There are a million and one ways to make money – this might sound like a stretch, but in Hong Kong, there really are countless ways to earn an extra buck or two. From selling second-hand and pre-loved goods on one of the many online marketplaces to the slightly more unconventional, the options are nearly endless. So, don’t sell yourself short – these are the things you can sell and donate in Hong Kong that you have, quite literally, on your person.
Long locks weighing you down? Consider your morals a cut above the rest? The next time you head to the salon to tame your tresses, consider donating your hair to a worthy cause. Some salons (including Sozo Salon) send suitable hair to charitable organisations across the world to make wigs for people who have lost their hair as the result of a number of illnesses. Only healthy hair is accepted, which generally means long (at least eight inches) and free from bleach or dye.
Hong Kong’s blood drives are in chronically short supply. Whether you’re a needle-phobe or a frantic first-timer, we promise this is a quick and painless exercise that can help to save a life. Unsure if your recent travels disqualify you to donate? The Red Cross’ website hosts a quick survey to help you evaluate whether you are an eligible donor.
This one might be a little bit of a stretch. But in some instances, you can be paid to put mind over matter and to participate in focus groups and clinical research projects. If you’re interested in getting involved, look out for calls for participants and volunteers pinned to university job boards.
We can’t quite believe this one either, but you can get paid to donate a deuce or two on a regular basis – and paid well, too! Stool donors can earn up to $4,800 per month if their sample is deemed ‘worthy’. After undergoing several blood and stool samples and tests, eligible donors can drop off their deposits up to three times a week, and in the process, help patients in need of Human Macrobiota Therapy to deal with all manner of digestive disorders.
There are more than 2,000 people in Hong Kong waiting for an organ transplant on a daily basis, and the city now has a Centralised Organ Donation Registry to help match potential donors and recipient candidates. Registering as an organ and tissue donor is a quick and simple process, and can be done online (you will be called to verify your personal details and intent). You can also apply to withdraw at any time.
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