Archive | May, 2018

Resolve

29 May

Empowering future community leaders for an inclusive Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the most vibrant and prosperous cities in Asia. Yet if has one of the highest inequality levels in the developed world. Many vulnerable groups persist in poverty and social exclusion generation after generation. Social exclusion is not just about material deprivation, but also about marginalization, discrimination or a lack of agency and voice in society.

Resolve invests in emerging leaders, particularly from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities, so they become social catalysts to bring about positive change to their communities.

Mission: Resolve empowers future community leaders for an inclusive Hong Kong

Vision: Resolve believes in a Hong Kong where every voice has a say in its future

Values: Rights, Equality, Solidarity, Organization, Leadership, Voice and Empowerment

What you can do to help: Resolve is looking for seasoned and committed volunteers and interns passionate about effecting social change to support them in areas like
* fundraising and development
* project management
* communications
If you are interested, please follow this link

For more information, please email hello@resolvehk.org

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WWF Summer School 2018

25 May


Summer school is a fun and exciting way to learn about our city’s unique ecosystems. Held in July and August, planned nature activities are for groups aged 6-8 and 9-11. With classmates and friends, the groups discover the richness of the natural world, the importance of conserving it and the effects of our daily lifestyle choices on these environments. The WWF’s curriculum based activities are run by their educators at their three centres in Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hoi Ha Wan Marine Life Centre and Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Tai Po.

Nature Adventurers (3 days):

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The 3-day Nature Adventurers programme takes groups aged 9-11 into the heart of Hong Kong’s rich and unique biodiversity. Day one covers Mai Po’s rich variety of wetland habitats and the thriving biodiversity of the more than 2,050 species they support. Day two will include coral observation, a glass-bottomed boat tour and snorkelling at Hoi Ha. Day three focuses on sustainable living and the impact of excessive carbon emissions and biodiversity loss on our natural environments.
Age: 9-11

Nature Explorers (2 days):

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The 2-day Nature Explorers programme takes place at WWF’s Island House Conservation Studies Centre in Tai Po. Amidst its lush English-style gardens, which boast over 140 species of local and introduced plants, groups aged 6-8 will discover the vast range of wildlife that is all around them. They will also learn about the threats to habitat loss, sustainable living and how their daily choices impact our natural environment.
Age: 6-8

Ocean Explorers (2 days):

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The 2-day Ocean Explorers programme takes groups aged 6-8 years old on a journey through marine biodiversity and marine conservation at Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, which boasts more hard coral species than the Caribbean Sea. What a great way to discover the ocean! The programme includes a glass-bottomed boat tour, introduction to sustainable fisheries and a marine litter study at Sandy Beach.
Age: 6-8

To download the brochure, for additional information on dates and fees, please visit the WWF website by following this link.

For more information, call 2526 1011 (press 2 for English and then 8) or email education@wwf.org.hk

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.

KFBG – Fauna Outreach Volunteer Programme 2018 Recruitment

21 May

The Fauna Conservation Department at the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) organises the Animal Encounters and Discovery Tables programmes on first three Sundays of each month. Participants will enjoy a close encounter with animals while they increase awareness towards wildlife conservation and illegal wildlife trade. KFBG hopes participants will come away with greater respect and appreciation for wildlife, and become empowered to lead greener lifestyles and support wildlife conservation work.

Volunteers are one of the important elements of these two programmes. The Fauna Outreach Volunteer Training Programme provides comprehensive training and guidance for volunteers. Qualified volunteers will help lead these two programmes and other outreach activities.

Click here for more information about the Animal Encounter and Discovery Table programmes

Volunteer Duties:
* Act as the guide of the Native Mammal Talk as a part of the Animal Encounter programme;
* Assist Animal Keepers during the Mule, Python and Raptor Talk as a part of the Animal Encounter programme;
* Introduce animal specimens to visitors as a part of the Discovery Table programme
* Assist in maintaining the smooth operation of Fauna Outreach activities, e.g. promoting the programmes, managing crowds and handling enquiries

Benefits:
* Gain an opportunity to promote wildlife conservation
* Gain knowledge in mules, reptiles, mammals and birds
* Gain experience in guiding tours and public speaking
* Gain certificate of recognition after 6 days of service over the first 12 months
* Lunch and travel allowance

2018 Intake: 20 volunteers

Interview Period: 2nd or 3rd July 2018

Training Period:
Training Day 1: 5th August (Sunday) 10am – 4pm
Training Day 2: 11th August (Saturday) 10am – 4pm
Training Day 3: 18th August (Saturday) 10am – 4pm
Exam: 25th August (Saturday) 10am – 4pm
Contingency: 19th August (Sunday) 10am – 4pm
(In case one of the training day needs to be cancelled due to adverse weather, it will be rescheduled to this day).

Interview and Training Location: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

Language: Cantonese and English

Requirements:
* 18 years old or above
* Good command of Cantonese, Mandarin and English
* Good interpersonal and public speaking skills
* Enjoy working outdoors
* Able to work independently and as a team
* Able to volunteer for at least one day every two months
* Education or work experience related to biology, ecology, zoology, environmental science or education is preferred
* Experience in tour guiding or organising education programmes is an advantage

Application Procedures:
Interested parties, please submit an online application. In order to identify potential volunteers, please select “Others” for “Volunteer role(s) you are interested”, and input “Fauna Outreach Volunteer” for “Please specify others”.

Please upload a letter containing an essay of not more than 200 words on this topic: “Name three ways to inspire a greater sense of appreciation in nature amongst Hongkongers”.

Potential candidates will be invited to a face-to-face interview on either 2nd or 3rd July.

For enquiries, please contact Ms. Joyee Chan at joyeechan@kfbg.org.

Application Deadline: 17th June 2018 (Sunday)

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.

KFBG has a deep-set valley between two ridges, with a stream running steeply down through the forest. On the slopes there are forest, theme gardens, vegetable terraces, 8km of walking trails, 9km of roads, and conservation and educational facilities.

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. Visitors are welcome.

Angels for Orphans

17 May

Angels for Orphans is the guardian for their chosen children’s charities. Angels for Orphans currently raises awareness and funds for charities in Hong Kong, Cambodia and Indonesia that work tirelessly on the ground to improve the lives of the many children in their care.

Every child has a right to love, protection, happiness, education, care, shelter, food, medicine, clothing and hope. Yet, sadly, thousands of orphaned children are denied a safe and loving environment in which to flourish and grow. They find themselves caught up in the endless cycle of violence, disease, mal-nutrition and ignorance that blights their young and fragile lives. Extreme poverty is their harsh reality. In many countries, there is no protection or state funding for children whose parents die, leaving them orphaned, alone and destitute.

As our world faces tough times and many cross border challenges, so do many parents. Protecting and caring for their children has become even more difficult. Historically, being an orphan meant you had no parents but it has now been noted by numerous NGO’s that this definition has changed. Many of the orphans living in orphanages are there because their impoverished parents do not believe they can care for them. Such children in care are widely referred to as “Economic Orphans“.

Angels for Orphans is currently working with three very worthwhile charities which tirelessly strive to give renewed hope to vulnerable, disadvantaged and neglected children in their care. Angels for Orphans is very proud to be partnered with Bali Kids in Indonesia, Sunrise Children’s Village in Cambodia and Po Leung Kuk in Hong Kong. Their dedicated team of volunteers in Hong Kong; are working to secure funding for various projects managed by these charities. Together, they seek to provide the children under their wings with the happy and healthy futures they so deserve. Angels for Orphans is a Hong Kong registered non-for-profit which supports local children as well as those overseas and since their establishment in 2009, their passion has driven them to help children wherever the need is most desperate. They are pro-active in raising the profile and fund raising for each of their partner organisations. Their volunteers on the ground in Hong Kong champion passionate companies and individuals who can help bring about change.

Become an Angel: Since Angels for Orphans’ establishment in 2009, their passion has driven them to help children where the needs are most desperate. They realize how key it is that they, as volunteers, are pro-active in raising the profile and funds for each of their partner organizations. This is achieved by engaging with the local community, championing passionate companies and individuals to assist with well needed changes. Angels for Orphans believes it is important to help educate our global young citizens within local schools, as they will become the future Angels. This is accomplished by coordinating and hosting events as well as giving presentations.

With that in mind it seems their work is never done……
If you can tick more than one of the boxes below, then Angels for Orphans needs you
* Organised
* Dedicated
* Full of Energy
* Passionate about the future of children
* Expert in your industry field
* Time on your hands

Please follow this link and apply now.

Angels for Orphans also believes it is important to help educate our global young citizens within Hong Kong’s schools as they are future Angels. Angels for Orphans visits schools, coordinating and hosting events, and giving presentations.

For more information, please email enquiries@angelsfororphans.co.uk

Indefinite Suspension of the Sedan Chair Race

14 May

The Sedan Chair Charities Fund announced recently that the annual Sedan Chair Charities Race will be suspended indefinitely from 2018. The Sedan Chair Race has been held at the Matilda Hospital on the Peak for the past 42 years and that this decision was only made after an objective and detailed review and careful consideration of the charity race arena and donation trend in general and sustainability of the Race as a fundraising engine.

About The Sedan Chair Charities Fund: The Sedan Chair Charities Fund is a charity of Matilda International Hospital. They support local communities with initiatives that are focused around contributing medical expertise and helping children from around the region that need life-changing surgery through the work of the Matilda Children’s Foundation.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong

13 May

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong is dedicated to improving the lives of children in Hong Kong who live with a serious illness, disability or disadvantage.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong does not focus on any single illness or disability. Instead, they aim to address the needs of children who are sick, disadvantaged or live with disabilities and other special needs who are not getting the help they need.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong generally does not make cash payments directly to beneficiaries. Instead, they aim to provide physical and practical resources to meet the unmet needs of disadvantaged children and to relieve the burden on their families. Their objective is to enable disadvantaged children reach their full potential and enjoy a more fulfilling life.

Although Variety’s work is serious, they never forget the importance of having fun. Bringing smiles to the faces of children is a positive and fun experience for Variety volunteers, sponsors and supporters.

Of course, they can’t do everything on their own. Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong proudly works in partnership with other children’s agencies and charities in Hong Kong and they welcome the support of any person or organization that shares their ideals and objectives.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong is focused solely on Hong Kong children who are living with a disadvantage. All funds raised in Hong Kong are applied for the benefit of disadvantaged children in Hong Kong.

What you can do to help
People from all walks of life can help children through Variety by becoming a regular donor, attending an event, organizing a fundraising event, taking part in a personal challenge like a marathon or trek, leaving a bequest in their will or volunteering.

Donate: People from all walks of life can help children through Variety by becoming a regular donor, attending an event, organizing a fundraising event, taking part in a personal challenge like a marathon or trek, leaving a bequest in their will or volunteering. To donate please follow this link

Gifts and services in-kind: Gifts and services in-kind are a vital element in enabling Variety to meet its vision and mission. Gifts of auction and raffle prizes for events, business skills such as legal or accountancy advice or technology and office items are all necessary to successfully deliver Variety’s vision and mission.

For more information about HOW YOU CAN HELP please email info@variety.org.hk

Volunteer: As Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong grows and their programs develop, they will need assistance in many ways, such as fundraising events, assistance with outings for children and with the administration of their programs and events.

Use your talent, experience and passion to make a real difference to Hong Kong children in need. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child’s face light up and knowing your contribution has helped make it happen. For more information about HOW TO BECOME A VARIETY VOLUNTEER please email info@variety.org.hk.

Just the Ticket

9 May

Just the Ticket is a Hong Kong-based non-profit organisation that provides access to cultural events to people in need. They do so by providing a centralised platform where events organisers can donate tickets to their events to existing charities and other non-profit organisations.

Mission: Just the Ticket believes the arts can enrich and transform lives as well as bring communities closer together — and Just the Ticket wants to make sure all citizens of Hong Kong have access to the full diversity of cultural and recreational activities in the city.

What you can do to help
Become a Beneficiary: Are you a tax-exempt charity organization? Would the population you serve benefit from greater access to arts, culture and education events? Click here to learn how you can register with Just the Ticket.

Donate Tickets: To make cultural events in Hong Kong accessible to those in need, Just the Ticket needs, well . . . tickets! Click here to donate.

Donate Money: Imagine making it possible for a disabled child in Hong Kong to see their first live ballet performance, for an elderly pensioner to see a Cantonese opera, or for a low-income family to experience the joys of the symphony. Click here to donate

Volunteering: Volunteering with Just The Ticket is also a valuable opportunity to learn more about nonprofits in Hong Kong. Follow this link and click on the Join Today button

For more information, please email sara@justthetickethk.org