Monthly Archives: September 2018

Survey on single-use plastic-lined paper cups

Calling all environmentally conscious coffee drinkers! Plastic Free Seas have launched a HK-wide research project on the use of single-use plastic-lined paper cups in coffee shops (these are NOT recyclable!). The process is easy: next time you’re in a coffee shop, scans your eyes over the seats and do a spot-check. Add what you see into this Google Form to be part of this powerful project that will help kick-start a campaign to reduce the use of these cups. BE THE CHANGE!!! #DitchDisposables

Anyone can do this and you can start right away.

This survey will continue until October 14.

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

Playright

Playright Children’s Play Association (Playright) was founded in 1987 as a non-profit making organization by Anne Marden, BBS JP. She is now Playright‘s Honorary President and a member of its Executive Committee. This initiative reflected her passionate belief in the importance and power of play for all children and it called attention to the pressing need to provide adequate inclusive play resources throughout the community. In the early days, Playright’s main focus was on the provision of play environments, and it worked with the then Urban Council to create Hong Kong’s first ever themed playground in leafy King’s Park in 1989. Since then, Playright has progressively diversified its work and services in line with changing needs, expectations, values and research findings relating to child play and development.

Playright Beliefs:
Playright is the voice of children where they are not fairly or fully represented.

Play unlocks the full potential of our children as individuals, empowering them to secure a better future.

Playright’s Work :
Playright seeks to enrich the life of every child through quality play. Playright makes a difference in the lives of children by encouraging them to play. Playright further seeks to demonstrate to parents, teachers, policymakers and the public at large that quality play is vital if the full range of the child’s developmental and other needs is to be successfully met.

Through action, research and publicity covering four related areas – Advocacy, Play Resources, Play Outreach and Play Environments – Playright is helping to unlock the full potential of children in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia.

Playright now serves more than 250,000 children and their families each year.

Volunteer: To spread the play value, Playright needs a large number of volunteers to help them run all their many activities. Playright can put play to work for the betterment of Hong Kong and its children!

To sign up as a volunteer, please follow this link.

For further information please contact
Tel : +852 2898 2922
Email : info@playright.org.hk

Christina Noble Foundation

The Christina Noble Foundation</strong> is an international partnership of people dedicated to helping underprivileged children and those at-risk of commercial or sexual exploitation.

Their operational centres in Vietnam and Mongolia provide shelter to underprivileged, orphaned or abandoned children whilst ensuring all children in their care have direct access to a good education, a high standard of healthcare, and other social and employment opportunities. CNCF also engages in sustainable development initiatives that directly benefit the families and wider communities of the children they support. To date the Foundation has helped over 700,000 children and their families.

CNCF Hong Kong strives to raise funds to support these projects that create safe, stable, and caring environments to ensure each and every child has a happy childhood and the opportunity to recognise their life potential. CNCF is proud to be an independent, grassroots charity that works tirelessly to secure their current and future funding and being wholly transparent and accountable to their donors and supporters while single-mindedly focusing on the children.

Volunteer in Hong Kong: CNCF Hong Kong prides themselves on having a top-class team of passionate and committed volunteers that manage everything from fundraising in the commercial sector to organising exciting fundraising events, and designing their website or annual reports. Volunteering with CNCF Hong Kong will provide you with a great opportunity to gain diverse experience in a successful and growing non-profit organisation.

CNCF Hong Kong is always looking for new, enthusiastic people to join their core team either in an individual capacity or as an organization offering your professional services. Join a team of highly professional, motivated people who are passionate about the children and the programmes that CNCF Hong Kong supports in Vietnam and Mongolia.

CNCF HONG KONG IS KEEN TO RECRUIT VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCE IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING DISCIPLINES:
1) Administration
2) Graphic Design
3) Event organisation
4) Business Development

If you have any of the above skills and can spare CNCF Hong Kong a day a week on a regular basis – please contact CNCF Hong Kong!!

Volunteer Overseas: Key to Christina Noble Foundation’s success as a Foundation is their volunteer workforce. Volunteers are the fuel for their fire and CNCF believes that everyone involved benefits from the experience.

If you would like to volunteer individually at one of CNCF’s operational centres in Vietnam or Mongolia, please visit the CNCF International website to learn more about what skills they are looking for and their application process.

If you work for an organization that is interested in volunteer opportunities for your staff, please contact CNCF for information on Corporate Volunteering.

For more information, please contact CNCF Hong Kong
Email: hongkong@cncf.org
Telephone: +852 3750 7771 (CNCF office hours are 10:30am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday)

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS – Typhoon Mangkhut relief

The devastating impact has been felt across Hong Kong, from fallen trees and unearthed pavements to loss of electricity and even access to drinking water. Miraculously no lives were lost, but many Hong Kong NGOs—and individuals—are in need of immediate support.

Please follow this link to the appeal that Hands On has sent out on behalf of a number of organisations looking for volunteers.

Let’s join hands and help the less fortunate in Hong Kong get back on their feet!

2018 WWF Walk for Nature

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If you have never been to the Mai Po Nature Reserve, strolled along a floating boardwalk in the middle of a magnificent mangrove forest, here’s your chance to do so, and raise money for WWF Hong Kong.

Walk for Nature” 2018 is now open for registration, so sign up to reserve your place! Walk for Nature 2018 is an ideal time for family and friends to Connect2Nature at Mai Po Nature Reserve and meet WWF staff to see and hear more about the important role of Ramsar (a wetland site designated of international importance under the Ramsar Convention) sites, such as the Mai Po marshes, and the challenges faced by migratory waterbirds on their journey along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. Get involved and use the iNaturalist app during this year’s event and share what you see with friends.

Walk for Nature” is a set route around the reserve, located in the Inner Deep Bay wetlands. Since 1995, Mai Po has been accredited as a “Wetland of International Importance” under the Ramsar Convention and is home to 35 species that are classified as worldwide endangered species. Read more about Mai Po Nature Reserve.

And under the theme “Flap Your Wings”, participants will experience migratory birds’ journey to Hong Kong through a series of games, DIY workshop and puppet show. Taking part in these activities will raise participants’ awareness and knowledge of conservation issues and sustainable living. Click here for activity details.

Suitable for 4 years old or above
*For safety reasons, baby strollers and prams are not allowed in the reserve.

Date: 3-4 November 2018 (Saturday and Sunday)
*Participants can choose to join for one day only
** Registration for the boardwalk guided tour is only available when enrolling Walk for Nature online. For safety reasons, participants must be aged 12 or above.

Time: 9:30am to 6pm
The event will be divided into10 time slots each day, running consecutively at half-hour intervals from 9:30am-2pm. Participants can choose their preferred time slot during registration.

Place: Mai Po Nature Reserve

Price:

To register online, please follow this link.

Registration Closing Date: 17 October 2018

About Mai Po Nature Reserve: As a haven for thousands of migratory waterbirds every year, Mai Po Nature Reserve and the surrounding Inner Deep Bay wetlands sets a prime example of conservation success for regional wetlands, and offers visitors a chance to get up close to wildlife and appreciate the beauty of nature.

Located on the northwestern corner of Hong Kong, the Mai Po and Inner Deep Bay wetlands is recognized as ‘Wetland of International Importance’ under the prestigious Ramsar Convention in 1995. The 1,500-hectare area acts as a key way station and wintering site along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway where 50 million migratory waterbirds travel through each year.

The 24th Kadoorie Brothers Memorial Race

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Run for charity and take in the amazing scenery at Kadoorie Farm. The race is held in memory of the Kadoorie brothers, Lord Lawrence and Sir Horace.

The length of the course is 5.7 km, from the KFBG Lower Area (at 130m elevation), and rises steeply uphill along roads, through various beautiful sections of Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden, finishing at the Kadoorie Brothers Memorial Pavilion (at 602m elevation). It is a challenging and rewarding uphill race (or a lovely walk, depending on your fitness).

Participants must be 7 years of age or older / Entry for the Race is limited to 230 participants. If the race is over-subscribed, eligibility will be allocated by lucky draw.

No entrance fee will be charged for the race. There will be a donation box at the registration counter and Kadoorie Farm hopes participants and the accompanying guests would donate HK$200 to support their Conservation and Education Programmes.

Date: 16 December 2018 (Sunday)

Time: 10:00 – 12:30

Place: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

Price: No entrance fee will be charged for the race. There will be a donation box at the registration counter and Kadoorie Farm hopes participants and the accompanying guests would donate HK$200 to support their Conservation and Education Programmes.

Note: Applicants should assume their application is unsuccessful if no confirmation letter is received via e-mail by 11th November, 2018 (Sunday).
Each applicant can only submit application once.
The KFBG Gate will be closed at 9:45 a.m. for the event. KFBG will be re-opened at 2:00 p.m. after the event.

To register please follow this link. Deadline for registration is 30 September.

For enquiries, please send e-mail to mr2018@kfbg.org or call Ms Hung at 2483 7107.

About The Kadoorie Farm: The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives. Today, reflecting the changing times, KFBG plays an active role in promoting the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong and South China, allied with sustainable agriculture and creative nature education.

Their Mission: To harmonise our relationship with the environment.

Their Vision: A world in which people live sustainably with respect for each other and nature.

Their Values:
Sustainable Living
Appreciating the impact of our actions with regard to current and future generations.
Having awareness of our connection with the environment.
Valuing simple and responsible lifestyles.

Justice
Being fair and accountable. Valuing socially equitable systems that protect
the health of the planet, the people and their way of life.
Protect future generations.

Love
Having self-awareness and understanding of the inter-relationship of all things.
Having compassion and respect for all life. Recognising that outer discord
is a reflection of inner discord. Striving for inner silence.

Participation
Engaging mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually;
fostering respect for different viewpoints, openness, dialogue and teamwork.

Professionalism
Being a role model of caring, integrity, commitment, professional standards and
best practices for partners, organisations, individuals and communities.

Learning
Being adaptive and flexible to changing circumstances. Having a holistic outlook.
Being practical, objective, creative and insightful.

Happiness
Appreciating that our happiness lies in creating and sharing happiness with others.

homegrown_kadoorieVolunteering: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden’s (KFBG) conservation objectives are to help protect Hong Kong and Mainland China’s biodiversity while motivating people to act to care for our natural environment. If you are interested in devoting some time to environmental education and conservation, or, helping KFBG in various types of education programmes and to, generally assist with outdoor work in KFBG, please check out their volunteer page.

Or go and check it out for yourself. With an entrance fee of only $30 and a shop selling organic fruit and vegetables and eggs from their own farm, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is well worth a visit.

The Cathedral Clares – Sept 29 Designer Label Sale


Looking for something special AND donate to charity for the same time? This might be for you. The Cathedral Clares of the St John’s Cathedral’s Designer Label Sale is back! Included in the sale are a variety of designer, costume jewellery and scarves for the ladies and men. There are Coats, Jackets, Beautiful Dresses, Shoes, Handbags, New Cashmere Sweaters, Gorgeous Scarves, Fabulous Costume Jewellery and much more…

Date: Saturday, 29 September 2018

Time: 10 am – 2 pm

Place: Li Hall, St John’s Cathedral

Cash only. All proceeds benefit LOCAL charities

About he Cathedral Clares: The Clares are a diverse and multinational group, faith and non-faith, Cathedral and non-Cathedral members who enjoy occasional lunches and trips around Hong Kong

Join The Clares and make new friends and even snap up a bargain during sorting and pricing of donated goods for sale in their Charity Shop, CASTAWAYS!

Join The Clares for sorting any WEDNESDAY from 09:30am and for coffee and conversation at 10:30am in The Li Hall of St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Hong Kong. Or
Contact: Stella on stellarcarter@gmail.com

Castaways is located within the Cathedral grounds. It sells clothing, including shoes and handbags, and also books and household linen donated by Cathedral members and the public. Items in good, clean, SALEABLE condition are welcomed.

Apart from the part time Manager the shop is staffed by volunteers from Clares Women’s Network and all profits go to locally based charities. Castaways is proud of its service to the community. It is thrice blessed. It blesses the generous giver, the grateful buyer and the needy charity. (The volunteers also enjoy themselves)

Opening hours are:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 12.00 noon – 2.30pm.
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am – 12.00nn.
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Donation days are Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Plogging for World Cleanup Day (jogging and picking up litter)

Join Eco Marine ‘plogging’ (a combination of jogging and picking up litter) on World Cleanup Day! Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup is collaborating with The Green Race for a coastal trail cleanup ‘plog’ on the southern shore of the Starling Inlet from 9:30am to around 12:30pm. The event will coincide with the Immortals trail race 27km route and ploggers and runners will be able to cheer each other on! Ploggers will jog/hike as a group or in a few groups whilst picking up rubbish on the trail/shoreline between Luk Keng and CP3 (Kuk Po) of the race route where you can share in the water, drinks, and environmentally friendly snacks provided by The Green Race. You will then turn around and head back to Luk Keng for a total distance of around 9km.

Date: Saturday 15 September 2018

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Place: Intersection of Luk Keng Road and Bride’s Pool Road https://goo.gl/maps/gKWFLCfeqVo

Transport: Minibus 56K from Fanling MTR http://www.16seats.net/eng/gmb/gn_56k.html

What to Wear: Hiking/Sports clothes and shoes. Closed toed shoes only. Sun hat and other sun protection like umbrella and sunscreen. Weather is expected to be hot.

What to Bring: A reusable container with at least 1 L of water and some snacks if you are the hungry type. Single use plastic water and drink like Bonaqua, Coke etc are prohibited. Try to minimize other single-use food wrapping/packaging as well. Also bring sunscreen, mosquito spray and possibly a change of clothes. Eco Marine will provide gloves and small sized rubbish bags suitable for plogging. Feel free to bring your own gloves and tongs.

Signup: For full information on the event and to register, please follow this link to their Facebook page

About Eco Marine: Eco Marine envisions a society where nature and modern urban life thrive. Their mission is to inspire greater appreciation and guardianship of nature and to catalyze action for integrating this mindset into all aspects of contemporary urban life.

Your everyday choices and efforts matter.

Land Supply in Hong Kong – last chance to have your say

If you are following the news, you will know that the Government Task Force on Land Supply is running a survey to hear our opinions on the future of housing in Hong Kong. Read the SCMP article on the subject here.

HongKongers if haven’t completed the survey already this is your last chance to raise your voice and comment on future land supply use in Hong Kong. It’s about where we will live, how we will live, our quality of life. Your opinion matters. Complete the survey now by following this link.

The choices on offer may not be to your liking, there is however limited space at the end of the survey for you to submit your own suggestions.

Remember, this is about our future, your opinions matter.