Run for Survival 2018

21 Jan

Be a Conservation Hero and brace up to the challenges
Get rid of plastics to stand up for the oceans

Join Run for Survival, all donations raised will be used to support Asian wildlife conservation efforts of the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong.


Run For Survival is open to the public, and includes a 10km Time Challenge race and 3km Fun Run. There are fascinating checkpoints on race court as well as game booths filled with conservation elements.

Date: Sunday, 4 March 2017

Time: 9am – 2pm

Place: Hong Kong Science Park

Price: Register before 22 January and benefit from the early bird discount

Plus
The first 600 individual/family registrations will receive an umbrella dryer case
The first 200 registrants of 10km Time Challenge will receive a pair of Xtenex shoelaces
The first 200 registrants of 3km Fun Run will receive an Aimore sports bottle
All participants will receive a Truegrasses A4 folder

Register now by following this link

About Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong: OPCFHK is committed to advocating, facilitating and participating in effective conservation of Asian wildlife, with an emphasis on Chinese white dolphins and giant pandas, as well as their habitats through partnerships, fundraising, research and education. It envisions a world where Asian wildlife remains biologically diverse under the stewardship of humans, corporations and governments.

Since its expansion in 2005, OPCFHK has allocated over $80 million to fund 479 research projects on cetaceans, giant pandas and many other species. In 2015/16, OPCFHK is funding three key projects to monitor and understand the population and habitat of Chinese white dolphins, whilst continuing the operation of the Marine Mammal Stranding Response Team in Hong Kong and providing samples to local universities and the Chinese White Dolphin DNA Bank in China, in order to develop an effective conservation plan for the species. Giant panda conservation efforts were extended from infrastructure rebuilding after earthquake to conservation study, capacity building and habitat restoration in the three provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu. It also inspires university students to engage in field work as part of its University Student Sponsorship Programme in Wildlife Conservation, and connects secondary school students as well as corporations to horseshoe crab conservation efforts in Hong Kong through the rearing and fostering programme.

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Hong Kong Sports Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability

20 Jan

Hong Kong Sports Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability was founded in 1978 by a group of professionals who wanted to serve persons with intellectual disability (ID).

As the only organisation in Hong Kong offering sports activities to persons with intellectual disability, HKSAPID today has over a hundred agency members and thousands of registered athletes and participants.

HKSAPID became the official member of The International Federation for Intellectual Impairment Sport (INAS) in 1996. In Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, their athletes won the gold and silver medals in table tennis women’s singles and women’s long jump respectively; a silver medal was also attained in table tennis demonstration in Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. The swimming and athletics teams also achieved prominent results in competitions around the world. After 12 years, ID athletes are finally re-included in the Paralympics and 7 local ID athletes gained the qualification slots to the London 2012 Paralympics. They competed with worldwide elites in table tennis and swimming and won 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.

HKSAPID athletes won 1 gold and 1 bronze medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Swimmer TANG Wai Lok broke his personal best and the Paralympic Records with 01:56:32 in Class S14 Men’s 200m Freestyle and won the first-ever gold medal in swimming for Hong Kong.

What you can do to help:
The Hong Kong Sports Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability endeavors to promote social inclusion and spread the message of community partnership through the development of volunteer services.

HKSAPID organizes different kinds of sports activities for persons with intellectual disability (ID), aiming to fully develop their potential in sports, to cultivate a positive attitude in sportsmanship and to facilitate their integration into our community. They are most grateful to have the passionate support of their volunteers who contribute greatly to their activities.

HKSAPID provides training and development programmes as well as other social activities for their volunteers in order to enhance their understanding towards persons with intellectual disability and their sense of belongings. To recognize the contribution of their volunteers, all registered volunteers will be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation based on their hours committed.

HKSAPID welcomes those who are interested to serve intellectual disabled athletes to join them as their volunteer! Interested parties can complete the Volunteer Registration Online Form (Chinese Version only) and return to HKSAPID. For enquiries, please contact Mr. Ben Cheung at 2161 9505.

PathFinders

15 Jan

PathFinders Limited is an independent, secular and non-partisan humanitarian services organisation with tax-exempt charitable status in Hong Kong.

Since their founding in 2008, PathFinders has helped over 4,800 of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable babies, children and migrant women. Over 10% of the children Pathfinders has served would, but for PathFinders, have been at extreme risk of abuse, neglect, even trafficking.

Mission
To ensure that the most vulnerable children born in Hong Kong, and their migrant mothers, are respected and protected.

Vision
For all children to be respected and protected.

Values
PathFinders’ approach is non-judgmental, respectful, passionate, courageous, empathetic, discreet and collaborative.

Why does Hong Kong need PathFinders?
The babies, children and women that PathFinders help are either not supported, or are inadequately supported, by Hong Kong’s existing public welfare, healthcare and access to justice structures. In effect, they fall through the cracks of Hong Kong’s otherwise world class social welfare safety nets.

Who does PathFinders help?
PathFinders helps pregnant, migrant women (principally current or former foreign domestic workers) in distress and their Hong Kong-born children. Despite legal protections, too many of these women are unlawfully fired once their pregnancy is announced or discovered. In 2016, 88% of the fathers were in Hong Kong. Once their employment is terminated, these pregnant women immediately become homeless. Within two weeks they lose access to all public welfare support. Now destitute, they and their babies are among the most vulnerable and underserved people in Hong Kong.

What you can do to help
Volunteer: PathFinders is looking for motivated and passionate volunteers to help vulnerable children and their migrant mothers. Join PathFinders to make a unique and valuable contribution to our community. How you can help:
* Workshop Facilitator
* Supplies Coordinator
* Outreach Ambassador
To learn more about PathFinders’ stories, services, and other volunteer opportunities, to their Meet and Greet volunteer workshop.

Check out the calendar by following this link and sign up for PathFinders’ upcoming events. Join PathFinders to make a difference!


Donate Supplies: PathFinders collect and distribute pre-loved and new baby supplies to migrant mothers and children who desperately need our support. PathFinders gladly accepts donations of the following items for distribution to their clients:
* Newborn and children’s clothes (size up to 2 years)
* Baby blankets
* Baby carriers, baby slings and wraps
* Disposable diapers (up to 1yrs/11kg)
* Lightweight foldable pushchairs (See our ‘Pushchairs for PathFinders‘ collection campaign!)
* Baby milk formula (newborn to 1 yr) – expired baby food is not accepted.
* Maternity clothes
Please ensure that all donated items are dry, clean and in good condition.
Include your name, telephone number and email address inside each of your donation bags/boxes.

Drop Off Locations
PathFinders’ Office – Unit 2D, Worldwide Centre, 123 Tung Chau Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon (Map)
(Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm)
Volunteer’s Home – C4, 101 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong (contact tel: 60441268 or victoria@pathfinders.org.hk to organise drop off)

Volunteer for the HER Fund

10 Jan

HER Fund was set up on March 8, 2004 by a group of committed women activists in honour of International Women’s Day. Their main objective is to raise funds and give grants to support work by women, with women and for women in Hong Kong. Next to this, an important aspect of their work is to raise awareness of women’s position and rights in Hong Kong.

Women’s organizations in Hong Kong have been working hard to strive for gender equality. Over the years, they have significantly raised women’s status in society. However, many of them are finding it increasingly difficult to secure funding to continue their valuable work. In late 2001, several long-time women activists in Hong Kong embarked on a project to set up a women’s fund. The idea received support from Mama Cash (Netherlands), Global Fund for Women (USA) and the Hong Kong Women’s Coalition on Equal Opportunities. In 2002, the group undertook a study on the funding needs of women NGOs in Hong Kong and in 2003, Hong Kong Women’s Fund (Preparatory Committee) was formally registered as a society. In 2004, the society set up HER Fund Limited. They received their charity status and tax exemption (IR File No.: 91/7393) in June 2005.

HER Belief:
HER Fund believes in the wisdom and capacity of women to determine their needs and aspirations and to develop strategies to achieve them.

HER Vision:
HER Fund envisions a society that will secure and promote the human rights for all, without discrimination on any grounds, and in all areas of life and work.

HER Mission:
HER Fund mobilizes resources and invests in empowering women and girls to create change in communities for gender equality.

HER Work:
HER Fund advances women and girls’ rights through grant-making, capacity building and resource development. They give financial grants to improve the situation and protect the human rights of marginalized and grassroots women.

What you can do to help:
Are you looking for a meaningful way to explore and share your unique talents?
Become a HER Fund Volunteer and give a gift of time to help them promote the human rights for all women. HER Fund would greatly appreciate any help you can offer!

Professional support: HER Fund needs talented volunteers to give them advice and support help them in communication, marketing, fund raising, IT support, accounts, financial analysis, etc.

Programmes support: Assist HER Fund at fundraising events and educational programmes, including photoshooting, video recording, reception, etc.

Office support: Assist HER Fund in data entry and administrative work during office hours.

Free support: You can help translate documents, typesetting, designing, etc. at home at anytime.

If you are interested in volunteering, please follow this link to download the application form.

Knit blankets for Charity

5 Jan

Lizzie Bee Foundation Ltd is a Hong Kong registered Charity who develops and delivers art workshops brining art, artist and community together.

One of Lizzie Bee’s projects is the United Nations of Knitters
These are knitting sessions in which you make blankets for people in need. Are you a beginner or a complete novice? Please come, Lizzie Bee will teach you how to knit and it is pretty easy too.

Lizzie Bee’s sessions are twice a month on a Wednesday from 7.00-9.00pm at PMQ, studio H307

Spaces are limited so follow this link to sign up.

Date: Wednesdays

Time: 7-9pm

Place: PMQ, studio H307, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central

About Lizzie Bee: Lizzie Bee Foundation Ltd is a Hong Kong registered Charity who develops and delivers art workshops brining art, artist and community together.

Lizzie Bee workshops
They believe that art and making art can trigger change. Therefore everyone should have access to meaningful art projects in order to promote education, empower communities, enhance lives and encourage positive social impact.

Within this service Lizzie Bee provides, sets up the art workshops but also advise other organisations in grant-writing, fundraising and strategic planning.

Lizzie Bee website
Lizzie Bee would also like this website to be a useful tool by providing all sorts of resources such as information about grants, useful tools, inspiring art projects and news of other Arts & Health organisations.

If you would like to add something to their site, please feel free to contact Lizzie Bee.

A Purposeful Evening with John Wood, Founder of Room to Read

31 Dec

John Wood, Founder of Room to Read has just completed his third book. Called Purpose Incorporated: Turning Cause into Your Competitive Advantage, the book launch will take place on Thursday, 25 January 2018 from 6 – 8pm at Grand Harbour Ballroom of the fabulous Four Seasons Hotel.

100% of the author profits from the book will go to to Room to Read, with the goal of sponsoring at least 10 libraries serving over 4,000 eager young readers. To help in this quest, HKBN and Goldman Sachs have set the event up so that any profits from ticket sales will also go to Room to Read, with the hope of funding the first library before the evening is over.

Come for a fun night of networking, purposeful discussion and of course, fabulous food and drinks! The ticket price also includes a signed copy of the book.

The invitation and a brief summation/excerpt from the opening chapters of the new book are both attached here.

For any further enquiries, please contact louisa.berry@roomtoread.org.

Date: Thursday, 25 January 2018

Time: 6-8pm

Place: Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central

Price: $500 + EventBrite fees
Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite

About Room to Read: Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

room to read 2To achieve this goal, Room to Read focuses on two areas where they believe Room to Read can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond by building and stocking libraries, building bright ventilated classrooms, publishing books in the local language, training educators and providing one-on-one support to teachers, and supporting girls to stay in school by providing material support—such as school fees, clean uniforms or transportation, in addition to mentoring and life skills training to help girls succeed in the classroom and beyond.

room to read john-woodFor more information please visit their website.

Green Power

26 Dec

Green Power was founded in 1988 by a group of dedicated volunteers who were concerned about local environmental problems. Since their formation, they have been promoting environmental education as they believe education is the ultimate means of transforming thinking and behaviour.

Here are a few examples of projects Green Power is involved in

Hong Kong’s First Coral Transplant Project:
Hong Kong has a long coastline and as many as 84 species of hard corals; one tenth of the total number of reef-building corals in the world. Corals are known as the “tropical forests” of the ocean as they provide complex microhabitats for many marine species to shelter and breed, enriching the marine ecology.

However, corals are very vulnerable to adverse impacts and require high water quality. Slight changes in sea water temperature, salinity or clarity can lead to their bleaching or even their death. Observations made by Green Power divers reveal that the number of hard corals and their related ecosystems have been decreasing in recent years. For example, at Double Island, Sai Kung, the coral population has declined by up to 80% in the last decade. There are various reasons for this reduction, including global warming, pollution, net fishing and leisure water sports, which all affect corals to different degrees.

As hard corals grow and recover rather slowly, they are hard rebuild from damage through natural regeneration alone. However, artificial transplants can accelerate their recovery. Places around the world such as Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore have all succeeded in artificial transplantation. Now, Hong Kong is carrying out its first project.

The first step of artificial coral transplantation is to collect suitable corals from other areas. In order not to harm the original coral colonies, divers will only collect coral fragments that have fallen off due to a variety of reasons such as typhoon damage. Divers will check the health status and species of the coral fragments, and transplants can be conducted upon suitability being confirmed. As corals can reproduce asexually, when divers fix the coral fragments in suitable target growing locations, the fragments will grow slowly and achieve restoration eventually.

Green Power working with Eco-education & Resources Centre and a group of local divers, carried out its first artificial coral transplant in June 2014. The present stage is rather experimental, focusing near Double Island. 1,500 square metres of hard corals are expected to be restored in 3 to 5 years.

Black Kite Surveyors:
Black Kite is the most common raptor in Hong Kong, which is one of the few places around the world where you can see this bird close in the urban area. Yeung Chau, a 5-hectare uninhabited small island opposite Sai Kung Pier, is a major habitat of Black Kite. Over 400 individuals have been recorded on the island. White-bellied Sea Eagle, a Second Grade National Protected Species, is also observed. Only 10 to 14 pairs of the species are known across Hong Kong. Unfortunately, the government has previously proposed developing Yeung Chau into a tourism spot. The island is also favoured by war gamers. The local birds are seriously threatened.

Since 2017, Green Power has been recruiting secondary school teachers and students to form a Black Kite Surveyor Team. After classroom and outdoor training and assessment, the qualified surveyors will regularly record the numbers and behaviour of Black Kites on Yeung Chau. The ecological databank will be used to advocate the designation of Yeung Chau as a nature reserve to protect the species in the long term.

River Monitoring Teams:
River Monitoring Teams consist of secondary school teachers and students, monitor six major local rivers: Lam Tsuen River, Kam Tin River, Tung Chung River, Shan Pui River, Shing Mun River and Tuen Mun River. Green Power members visit the upper, middle and lower courses and estuaries of the monitored rivers, collecting water samples to measure the river’s environmental information and observe its ecology. The data collected can help compare the changes in water quality and environment, thus, playing a valuable monitoring role.

Furthermore, given the Government’s Tung Chung New Town Expansion Project, Green Power has been dedicated to monitoring the Tung Chung River in recent years. They collect environmental data at different sections and estuaries of the river so as to monitor the impact of the New Town Expansion Project on the river and to provide required statistics for the conservation of the Tung Chung River.

Volunteer: If you are interested in volunteering to help Green Power in their efforts, please contact Green Power at info@greenpower.org.hk