Charitable and Community Service
At Harrow Hong Kong, we consider charitable and community service as a fundamental principle of our pupils’ leadership education.
The School provides pupils with many opportunities to work selflessly for the betterment of others, to nurture compassionate leaders. There is an expectation that pupils demonstrate a willingness to give their time and effort to benefit another individual or group, without expectation of reward or return.
At Harrow Hong Kong, the pupils and Houses have great ownership on their charity fundraising. Each Prep School House is paired up with a Senior House, and pupils nominate and vote for their House charity for the following academic year. Each House pairing has a fundraising focus which includes humanitarian, environmental and animal, local and international charities. Each House also donates a percentage of its fundraising to our permanent School charity, The Crossroads Foundation.
The pupil-led Charity Committee is supported by the parent-teacher organisation, Friends of Harrow, which coordinates the School community’s fundraising activities for six registered charities each year.
Regular community service links include those with the Crossroads Foundation, Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre of the Tuen Mun Hospital, the Kids4Kids buddy reading programme in local schools and the Community Services Division of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals working with intellectually disabled adults. in the 2017-18 academic year, we are also provided volunteer opportunities for the Volvo Ocean Race and Raleigh Challenge Charitable Hiking events.
A number of annual whole School commitments to charity also take place within the community. These include the Box of Hope collection before Christmas in association with Box of Hope and One Sky. In the last few years, charity house-building expeditions involving pupils from the Upper School have also taken place to India, Thailand and Laos. Closer to home, and respecting the historical link between Harrow School in the UK, the School raises funds for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and attends the service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Central.
Another of the events organised throughout the year is a charitable tradition adopted from Harrow School in the UK, which also takes place at Harrow Hong Kong. Every year at Harrow School UK, boys, teachers, Old Harrovians and parents combine to organise and undertake the Long Ducker, a charity-sponsored run. Symbolically, this takes place along one of John Lyon’s roads, the Harrow Road from Marble Arch in central London to Harrow. The Hong Kong version takes place along a 16.5km route on the MacLehose trail that runs immediately behind the School campus. An alternative shorter route allows younger pupils and families to participate together. A charity community day at the School campus welcomes all across the finish line.
In addition to the natural links with other international schools in Hong Kong, the pupils and staff of the school host collaborative activities in Sport, Music, Art and Drama for children from local schools supported by charities.
Harrow Hong Kong has also jointly organised a free Community Soccer Programme with Everton in the Community, the charity bond of the Everton Football Club from the English Premier League. This has brought new football skills to over 200 local primary school children, and provided opportunities for Upper School pupils who help teach the sessions to develop their leadership and coaching skills.
Harrow Hong Kong's permanent charity:
pupil-nominated CHARITIES for 2018-19:
- Mother's Choice
- Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
- African Parks
- Mind Hong Kong
- World Food Programme
- Bloom Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society
Harrow Hong Kong pupils travelled to the Nong Khouay village in Northern Laos in October 2015, supporting World Volunteer's eco-bungalow adobe building project.