Archive | July, 2018

2018 SHK Vertical Run

30 Jul


The 7th Vertical Run will take place on 2 December 2018. This is a stair-climbing race as well as a vertical run. Participants will start on level 8 of ICC and finish at the sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck on level 100 after climbing 2,120 steps or 364 meters.

The International Commerce Centre (ICC) was selected to host the vertical run in Hong Kong because it is currently the tallest building in the city with a 360-degree view of Hong Kong over Victoria Harbour.

Date: Sunday, 2 December 2018
3 August 2018 – Early Bird Registration Deadline
7 September 2018 – Special Registration Deadline
2 November 2018 – Standard Registration Deadline

Time: 8:30am – 4pm

Place: International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon

Price: Please see chart below

For more information on race requirements etc. please visit their website

About Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP): Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) puts its long-standing belief in ‘Building Homes with Heart’ into practice, on the one hand by developing residences of the finest quality and offering first-class service to its customers, and also by contributing to the good of the community. By actively promoting reading and holistic development, healthy and sustainable living and care for the underprivileged, we strive to make Hong Kong a better home for everyone.

First introduced in Hong Kong in 2012, ‘SHKP Vertical Run for Charity’ is a charitable fundraising activity to encourage healthy living and giving among Hong Kong. ‘SHKP Vertical Run for Charity’ was held at two locations in 2014, including International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong (Race to Hong Kong ICC) and International Financial Centre in Shanghai (Race to Shanghai IFC), and have attracted near 14,000 runners throughout the years. Other major community initiatives include the SHKP Reading Club, SHKP Building Homes with Heart Caring Initiative, SHKP Love Nature Campaign and a guided tour programme to promote inclusion and care for the needy.

About Vertical World Circuit (VWC): The Vertical World Circuit (VWC) is a unique project conceived by the International Skyrunning Federation, in which some of the most iconic skyscraper races are joined in a circuit with the participation of the world’s top specialists and thousands of passionate enthusiasts. A points system determines the Champion title and cash prizes to the winners at the final. Nine races stretch across the globe including Seoul, Paris, New York, Manila, Beijing, Osaka and London. SHKP initiates two races, respectively at Shanghai IFC and the Grand Finale at Hong Kong ICC where the 2018 VWC champions will be crowned.

About Community Chest of Hong Kong: The Community Chest of Hong Kong was established in 1968 as an independent, non-profit making organisation neither funded, nor operated by the Government. Each year, the Chest organises fund-raising events to benefit over 160 member social welfare agencies that reach out to more than two million beneficiaries in Hong Kong in six major areas of services: children & youth, elderly, family & child welfare, medical & health, rehabilitation & aftercare, and community development. The Chest’s administrative expenses come from a subsidised grant from our partner-in-charity, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, in addition to income from investments. This allows the Chest to allocate 100% of funds raised to charitable use; this operations model makes the Chest unique among its peers, and helps fulfil its mission to act as trustee of the donors.

About Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS): The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) works to promote a just and inclusive society by promoting collaborative efforts among NGOs in service planning and development, facilitating cross-sectoral partnership, advocating equality, justice, social integration and a caring community. The Council has now become an umbrella organisation of over 460 Agency Members, that provide over 90% of the social welfare services for those in need through 3,000 service units all over Hong Kong.

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Update on Macau greyhounds

28 Jul

There was good news for the 500+ greyhounds from the now closed Macau Canidrome. On Friday Angela Leong On-kei – one of Macau’s most powerful businesswomen and fourth wife of gaming tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun, and owner of the Canidrome – joined hands with redoubtable animal rights activist Albano Martins to announce the creation of a new International Centre for the Rehoming of Greyhounds on a plot of land not far from the glitzy casino towers of the Cotai Strip.

This facility with on-call vets, a medical centre, air-conditioned living quarters, toilets, and indoor and outdoor activity areas, all built to international standards will be a home for the greyhounds until they find new homes or to live out their lives.

Please follow this link to the SCMP article.

If you are interested in adopting one of the greyhounds, please follow this link to the blogpost on the subject.

Cocktails for Elephants

25 Jul


Animals Asia invites you to a special cocktail event in celebration of World Elephant Day on 18 August. Guests will have a chance to hear about one of our projects, the Elephant Conservation Centre in Dak Lak, Vietnam and ask questions whilst enjoying freeflow drinks and canapes. We will be featuring Meraki’s, vegan line products, cork made wallets and handbags. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase these pieces and speak with Yosha Gupta, founder of Meraki, about what inspired her to create a vegan line. 70% of each purchase will go directly to Animals Asia to help the Elephant Conservation Centre.

Date: Saturday, 18 August 2018

Time: 5-8pm

Place: Tung Hip Commercial Building 15/F, 252 Des Voeux Road Central

Price: $250 + handling charge
To register for this event, please follow this link to EventBrite

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

In addition, Animals Asia campaigns for an end to abusive animal practices in zoos and safari parks in Asia, and works closely with governing authorities to improve animal management and increase awareness of the welfare needs of captive animals.

Adopt a Greyhound

21 Jul

Now that the canidrome in Macau has finally closed, 533 greyhounds urgently need homes. Read this SCMP article about sportswear company executive Kathleen Trainor’s experience in adopting dogs from now defunct Macau canidrome.

If you are interested in adopting one of these greyhounds, do it now. The applications along with rabies test results and others have to been done and submitted to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) by August 31.

To find out more, please email Kirstszoo@hotmail.com

Hong Kong Society for the Blind

20 Jul


The Hong Kong Society for the Blind (HKSB) was established in 1956.

Over the years, HKSB has developed a wide range of services covering eye care and low vision services, rehabilitation and vocational training, educational support, employment guidance, adaptive technology advisory service, information and communication technology applications to improve information access for the visually impaired, rehabilitation service for persons with multiple disabilities and visual impairment (MDVI), and residential care for the aged blind. To improve the well-being of their service users, HKSB will continue to make the best use of its expertise to join forces with all stakeholders with the aim of building a barrier-free society with equal opportunities for all.

Volunteer for the Hong Kong Society for the Blind
Introduction: As a non-government organization providing comprehensive services for the blind and visually impaired population in Hong Kong, volunteers are essential assets to ensure the smooth running of our services in areas of rehabilitation service, residential service, general eye and low vision service, employment service, educational and community support service, barrier free and support service.

Objectives: Volunteers Development Service aims at maintaining and building up a volunteer pool / database and a referral system that best match new volunteers to appropriate service units. It also aims at launching promotion programmes, recruitment exercises, training and appreciation scheme to motivate volunteers to help in the Society’s services, especially in agency functions.

Volunteers Participation: Other than agency functions, e.g., Flag Day and Walkathon fundraising events, volunteers could help the routine services, outdoor activities and interest class, etc.

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact HKSB by email volunteer@hksb.org.hk or call 3723 8305

Plastic Free Seas Lecture

15 Jul


The Australian Association are pleased to host a presentation by Plastic Free Seas a charity registered in Hong Kong since 2013. The main focus of the charity is awareness, education and local action on the global issue of plastic marine pollution. The talk will be by Tracey Read founder of the charity, she will tell you all about the problems of plastic marine pollution and focus on ways we can change our personal plastic consumption behavior.

Reception 9:30am, presentation starts 10:00am. Includes a coffee or tea

Date: Thursday, 26 July 2018

Time: 9:30 – 11:30am

Place: Oolaa, 1-9 Bridges Street, Central

Price: $250 (Australian Association members), $350 (non members)

About Australian Association: The Australian Association of Hong Kong was established to encourage fellowship amongst Hong Kong based Australians, people with an interest in Australia and to create opportunities for the Australian community and their friends to get the most out of Hong Kong.

About Plastic Free Seas: Plastic Free Seas is a Hong Kong based environmental charity dedicated to advocating change in the way we all view and use plastics in society today, through education and action campaigns.

Comfort Care Concern Group

10 Jul

The Comfort Care Concern Group (CCCG) was established in 1987 as a non-profit organisation. Their aims are to promote comfort care to the terminally ill and their families, and well as the bereaved. CCCG is an agency member of The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, and receives funding support from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and The Community Chest of Hong Kong.

Their Beneficiaries:
* The terminally-ill and their families
* The bereaved

Their Services:
* Individual and family bereavement counselling
* “Walking with Children” bereavement counseling service
* Bereavement group
* Mutual help activities for the bereaved (Sunflower Mutual Help Group)
* Volunteer training and services
* Befriending visit
* Funeral support service
* Bereaved volunteer service
* Community life and death education
* Professional training

Volunteer for the Comfort Care Concern Group. Here’s what you can do
Befriending Visit to Hospital Wards: Comfort Care Concern Group provides volunteer befriending visits to hospital wards. During the visit, their volunteers send regards to patients, arrange small group activities like handicraft making. Sometimes the volunteers do daily shopping for the patients and have tea at Chinese teahouses with patients together with medical staff if needed. They also organise functions during the festivals like Mid-Autumn Festival and Christmas time.

Bereaved Volunteer Service : Bereaved volunteers are a group of people having the experience of losing their loved ones. After either individual or group counselling, they change their roles from being help actively helping others by sharing their experience and feelings. While the bereaved volunteers deeply understand the newly bereaved, they are compassionate peers for the newly bereaved clients. The development of this service is aimed at providing the clients with more tailor-made solutions in handling the situation and reducing their lonely feelings during the bereavement period.

Home Visit Services : Some terminally-ill patients may stay at home for recuperation while other patients may be arranged to reside at the Homes for the Elderly.

To continue the social support and care to patients, CCCG volunteers pay visits to the patients’ homes regularly after their discharge from hospitals. The objective of home visits is to soothe the feelings of anxiety and loneliness of the patients. Volunteers also take care of the living conditions of these home stay patients after their discharge from hospitals such as accompanying the patients for shopping and medical follow up.

Volunteer home visits help bridge the connection between hospitals and society for discharged patients. Home visit services are provided through referral from hospitals or organisations. Priority of home visits is set according to the needs of the patients.

Funeral Support Service : Funeral is a ceremony the bereaved use to memorialize their lost loved ones. However, not many of them know how to handle the funeral procedures. Although publications of these procedures are available from the government and different relevant organisations, volunteers accompanying the bereaved certainly help to soothe the anxiety of the service users by providing on-site emotional support.

As CCCG is aware of the need of funeral support services, we offer training to a team of Funeral Support Volunteers to help the bereaved. They are well equipped with techniques on bereavement caring and knowledge on funeral procedures. To ensure comprehensive funeral support, their work is closely supervised and followed up by our social workers.

If you are interested in volunteering for one or more of the above volunteer services, please follow this link and send them a message, or call CCCG at 2361 6606.

*All volunteers are required to complete relevant training courses and to pass entrance interviews before joining CCCG volunteer teams.