SoCO is active in lobbying for an improvement in the lives of the 1.3 million Hong Kong people (including 370,000 children) who live below the poverty line – predominantly comprising the elderly, low-income single people and families and recent immigrants from China not eligible for government subsidies and accommodation.
SoCO undertakes activities for children and low-income groups; advocacy programmes; and, has initiated mutual self-help groups (e.g. the Elderly Rights League; New Immigrants’ Mutual Aid Association; Childrens’ Rights Association etc) and is involved in action to highlight inequity and demand government policy changes by initiating and undertaking original social policy research and taking an active advocacy role with Hong Kong decision-making bodies.
Since the first ArtWalk in 2001 over HK$5.5 million has been donated to Hong Kong charities and HK$300,000 donated to the fine arts graduation exhibitions of students from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Academy of Visual Art of the Hong Kong Baptist University, whose students are volunteers during ArtWalk.
Private donations are welcome.