we last dropped in! We have so much to tell you, we think you should make yourself a nice cup of tea, sit back relax and enjoy the read! Our Easter Party was sponsored by Bunny Costume sponsored By Our Easter Party provided many families affected by epilepsy with an opportunity to get together in a relaxed environment, make some new friends and have some fun! Enlighten is sponsored by On Saturday March 25th, over 65 guests joined the Enlighten team, volunteers and the Easter Bunny, for a fantastic day out! Our Easter Party was sponsored by Allen & Overy and our Bunny Costume was sponsored by Strategic Entertainment. Page 2 of 3 Raising Awareness about Epilepsy. We continue to proactively raise awareness and provide training to the Hong Kong public about Epilepsy. We have visited homes and schools to conduct training throughout the city, and have also been raising awareness through printed media articles and the radio. We kicked off 2005 with an article about Epilepsy and what to do when one witness's a seizure in "Britain in Hong Kong". The Operation Santa Claus closing ceremony on January 17th added to our Press Coverage both in newspapers and on the radio. Jessica Magazine published an article in Chinese in March about Epilepsy and Enlighten. On March 14th The Matilda Sedan Chair Race Charities Fund presented Enlighten with a donation for a "Schools Epilepsy Awareness Pack" project. In May Enlighten visited RTHK to discuss our Children's book and Epilepsy with Rebecca James on her Sunday morning Radio show. The Parents Journal ran a bi-lingual article for us and on June 20th, The Ming Pao followed the story of a family that Enlighten works with and supports. Children's Book We are thrilled to announce that we have published a Children's book called!" Because we are Friends". It is a lovely story about 2 girls, one of whom has epilepsy. She tells her friend that she should not be afraid and explains what epilepsy is and what to do when she has a seizure. This is a great read for anyone of any age ! Try it, you will all learn something! It is available in Chinese or English and will shortly be in Dymocks and also on Paddyfield.com. Should you wish to get hold of a copy of it in the meantime just call us! Cost is HK$50 or we'll be happy to pass it on for a donation. The book has been sponsored by The Keswick Foundation and the artwork by The Matilda Sedan Chair Race Charities Fund Training in Kowloon Our Children's book Support Services. The Hospital Authority issued a Yellow Alert in January, requesting volunteers not to visit for health risk reasons. This has provided a great opportunity for Enlighten as we have been able to concentrate on a personal service to families and individuals. We have found that we now have more visitors to the office and that families are more comfortable and willing to accept our support in this environment and also in their own homes. We have recently begun a new initiative. We have identified many cases were we can enhance the quality of life of people and families that we meet and as a result we are now sponsoring the following: The physical rehabilitation and physiotherapy sessions for a 10 year old boy who has chronic epilepsy and Muscular Dystrophy. This is for a year. We are also supporting a family who's monthly income cannot provide essential medical support for their 5 year old daughter who also has chronic Epilepsy. We have also sponsored a laptop for a young girl who is wheelchair bound, is visually impaired and has severe epilepsy. The laptop is her main means of communication. We have this week through, the kindness of local contractors and an architect, been able to dramatically improve the living conditions of the 156 sqFt home of one our clients. Physiotherapy session. All our services are complimentary and are bi-lingual; if you would like us to train your staff or visit your child's school, club please call 2820- 0111 If you would like to help support this work, please contact us. Helping to Un-Masque the Myths of Epilepsy. Page 3 of 3 Well what a night! Everyone put on their glad rags and donned their masks on April 29th for Enlightens Black Tie" Masquerade Ball" in the sumptuous surroundings of Government House. Thank you to everyone who attended and for giving so generously, the evening would not have been the same without your support. Miss Karen Mok, Enlightens Ambassador joined us for the evening and took time to show the Press our new book and also to talk about Enlighten. Thank you to all our sponsors for their invaluable contributions, and thanks also to all our volunteers and our fairy godmothers who also helped us! A special thanks to our M.C. Simon and our Batman, Rod, for inspiring you all to donate so generously to un-masque the myths of Epilepsy help us un-masque the myths of epilepsy In our Programme we listed the W Hotel in Sydney as a Holiday Inn Hotel and donated by The Holiday Inn. This wonderful prize was donated by The Harilela Hotel Group and the W Sydney a boutique hotel and Condé Nast Traveler 2005 "Gold List" award winner. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. WATCH THIS SPACE! OFFICIAL BOOK LAUNCH with Miss Karen Mok! We are officially launching our children's book with our Ambassador, Miss Karen Mok on Wednesday 13th of July at 1pm at Dymocks new book store in IFC. Please drop by and say hallo! Mr. John Hung presenting Miss Karen Mok with our book at Government House. Miss Mok was joined by her mother, Mrs Eleanor Morris .and Operation Santa Claus CD! If you followed Operation Santa Claus at the end of last year you will remember the story of Ah Yiu. All he wanted to do was sing. The fantastic Operation Santa Claus Fairies worked their magic and we have been taken great care of by the wonderful EMI Music. The CD is nearly ready! Miss Karen Mok, courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Taiwan) Ltd. has leant her voice to telling the 'Because we are Friends' story on the CD. We'll keep you posted on the release date! EPILEPSY WEEK HONG KONG. Enlighten will hold an Epilepsy Awareness week later in the year. Attitudes towards this illness in Hong Kong mean that many people have to deal with stigma on a daily basis. The aim of this week is to educate everyone about Epilepsy and what to do when you witness a seizure. Dates are being finalised! www.enlightenhk.org ENLIGHTEN NEEDS YOUR HELP! Enlighten's services are free of charge. They are free because we have frequently found that those who desperately need them cannot afford to pay. We try to and want to make a difference. We could not have come this far without your help. Our funds are coming to an end. Please help us continue our work and support us in anyway that you can. The following are some ways that you can support us: Direct Debit donation of HK$50 per month to Enlighten Hong Kong Limited. Our Bank account details are: Enlighten Hong Kong Ltd. HSBC A/C No. : 502-377039-001 RUGBY MEMORABILIA: Tom (Scottish International Rugby Player and Enlighten's Patron) and Zoë Smith have donated a selection of rugby items to us to use to raise funds. Have a look & if you are interested in any of these items, all you have to do is make a donation to Enlighten and the item is yours! Here is a taste of what we have! 1. Hurricanes Shirt - Signed by Jonah Lomu. 2. Lions 2001 squad shirt - Signed by the 2001 squad. 3. Lions '97 training shirt - Signed by Jerry Guscott. 4. Scotland Match shirt - Signed by Tom Smith No 1 Jersey. 5. All Blacks No 3 shorts - signed by Jonah Lomu, Joeli Vidiri, Craig Dowd, and Ian Jones. 6. Hastings International. Baseball Cap - Signed by Gavin / Scott Hastings. 7. Lions 2001 shorts - unsigned Lions squad. 8. 2005 Six Nations signed tie by the Welsh Team. 9. 2005 Rugby Ball signed by Martin Johnson and John Eales. Cheques should be made payable to "Enlighten Hong Kong Limited".
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