Lifeline Express Charity Run – 27 Nov

The spirit of love and mutual support remains unchanged despite the “new normal” under the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. With the theme of “Hope in Every Step“, Lifeline Express is holding an 8km charity run event to raise funds for Lifeline Express hospital eye-train and its related blindness prevention works.

The Lifeline Express Charity Run 2021, organized by Lifeline Express and in association with the Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club, will be held on 27 November at the Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club.

Date: Saturday, 27 November 2021

Time: 9am – 1pm

Place: Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club

Price: Minimum Donation $300 per person

For more information about the race and to register, please follow this link to the Lifeline Express website

For more information about the event, please call 2861 0862

About Lifeline Express: Lifeline Express’ sight saving mission was started by a hospital Eye-train in July 1997 to provide free surgery for underprivileged cataract patients in the mainland. Since then, the Eye-trains have helped restore sight for more than 210,000 patients. Other than the Eye-trains, Lifeline Express has also set up 91 Eye Centres in the mainland to train and enhance the competence of local eye doctors, so can benefit more patients with eye diseases.

In recent years, Lifeline Express has extended its services to diabetics by launching a free Diabetic Retinopathy Screening program in Hong Kong and the Mainland. The program aims to raise public awareness of diabetic retinopathy and help patients to detect and treat the problem early to avoid permanent damage to their vision.

7 Ways to Reuse Old Paper

Once a month I sit myself down to go through the pile of paper that has accumulated on my desk. Children and adults, we all go through a lot of paper. It could be junk mail, it could be homework, it could be that work memo you no longer need or it could be a drawing your child scrapped. Instead of throwing away your old paper, why not put it to a new use?

Here are seven different ways you can use old paper for new purposes.

Learn Origami: Learning origami takes a lot of paper. Yes, you can buy packs of bright shiny origami paper from a craft store, but when you are first starting out, you’re going to make a lot of mistakes. Fortunately, you have paper – all you need to do is get in the habit of saving up your used paper and you’ll always have enough paper for origami! Just cut them into neat squares and you are ready to go. Just make sure the paper that you are using is not too stiff.

Make Your Own Bookmarks: Don’t know about you but many of us are still reading physical books. Recent research shows that reading a physical book results in a better understanding when compared to digital-based reading. For parents looking to boost the benefits of reading to children between the ages of three and five, reading from a print book allows a child to stay more focused on the story. There are two ways you can use old paper for bookmarks.

First, you can make your own bookmarks. Paint on the paper or draw on the paper to create something creative and fun.

Alternatively, you can use blank pieces of scratch paper. This allows you to write on the bookmark whenever you need to take notes.

Phone Pad: Keep a stack of scratch paper next to your phone. This makes jotting down ideas, to-dos and contact information very easy.

Make Confetti: Buying confetti can be expensive and a hassle. Instead, why not make your own?

Just shred up your old would-be waste paper. It’s that simple! You now have confetti.

Pet Cage or Litter Lining: If you own pets, shredded paper can often be used for lining.

For example, you can use it to line your cat litter. Or you could use it to line the bottom of your bird cage or the sides of your hamster cage.

Packing Material: Packing material is quite expensive. Styrofoam for example costs quite a bit of money, as does bubble wrap, and they are harmful to the environment. Instead of shipping things with these materials, just crumple up some of your old papers and use those instead. It’s free!

Make Your Own Paper: Children often have trouble understanding what recycling really is. The idea of turning something old into something new is a little bizarre.

One great way to demonstrate the concept to them is to show them how it’s done. Go online and order an at-home paper making kit like this one. Then turn your old pieces of paper into new, home-made paper.

Once kids understand how it works, they’re much more likely to recycle themselves in the future.

There are many, many uses for old paper. Instead of throwing away your paper, start saving it up – chances are, you’ll be able to find a use for it soon.

Kadoorie Farm Nature Education Volunteer

Kadoorie Farm provides a series of experiential activities and natural walks, developed by Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) education specialists. KFBG is now recruiting 20 Nature Education Volunteers. All volunteers must undergo the Nature Education Volunteer Training Programme. The goal of this programme is to equip people who want to make contributions to environmental education at KFBG. In this training programme, participants will gain environmental knowledge, and interpretation and facilitation skills. In addition, they will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of mindfulness and art activities to increase well-being from a holistic perspective.

During this training, you will be introduced to:

  • KFBG Education Programmes
  • Fauna and Flora Conservation Programmes
  • Environmental Interpretation and Facilitation Skills
  • Environmental Art Activities
  • Mindfulness Programmes and Practices
  • On-going Training Sessions

Target Group:

  • People who are…
  • Aged 18 to 63 (retired citizens, working people and students are welcome)
  • Nature lovers
  • Willing to commit as a volunteer for various education programmes
  • Able to work in an outdoor environment
  • Able to present and communicate clearly and in an engaging way
  • Able to speak fluent Cantonese and basic English
  • Able to attend all six-day training
  • Received 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in order to ensure the health of other participants

Training Dates (Wednesdays 0900 – 1700):

  • 10, 17, 24 November 2021
  • 1, 8, 15 December 2021

Commitment: Applicants must commit to complete at least 60 hours voluntary service in 2022 to KFBG educational activities to help our fellow citizens. Many people do much more, over many years.

Deposit: It costs KFBG a lot to train volunteers. A deposit of HK$1,500 is required. The total amount will be refunded if the whole training course and committed volunteer service are completed on or before 31 December 2022.

Application: Please submit an online application form at https://volunteerapplication.kfbg.org/en/form4 on or before 20 October 2021.

An invitation to attend interview will be emailed to selected applicants on or before 22 October 2021, otherwise the application can be considered as not selected for training. All personal data of non-selected candidates will be deleted after six months.

No. of Participants: 20

Enquiry: 2483 7107 Ms. Hung/ 2483 7284 Ms. Lau (Office hours: Mon – Fri, 0900 – 1700) or email education@kfbg.org

About Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG): Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) 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.

KFBG‘s work and influence now spread far beyond the KFBG site. They  raise awareness of ecological and sustainability issues, undertake species conservation and ecosystem restoration in Hong Kong and South China, reconnect people with nature, and promote sustainable lifestyles.

St. John’s Cathedral Michaelmas Fair (29-31 October)

This year’s Michaelmas Fair is a little longer than usual, and with a slightly different format. It’s a Hong Kong institution that brings together Christmas shopping for cards, gifts, plants, decoration, White Elephant, old books, lots of yummy foods, plus bands and game stalls to keep the kids occupied.

All proceeds go to charities supported by the church.

Michaelmas Fair: The fair itself will take place on Saturday, 30 October 2021 from 10am-3pm at St. John’s Cathedral.

Home produce and handicrafts sale: If you are hankering after homemade Christmas goodies like Christmas puddings, fruit cake, etc. please order in advance by downloading and filling out this form and returning it with your cheque on or before 20 October. Address etc. is on the form. Collection will be 29-31 October 2021 from 10am-3pm from the Harold Smyth Room, St. John’s Cathedral. Handicrafts will also be on sale there.

Michaelmas Fair second-hand book sale: Last but not least, the very popular second-hand book sale will take place on 30-31 October 2021, 10am-3pm in the Fanny Li Hall, St. John’s Cathedral.

Mark your calendars and get ready to shop.

Retro Party by Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong, 19 Oct

The Roaring Twenties was a decade of economic growth and widespread prosperity, driven by recovery from wartime devastation and deferred spending which gave rise to mass consumerism, as Jazz-Age flappers flouted Prohibition laws and the Harlem Renaissance redefined arts and culture.

Join Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong for an Art Deco inspired party at the newly re-opened Central Market. The Central Market is historically significant, rebuilt in 1938 in contemporary western building styles of the 1930s, when Bauhaus was prevailing. To celebrate the international influences of Bauhaus and the Art Deco movement, Habitat for Humanity is partnering with Designing Central to host a special evening of networking.

Come wearing vintage costumes from the 1920s and 1930s era and enjoy a live classical music performances with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong.

Date: Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Time: 6:30-10:00pm

Place: Central Market, 80 Des Voeux Road Central

Price: $500(incl. free-flow drinks and canapes), to buy your tickets for the event, please follow this link to EventBrite

About Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong: Driven by the same vision as Habitat International that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong is dedicated to raising awareness of the need for decent, affordable housing and harnessing resources to improve living conditions for families across the Asia-Pacific region. The local programme ‘Project Home Works’ also provides a hand-up to low-income families, the elderly and the disabled in Hong Kong through home repairs by local volunteers.

Volunteer with the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association

1986 Founder Mr. Jonathan Chamberlain and a group of enthusiastic parents acknowledged the lack of healthcare services, information, professional counselling, and communication available for people with Down Syndrome. They began to prepare for the establishment of a Down Syndrome Association in order to provide information and social resources for parents, and give them the opportunity to exchange and share their experiences with one another.

Registered as a non-profit-making organization since October 1987, the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association is committed to serving individuals with Down Syndrome, intellectual disabilities or other disabilities and their family members with integrated family support and vocational rehabilitation services. Their objective is to enable service users to develop their personal growth fully in every aspect of life, as well as to meet their employment and vocational training needs. In recent years, the Association has been expanding their social enterprises with a view of increasing vocational training and job opportunities for people with disabilities while promoting the concept of “social inclusion”.

Volunteer Opportunities: There are a number of volunteer opportunities at the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association: short term and long-term opportunities, from word processing to fundraising, from planning & organizing to assisting in instruction at their vocational training centres.

Volunteer Application Form: If you interested, please download their Volunteer Application Form here, complete and return it to the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association.

For more information, please call their head office 2697 5391

Easy Ways to Reuse Old Containers

The amount of waste that we generate never seems to end. Just throwing
things away mean they end up in landfills, leeching toxins into our
groundwater. There are better solutions. First and foremost, consume less. If
there are things you no longer need, rather than throw them out, think about
repurposing them, then reuse.

This is the second in a series of articles with suggestions of what you can
do with a number of different household items.

Containers are very easy to reuse. Why? Because they were built for one reason: to contain things. Even once their original purpose runs out, there are often ways you can still put the container’s shape and size to new uses. Here are a few examples. In general, before you throw out a container, ask yourself: Is there another way I could use this?

Zip Lock Bags: Most households go through a lot of zip lock bags. They’re used primarily for food storage. Once a zip lock bag has gone through one use, however, most people just throw it out. After all, they’re cheap. However, cheap or not, throwing out these bags still hurts the environment. Instead, there are a few different ways you can repurpose them.

First, you can use these bags as battery storage. Instead of having your AA batteries rolling around everywhere, you can store them all in zip locks.

You can use them for travel. Anyone who has boarded a plane knows that all liquids that you bring in your hand carry luggage needs to fit in a 100ml clear plastic bag. Zip locks are perfect for this purpose. I also use them to store socks and small items that I am packing in my check in baggage so that I can find them right away at my destination. These bags can be reused again and again in future trips.

Old Shoe Boxes: Shoe boxes seem to only have one use – to store shoes. In reality, however, their shape and size makes them perfect for storing a whole host of things.

You can use them to store greeting cards. Instead of having birthday cards or Christmas cards all over the place, have just one shoebox that’s dedicated to holding these cards.

You can use shoe boxes to store small toys. For example, your child’s Barbie and Ken dolls or even Lego bricks can easily be organized in used shoe boxes.

Smaller Boxes: What about smaller boxes, like old Crayon boxes or pencil boxes?

One of the best ways to use the boxes is to cut off the top layer. In other words, lay the box down flat on a surface, then cut off the wide top layer of the box.

You can now use this as a spice organizer. If you have small spice packets or small packets of sugar or other cooking material, this can really come in handy. Instead of them rolling all over the place, you can just organize them in this small, perfectly sized box.

You can also use it to store business cards.

Glass Jars: Glass jars are great for many different uses. Small jars can be used to store spices.

A small jar without the lid is perfect for storing your makeup brushes, larger ones can be used to house paint brushes, or keeping your colouring pencil collection tidy.

Decorate a short and squat jar and presto you have a tealight holder.

When in doubt, ask yourself: Is there a way I can reuse this container? Containers are some of the best prospects for reusing, because they do what they’re designed to do!

Nature Hikeathon & Treasure Hunt @KFBG (13-14 November)

After over a year of being cooped up indoors, event cancellations, here is one that involves all the family, spending time in the great outdoors and learn about conservation. What’s not to love?

The 1st “Nature Hikeathon & Treasure Hunt @KFBG” Charity Event will be held at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden on November 13/14, 2021. In addition to raising funds for nature conservation, the event also commemorates the Kadoorie Brothers’ efforts in alleviating poverty by helping New Territories villagers help themselves through teaching farming skills, loans and gifts of farm animals, construction materials.

An 8km Hikeathon will take place on Saturday November 13. Participants will pass by the most scenic parts of KFBG, including the iconic Kwun Yum Shan and Kadoorie Brothers’ Memorial Pavilion, the 4 Pillars from the old Central Post Office, Signpost Lookout, and the Rainbow Pavilion. Along the way, participants can learn more about Hong Kong’s fauna and flora, get a taste of the Farm’s famous Roselle Tea and enjoy stunning views of the Kam Tin Valley and Tai Po countryside.

On Sunday, November 14, the KFBG Farm turns into a treasure hunt playground. You can participate as an individual, form a family or company team (2 to 4 persons). Twenty checkpoints await your discovery. Choose to visit as few or many of the checkpoints as you wish. Each one will inspire and delight you with an intriguing activity.

Join either event or sign up for both! A Bazaar awaits participants on both days, featuring tours of Kadoorie Farm’s eco-gardens, fun-filled activities, and natural products for sale. Enjoy a fun-filled weekend in nature and help raise funds for nature conservation.

Souvenirs and prizes: Each participant will receive a unique wood coaster crafted from an end-of-life tree at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden. This rare gift from nature is a reminder that we are all ambassadors for harmonising our relationship with the environment.

In addition, attractive prizes await top fundraisers, the best pictures team, animal or plant pictures to be posted on Facebook, and number of checkpoints visited during the Treasure Hunt.

Purposes of donations: All funds raised through the event will go towards KFBG’s nature-based programmes for wildlife conservation, holistic education, and sustainable living, in KFBG‘s mission towards harmonizing our relationship with the environment.

Event highlights:

  • Explore KFBG in an exclusive way
  • Taste the Farm’s own Roselle Tea at the Hikeathon
  • Attractive prizes for top fundraisers and best pictures on Facebook
  • Receive a rare souvenir coaster made from the Farm’s own acacia or longan wood
  • See amazing views of Taipo and Kam Tin countryside
  • Learn about nature conservation at event activities
  • Collect points during the Treasure Hunt to be rewarded with organic farm produce
  • Share a fantastic day out with family, friends or colleagues
  • Enjoy the Nature Bazaar after the event

Date:

  • 13 November 2021 – Hikethon
  • 14 November 2021 – Treasure Hunt

Time: Please refer to registration form for details

  • Hikethon – multiple start times from 8:30 am to 11:30 am
  • Treasure Hunt – multiple start times from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm

Place: Lam Kam Rd, Tai Po, Hong Kong

Registration: To find out more about registration fees, etc. and to register, please follow this link to FringeBacker Events.

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. 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. KFBG‘s work and influence now spread far beyond the KFBG site. KFBG raises awareness of ecological and sustainability issues, undertake species conservation and ecosystem restoration in Hong Kong and South China, reconnect people with nature, and promotes sustainable lifestyles.

Creative Ways to Reuse

The amount of waste that we generate never seems to end. Just throwing things away mean they end up in landfills, leeching toxins into our groundwater. There are better solutions. First and foremost, consume less. If there are things you no longer need, rather than throw them out, think about repurposing them, then reuse.

Over the next couple of months I will post a series of articles with suggestions of what you can do with a number of different household items. Let’s start with plastic bags.

Plastic bags are one of the biggest perpetrators of environmental harm. Look at these figures for Hong Kong courtesy of Green Power.

  • Plastic bags accounts for about 7(6.9)% out of the 11,075 tonnes waste sent to landfill each day
  • 768 tonnes of plastic bags are disposed of in Hong Kong every day
  • An average of over 9,684,741 of plastic bags are disposed of in Hong Kong every day This amounts to the disposal of 1.3 plastic bags per person per day

Global estimates put the number of plastic bags used every year at almost a trillion bags. In other words, approximately one million plastic bags are being used and thrown away every minute.

The damage to the environment is colossal. For one, they’re not biodegradable. They never break down. They just sit there. They take up space and leech harmful chemicals. If they make their way into wildlife or marine life, they’ll often choke animals. Turtles, for instance, can mistake plastic bags for jellyfish. They try to eat them, then die when the plastic bags expand in their stomach.

Long story short: Throwing away plastic bags is bad and contributes to a massive global problem.

Recycling is better, but still not the ideal option. Recycling uses a lot of energy and also produces harmful chemical residues in and of itself. Instead, reusing your plastic bags is perhaps the #1 way to help the environment – while saving money.

Here are a few ways you can reuse your plastic bag.

Use it as a Trash Bag: This is an easy one an idea that you can apply right away. Use it in your kitchen, in your bedrooms or in the bathroom as a trash bag.

This way, you don’t have to buy garbage bags. You can even keep reusing each bag until it tears. Alternatively, you can just use each bag once and throw it out. Chances are, you’ll never run out of trash bags.

Doggy Poop Bags: Instead of buying doggy poop bags or using zip lock bags, just reuse your plastic bags, especially the small ones that you get in the vegetable section of the supermarket.

Save up your plastic bags. If you accumulate a lot of bags, this is a fantastic way to put them to use.

Tear It Up for Packaging: Shred up your used plastic bags and use them for packaging. Instead of using newspaper or buying bubble wrap, just collect your old plastic bags and crumple them up.

As you can tell, there are a lot of ways to put old plastic bags to use. Of course, the best environmental course is to use your own bags whenever possible. If you do build up plastic bags, however, don’t throw them away – reuse them instead.

Now you know how.

Mother’s Choice Student Volunteer Program

Each year, thousands of teenage girls in Hong Kong face crisis pregnancy with no support, and thousands of children are in need of a family for a number of reasons including neglect, abuse, abandonment, or family breakdown.

Mother’s Choice is a local charity serving the many children without families and pregnant teenagers in Hong Kong. The mission of Mother’s Choice is to join hands with the community to give hope and change life stories. 

Mother’s Choice believes that even the youngest in our community can play an active role and when young people have the chance to serve their communities, everyone benefits!  Students gain skills necessary to succeed in school, in the workplace and in life, and the community develops strong, diverse groups of inspired and engaged young people.

Youth Leadership Council: Each generation brings with it change. Mother’s Choice wants to harness the vision and energy of schools and students and to provide them the chance to serve their community.  Started in 2015, the Mother’s Choice Youth Leadership Council is a youth centered advisory group designed to provide leadership development for student members as well as facilitate teamwork, build youth confidence and strengthen student skills with problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. Mother’s Choice’s program emphasizes authenticity, ethics and collaborative decision-making and enhances learning outside of the classroom.

If you are interested in starting up a Youth Leadership Council in your school, please email Mother’s Choice at mcvolunteers@motherschoice.org.