Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary | Bryan Fok, 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!

Bryan Fok Blogpost Image 1

Meet Bryan

Practising law has always been a popular choice among aspiring students. Some are fascinated by the eloquence of barristers in the court, while others are charmed by the meticulousness of solicitors who are often buried under piles of legal documents. Yet, after they have progressed from “aspiring” to “successful,” what next steps await them? For Bryan Fok, it is to go from “successful” to “meaningful.”

A new case

Being a practising lawyer specializing in commercial law, Bryan is experienced not only through cases from his law firm but also through the Free Legal Advice Scheme of the Duty Lawyer Service. Bryan is no stranger to using his skills and profession to help others. 

So when he learned about Time Auction from his friends, he immediately searched the volunteer matching platform to see if there were any suitable opportunities. Soon, he found that the Sunnyside Club was seeking a legal and governance advisor. Undoubtedly, Bryan found his perfect match with the Sunnyside Club.

Established by volunteers from the Cathay Pacific Group, the Sunnyside Club is a Hong Kong charity dedicated to supporting disabled children and their families through sponsoring special equipment and organizing festive activities. Concretely and vividly, the NGO’s mission is to "put smiles on faces."

A seemingly ordinary project

Since the Sunnyside Club’s establishment over two decades ago, its Articles of Association have remained unchanged. Accordingly, the NGO’s committee would like a legal expert to overhaul its existing operation, update its guiding policies, and recommend suitable future paths. Ultimately, they hope to build a modern legal infrastructure to operate smoothly and generate the most significant possible impact on their targeted service users. Fortunately, Bryan can offer precisely such expertise. 

As the old saying goes, “every problem is an opportunity in disguise.” Indeed, unforeseen problems turned into new opportunities as they started the project. At their first meeting, where Bryan listed out everything to be done, the NGO was shocked to know that they had largely underestimated the workload and complexity of this task. 

This problem, however, posed a new opportunity for both the Sunnyside Club and Bryan: the NGO could recruit another volunteer into its organization to share the work. At the same time, Bryan could get a chance to work with different people outside of his firm. Bryan’s volunteer partner - a fresh graduate of law - offered him an alternative perspective on the industry’s landscape by sharing the new challenges which young lawyers face nowadays. Later, they developed a long-lasting mentor relationship as the aspiring lawyer asked Bryan for career advice.

Bringing extraordinary impact

Undoubtedly, such professional collaboration led to fruitful results. “Bryan is very committed and dedicated to helping us to revisit the details of Sunnyside Club Limited's Articles,” commended Vivian from the Sunnyside Club. “He produced a detailed and high-quality comparison summary of different aspects and made recommendations for every aspect for our consideration.”

Not only are the project’s outcomes reflected in the NGO’s updated Articles but also in how Bryan sees pro-bono work. “It is different from my daily work as these NGOs will not be fee-paying clients, and their concerns are very different since they are charities,” he explained. For example, these NGOs are not hoping to maximise profit with legal advice. As a result, Bryan can use his professional knowledge in an entirely different context when advising NGOs. “I think using my existing knowledge for new purposes is an interesting combination.”

This new purpose is also given further meaning through the Swire Trust Go-Givers of the Year award. Being nominated for this recognition, Bryan is delighted to know that his volunteer work is valued by the NGO, which thanked Bryan: “We truly appreciate his professionalism and expertise in the legal advice offered to us, which is of great help. His patience, can-do spirit, and endless support to Sunnyside Club meant a lot to us.”

Most importantly, by receiving this award, Bryan wants to become a role model.

“I want to show other people that what you do at work can also be used to help others outside of work."

By encouraging more people to volunteer, the impact of one single person can be multiplied infinitely. Indeed, doing something “meaningful” is not only limited to oneself or one NGO, but it can also be for all via volunteerism.

Thank you so much to Bryan for contributing 40 volunteer hours & beyond at the Sunnyside Club!

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 28 October, 2022
Share on

Volunteer Your Skills for Worthy Causes

Ever thought you could volunteer with your skills?

Discover volunteer projects where you can use your skills to support causes – all while building your resume, gaining references and making a difference!
Discover Projects
你對「做義工」嘅認識有幾多?好多人都未必熟悉除咗賣旗籌款同探訪老人院之外,仲有咩其他類型嘅義工服務。究竟坊間有邊啲做義工嘅途徑,可以搵到適合自己嘅義工機會呢? 其實香港大大小小嘅慈善團體或非牟利機構  (NGO) 都會招募義工,而非牟利機構嘅義工服務範疇亦非常多元化,包括技能義工 (Skilled-volunteers),善用義工嘅個人技能同專長服務社會。你可以根據唔同嘅服務種類,或者按自己嘅喜好、關心嘅社會議題選擇義工機會。以下係5種常見嘅義工服務範疇同機構簡介畀你參考: 目錄 (一):動物福利 (二):長者服務 (三):青年發展 (四):環境保護 (五):社區服務 技能義工配對平台推介 常見嘅義工服務範疇(一):動物福利 如果你係狗奴、貓奴,或者鍾意動物,不妨考慮做動物義工!除咗有機會親身接觸毛孩之外,仲可以利用自己嘅一技之長,支援NGO嘅日常運作。 義工服務性質:清潔籠舍、照顧動物、活動推廣等 香港動物基金 Hong Kong Paws Foundation 香港動物基金係一間完全依靠慈善捐款同義工支持嘅動物福祉組織,希望拯救被虐待、遺棄同走失嘅動物。 香港愛護動物協會 SPCA (HK) 香港愛護動物協會係本港首間兼顧動物福利各方面嘅慈善團體,提倡善待動物,同時打擊同防止虐待動物。 Bring Me Home (Suppaw) Bring Me Home (Suppaw) 係一個寵物社交網站,亦係香港首個無償動物領養平台。 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。 立即發掘更多! 常見嘅義工服務範疇(二):長者服務 隨著香港長者人口上升,越來越多關注老人家嘅機構都招募緊義工,希望為老友記送上更多關懷。 義工服務性質:家居維修、網頁設計、文字翻譯等 […]
New Feature Launch: Announcing Project Templates & Volunteer Invitation
Attention: NGO & SE Partners! Our team was grinding in secret to make your dreams into reality — Meet your 2 new favourite features on our platform: 📝  Objectives and Project Templates 📩  Invite Volunteers to Projects We heard your feedback, and we have made big changes! We can't wait to tell you all about […]
How Angela Generated Positive Impact During a Career Break | Swire Trust Go-Givers of 2021
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 Angela! Angela is an experienced marketing communication […]
【想支持性別平等?】Time Auction搵到符合你專長嘅義工服務
自上世紀後期開始,香港社會逐步邁向性別平等 (Gender equality),透過《性別歧視條例》、《殘疾歧視條例》、《家庭崗位歧視條例》同《種族歧視條例》嘅法例落實,保障所有人免受基於性別、懷孕、婚姻狀況、殘疾、家庭崗位同種族歧視,而女性喺法律、社會、經濟等嘅地位亦有所提升。 不過,社會上仍然存有性騷擾、性別歧視等問題,而性小眾 (包括LGBTQIA+) 權益亦係近年嘅社會議題,需要社會各界共同努力同提高關注,推動性別多元文化。以下為大家推介一啲喺香港關注性別平等嘅非牟利機構 (NGO),俾你了解一下佢哋嘅服務同理念: 性別空間 Gender Empowerment 性別空間係一個支援跨性別 (Transgender) 社群嘅慈善自助組織,透過邀請專業人士就各種關於性嘅專題進行分享,並提供心理輔導,以幫助跨性別人士融入社會及解決性別上嘅疑難或困擾。 青躍 Teen's Key Hong Kong 青躍是一個完全由年輕女性領導、幫助弱勢青少女嘅非牟利團體,關注年輕女性嘅性與生育健康,致力協助弱勢年青女性學習新技能、實踐理想同活得自信自在。 Resolve Foundation Resolve Foundation 致力培育來自邊緣社群嘅社區領袖,透過社會公義育才計劃同工作坊,改變了有關社群人士嘅生命路向,為香港社會帶來正面改變。 婦女基金會 The Women's Foundation 婦女基金會致力改善香港婦女同女童生活,透過舉辦多個社區項目改變社會對性別嘅刻板印象、提升女性喺決策過程中嘅影響力,使女性能夠達到經濟獨立自足、成為未來嘅成功領袖。 關注婦女性暴力協會 The Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women 關注婦女性暴力協會由一群關心婦女權益嘅人士所組成,希望透過危機支援、法律諮詢服務和教育活動等,促使政府及公眾人士正視婦女遭受性暴力的問題,讓受害婦女重過有自信同自尊嘅生活。 以上幾間針對性別平等嘅機構都不時需要技能義工 (Skilled volunteer) 支持運作,如果你都想出一分力,可以考慮以下各類型嘅義工服務,或者直接按【立即申請】睇下最新嘅技能義工服務機會! 義工服務(一):電話熱線義工(Hotline Volunteer) 電話熱線義工主要提供情緒支援同相關嘅資訊協助,聆聽致電人士(如面對家暴、性暴力和歧視等問題)嘅困難同需要,並提供例如危機處理技巧等實質協助。義工將會需要先接受基礎同深入嘅培訓,以幫助有需要人士度過難關。 【立即申請】 義工服務(二):榜樣義工(Role Model Volunteer) 一個好榜樣對個人成長非常重要!佢哋嘅經驗同心得分享可以啟發其他人。榜樣義工其實比較類似坊間嘅師友計劃,主要係透過互動交流,鼓勵參加者建立自信心同正面嘅態度面對生活上唔同問題、逆境,同時發掘自己嘅潛能,實現夢想。如果你都想支持下一代出一分力,尤其打破社會對唔同性別嘅枷鎖、標籤,幫佢地建立自信,就快D報名啦~ 【立即申請】 義工服務(三):創業分享講者 (Entrepreneurial Guest Speaker) […]
You Can Make An Impact More Than You Think — Meet Our Volunteers!
Hear the stories from our volunteers 👉 here, who venture outside the 9-5 by helping the nonprofits with their skills and talents! Jamie Zhan, CSR Manager and Volunteer Board Governance Consultant for a human-rights nonprofit🤝 Leo Chong, Brand Director and Volunteer Designer for an educational non-profit📚 Natalie Leung, Business Development Manager and Fundraising Advisor for […]
A Symphony of Skilled-Volunteering | Yannie Leung, 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! Meet Chi Yan, Yannie After every nine-to-six days […]
See how CaaS helped Time Auction with a Co-Creation Workshop | Impact Highlight
Project completed on: 17 May 2021 Volunteer hours: 3 What did Time Auction need?  Time Auction is a charity that encourages volunteering with inspiring experiences, while connecting skilled-volunteers with NGOs. By sharing expertise and completing the required volunteer hours at any NGO, volunteers can earn unique access to different experiences they are interested in. As […]