Are you struggling to find that inner voice to motivate you to be more active? Perhaps during the past 18 months you have found yourself into a routine that involves less exercise and more excuses not to keep fit? Sports clubs have been erratically rescheduling games for teams while gyms have been open and shut overnight. If you have been feeling the monotonous humdrum, you are not alone. The pandemic has been challenging in more ways than one but now is the time to start focusing on a new approach to life.
This September, WiFA invites you to participate in our signature fitness challenge in support of RUN (see details below). So, if the above words echo true to yourself, read on to see how you can change this up and do well for your health, your community, your company, and your colleagues.
RUN is a Hong Kong-based non-profit that supports vulnerable refugees to rebuild their mental and physical strength, unite across differences as a community, and nurture self-reliance for a more hopeful future. With sports as the springboard and education as the foundation, they work towards a resilient and empowered refugee community in Hong Kong and beyond.
● There are ~12,000 asylum seekers in Hong Kong
● Only 0.52% of asylum seekers have their claims recognised - this is one of the lowest approval rates in the developed world
● Refugees and asylum seekers are given a small monthly allowance of HK$1,200 in food vouchers and HK$1,500 for rent
● Refugees and asylum seekers have no right to work in Hong Kong
If you do the basic math, you will understand what the above figures mean. HK$1,200 for food per month works out to a coffee a day at Starbucks.
RUN empowers refugees to build a new life of safety, dignity, and self-reliance. Beyond meeting the immediate needs of their participants, RUN aims to empower them to build a new life of safety, dignity, and self-reliance. This means supporting their participants to advance education and develop professionally, facilitating local employment opportunities and learning business skills, and exploring long-term solutions to leave their life of limbo in Hong Kong and start a new life abroad.
It is through RUN’s programmes and joint fundraising efforts that drive their cause further forward. As an association committed to be change makers and leaders in the community, WiFA is supporting RUN in a fitness event as we see this as an opportunity to raise funds through togetherness and sharing of experiences. To give you even more motivation and reason to be part of this fantastic event, you will be pleased to know how easy it is to join the challenge.
It takes less than five minutes to register a team of five. The challenge starts September 13 for one month. You can register via the Kindful registration page (details are in the article below) with a small fundraising fee of HK$500 per person (HK$2,500 per team). Fancy competing against your colleagues and form more teams internally to challenge each other within your corporate? The Kindful platform has a dedicated Peer2Peer module to facilitate this and reach an even wider network for your fundraising efforts. As a team, you are invited to accumulate and log the number of hours gained through activity during the month. Details to log hours will be sent nearer the time and via a platform called ChallengeHound.
If you are thinking you are not that sporty or need to perform high energy activities, then fear not as the challenge is open to all abilities and is inclusive of anyone, any age, doing any activity. Now is the time for change. With brilliant prizes for the top three teams from Joint Dynamics and Lululemon, in addition to more prizes for ‘fun challenge winners’ during the event, there is every reason to support this event with RUN.
Has that inner motivational voice appeared? See you at the starting line...
Uniting Across Differences as a Community
RUN work towards a future where refugees are integrated with the local community and respected and treated as equals. Whilst their direct services for their participants is of utmost importance, RUN also believe that the situation for refugees in Hong Kong will not change without community education.
Did you know?
● There are ~12,000 asylum seekers in Hong Kong.
● Only 0.52% of asylum seekers have their claims recognised - this is one of the lowest approval rates in the developed world.
● Refugees and asylum seekers are given a tiny monthly allowance of HK$1,200 in food vouchers and HK$1,500 for rent
● Refugees and asylum seekers have no right to work.
Learn more about RUN Hong Kong, readhere.
WiFA x RUN Virtual Fitness Challenge
HOW to join
Register your team using theKindful
Teams of 5. Registration fee is HK$500 per person (HK$2,500 per team). You can donate and raise additional funds through your Kindful Team Page.
31 Days Virtual Challenge to accumulate the most hours spent exercising and being active collectively as a team. The team with the most collective hours wins. The top 3 teams will be awarded prizes at the end of the challenge.
You are encouraged to do any activity individually or as a team; in-person or virtually. You can choose from yoga, running, hiking, swimming. Teams hours will be logged using Challenge Hound.
Mon 13th September to Wed 13th October 2021.
Stay active with others, meet like minds virtually during uncertain time, in support of RUN. Physical activity is a great way to relief stress and keep yourself balanced!
WHAT ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Registration for teams is open and will be closed a couple of weeks before the challenge start date. All registrants will receive a virtual bib prior of the start of the event.
- WiFA and RUN will host a virtual ‘warm-up’ event at the beginning of September to answer Q&As regarding health and fitness during times of activity.
- WiFA and RUN will host a networking ‘cool-down’ event after the challenge to get together and celebrate the fundraising success of this worthy cause.
- You can fundraise individually for your team.
#WiFAxRUN #WithRefugees #FitnessChallenge #GivingBack
With an aging population and the increasing retirement age, it is important for employers to provide care for their employees. Although there is no statutory retirement age in Hong Kong, the Government has taken the lead to extend the retirement age of civil servants to 60-65, depending on the grade and year of entry.
Over the next decade, the number of Gen Z employees is estimated to triple and the workplace has been adjusting to accommodate this transition but are we doing enough for our aging population? To shed light on this issue, WiFA is hosting an informative discussion on menopause and andropause -- definitions, symptoms, causes, and treatments.
Menopause and Andropause are transitions to a new phase of life for women and men respectively as they enter late 40s and may continue for many years. Changes during this time can lead to mood swings, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and related symptoms. Understanding how to navigate through this complex maze can help women and men deal with the symptoms they are experiencing.
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Time: 6-7pm Hong Kong Time
Zoom links will be sending to registrants the day before the event.
Dr. Laurena Law – General Practitioner, Ananta Well-Being
Originally trained as a GP, Dr. Law has developed expertise around health issues related to aging and how to incorporate lifestyle medicine alongside traditional medicine (https://www.anantawellbeing.com/about
Colin Symmonds - CEO | Physiotherapist, Joint Dynamics
Colin has been in clinical practice for over 30 years, initially as a sports therapist and then in physiotherapy. He has worked in three continents with a variety of patient populations ranging from elite athletes to those suffering with pulmonary disease. Read more about Colin by clicking on the speaker's headshot below.
Ladies Who Tech (LWT) and WiFA are partnering together to hold a virtual event on how to improve interviewer skills. A panel of women interviewers will share their stories and tips on how to be a successful interviewer. Experts from different career paths will provide guidance to women on how to actively become interviewers for their teams when they recruit for new openings. The panelists’ interviewing experiences include hiring for the tech industry, the public sector, and the finance industry.
Bonnie Ohri, Government Consultant and WiFA Board Member
Linhua Li, Data Science Manager, Twitter
Rong Yu, Tech Lead, Indeed
Bonnie So, COO Enterprise Technology and Services, Morgan Stanley and WiFA Co-Chair
When: Saturday, September 18
Format: Zoom (registration details coming soon)
The concept of “Womenomics”, introduced in the Japanese government eight years ago, aims to increase the female workforce participation rate through diversity-promoting policies within the government and corporations. To enhance female representation at all levels, the government encourages the advancement of the female workforce to address the shrinking labor force, while the corporate world accommodates employees for more family-friendly policies.
Yet, less than 10% of CEOs in the world are women, so what progress have we have made thus far? How do we promote more opportunities for female leaders? What are the major concerns that cause women to leave the workforce? More importantly, what are the plausible solutions?
WiFA and the Asia Society are partnering together to hold a virtual event to address the topic of Womenomics. Events details coming soon.
Earlier this year, we honoured and celebrated the amazing women who work in our financial services community through the WiFA 2021 Spotlight Interview Series. Now, WiFA would like to shine a spotlight on our male allies during the month of September & October.
What is a male ally? They’re defined as men who support, mentor, and promote women. In today’s environment, we are conscious of the powerful impact that male allies can have both in and outside of the workplace, and their critical role in gender equality initiatives. This study
by the Boston Consulting Group showed that when men are actively involved in gender inclusion programs, 96% of organizations see progress whereas companies where men are not involved, only 30% show progress.
WiFA’s goal with the male ally series is to share stories on how the men we work with support and uplift female colleagues to build a more inclusive, intelligent, and efficient workplace.
Please reach out to Bonnie Ohri
at firstname.lastname@example.org to nominate a male ally that you feel has provided exceptional support to a woman in finance.
In July, the Philanthropy Committee invited individuals to join their growing team to drive WiFA’s ongoing partnerships, volunteer engagements, and fundraising campaigns with various Hong Kong charity organizations. Since 2018, the Philanthropy Committee has directed hundreds of volunteer hours and capacity support as well as thousands of dollars in donations. If you have some time to donate to a worthy cause and are eager to make new friends, then the Committee encourages you to join the team to scale their work and connect WiFA’s broader network to local organizations in need.
Please reach out to Karen Liu at Karen.email@example.com
, to express your interest in joining WiFA’s Philanthropy Committee.
WiFA’s MMP provided an opportunity to network with mentor and mentees in-person to celebrate the mid-year anniversary of the 2021 program. Special thanks to the Refinitiv/ LSEG team for hosting us at their office for this fun event and for their continued support of WiFA.
We had a wonderful evening of laughter, fun, drinks and discussion among the 2021 Mentor/ Mentee class. We shared valuable insights, networked, created new friendships, and lasting memories.
The evening ended with a lucky draw for a $1000 gift voucher courtesy of Refinitiv and the winner was Amy Viklund from Freshfields. Please join us for our next exciting event -- details coming soon!
ASIFMA is holding “Compliance Week 2021” this year as a virtual event. This flagship event in Asia is “designed by the industry for the industry” where the industry (sell-side, buy-side, regulators, law firms, consultants, and media) comes together to meet and discuss important issues impacting this area.
Date: Tuesday to Friday, September 7-10, 2021
Time: September 7 and 9: 09:00-12:15 (GMT+8); September 8 and10: 14:00-17:15 (GMT+8)
Format: Virtual Event in English