Hong Kong is one of the world’s leading financial centers, with a per capita GDP slightly above
that of the US – however it is also a region with one of the biggest levels of inequity between rich
and poor. The shocking truth is that one in six people in Hong Kong live below the poverty line,
and the figures are even higher for children (one in four) and the elderly (one in three). Children
from poor families rarely have the chance to see the world outside their immediate
neighborhood and can be caught in a poverty trap. HandsOn Hong Kong is an NGO addressing
these needs through volunteerism – organizing, and training volunteers and managing volunteer
projects for key local charities to deliver services to the underprivileged. In 2012 alone,
HandsOn Hong Kong and its volunteers delivered more than 8,000 hours of service to over 25
To sustain and grow their charitable work, HandsOn Hong Kong will be holding its first “Black &
White Ball” on Friday April 26, 2013.
“It’s going to be a spectacular event with huge wow factor. The most exciting part of the gala will be an
amazing fashion show featuring some of the underprivileged children we work with and Ford Model
Monica Watkins, founder of Art in Motion and her team of artists and designers from New York.”
– Caroline Sprod, Executive Director, HandsOn Hong Kong
Monica and team will be running a series of art and fashion workshops for the children, the
week leading up to the event. The work will culminate at the gala with various art pieces being
presented in the auction, production of the fashion show, and a short film/video installation
about the journey.
The art, fashion, and photography workshops aim to help children creatively express
themselves while discovering their potential, learn about and embrace their inner beauty and
increase their self-esteem.