• When: Wed 14 Nov 2012 19:00
  • Where: PLAY  
  • Category: Special
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Room to Read, a global charity working to transform the lives of millions of children in the developing world through a focus on literacy and gender equality in education, will host a young professionals networking and fundraising event in Hong Kong on Wednesday, 14 November 2012.


The event will raise awareness for the charity’s core projects, and will be hosted at Play from 7-10pm. The evening of drinks and canapés will feature a raffle and a live auction with generous prizes from:


•              ABOUTAsia Travel

•              Aesop

•              Dymocks

•              Grand Soluxe Angkor Palace

•              Itsie Bitsie

•              Luxe City Guides

•              Marc Jacobs

•              Secret Ingredient

•              Starwood Hotels and Resorts (W Hotel Seoul)

•              Tory Burch and many more


Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among underprivileged primary school children, and supports girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.


All proceeds from the evening will go towards Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Programme, providing material support such as school fees, clean uniforms and transportation, in addition to mentoring and life skills training for girls.


“Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.” – Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General

VENUE: Play, 1/F, On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central, Hong Kong

DATE: 14 November 2012
TIME: 7-10pm

COST: HKD350 – includes three drink vouchers, canapés and a donation

ON THE NIGHT: Live auction and raffle

TICKETS: Booking by Friday 9 November via

Room to Read believes that World Change Starts with Educated Children. The charity envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.


Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in Africa and Asia by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, Room to Read develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

The Room to Read Model:

•                 Invest locally - hire and empower local teams to run in-country operations, partnering with local communities and challenge them to co-invest in each project. This ensures their active participation and sense of ownership.

•                 Build community capacity – ensure Room to Read is always contributing to growing the capacity of the local community, for example holding workshops with local authors and illustrators to empower a growing pool of local talent.

•                 Improve program quality - continuously track programs through ongoing research, monitoring and evaluation. For example,  conducting site visits; offer needed training; and provide additional books and materials.

•                 Manage efficiently and effectively - ensure maximum investment in programs. For every $1 Room to Read receives, 83 cents goes directly to programs.

•              Create a global movement – Room to Read has over 52 chapters in 16 countries and over 11,000 volunteers that network, plan events, and raise awareness for Room to Read.


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