Families Walking for Families

23 Sep

mothers-choiceYou’re invited to the Mother’s Choice annual Walkathon: Families Walking for Families on Sunday, 30th October 2016!

Please join Mother’s Choice and walk together to give hope and raise funds to ensure every child in Hong Kong is in a loving family, surrounded by a supportive community.

Mother’s Choice can’t serve girls and babies in Hong Kong without you! They need to raise HK$3M to continue to provide services to children, youth, and families in crisis in our community.

Sign up today to walk and fundraise for Mother’s Choice!

The Walk: Child-friendly and fun!
4km walk along Bowen Fitness trail (start and end at Island School)
Choose your start time: 10:00am, 11:00am, and 12:00pm

The walk will be followed by a carnival from 11:00am-3:00pm. Join Mother’s Choice at Island School for games, food, craft, performances, and more!

Spaces are limited, so please sign up early!

Date: Sunday, 30th October 2016

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Place: Island School

Price: HK$150 per person (aged 4 and above)
Spaces are limited, so please sign up early!

To register please follow this link.

mothers-choice-logoAbout Mother’s Choice: Their story starts in 1987 when founders Ranjan & Phyllis Marwah, and Gary & Helen Stephens, moved by a series of articles in the newspaper about the alarming numbers of teenage crisis pregnancies in Hong Kong, were stirred to action.

The news article reported that approximately 35-40% of the hundreds of girls going to Shenzhen every week were already in their last trimester. There was an obvious need with no one visibly responding, even though people were actually aware of the circumstances of the girls going to Shenzhen for late term abortions. The founders knew that these babies could live given the good and proper medical attention available in Hong Kong – they just needed to find the space and funding to give these girls real options. So together with the support of their friends and the community, they began the work of Mother’s Choice.

Starting with just one borrowed room and no experience but motivated to give back to this city that they love, Mother’s Choice has since helped over 51,000 single girls, cared for 3,600 babies and assisted with 1,400 successful adoption cases.

The 22nd Kadoorie Brothers Memorial Race

18 Sep

kadoorieThe race is held in memory of the Kadoorie brothers, Lord Lawrence and Sir Horace.

The length of the course is 5.3 km and rises steeply uphill along roads through various sections of Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden, finishing at the Kadoorie Brothers Memorial Pavilion (602 m). It is a tough and rewarding uphill race.

Participants must be 7 years of age or older / Entry for the Race is limited to 230 participants. If the race is over-subscribed, eligibility will be allocated by lucky draw.

kadoorie 2Date: Sunday, 18 December 2016

Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm

Place: Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden, Lam Kam Road, Tai Po

Price: No entrance fee will be charged for the race. There will be a donation box at the registration counter and we hope participants and the accompanying guests would consider donating between HK$100-300 to support our Conservation and Education Programmes.

To register for this race, please visit the Kadoorie Farm website

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.

Run for AIDS to ZERO

13 Sep
UNICEF 2016

UNICEF 2016

UNICEF Charity Run, organized by the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) and supported by the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association (HKAAA), is marching toward its 11th anniversary. Based on a decade of successful experiences, the Charity Run will be held again at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Lantau Island. It is not only an annual flagship fundraising event for UNICEF HK, but also the second largest long-distance running event in Hong Kong, as recognized by AIMS and HKAAA, judging from its participant number.

With the support of over 98,000 participants and donors’ generous contributions since 2006, the Charity Run has raised more than HK$95.5 million to support UNICEF’s ‘Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS’ global campaign in developing countries, aiming to eliminate the mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Date: Sunday, 27 November 2016

Time: Depending on distance and group, start times will vary. Please visit their event page for more information.

Place: Hong Kong Disneyland Car Park

Price: $520 (individual male or female), $350 (Child (aged 11-13), Junior 1 (aged 14-15)), Family (HK$2,000 per group)

Enrolment deadline: 7 October 2016 (Friday). To enroll please fo to their website.

Space is limited. Enrolment is on a first-come-first-served basis. The Organizer reserves the right to close entries before the deadline without prior notice.
An announcement will be made on their website when the quota is full.
Enrolment will be confirmed immediately once an online payment is completed successfully. Please finish the application within 45 minutes.

About UNICEF: UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything they do. Together with their partners, they work in 190 countries and territories in order to translate that commitment into practical actions, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, for the benefit of all children, everywhere.

The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) was founded in 1986 and was established as an independent local non-government organization to raise funds through public donations, partnerships with companies, special events, etc. to support UNICEF‘s works. UNICEF HK also promotes and advocates for children’s rights through organizing education and youth programmes in Hong Kong. Learn more from UNICEF HK.

Green Hub

9 Sep

Welcome to the Green Hub, a centre for sustainable living.

Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) was selected by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2010 to transform the heritage site, in Hong Kong’s New Territories, into a “Green Hub for Sustainable Living” under Batch II of the “Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme” (Revitalisation Scheme).

green hub 2The Green Hub has reimagined the Old Tai Po Police Station, a Grade 1 listed historic building built in 1899, to demonstrate how we can live sustainably while at the same time respecting nature and respecting each other. Visitors are invited to enjoy their locally-sourced, healthy food; join one of their transformative educational courses; learn about community events; engage with a network of community members who care about living lightly on our planet; and experience the beauty of this tranquil heritage site.

The Green Hub offers solutions to the challenges facing us in finding harmony with the natural world. Such challenges include the widespread disconnection between people and nature, over-population, an economic order that demands limitless growth, and over-exploits biodiversity and resources, causing the collapse of ecosystems, runaway climate change, and endangers our food security.

The Green Hub’s role is to “help people help themselves” by seeking a lifestyle in tune with nature and with their local community, and for us all to lead lower-carbon lives.

What you can do to help
green hub
Volunteers at the Green Hub enrich and enhance the life of Green Hub and play a vital role in supporting a wide range of sustainable living educational programmes and conservation work. Volunteers are a valued and integral part of Green Hub. Their volunteers donate a range of talents and skills to promote sustainable living and assist our daily operation. Green Hub hopes that you can both enjoy and learn from your volunteer experience at Green Hub.
Volunteers Opportunities
– Education programmes and activities
– Low carbon catering
– Co-op Market
– Gardening
– Visitor Centre

Requirement
– Hong Kong citizen aged 18 or above
– Appreciate sustainable lifestyle
– Interested in nature and heritage conservationGood presentation and communication skills
– Able to speak fluent Cantonese, basic English and Mandarin
– Able to attend their Volunteer Induction Day are preferred.

Date for the next Volunteer Induction Day : 24 September 2016

Time: 2:00 – 4:40pm

Place: Green Hub, 11 Wan Tau Kok Lane, Tai Po, Hong Kong

To find out more and to register for the Volunteer Induction Day, please follow this link and visit their website.

Little Philanthropist Presents Toy Sale and Drive

7 Sep

Little Philanthropist volunteers have organized a “Giving Box” where you can purchase a toy on behalf of a child. The Little Philanthropist, with the help of the charity organizers, will distribute the toys to the children suffering from cancer after the event has completed. Any toys remaining at the end of the event will be distributed to local orphanages in Hong Kong & Crossroads Foundation.

little philanthropistCurrently, the Little Philanthropist has received over 10,000 NEW toys, games, books and sporting goods from donors, and more are still coming in. All products are new and from famous brands around the world. Most toys that will be at this event cannot even be purchased in Hong Kong.

You can’t miss out!

The best part is that all of these toys are at a fraction of the retail price. To make it simple for the children organizing the event and a benefit for the attendees, all toys regardless of their retail value will be $30.

Face painting, games, popcorn, food and beverages will also be $30

Each raffle ticket will be $30.

Retail pricing range for the toys, games, books and sporting goods the Little Philanthropist have received is between $100.00 HKD and $3000.00 HKD. The Little Philanthropist have also received over $10,000 in Food and Beverage vouchers which they will be raffling off during this fantastic event.

Act fast, early birds get a discount!

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At the door for full price. To purchase tickets, please visit their website or buy them online from Eventbrite. Due to the popularity of this event and resource to manage the computers, it would be great if people can purchase tickets in advance to make it easier on the ‘Little Philanthropist’.

Date: Saturday, 24 September 2016

Time: 12-6pm

Place: HH Space Hang Hau (Location may change due to popularity of the event) – Lot 146, Hang Hau Road, Hang Hau, Sai Kung

Price: $100 for the entry ticket ($200 at the door), vouchers at $30 each.

little philanthropist 2About The Little Philanthropist : Little Philanthropist is a project based organisation that centers its mission around their young ambassadors and how they would like to combine helping their local community and driven learning. The children are involved from the ideation progress, thinking together about who, what and how they want to contribute to the charities of their choice, to organising and learning on the way in what it means do large and small scale projects.

Little Philanthropist is about making friends, life skills and improving the community we all enjoy and care about.

Little Philanthropist is a nonprofit educational organisation located in Sai Kung, Hong Kong. Their mission is to educate, inspire and engage children in philanthropy while encouraging them to touch the hearts and minds of others one idea at a time!

To learn more about Little Philanthropist, what they do, and what you can do to help, follow their Facebook page.

Ark Eden 10 year Anniversary Party

2 Sep

A message from Ark Eden:
Ark Eden is turning 10 years old.
And an adventure is about to unfold.

Following the path that meanders through the jungle,
Over stick insects and snakes you must not stumble!

Away from the concrete city you could be no further,
And suddenly, you’ll discover a party that is just like no other!

Both young and old we have as our friends,
So we’re going to celebrate like the night will never end!

We have shared our joy, we have shared our tears
But this year we begin to shed our fears.

Following our heads, hands and heart,
And listening to nature with all its wisdom to impart,

We steer consciously and whole heartedly into a new decade,
Remembering how our passion for the environment drives this crusade.

With the valley as our precious home,
And music blasting from our new eco-dome,

We invite you to come share this precious night with us
Bring more than you can drink so we can share the surplus.

We have treasured your friendship and support
And we promise that laughter, dance, music and love will not come short.

FAQs
Can I stay overnight?
Yes! Ark Eden can provide camping tents for those who would like to stay overnight on Lantau at the small cost of $250 per tent. Please bring your own sleeping bags and roll mats. They have a limited supply of tents so please let them know in advance to reserve them.

What are my transport/parking options getting to and from the event?
Option1 – Ferry from Central pier 6 to Mui Wo
Option 2 – Bus #3M from Tung Chung to Mui Wo pier, or market Once at Mui Wo, walk towards Silvermine Beach, where you will come across Silvermine Hotel Resort. The path will be chalked with arrows, so follow the arrows through Wang Tong Village and up the forest path to Ark Eden!
Please contact organisers to receive a map of the location. The last ferry leaving Mui Wo to Central departs 11.30pm, and 3.40am.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?
To bring: Your own drinks, some pot luck food to share with the community, mosquito spray, dancing shoes! Roll mat and sleeping bag if you plan on camping at Ark Eden.
What Ark Eden will provide: Music, DJ’s, entertainment, kitchen space and utensils, ice boxes. Tents, if you choose to stay night!

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact Jenny at arkeden@gmail.com
Or Jasmine at Jasmine@arkedenonlantau.com

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes, sure!

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Please bring a copy of your ticket, ideally on your phone, no wasted paper!

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?
Yep, no problem!

ark-eden-10year-anniversary-party-77Date: Saturday, 10 September 2016

Time: 8pm – 2am

Place: Ark Eden, Mui Wo – 11 Tung Hang Mei , Mui Wo, Lantau

Price: $279.38
Please register on Eventbrite by following this link.

About Ark Eden: Ark Eden presents Lantau Island as a living, world-class natural environmental wonder within China and Asia and suggests how its natural assets can be used to benefit education, local communities, Hong Kong residents and overseas visitors — all of us.

Ark Eden aims to preserve the island’s ecological, geographical, historical and cultural heritage by following a sustainable lifestyle and by providing inspiring educational and eco-tourism opportunities for children, adults, residents and tourists.

Ark Eden does this through a series of integrated workshops, field trips and camps designed to lead every participant towards a better understanding of the environment and what everyone’s role is in conservation, preservation and sustainability.

The Prisoners’ Friends’ Association

23 Aug

pfa

The Prisoners’ Friends’ Association (PFA) began in 1982 at the suggestion of the Commissioner of the Correctional Services Department (CSD). It was founded to recruit volunteer prison visitors to visit prisoners who had no one visiting them.

PFA’s aim is to give a service of friendship to prisoners and their families by providing regular visits, correspondence and meeting legitimate needs. By this means their aim is to help the prisoners and their families to cope with the imprisonment and to work towards rehabilitation and adjustment to society afterwards, and thus to contribute to a reduction in crime. Within the context of being a Prisoners’ Friend to suggest, encourage and support measures to improve prison conditions and the welfare of the prisoners and their families,

PFA is a voluntary organisation. It is run by an elected Executive Committee. It is not aligned or related to any religious body or other organization. Although the visitors’ pass is issued by the Correctional Services Department and Police and although PFA has to co-operate with them and abide by their rules, the association is an independent body.

What you can do to help
Become a Prison Visitor. For being a Prison Visitor, you need to apply for a pass which allows you to enter any prison in Hong Kong and have an open visit with a prisoner. Before such a pass is issued, it is necessary for the authorities to carry out a security check on you. In fact it is the same check that is applied to those who work inside the prisons. No formal qualifications are required. The main qualification is the ability to be a good friend. Prison Visitors are of different nationalities and religions. They are from all walks of life, of different ages and with varied interests. No specific qualifications are essential to join the association though obviously some people are more suitable than others. Applicants are required to complete application forms. It is a unlikely that anyone with a prison record will be permitted to visit prisons here and so he/she would not generally be issued with a pass.

Become a Pen Friend. Letters mean a very great deal to those cut off from the world in a prison environment. Brightly colored, or interesting cards can bring joy and do not take too long to write. Letters and cards are evidence to the prisoner that someone has thought of him, someone cares and there is a contact outside to whom he can respond. Furthermore, other prisoners look down on a prisoner with no letter whiles, those with mail and visitors are looked up to. So by writing to a prisoner, who previously had no letters, you can open an unexpectedly wide dimension to their lives.

For more information about membership and the application processes, please visit PFA’s website.