IAPF Damien Mander Live – Frontlines of the Ivory Wars

16 Feb

Only a few weeks ago Hong Kong was thrust onto the world conservation stage following a massive haul in elephant ivory and pangolin scales. Asia may be the end game for these threatened species, but Africa is where the frontlines are drawn. Come and hear the story of the battle being waged and the unique approach from the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (www.iapf.org) which is having devastating effects on poaching syndicates in Zimbabwe through the empowerment of women and local communities.

BBC video on IAPF and the Akashinga program – Viewed 15 million times on social media

Event opens 6pm, lecture starts around 7pm.

Damien spent his 20s in the Royal Australian Navy, risking his life to protect others – first as a Naval clearance diver, then as a sniper in an elite special forces unit. By 2009, burned out after three years in Iraq, he bought a one-way ticket to Africa for his next mission: Military skills to fight poaching.

For 7 years the team fought for wildlife using traditional methods. It worked but Mander felt it was not sustainable, believing there had to be another way. By 2017 and frustrated, he found himself forming the first nature reserve in the world to be managed and protected by women.

The recruits were survivors of domestic violence, single mothers, abandoned wives, and AIDS orphans. The instructors were skeptical, but the results spoke for themselves, as along the way the team made more than 100 arrests. Opinions and stereotypes were rapidly shattered in the male-dominated industry.

Hear about the team’s efforts in helping to protect the world’s second largest elephant population in Zimbabwe.

Date: Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Time: 6:00 – 8:30pm

Place: Oolaa, 1-9 Bridges Street, Central

Price: $300
To buy tickets please follow this link.

Ticket entry includes meeting Damien and his presentation on helping to protect the worlds second largest elephant population, Q&A, lucky door prizes to be won and drinks to be purchased at happy hour prices.

If cannot attend but would still like to donate, please CLICK here

About International Anti-Poaching Foundation: Illegal wildlife trafficking is one of the world’s largest criminal industries, with tangible links to terrorism and organized crime networks. As a result, “High-Value Species” such as elephants and rhinoceros are being hunted to extinction. These animals are some of the most difficult to protect, and safeguarding them is the core business of IAPF.

IAPF is a direct action wildlife conservation organization. IAPF protects endangered wildlife and ecosystems through strategic deployments and long term partnerships with local communities. Their conservation programs defend some of the most ecologically sensitive and underserved regions in Africa.

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Volunteer for the Green Power Butterfly Survey

15 Feb


Did you know, Hong Kong has more than 260 species of butterflies, which is a tenth of all butterfly species in China, and as a result has been called a “butterfly heaven”? Around 40% of Hong Kong’s land area is designated as country parks, and so protected by law. However, many prime butterfly areas still lack adequate protection.

Established in 2008, “Butterfly Surveyor” is the first Butterfly Surveyor group comprising members of the public. The group specialises in collecting data on butterfly species and ecological data. Each year, “Butterfly Surveyor” recruits general public as new members, after they completed trainings and assessments, they will become qualified “Butterfly Surveyor”. Until 2018, “Butterfly Surveyor” has 322 qualified members, who have been monitoring regularly at designated sites: San Tau – Lantau Island, Luk Keng – North District, Wu Kau Tang – Tai Po, Lam Tsuen – Tai Po (She Shan and Ng Tung Chai), Yuen Tun Ha – Tai Po, Sha Tau Kok, Sham Chung and Yung Shue O – Sai Kung, Pak Sha O and Lai Chi Chong – Sai Kung, Mui Wo – Lautau Island, Ho Sheung Heung / Long Valley / Lok Ma Chau , Tai Lam Country Park (Kam Tin) and Lung Kwu Tan – Tuen Mun.

Green Power is now recruiting new Butterfly Surveyors. After completing indoor training sessions and passing an assessment, participants will become qualified Butterfly Surveyors. Surveyors will take part in the formal butterfly surveys this year after going through the outdoor training sessions.

Requirements:
Individuals, groups, families (tertiary, secondary and primary students, people who are working, not working or retired)
Fluent in Cantonese, able to read and write Chinese
* Participants will learn basic butterfly survey techniques through the “Shell Nature Watch – Butterfly Surveyor” training programme. They are not required to be equipped with knowledge of butterfly watching at the time of application.

To find out more about duties and the training, please follow this link.

For enquiries, please call 3961 0200 or email: butterfly@greenpower.org.hk

Registration Deadline: 22 March 2019 (Friday)

About Green Power: 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 our thinking and behaviour.

WWF Run for Wild 2019

12 Feb


Run for Wild is more than just a race – at the event you will also learn about wildlife conservation. Participants of the 1km family run will be able to run in the “wild” with obstacles that mimic the environment of the six focus species. The event will also feature interactive games and educational booths.

Race Category
The race is divided into three categories: 10km Challenger, 3km Fun Run and 1km Family Run. Participants can enrol as an individual, team (three to four runners) corporate (three to four runners) or family (two to four runners). Individual, team or corporate participants can participate in either the 3km or 10km challenger, while family teams are restricted to the 1km run. WWF has added a school category in the 3km race this year. Details are as follows:

Every runner will be awarded with an animal-themed runner’s pack
Souvenirs in the race pack include:
– Number bib designed with the endangered species and timing chip
– Animal pin (Redeem the pin at educational booths using the number bib on the event day)
– Luggage tag
– An animal-themed reusable umbrella bag

Route Map

Date: Sunday, 7 April 2019

Time: 8 – 10:30am

Place: Pak Shek Kok Promenade

Registration: To register please follow this link.

Deadline for registration is 8 March 2019.

About WWF-Hong Kong: WWF-Hong Kong was founded in 1981 and is an integral part of WWF’s global network. Their work began with managing Mai Po Nature Reserve and conserving iconic species. Over the years, WWF-Hong Kong has expanded and adjusted their mission to better serve Hong Kong’s conservation and education needs and align themselves with WWF’s global strategy.

Dogathon 2019, SPCA’s Wow-Woof Walk!

10 Feb


Gear up for Dogathon 2019, a doggie fun day!

SPCA’s upcoming Dogathon 2019 will be themed “Go for a Walk and Turn Hong Kong Upside Down“! Paying tribute to Hong Kong’s most distinctive district landmarks, their venue will be transformed into a hub of selfie spots featuring the cities most cherished icons.

Now you and your furry friends can take all the selfies you want at one stop! After a walk along the beautiful water promenade with 1,000 pawpals, you can dive right into their super pawty. What a great way to spend a day while doing it for a good cause!

Each participating doggie will be rewarded with a unique limited edition medal, as well as a commemorative bandana, a certificate and a goodie bag. And there are feature points created by local illustrator Ivan Yip, a PET X handicraft market and a Paw and Friends mini concert.

No enrolment fee will be charged, just simply raise the minimum donation before the deadline to come and join in on the fun!

What are you waiting for? Enrol now and join SPCA for a great day out, whilst supporting their animal welfare work! Everyone’s a winner especially the animals!

Route Map

Date: Sunday, 24 February 2019

Time: 8:30am, shuttle buses are available.

Place: Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Enrollment: To find out more about the rules and to enroll please follow this link.

For more information, please contact the SPCA
Enquiry: (852) 2593 5442 (852) 2232 5579
Fax : (852) 3019 7445
Email : dogathon@spca.org.hk

About SPCA: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was first formed by a group of volunteers in 1903 and became active in 1921.

Although they are the first charity in Hong Kong to deal with all aspects of animal welfare, SPCA obtains around only 1% of our funding from the government. The rest of their funding comes from the generosity of the general public, for which they are extremely grateful. It is a constant challenge to raise the funds necessary to continue their work.

SPCA believes that animals are living creatures which like humans, are able to feel pain, hunger and thirst. We should not inflict any suffering upon our fellow creatures just because they can’t speak.

Orbis Walk for Sight 2019

8 Feb


With spring warming the earth and flowers beginning to bloom, March is the ideal time for a family picnic. So, it is time to put down your phones and let nature’s glorious blues and greens revitalize your eyes while you savor shared moments in the countryside, and help fundraise for a great cause!

Incredibly, 2019 marks the 20th anniversary since Orbis’ first-ever Walk for Sight. Orbis invites you to join them in helping the world’s needlessly blind and to see the day’s event filled with nature’s beauty, the simplicity of happiness, and the vibrant colors their “Indiana’s Adventure” theme will provide.

Date: Sunday, 10 March 2019

Time: 9:30am to 3:00pm

Place: The walk will begin and end at the Hong Kong International School (HKIS) in Tai Tam Country Park

Route: 6km and 10km walk in the Tai Tam Country Park

Shuttle Service: Free round-trip buses to the park will run from Central Pier No.8 from 8:00am to 8:45am; and the buses from the park to Central Pier No.8 will run from 12nn to 3:00pm

Carnival: Relax with a tasty sandwich box, snack and drinks in the countryside, enjoy stage performances, blindfold experience and games after your walk!

Application Deadline : 5p.m. 21 February 2019 (Thursday)
To register, please follow this link.

For more information, please email info.hk@orbis.org or call 2595 0263

About Orbis: Orbis is the result of a unique and lasting alliance forged between the medical and aviation industries. In the 1970s, leaders of these two industries came together to create the plan that led to the foundation of Orbis. They knew that the high costs of tuition, international travel and accommodations prevented most doctors and nurses in low-income countries from participating in overseas training programs. Even when they could afford to study abroad, their opportunity for direct clinical experience was limited because strict licensing laws often prevented them from performing surgery.

The solution was a mobile teaching hospital. With a fully equipped hospital on board an airplane, doctors trained in the latest ophthalmic techniques, including pediatric ophthalmology, could bring their surgical knowledge and skills to doctors in low-income countries through hands-on training and lectures. A grant from USAID and funds from private donors enabled Orbis to successfully convert a DC-8 plane into a fully functional teaching eye hospital. As replacement parts for the original DC-8 plane became more difficult and expensive to obtain, it became clear that a newer, larger aircraft was needed. In 1992, after a major fundraising appeal, Orbis purchased a wide-body DC-10 to replace the DC-8. Within two years, Orbis had converted the plane into an eye surgery hospital.

Orbis set up office in Hong Kong in 1985. Today, the office has a staff of some 45 whose main goal is to prevent blindness worldwide by raising funds and increasing awareness of eye health issues. Recent years have seen the office recruiting numerous local ophthalmologists to Orbis’ global sight-saving team. Their role is to visit developing countries where they teach their skills to local counterparts who then share their newfound abilities with their colleagues.

Jockey Club InspiringHK SportsCHAT recruiting Female Volunteers

6 Feb

Do you want to meet with women leaders from various walks of life? Are you interested in learning yoga and Krav Maga, a self-defense system, too? If so, you should not miss InspiringHK‘s female-oriented sports programme “Jockey Club InspiringHK SportsCHAT“!

InspiringHK is recruiting FEMALE volunteers for the programme whereby you will be a “sports buddy” of a junior secondary school girl and participate in workshops together, supporting them to do sports, build self-confidence and broaden their horizons. Don’t miss this unique volunteering opportunity!

Check out the details here: https://bit.ly/2SRppMv

Please enrol at: https://bit.ly/2srGEZc

About InspiringHK Sports Foundation: InspiringHK Sports Foundation is a Hong Kong-based charity, founded in 2012 to develop better youths through sports. Their mission is to promote and facilitate equal access to sports training for youths – regardless of their economic background, gender, ethnicity, religion and disability, – so as to instill in them good sportsmanship to enhance their social mobility, as well as to promote gender equality, social inclusion and a healthy lifestyle. InspiringHK Sports Foundation carries their missions through long-term sports training, learning experience activities and advocacy.

Animals Asia’s Women’s Day Lunch

4 Feb

Celebrate Asia’s Women’s Day and raise money for Animals Asia Foundation. This is an opportunity to meet Jill Robinson, founder, and CEO of Animals Asia, and a chance to hear how she and our other fabulous women speakers, such as Elaine Sui, Managing Director, Asia Pacific of the Good Food Institute and Emily Draytion, CBRC Senior Vet Surgeon, are making the change in the community.

Date: Friday, 8 March 2019

Time: 12:30 – 3pm

Place: Maison ES, No. 1A Star Street, WanChai

Price: $860, to register please follow this link

About Animals Asia Foundation: Founded in 1998, Animals Asia Foundation promotes compassion and respect for all animals and works to bring about long-term change. They 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.