Archive | March, 2018

Hong Kong Water Race 2018

27 Mar


Daily consumption and pollution by human activities causes water scarcity in the world, and the problem is worsening. “Water Footprint” is thus an indicator of water use that refers to the total volume of freshwater directly and indirectly used to produce goods and services. Understanding this concept allows us be aware of the impact of our daily life to water resources, in order to make wise decision on sustainable way of living, and conserve the precious water for the next generation.

Hong Kong Water Race” has is organized by Wofoo Social Enterprises, co-organized by Water Supplies Department and The Open University of Hong Kong, and sponsored by The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited. Through the means of city orienteering, this project strives to promote the concept of water footprint to the participants and raise public awareness about the water crisis. Participants will be requested to visit scenic spots and public amenities around the designated area, and complete tasks related to “water” at those spots.

The first “Hong Kong Water Race” was held in Tin Shui Wai in 2013, and Sha Tin riverside in 2014. The Race has been gaining support from various social sectors, and a mini carnival was also included starting 2015. The 2015 Race was held in Kai Tak, and Central Harbourfront in 2016, with increasing number of orienteering race and carnival participants every year. The 2017 Race was held in Sha Tin Racecourse with record total of 4,000 people participating.

Date: Sunday, 22 April 2018

Time: 9am – 2pm

Place: Fa Hui Park, Mong Kok

Price: HK$150 per team
to find out about eligibility please follow this link

* Before enrollment, please kindly read Race Details and Rules and Regulations carefully.
* Participants should be in good health. Please consult your doctor before enrollment if one has any illness such as heart disease, respiratory system disease (e.g. asthma) or bone injury, etc. For participant aged over 70 years old, please kindly provide certificate of consultation.
* The Organizer reserves the rights to disqualify any participant from the race who provide incorrect personal information in the enrollment.

For further information about the event please email waterracehk@wse.hk

About Woofoo Social Enterprises: Woofoo Social Enterprises has been developing together with Hong Kong and has been working side by side with all walks of life. Beginning in 1997, Woofoo Charitable Foundation and Woofoo Social Enterprise have formed a collaborative platform help society develop a community spirit. They aim to gather people from all walks of life to serve the Hong Kong community and build a better Hong Kong together.

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Get Ready for Peak24

22 Mar


Join Peak24, fundraise so that we can disrupt slavery

Hong Kong’s most scenic Corporate Relay Race is back to take over the Peak once more on Saturday 14th April 2018.

Peak24 is one of Hong Kong’s fastest growing charity races, expanding 100% each year since its first race in 2015.

In 2018, the fourth edition is bound to be even bigger and better!
This race set-up is unique and all about teamwork. Each company team is made up of 5 runners whom together run 24 miles around the Peak, taking on the competition to clock the fastest combined time.

All runners receive race packs, drinks, on-site services and entertainment. Furthermore, many more additional services and prizes are unlockable to teams that excel at fundraising to stop modern day slavery.

Do you think you can conquer the Peak?
Sign up your team NOW!

Date: Saturday, 14th April 2018

Time: 8am – 2pm

Place: Lugard Road, The Peak

Price Individual: $500 (early bird special if you register before 31 March), $600 (Warrior)

Pay individually, then link up with your team.

To register, please follow this link

About 24 Hour Race: The 24 Hour Race is a global, student-led abolitionist movement.

They run 24 hours once a year to advocate for the millions of men, women and children locked in the chains of slavery today.

24 Hour Race raises millions of dollars to spearhead the fight against slavery, working with The Exodus Road, creating advocacy campaigns and spreading the 24 Hour Race movement globally.

24 Hour Race will not stop until every person is freed from slavery.

If you’d like to learn more about their abolitionist movement, impact strategy or anything else, please email hello@24hourrace.org

Big Bird Race 2018 is open for registration

17 Mar

WWF-Hong Kong’s longest-running supporter event, Big Bird Race, is now open for registration! The event involves local and overseas bird-watching teams attempting to spot and record the greatest number of bird species in a 12-hour period. Teams can start anywhere in Hong Kong, but must complete the race at Mai Po Nature Reserve.

What are you waiting for? Get your binoculars ready and register now! Registration closes 30 March.

© Michelle & Peter Wong

Common name: Spotted redshank
Scientific name: Tringa erythropus
Body length: 29-32cm
Estimated population in Hong Kong: 2,500 in 1987, 397 in 2012
Occurrence in Hong Kong: Common spring passage migrant, less common in autumn and winter

Date: Saturday, 14 April 2018

Time: 6:30am – 6:30pm

Place: Bird-watching teams may begin anywhere in Hong Kong but must finish the race at Mai Po Nature Reserve.

To find out more about the Big Bird Race and to download the Enrollment Form, please follow this link.

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

You don’t have to be an environmentalist to support the work that WWF-Hong Kong do. No matter who you are or where you live, you just need to believe that the Earth is our one and only home and that we have a duty to care for this planet. If you believe this and can agree to make some changes in your daily life, then you will help create a brighter future for all of us.

Earth Hour 2018 – Take the Earth Hour Pledge

12 Mar


We’re facing the biggest environmental challenge our generation has ever seen. No matter what we’re passionate about, something we care about will be affected by climate change. Sea levels are rising and oceans are becoming warmer.

Climate change poses a fundamental threat to the places, species and people’s livelihoods. It can amplify existing threats and increase biodiversity loss. Our ocean’s diversity of life is at risk from the changing climate. Oceans absorb most of the heat and about 25% of carbon dioxide generated by human. It also hosts coral reefs – the important habitats which house one-fourth of known marine species in the globe. However, thermal and acidification stress in oceans cause coral bleaching and half of the world’s coral reefs have been lost in the past 30 years.

By taking the Earth Hour pledge, you help raise awareness about climate change. “I pledge to support Earth Hour by turning off all non-essential lights for one hour on 24 March 2018 at 8:30pm. I also pledge to safeguard the future of the Earth by treasuring the world’s natural resources, choosing sustainable products, reducing waste as well as promoting and using renewable energy wherever possible.”

Date: 24 March 2018

Time: 8:30 – 9:30pm

Place: Anywhere you want to be

Individual Pledge: To sign up please follow this link

Schools: To sign up please follow this link

Corporates and Organisations: To sign up please follow this link

What else you can do: As part of Earth Hour 18, WWF-Hong Kong wants to issue an Energy Challenge to cut your energy usage by 1% in the next year. Everyone can join the challenge, individuals, families, mom-and-pop shops and companies. Saving money can help us save the Earth. Watch out for WWF-Hong Kong‘s new Energy Challenge digital platform on their website.

About WWF-Hong Kong: WWF-Hong Kong is the independent branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature in Hong Kong. It was established in 1981 as World Wildlife Fund Hong Kong an environmental organization in Hong Kong and has Conservation, Climate & Energy and Education programmes in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Earth Hour is the largest global environmental movement with enthusiastic participation from various sectors, which attracts attention from large sections of the community every year. WWF-Hong Kong welcomes generous support from corporate partners and organizations on Earth Hour 2018. Please contact WWF-Hong Kong at (852) 2526 1011 or by email earthhour@wwf.org.hk for more details.

Asian Charity Services

7 Mar

Asian Charity Services (ACS), a registered charity, was established in 2007 to serve nonprofit organizations that serve Hong Kong’s neediest citizens and communities. ACS provides pro bono business consulting services, training and solutions to other Hong Kong-based charities so that they may operate more effectively and better serve their communities.

There are thousands of charities across Hong Kong making a difference in their local communities every day. Charity leaders are often experts in their field of work but may need help in areas such as capacity building, developing sustainability, long term strategic planning, and fundraising. By providing pro bono business resources and capacity building tools, ACS enables them to be more impactful and focused in fulfilling their mission.

While the majority of ACS‘ nonprofit clients are currently based in Hong Kong, many run programs that impact lives across Asia.

Click here to see the kind of impact they have made.

What you can do to help:
Volunteer
Give Back – Your professional skills can be used to help nonprofits to be more effective in addressing the manifold social challenges you see today.
Network – Expand your social reach by working with other like-minded business professionals and nonprofit leaders to make our society a better place.
Learn – Gain insights into the social issues of today and develop your awareness of what part you can play to effect change at the leadership level.

Asian Charity Services (ACS) has an extensive network of volunteer consultants, currently more than 500 people and growing. They have an average of over 10 years work experience, and are often senior management staff of local and international blue chip companies. They include bankers, investment bankers, business consultants, accountants, lawyers, HR managers and coaches, branding/communication/media executives and IT executives, who embrace the opportunity to apply their business and professional skills to serve nonprofits in a high-impact and personal way.

Consulting Opportunities – Give Time:
– Do you have at least five years of work experience, consider yourself a seasoned professional, and enjoy developing strategies?
– Are you prepared to donate up to 18 hours of your time within a four to six week period to complete a pro-bono ACS project?
– Are you excited to join a team of business professionals who want to use their skills to impact the community?

ACS values the skills, gifts and contribution that each and every one of their volunteers brings to their organization. If you are a professional and want make a difference to this world and a positive impact on nonprofits and communities through capacity building with your expertise, you are welcome to join ACS Volunteer Teams.

To join the volunteer team or to find out more about how you can contribute as a volunteer, please complete and return the Volunteer Form to acs@asiancharityservices.org. ACS will get in touch with you after we receive your form which can be downloaded following this link.

Or you can email ACS at: acs@asiancharityservices.org

China Coast Community

2 Mar

China Coast Community Limited (CCC) was set up in 1978. It is approved as a charity under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance.

The history of CCC dates back to March, 1978 when the Reverend Stephen Sidebotham, the Dean of St John’s Cathedral, convened a meeting of those concerned with care of the elderly then in Hong Kong. A detailed survey revealed that there was an urgent need for residential facilities for people in Hong Kong whose main language was English and the concept of CCC was born.

In 1979, through the support of the Hong Kong Jockey Club and an interest-free loan from the Hong Kong Government, 63 Cumberland Road was purchased and converted into residential accommodation for eight residents. This was subsequently extended in 1982 to provide additional facilities at the Home, financed by generous donations from a number of individual and corporate benefactors.

Presently, there are 38 Residents whose needs have changed drastically over the years resulting in the CCC becoming fully licensed as a Care and Attention Home in April 2000 with professional Nursing Care provided on a 24 hour basis.

Most of their new admissions are still active people when they enter CCC. However, they have the security of knowing if they become less able or highly dependent they will be cared for with respect and dignity.

China Coast Community’s Future: In 2015 the China Coast Community commissioned a feasibility study to redevelop the CCC site and build a first-class facility that would meet the increasing healthcare and social needs of residents into the future. The new facility could accommodate a residential home for 45 residents, of quality and respect for privacy and personal space that they feel is appropriate for the 21st century. To accomplish their vision for the future and to continue to care for their residents, the China Coast Community needs to raise HK$90-120m. This is in addition to their running costs of HK$3.5m per annum.

What you can do to help:
Donations
Your generous donation helps the China Coast Community cover various operating expenses. Though operating costs increase every year, they continually seek ways to improve care and the quality of life for their elderly family. Your kind contribution will help them adapt without compromising service standards. CCC is a charity registered under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance of Hong Kong. Any donation over HK$100 may be used for tax deduction purposes. To find out how you can donate, please follow this link.

Donation of Skills and Time
The China Coast Community have a wonderful handyman on staff, but as a large residential home there are always things that could use a little TLC. If you are a seamstress, electrician, plumber, carpenter, craftsman, and can donate your skills, tools and time, please email ccchome@netvigator.com