An Advocate For Volunteerism | Carol Wong, Swire Trust Go-Givers of 2022

Together with Time Auction, the Swire Trust Go-Givers Program encourages skilled volunteers for Swire Trust NGO partners from 2020 to 2022. 10 outstanding volunteers will be selected annually as the “Swire Trust Go-Givers of the Year” with special rewards & recognition. Meet our 10 Go-Givers of 2022!

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Meet Carol

A recent Hong Kong survey found that 70% of people want to volunteer, but only 26% actually did. Undoubtedly, it is already outstanding in making it to the proactive quarter, but Carol Wong has gone a step further: she has sought to turn that quarter into a full one.

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Carol as a volunteer lead at Breadline

Volunteering as a Lifestyle Choice

Carol has been part of the community of active volunteers since high school. From regularly volunteering for ImpactHK’s Kindness Walks, rescuing food waste, and cleaning up beaches to translating texts and publishing books — Her volunteer work has varied in nature. It extends across a wide range of causes.

Being such an open-minded individual, Carol has also taken on many positions in her professional career path, including app development, event planning, and heritage preservation. When asked to describe herself, Carol joked, “I’m like a salad platter where you could find a combo of different things inside!”

With the wide range of knowledge gained and skills developed throughout these years, she applied them to her latest volunteer commitment at Time Auction.

Being an Advocate for Volunteerism

As the Partnership Lead for Time Auction, Carol’s primary goal is to solicit appealing experiences for volunteers to redeem. Specifically, her duties include reaching out to potential organizations, developing strategic business partnerships, and coordinating efficiently with reward donors. Ultimately, her work contributes to the Incentives Program, where volunteer hours could be used to redeem unique learning, cultural or wellness experiences.

Since February 2022, Carol has volunteered 100 hours to Time Auction - and her work is still ongoing! “We were so lucky to recruit Carol through the platform,” praised Ivy Wong, the Senior Program Manager at Time Auction. “In just 6 months, she has onboarded 16 new reward sponsors, which donated 141 spots of experiences and incentivized 1,670 volunteer hours at nonprofits. She even went the extra mile to help us onboard more corporate partners, volunteer consultants, and NGO partners!”

So what motivated Carol to work so enthusiastically in this position?

“I think social issues could not be solved by the government or a few individuals alone. Instead, we must rely on the power of NGOs, I really want to get more people to volunteer.”

Undoubtedly, Time Auction is the perfect NGO for Carol. As a charity that promotes volunteerism, Time Auction matches volunteers with different NGOs, whether it is for hands-on or skill-based tasks. Furthermore, Time Auction incentivizes volunteering by offering the redemption of inspiring experiences, such as learning to cook from Michelin-starred chefs and dining with successful entrepreneurs. For Carol, it is a golden opportunity to encourage more people to volunteer. Better yet, she is being a volunteer for volunteerism!

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Carol as a volunteer emcee for Dear Hong Kong

Words of Advice

What would such an experienced volunteer say to those still looking from the sidelines? For students or fresh graduates, she thinks they could utilize the practical experience from volunteering to try different types of work and see what they enjoy doing. This could help them narrow down their future career paths and simultaneously build a competitive portfolio. While some people may consider students to be inexperienced, Carol thinks that young people are actually uniquely valuable as they can contribute modern skills - like navigating the world of social media - to NGOs that were founded much earlier.

For established professionals like herself, Carol believes that volunteering offers various benefits. It can provide a chance to test and sharpen your skills before using them in the workplace. It can allow you to develop new interests and learn new things. It can become a venue for you to meet new friends from different walks of life. It can generate satisfaction as you make a positive change in the world. It can draw a complete picture of our society and broaden your horizons.

Perhaps another point on this long list of pros is being nominated as one of Swire Trust Go-Givers of the Year. Surprisingly, Carol doesn’t consider this benefit as a personal one. “While I often encourage people to volunteer, their habits cannot be formed just because they heard me say it a couple of times,” Carol shared. “Receiving this award makes me a good example to show people that volunteering can produce actual impact and be widely recognized.” For Carol, this is not merely an award for herself as a volunteer; more importantly, it is a milestone for volunteerism.


Thank you so much to Carol for contributing 100 volunteer hours & beyond at Time Auction!

To see details of the Swire Trust Go-Givers Program and support their NGO partners, head over to Time Auction website.

Written by Margaret Ng, Volunteer Copywriter

Updated on 1 November, 2022
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無論你係貓奴、狗奴定鍾意其它小動物,每隻都一樣可愛。只不過唔係每一隻小動物都咁幸運被好好愛護,甚至不幸被虐待,或因主人移民而被棄養,所以呢啲「毛孤兒」都好需要得到幫助。如果你都一樣關注動物,其實你有冇諗過參予義工活動成為特別嘅動物義工 (Animal Volunteer)— 技能義工(Skilled-volunteers),利用自己嘅專長同興趣回饋社會,嚮應義工招募都可以為呢班毛孩子出力呢?以下為大家介紹一下喺香港與「動物福利」有關嘅非牟利機構(NGO),從而對本地嘅NGO有更多認識之餘,仲可以了解多啲佢哋嘅服務同理念: 香港動物基金 Hong Kong Paws Foundation 香港動物基金希望將每隻獲救既貓狗重新安置到最合適嘅收養者。 自 2005 年已經重新安置咗數千隻貓狗,為有需要嘅毛孩提供即時護理及庇護。 香港愛護動物協會 SPCA (HK) 香港愛護動物協會提倡善待動物,保護佢哋嘅健康和福利,並防止虐待動物。 亦致力透過人文教育,喺社區培養對生命嘅深深尊重,有利於個人成長和社會發展。 Bring Me Home (Suppaw) Suppaw係香港動物收養平台,以非營利嘅方式,為流浪、被遺棄和虐待的動物提供收養服務,減少動物等待收養嘅時間, 減輕動物救援志願者嘅工作量。  嘉道理農場暨植物園 Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden 嘉道理農場暨植物園為需要支持的農民提供農業援助,幫助他們過上獨立嘅生活; 並為公眾提供休閒同教育體驗。  Team for Animals in Lantau South (TAILS) 南大嶼山動物保護隊為有需要的貓狗提供救援、醫療、絕育、養育、庇護、寄養同領養服務,包括那些 流浪、被遺棄、受傷、虐待同忽視既貓狗,大力提倡動物福利,相信教育可以創造有利於香港動物嘅變革。 認識左香港幾間同動物福利相關嘅機構後,如果想幫手又應該點揀到啱自己專長嘅義工服務?完全唔駛擔心!除左傳統嘅賣旗、探訪外,宜家嘅義工服務已經比以前更多元化!想支持動物福利嘅你,即刻睇下有咩新穎有趣嘅動物義工服務可以出一分力: 義工服務(一): 學校項目統籌員(School Engagement Coordinator) 人類對於生態環境嘅影響, 會直接破壞野生動物嘅棲息同生存。除咗要由自身行動減少環境破壞,對下一代嘅宣傳同教育同樣重要!透過NGO嘅環境保護計劃,你可以成為統籌員出分力,向兒童及青少年宣傳、教育有關自然野生生態保育嘅重要性,用創意嘅方式連繫之間嘅熱誠,提高年輕一代對自然保育嘅意識。 對於公關及資訊傳播(PR & Communication)有興趣或有經驗嘅朋友唔好錯過啦!畢業嘅同學更可以獲取更多社會實踐機會 ! 【立即申請】 義工服務(二): 流浪犬收容所義工(Dog […]
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Together with Time Auction, the Swire Trust Go-Givers Program encourages skilled volunteers for Swire Trust NGOs partners from 2020 to 2022. 10 outstanding volunteers will be selected annually as the “Swire Trust Go-Givers of the Year” with special rewards & recognition. Meet our 10 Go-Givers of 2021! Meet Emma! Emma is currently a Strategic Brand […]
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