Give unwanted clothing a second life this Friday

21 May


Christy Chow, winner of the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize, presents Second Life, a fun, interactive clothing exchange to raise awareness on reducing textile waste.

This Friday’s Hong Kong event was inspired by two previous clothing exchanges organised by Christy Chow, in Cadiz, Spain and Boston, USA. She invited the local community to bring their unwanted clothes, exchange them with each other and reflect on the large issues of textile waste and labour rights.

Now in Hong Kong, a city fascinated with consumerism and fast fashion, Christy hopes to get participants to be more conscious with the clothing decisions we make every day.

As an artist, Christy has been creating provocative art on human rights and sustainability since 2014.

She grew up in an ordinary working-class family in Tai Po, where her mother would bring home parts from the factory and work on them while looking after the children. When Christy heard about the collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh in 2013, she could not shake off the thought that her mother could have been one of the factory workers in the tragic accident. Since then, she used her art to explore the deeper issues of labour rights in the textile industry.

Her recent work, “De-stitching”, won her the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize in 2017. The artwork features Christy deconstructing a fast fashion shirt made by a sweatshop worker in South Asia one stitch at a time over five hours and provokes the viewer to question the value of labour and true cost behind the clothes we wear every day.

Now with a light-hearted format of a clothing exchange party, Christy invites you to clean out your closet, exchange your unwanted clothes with others, and be more conscious with the next clothing purchase. All leftover clothes will be donated to Redress, a leading Hong Kong charity working to reduce textile waste in the fashion industry.

A party is fun, a party with art is great, a party with art that can help to save our planet is amazing! Just bring your unwanted clothes and join the party” she says.

Date: Friday, 25 May 2018

Time: 7-9pm

Place: The Hive Spring, 3/F Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. Click here for directions

Price: Free

About Redress: Redress is an environmental NGO working to reduce waste in the fashion industry. They achieve this through a variety of programmes, initiatives and campaigns. Redress aims to enhance, educate and enable the adoption of a more sustainable fashion industry that helps to minimise the negative and maximise the positive impacts of the fashion industry on society and the environment. Collectively, Redress collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders, including fashion designers, textile and garment manufacturers, brands and retailers, schools and universities, private sector organisations, multilateral organisations, governments, NGOs, media organisations and consumers.

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KFBG – Fauna Outreach Volunteer Programme 2018 Recruitment

21 May

The Fauna Conservation Department at the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) organises the Animal Encounters and Discovery Tables programmes on first three Sundays of each month. Participants will enjoy a close encounter with animals while they increase awareness towards wildlife conservation and illegal wildlife trade. KFBG hopes participants will come away with greater respect and appreciation for wildlife, and become empowered to lead greener lifestyles and support wildlife conservation work.

Volunteers are one of the important elements of these two programmes. The Fauna Outreach Volunteer Training Programme provides comprehensive training and guidance for volunteers. Qualified volunteers will help lead these two programmes and other outreach activities.

Click here for more information about the Animal Encounter and Discovery Table programmes

Volunteer Duties:
* Act as the guide of the Native Mammal Talk as a part of the Animal Encounter programme;
* Assist Animal Keepers during the Mule, Python and Raptor Talk as a part of the Animal Encounter programme;
* Introduce animal specimens to visitors as a part of the Discovery Table programme
* Assist in maintaining the smooth operation of Fauna Outreach activities, e.g. promoting the programmes, managing crowds and handling enquiries

Benefits:
* Gain an opportunity to promote wildlife conservation
* Gain knowledge in mules, reptiles, mammals and birds
* Gain experience in guiding tours and public speaking
* Gain certificate of recognition after 6 days of service over the first 12 months
* Lunch and travel allowance

2018 Intake: 20 volunteers

Interview Period: 2nd or 3rd July 2018

Training Period:
Training Day 1: 5th August (Sunday) 10am – 4pm
Training Day 2: 11th August (Saturday) 10am – 4pm
Training Day 3: 18th August (Saturday) 10am – 4pm
Exam: 25th August (Saturday) 10am – 4pm
Contingency: 19th August (Sunday) 10am – 4pm
(In case one of the training day needs to be cancelled due to adverse weather, it will be rescheduled to this day).

Interview and Training Location: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

Language: Cantonese and English

Requirements:
* 18 years old or above
* Good command of Cantonese, Mandarin and English
* Good interpersonal and public speaking skills
* Enjoy working outdoors
* Able to work independently and as a team
* Able to volunteer for at least one day every two months
* Education or work experience related to biology, ecology, zoology, environmental science or education is preferred
* Experience in tour guiding or organising education programmes is an advantage

Application Procedures:
Interested parties, please submit an online application. In order to identify potential volunteers, please select “Others” for “Volunteer role(s) you are interested”, and input “Fauna Outreach Volunteer” for “Please specify others”.

Please upload a letter containing an essay of not more than 200 words on this topic: “Name three ways to inspire a greater sense of appreciation in nature amongst Hongkongers”.

Potential candidates will be invited to a face-to-face interview on either 2nd or 3rd July.

For enquiries, please contact Ms. Joyee Chan at joyeechan@kfbg.org.

Application Deadline: 17th June 2018 (Sunday)

About Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden : Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) spreads over 148 hectares of land on the northern slopes of Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s highest mountain, near the town of Tai Po.

KFBG has a deep-set valley between two ridges, with a stream running steeply down through the forest. On the slopes there are forest, theme gardens, vegetable terraces, 8km of walking trails, 9km of roads, and conservation and educational facilities.

The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support, to help them lead independent lives; and to provide leisure and educational experience for the public. The theme gardens were designed and planted from the 1960’s onwards, and through planting, natural process and protection from fire, what was once barren scrubland is now mature forest. Visitors are welcome.

Angels for Orphans

17 May

Angels for Orphans is the guardian for their chosen children’s charities. Angels for Orphans currently raises awareness and funds for charities in Hong Kong, Cambodia and Indonesia that work tirelessly on the ground to improve the lives of the many children in their care.

Every child has a right to love, protection, happiness, education, care, shelter, food, medicine, clothing and hope. Yet, sadly, thousands of orphaned children are denied a safe and loving environment in which to flourish and grow. They find themselves caught up in the endless cycle of violence, disease, mal-nutrition and ignorance that blights their young and fragile lives. Extreme poverty is their harsh reality. In many countries, there is no protection or state funding for children whose parents die, leaving them orphaned, alone and destitute.

As our world faces tough times and many cross border challenges, so do many parents. Protecting and caring for their children has become even more difficult. Historically, being an orphan meant you had no parents but it has now been noted by numerous NGO’s that this definition has changed. Many of the orphans living in orphanages are there because their impoverished parents do not believe they can care for them. Such children in care are widely referred to as “Economic Orphans“.

Angels for Orphans is currently working with three very worthwhile charities which tirelessly strive to give renewed hope to vulnerable, disadvantaged and neglected children in their care. Angels for Orphans is very proud to be partnered with Bali Kids in Indonesia, Sunrise Children’s Village in Cambodia and Po Leung Kuk in Hong Kong. Their dedicated team of volunteers in Hong Kong; are working to secure funding for various projects managed by these charities. Together, they seek to provide the children under their wings with the happy and healthy futures they so deserve. Angels for Orphans is a Hong Kong registered non-for-profit which supports local children as well as those overseas and since their establishment in 2009, their passion has driven them to help children wherever the need is most desperate. They are pro-active in raising the profile and fund raising for each of their partner organisations. Their volunteers on the ground in Hong Kong champion passionate companies and individuals who can help bring about change.

Become an Angel: Since Angels for Orphans’ establishment in 2009, their passion has driven them to help children where the needs are most desperate. They realize how key it is that they, as volunteers, are pro-active in raising the profile and funds for each of their partner organizations. This is achieved by engaging with the local community, championing passionate companies and individuals to assist with well needed changes. Angels for Orphans believes it is important to help educate our global young citizens within local schools, as they will become the future Angels. This is accomplished by coordinating and hosting events as well as giving presentations.

With that in mind it seems their work is never done……
If you can tick more than one of the boxes below, then Angels for Orphans needs you
* Organised
* Dedicated
* Full of Energy
* Passionate about the future of children
* Expert in your industry field
* Time on your hands

Please follow this link and apply now.

Angels for Orphans also believes it is important to help educate our global young citizens within Hong Kong’s schools as they are future Angels. Angels for Orphans visits schools, coordinating and hosting events, and giving presentations.

For more information, please email enquiries@angelsfororphans.co.uk

Indefinite Suspension of the Sedan Chair Race

14 May

The Sedan Chair Charities Fund announced recently that the annual Sedan Chair Charities Race will be suspended indefinitely from 2018. The Sedan Chair Race has been held at the Matilda Hospital on the Peak for the past 42 years and that this decision was only made after an objective and detailed review and careful consideration of the charity race arena and donation trend in general and sustainability of the Race as a fundraising engine.

About The Sedan Chair Charities Fund: The Sedan Chair Charities Fund is a charity of Matilda International Hospital. They support local communities with initiatives that are focused around contributing medical expertise and helping children from around the region that need life-changing surgery through the work of the Matilda Children’s Foundation.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong

13 May

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong is dedicated to improving the lives of children in Hong Kong who live with a serious illness, disability or disadvantage.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong does not focus on any single illness or disability. Instead, they aim to address the needs of children who are sick, disadvantaged or live with disabilities and other special needs who are not getting the help they need.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong generally does not make cash payments directly to beneficiaries. Instead, they aim to provide physical and practical resources to meet the unmet needs of disadvantaged children and to relieve the burden on their families. Their objective is to enable disadvantaged children reach their full potential and enjoy a more fulfilling life.

Although Variety’s work is serious, they never forget the importance of having fun. Bringing smiles to the faces of children is a positive and fun experience for Variety volunteers, sponsors and supporters.

Of course, they can’t do everything on their own. Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong proudly works in partnership with other children’s agencies and charities in Hong Kong and they welcome the support of any person or organization that shares their ideals and objectives.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong is focused solely on Hong Kong children who are living with a disadvantage. All funds raised in Hong Kong are applied for the benefit of disadvantaged children in Hong Kong.

What you can do to help
People from all walks of life can help children through Variety by becoming a regular donor, attending an event, organizing a fundraising event, taking part in a personal challenge like a marathon or trek, leaving a bequest in their will or volunteering.

Donate: People from all walks of life can help children through Variety by becoming a regular donor, attending an event, organizing a fundraising event, taking part in a personal challenge like a marathon or trek, leaving a bequest in their will or volunteering. To donate please follow this link

Gifts and services in-kind: Gifts and services in-kind are a vital element in enabling Variety to meet its vision and mission. Gifts of auction and raffle prizes for events, business skills such as legal or accountancy advice or technology and office items are all necessary to successfully deliver Variety’s vision and mission.

For more information about HOW YOU CAN HELP please email info@variety.org.hk

Volunteer: As Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong grows and their programs develop, they will need assistance in many ways, such as fundraising events, assistance with outings for children and with the administration of their programs and events.

Use your talent, experience and passion to make a real difference to Hong Kong children in need. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child’s face light up and knowing your contribution has helped make it happen. For more information about HOW TO BECOME A VARIETY VOLUNTEER please email info@variety.org.hk.

Just the Ticket

9 May

Just the Ticket is a Hong Kong-based non-profit organisation that provides access to cultural events to people in need. They do so by providing a centralised platform where events organisers can donate tickets to their events to existing charities and other non-profit organisations.

Mission: Just the Ticket believes the arts can enrich and transform lives as well as bring communities closer together — and Just the Ticket wants to make sure all citizens of Hong Kong have access to the full diversity of cultural and recreational activities in the city.

What you can do to help
Become a Beneficiary: Are you a tax-exempt charity organization? Would the population you serve benefit from greater access to arts, culture and education events? Click here to learn how you can register with Just the Ticket.

Donate Tickets: To make cultural events in Hong Kong accessible to those in need, Just the Ticket needs, well . . . tickets! Click here to donate.

Donate Money: Imagine making it possible for a disabled child in Hong Kong to see their first live ballet performance, for an elderly pensioner to see a Cantonese opera, or for a low-income family to experience the joys of the symphony. Click here to donate

Volunteering: Volunteering with Just The Ticket is also a valuable opportunity to learn more about nonprofits in Hong Kong. Follow this link and click on the Join Today button

For more information, please email sara@justthetickethk.org

In Touch with Nature – 5-Day Summer Camp for Children 2018

5 May


Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is re-running their popular 5-day Summer Camp for Children this year with a range of experiential activities.

1. Nature / Objectives
Kids will explore nature through hiking in woodland, art in nature workshops, animal encounters, harvesting and preparing low-carbon lunch with fresh vegetables at the Green Hub. Participants will be able to make new friends, bond with nature and gain greater awareness of the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong.

2. Programme Content
* Understand the interconnected relationships between plants and animals;
* Use all senses to discover the hidden treasures in nature;
* Learn about native animals in their habitats and ways to protect our native species;
* Express creatively and freely through nature art;
* Foster respect for nature by learning to live sustainably.

Date: 3 – 7 July 2018 (English camp)

Other date options:
Camp B: 9 – 13 July 2018 (Cantonese)
Camp C: 16 – 20 July 2018 (Cantonese)

Time: 09:30am – 4:00pm Daily (non- residential)

Place: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden & Green Hub

Target group / No. of Participants : Children aged 7-9 years.
24 maximum per camp (at least one camp counselor per 6 children)

Price: HKD$2,200 for 5 days (Vegetarian lunch included)

Please submit your online application form by following this link and submit it to KFBG before 31 May, 2018.
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis

For more information please contact Ms Eliz Leung at 2483 7110 or email elizleung@kfbg.org

About Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden : Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) spreads over 148 hectares of land on the northern slopes of Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s highest mountain, near the town of Tai Po.

KFBG has a deep-set valley between two ridges, with a stream running steeply down through the forest. On the slopes there are forest, theme gardens, vegetable terraces, 8km of walking trails, 9km of roads, and conservation and educational facilities.

The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives; and to provide leisure and educational experience for the public. The theme gardens were designed and planted from the 1960’s onwards, and through planting, natural process and protection from fire, what was once barren scrubland is now mature forest. Visitors are welcome.