Did you know that an estimated 8 million children are growing up in institutional care around the world without families.(UNICEF, 2006). Many children are still growing up in orphanages because there is a lack of the skills or resources needed to make the transition from institutional care to family-based care. Care for Children partners with governments in Asia who want to make this transition, their team of local and international social work experts deliver professional training and support to state-run orphanage staff, empowering them to recruit, assess and train foster carers, as well as place, support and monitor children as they move into good, local families.
This year, Care for Children will join hands with Harbour City to stage Love Locks Hong Kong in the Atrium on G/F of Ocean Terminal in Harbour City, Kowloon. Running from 12 – 29 November 2015, the public awareness-raising event surrounding an art installation will be an opportunity for the public to participate in decorating the installation with ‘Love Locks’.
Over the event period there will be appearances from celebrities and public figures, performances from local groups, and other promotional activities by corporate partners. Ambassador Karen Mok will attend the launch on 12 November, while Royal Patron, Prince Michael of Kent, will pay a visit on 23 November. Various workshops will be held at weekends to ensure the event is the town’s smash hit.
A Love Lock, with a complimentary printed Polaroid photo, will be available for purchase on-site for a minimum donation of HK$50. After personalizing it with a message, the lock will be hung on the installation. There will also be the chance to win amazing prizes from the raffles which will also be run to raise funds.
100% of the proceeds from the event will go towards Care for Children’s work to put an additional 2,000 disadvantaged orphaned children in China, Thailand and Vietnam into families through family placement programmes.
Love Lock Hong Kong 2015
Location: Atrium, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City
Date: 12 – 29 November 2015
Time: 12pm – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Organiser: Care for Children & Harbour City Hong Kong