Leadership in Action

HARROW INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL HONG KONG

Leadership for a better world

Charity and Community Service

Service is a fundamental principle of leadership and the School provides students with opportunities to work selflessly for the betterment of others in nurturing compassionate leaders. There is an expectation that students demonstrate a willingness to give their time and effort to benefit another individual or group without expectation of reward or return. In addition to the natural links with other international schools in Hong Kong, the School has hosted events of collaborative activities in sport, music, art and drama activities involving students from Harrow Hong Kong, local schools and children supported by charities. Its growing 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 in the Tuen Mun area, and the Community Services Division of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals working with intellectually disabled adults and an after-school care programme for local children.

The School’s student-led Charity Committee, supported by the parent-teacher organisation, Friends of Harrow, coordinates the School community’s fund-raising activities for six nominated charities each year; this includes three local and two international charities together with its permanent charity and neighbour, the Crossroads Foundation. Among a number of events organised throughout the year, it has taken one of the charitable traditions from the ‘mother ship’ in England and given it a Hong Kong ‘twist’. Every year at Harrow School, boys, teachers, Old Harrovians and parents combine to organise and undertake a charity sponsored run, the Long Ducker. Symbolically it takes place along one of John Lyon’s roads, the Harrow Road from Marble Arch in central London to Harrow. The Hong Kong version that now takes place in March each year is along a 16.5km route on the MacLehose trail that runs immediately behind the School campus, with an alternative shorter route that allows participation of students and their families from the youngest in Y1 to the oldest in Y13, both walking and running. Another annual commitment of the whole School community is 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 students from the Upper School have also taken place to India, Thailand and Laos. 

Charities for 2016-17

Local

International

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