Beauty for Books: Room to Read fundraiser.

HKHousewife was honored to be asked to be the media sponsor of a fun event next Friday, October 14th where you can get your nails done for a great cause: giving kids in countries like Bangladesh, India, and vietnam books to read.

Can you imagine how amazing it is to give books to children who have none? Being in Hong Kong, we are all lucky enough to visit so many amazing neighboring countries, but of course the poverty can be quite saddening. It’s great to find good organizations like this one where you know the money is being used in a really great way. My friends Monique and Laura got me involved so I pinged them for some more information about this great cause.

–How did Room to Read start?
John Wood, founder and executive chairman, launched Room to Read after a trek through Nepal where he visited several local schools. He was amazed by the warmth and enthusiasm of the students and teachers, but also saddened by the shocking lack of resources. Driven to help, John quit his senior executive position with Microsoft and built a global team to work with rural villages to build sustainable solutions to their educational challenges.

–How did the event start?
Laura and I started the event in May 2011 in an effort to find more unique ways to raise money for the organization. We had previously hosted “Beers for Books,” which is an international Room to Read effort hosted by local volunteers in each city, and this was successful but catered more to the male market. “Beauty For Books” was our idea to reach women and ask for fundraising assistance while they are doing something they would likely do anyways: get their nails done!

–Who exactly receives the funds / books from this event?
The funds go to Room to Read’s Hong Kong chapter. Some examples of what donations can do… $50 provides puzzles, games, and educational toys for a library. $100 purchases desks and chairs for a newly-constructed classroom. $250 allows one very deserving child to attend school for a year. $500 provides three years of library management, training, and support. Our goal is to raise US $1,000 from this fundraiser so that we can do all of the above.

–How / why did you and Laura get involved?
Laura has been involved with Room to Read since moving to Hong Kong and after learning about the organization’s efforts and success in improving literacy in emerging countries, I was inspired to help out with their fundraising efforts to keep their programs alive. Every child has the right to a good education and their ability to afford it should not be a factor in whether or not they actually receive this education.

–How can readers sign-up to attend next week? Just call the salon and make an appt?
Call Feel Good Factor at 2530.0610 to make an appointment. The salon is open from 11 am to 8 pm on Friday October 14th. The salon will donate 10% of all proceeds to Room to Read.

–How else can readers pitch in?
If readers feel like baking some good for the ladies to snack on that would be great. (Just drop me an email and I’ll coordinate with Monique if you want to bake: And, of course, you can also donate online!

Hope to see you all my Hong Kong female readers there!

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