Ping Shan Heritage Trail Cleanup Hike

19 Aug


Hiking in Hong Kong is one of the best activities during the beautiful summer. With beautiful views, the chance to get a nice tan as well as make new friends. What else could you want?

Well, perhaps a nice tidy hiking trail!

Unfortunately, not everyone thinks the same, and throughout hiking trails in Hong Kong there are pieces of rubbish littered (pardon the pun) around. So why not combine the joy of hiking with the satisfaction of making a difference?

Plogging, a combination of jogging and the Swedish term “plocka upp,” meaning pick up, is sweeping the globe – and the streets clean of garbage. – https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/plogging-sweden-rubbish-garbage-litter-exercise-health-workout-a8278656.html

You will be ‘plogging’ in and around the wonderful Ping Shan Heritage Trail. Inhabited since the late 12th Century, the Ping Shan area of Hong Kong is located in the Northwest New Territories. The trail was inaugurated in 1993, and was the first of it’s kind in Hong Kong.

Important : Please make sure to bring a reusable water container for the plog. There is a water fountain at the Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Sports Centre, so we can top ourselves up with water during the journey!

Also make sure to bring sun protection, bug spray, suitable clothing as well as anything else you think you might need.

Date: Saturday, 25 August 2018

Time: 11am – 2pm

Place: Ping Shan, New Territories

Price: Free
RSVP is required, please follow this link to EventBrite

For more information, please email wastefreehongkong@gmail.com

About Waste Free Hong Kong: Established in Early 2018, WFHK has begun organising various cleanup activities across Hong Kong, the first ‘Plastic Attack’ in the city with the aim of building a better relationship with major chains with the hope of stronger dialogue, as well as building a relationship with various government bodies with the goal of working together to reduce the waste issue blighting our beautiful city.

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Kadoorie Farm Nature Education Volunteer Programme 2018

14 Aug

Have you or your friends or family ever thought of being a Nature Education Volunteer? Kadoorie Farm is receiving applications for their Nature Education Volunteer Training Course. The goal of this course is to equip people who want to make a committed contribution to environmental education.

In the training course, participants will gain environmental knowledge, interpretation and facilitation skills. In addition, they will have the opportunity to undertake a wide range of mindfulness exercises to increase their connection to nature. The course will be conducted mainly in Cantonese.

Date:
Interview Sessions in KFBG:
August 2018 (Monday to Saturday, 0900-1700) Time slots will be arranged by KFBG.

Training Workshop (Tuesdays 0900-1700):
11 September 2018
18 September 2018
26 September 2018 (Wednesday)
2 October 2018
9 October 2018

Registration: If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please complete the form by following this link

Application Deadline : 26 August 2018

About The Kadoorie Farm: The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives. Today, reflecting the changing times, KFBG plays an active role in promoting the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong and South China, allied with sustainable agriculture and creative nature education.

Their Mission: To harmonise our relationship with the environment.

Their Vision: A world in which people live sustainably with respect for each other and nature.

Their Values:
Sustainable Living
Appreciating the impact of our actions with regard to current and future generations.
Having awareness of our connection with the environment.
Valuing simple and responsible lifestyles.

Justice
Being fair and accountable. Valuing socially equitable systems that protect
the health of the planet, the people and their way of life.
Protect future generations.

Love
Having self-awareness and understanding of the inter-relationship of all things.
Having compassion and respect for all life. Recognising that outer discord
is a reflection of inner discord. Striving for inner silence.

Participation
Engaging mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually;
fostering respect for different viewpoints, openness, dialogue and teamwork.

Professionalism
Being a role model of caring, integrity, commitment, professional standards and
best practices for partners, organisations, individuals and communities.

Learning
Being adaptive and flexible to changing circumstances. Having a holistic outlook.
Being practical, objective, creative and insightful.

Happiness
Appreciating that our happiness lies in creating and sharing happiness with others.

homegrown_kadoorieVolunteering: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden’s (KFBG) conservation objectives are to help protect Hong Kong and Mainland China’s biodiversity while motivating people to act to care for our natural environment. If you are interested in devoting some time to environmental education and conservation, or, helping KFBG in various types of education programmes and to, generally assist with outdoor work in KFBG, please check out their volunteer page.

Or go and check it out for yourself. With an entrance fee of only $30 and a shop selling organic fruit and vegetables and eggs from their own farm, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is well worth a visit.

Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup Dive Program – RECRUITING DIVERS

9 Aug

Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup Dive Program – Eco Marine Team Diving Day – RECRUITING DIVERS (INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL GROUPS)

Eco Marine has received many requests from individuals that are not part of a diving group and smaller dive groups thats are too small to form a 10 person team to join their adventure cleanup dive program. That’s why Eco Marine has put together the Eco Marine Team Diving Day and are now inviting you to join their dive on 1 September! Eco Marine recommends this for individuals with minimum PADI AOW or equivalent dive qualification and with previous dive experience in Hong Kong waters. To register, please sign up on the google form link below.

Dive 1: Nature Appreciation Dive
The dive club will work together with all of its participating divers to conduct a simple ecological survey of the dive site, with the objective to create a dive site drawing/artwork and photo album showing the following:
* Site location
* Approximate depths
* Ecosystem – coral reef, rocky reef, mangroves, sand
* Dominant substrates – sand, coral, seagrass, rock, etc.
* Species encountered
Participants will use their skills and creativity to complete the above. The end product can be scientific, accurate, exaggerated, to scale, not to scale, artistic, creative, or some or all of the above. The objective is not to make a scientifically accurate map but for participants to notice and appreciate the ecological diversity and value of the dive site and to create something that is informative, fun, creative and unique to share with others.

Dive 2: Rubbish Challenge
Dive teams will work together to perform a cleanup dive. Participants should follow the cleanup protocol as briefed by their dive leader (dive leaders will attend a training/Q&A session with Eco Marine). The cleanup protocol will follow a simplified version of the Project Aware Dive Against Debris Protocol. This activity can serve as a good introduction to divers that may be interested to take the PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty Course in the future. Participants will weigh the trash collected and take note and photograph:
* Most common type of rubbish found
* Most interesting item of rubbish and why
* Most dangerous item of rubbish and why

Tackle and Source Solution:
What can the dive club do to tackle the marine waste and pollution at source? Agree with the team on what this is and incorporate into your dive team protocol/routine.
Artwork, photographs and cleanup report will be provided to Eco Marine for sharing by 7 October 2018. Eco Marine will host a casual happy hour and sharing session for participants in mid October where prizes will be awarded for:
* Best Dive Site Artwork
* Most Rubbish Collected (by weight)
* Best Photo related to Rubbish Challenge Dive
* Best Photo related to Nature Appreciation Dive
* Best Tackle at Source Solution

Date: Saturday, 1 September 2018

Time: 8:45am in Sai Kung Old Pier, return to pier at 5pm

Price:
Boat Fee for the day: $280 (Cost after subsidy by Ecomarine)
Rent BCD: $50 pcs
Rent Reg: $50 pcs
Rent full gear: $150 set (incl. Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Wetsuit, BCD and Regulator)

Sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/ZUQ6WpVb1RuiULOm1

Payment Method: Pay via bank transfer or EPS to Eco Marine: Hang Seng Bank 390-435030-883. Please upload payment slip in google form. Eco Marine will send you a confirmation email once your place is confirmed.

*Lunch is not provided. Participants are expected to bring their own lunch and eco-friendly utensils. No single use plastics.

For more information about the event, please visit Eco Marine’s Facebook page

About Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup : The Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup event series engages with different sports communities to tackle marine pollution. Each adventure cleanup event combines a healthy and fun sports adventure, an ecological activity or challenge, and a coastline or in water cleanup. Eco Marine aim is to engage sports communities in the conversation to tackle waste and challenge them to identify any opportunities in their sport to tackle the waste problem at source.

TWGHs Halloween Charity Run @ Disney

4 Aug


Are you a Disney fan? Are you a runner? If you like the two, then this charity run is for you.

TWGHs Halloween Charity Run will take place on 3 November at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. This will be the very first charity event within the Disneyland Resort, with runners passing through many themed lands as well as Disney friends including Mickey Mouse!

All funds raised will benefit TWGH’s Ho Yuk Ching Educational Psychology Centre in support of students with special needs such as reading disorder, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and depression.

Date: Saturday, 3 November 2018

Time:
Registration & Reception – 3:00pm
Kick-off Ceremony – 3:15pm
Charity Run – 4pm to 5pm
Charity Run Closure – 5.30pm
End of Event – 9:30pm

Place: Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Coach Park

Price: Aged 13 or above – 880
Aged 12 or below. Must be accompanied by at least one runner aged 18 or above. – $680

For more information on the race and how to register, please follow this link.

About Tung Wah Group of Hospitals:
TWGH is probably Hong Kong’s oldest charitable institution. The establishment of TWGHs can be traced back to Kwong Fook I-tsz, a small temple built at Tai Ping Shan Street on the Hong Kong Island in 1851 for people to house the spirit-tablets of their ancestors. As the temple was gradually taken by the sick and the destitute as a refuge, it became reeked with dirt and eventually aroused the concern of the Government and the public. Hence, a group of earnest Chinese community leaders proposed to raise funds and build a hospital in the neighbourhood. In 1869, $115,000 and a piece of land at Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan were granted by the then Governor MacDonnell. The first Chinese hospital in Hong Kong was finally built in 1870 through the enactment of the Tung Wah Hospital Ordinance. Prior to the establishment of the hospital, a temporary clinic was set up by the founding Directors near the hospital premises to offer free medical treatment to those in need. The hospital, named “Tung Wah Hospital”, was constructed in 1872 and started to provide free Chinese medicine services to the sick and the poor. It hence laid a foundation of the charitable work of TWGHs. To meet the imperative demand for medical services resulting from the rapid growth of population, Kwong Wah Hospital in Yaumatei, Kowloon and Tung Wah Eastern Hospital in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong were built and commenced operation in 1911 and 1929 respectively. In 1931, the 3 hospitals were amalgamated into the “Tung Wah Group of Hospitals” under the management of one Board of Directors.

Apart from medical care, TWGHs had been offering various social welfare and education services ever since its beginnings. When the hospital buildings were being constructed, remains were found on the site. A cemetery was then built by the founding Directors to re-bury those remains near the Slaughter House at Kennedy Town which started the Group’s provision of community services. It also started the immediate provision of alms to the needy. It provided assistance to victims whenever there were disasters, and even extended its relief work to mainland China. In 1880, TWGHs started its first free school at the Chung Wah College adjacent to Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road with the donation income of the temple used to provide free education to the poor. In 1941, with the outbreak of the Pacific War, TWGHs insisted to provide limited medical services in Tung Wah Hospital and Kwong Wah Hospital. It also helped undertake rebuilding work including repatriation of refugees, provision of free food and clothing, taking care of the wounded and burying the dead. Medical services of TWGHs were resumed after the war. In the 1950s and 1960s, TWGHs further established primary and secondary schools and embarked on the development of formal and systematic social welfare services.

With gradual evolution over the past hundred years, TWGHs has now developed into a well-established charitable organization in Hong Kong with a huge recurrent expenditure largely subvented by the Government and only a small portion covered by service users. As TWGHs needs to shoulder the shortfall in funding as well as the cost for developing new services by raising funds from the public, holding fund-raising activities has become imperative to sustain the financial well-being of the Group. To serve the community better, TWGHs will continue to dedicate its efforts in providing diversified and high quality services for the people of Hong Kong in the years to come.

2018 SHK Vertical Run

30 Jul


The 7th Vertical Run will take place on 2 December 2018. This is a stair-climbing race as well as a vertical run. Participants will start on level 8 of ICC and finish at the sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck on level 100 after climbing 2,120 steps or 364 meters.

The International Commerce Centre (ICC) was selected to host the vertical run in Hong Kong because it is currently the tallest building in the city with a 360-degree view of Hong Kong over Victoria Harbour.

Date: Sunday, 2 December 2018
3 August 2018 – Early Bird Registration Deadline
7 September 2018 – Special Registration Deadline
2 November 2018 – Standard Registration Deadline

Time: 8:30am – 4pm

Place: International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon

Price: Please see chart below

For more information on race requirements etc. please visit their website

About Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP): Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) puts its long-standing belief in ‘Building Homes with Heart’ into practice, on the one hand by developing residences of the finest quality and offering first-class service to its customers, and also by contributing to the good of the community. By actively promoting reading and holistic development, healthy and sustainable living and care for the underprivileged, we strive to make Hong Kong a better home for everyone.

First introduced in Hong Kong in 2012, ‘SHKP Vertical Run for Charity’ is a charitable fundraising activity to encourage healthy living and giving among Hong Kong. ‘SHKP Vertical Run for Charity’ was held at two locations in 2014, including International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong (Race to Hong Kong ICC) and International Financial Centre in Shanghai (Race to Shanghai IFC), and have attracted near 14,000 runners throughout the years. Other major community initiatives include the SHKP Reading Club, SHKP Building Homes with Heart Caring Initiative, SHKP Love Nature Campaign and a guided tour programme to promote inclusion and care for the needy.

About Vertical World Circuit (VWC): The Vertical World Circuit (VWC) is a unique project conceived by the International Skyrunning Federation, in which some of the most iconic skyscraper races are joined in a circuit with the participation of the world’s top specialists and thousands of passionate enthusiasts. A points system determines the Champion title and cash prizes to the winners at the final. Nine races stretch across the globe including Seoul, Paris, New York, Manila, Beijing, Osaka and London. SHKP initiates two races, respectively at Shanghai IFC and the Grand Finale at Hong Kong ICC where the 2018 VWC champions will be crowned.

About Community Chest of Hong Kong: The Community Chest of Hong Kong was established in 1968 as an independent, non-profit making organisation neither funded, nor operated by the Government. Each year, the Chest organises fund-raising events to benefit over 160 member social welfare agencies that reach out to more than two million beneficiaries in Hong Kong in six major areas of services: children & youth, elderly, family & child welfare, medical & health, rehabilitation & aftercare, and community development. The Chest’s administrative expenses come from a subsidised grant from our partner-in-charity, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, in addition to income from investments. This allows the Chest to allocate 100% of funds raised to charitable use; this operations model makes the Chest unique among its peers, and helps fulfil its mission to act as trustee of the donors.

About Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS): The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) works to promote a just and inclusive society by promoting collaborative efforts among NGOs in service planning and development, facilitating cross-sectoral partnership, advocating equality, justice, social integration and a caring community. The Council has now become an umbrella organisation of over 460 Agency Members, that provide over 90% of the social welfare services for those in need through 3,000 service units all over Hong Kong.

Update on Macau greyhounds

28 Jul

There was good news for the 500+ greyhounds from the now closed Macau Canidrome. On Friday Angela Leong On-kei – one of Macau’s most powerful businesswomen and fourth wife of gaming tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun, and owner of the Canidrome – joined hands with redoubtable animal rights activist Albano Martins to announce the creation of a new International Centre for the Rehoming of Greyhounds on a plot of land not far from the glitzy casino towers of the Cotai Strip.

This facility with on-call vets, a medical centre, air-conditioned living quarters, toilets, and indoor and outdoor activity areas, all built to international standards will be a home for the greyhounds until they find new homes or to live out their lives.

Please follow this link to the SCMP article.

If you are interested in adopting one of the greyhounds, please follow this link to the blogpost on the subject.

Cocktails for Elephants

25 Jul


Animals Asia invites you to a special cocktail event in celebration of World Elephant Day on 18 August. Guests will have a chance to hear about one of our projects, the Elephant Conservation Centre in Dak Lak, Vietnam and ask questions whilst enjoying freeflow drinks and canapes. We will be featuring Meraki’s, vegan line products, cork made wallets and handbags. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase these pieces and speak with Yosha Gupta, founder of Meraki, about what inspired her to create a vegan line. 70% of each purchase will go directly to Animals Asia to help the Elephant Conservation Centre.

Date: Saturday, 18 August 2018

Time: 5-8pm

Place: Tung Hip Commercial Building 15/F, 252 Des Voeux Road Central

Price: $250 + handling charge
To register for this event, please follow this link to EventBrite

About Animals Asia Foundation: Founded in 1998, Animals Asia promotes compassion and respect for all animals and works to bring about long-term change. We work to end the barbaric bear bile trade, which sees over 10,000 bears kept on bile farms in China, and, according to official figures, about 1,200 suffering the same fate in Vietnam.

Animals Asia has rescued over 500 bears, caring for them at its award-winning bear sanctuaries in China and Vietnam.

Animals Asia also works to end the trade in dogs and cats for food in China and Vietnam, and lobbies to improve the welfare of companion animals, promote humane population management and prevent the cross border export of “meat dogs” in Asia.

In addition, Animals Asia campaigns for an end to abusive animal practices in zoos and safari parks in Asia, and works closely with governing authorities to improve animal management and increase awareness of the welfare needs of captive animals.