Archive | July, 2019

WFHK Bun Run – Help fight food waste! 7 Aug

29 Jul


Feel like an evening run AND eliminate food waste by donating it to the elderly and low-income families? If your answer is yes, read on.

Waste Free Hong Kong has teamed up with Maxim’s Cakes & arome to help reduce food waste across the city. They welcome people from all backgrounds to join them every Wednesday for their ‘Bun Run‘.

Every Wednesday evening a group of volunteers will run together in groups to collect surplus bread from bakeries at closing time and bring them to their partner organisation, People’s Service Centre.

The bread is then distributed amongst the elderly and low-income families throughout the Sham Shui Po district, where the PSC is based.

WHAT IS A ‘BUN RUN’?
Waste Free Hong Kong, being an organisation that works to alleviate the ever growing amount of rubbish in our landfills, would be crazy to ignore the 3,500 tonnes of food waste entering landfills EVERY DAY in Hong Kong alone.

Due to the success of their plogs, Waste Free Hong Kong has decided to organise ‘Bun Runs‘ every Wednesday when possible.

Their Bun Runs will eventually take place throughout Hong Kong, however they are currently focusing on the Central & Western District, collecting surplus bread from Maxim’s Bakeries and arome.

Bread collection isn’t anything new, but as Waste Free Hong Kong works together in a group, it’s a great way to meet new people and do something meaningful together. It’s a fun team building activity as well, if there weren’t already enough reasons to join!

HOW DO I JOIN A BUN RUN?
Please follow the link to EventBrite. Simply select a preferred date and complete your registration, by clicking the Register button and enter your contact details.

1 day before the run Waste Free Hong Kong will email your collection tickets. These act as your volunteer ID and will include the groups meeting point and some more information on the codes of conduct.

WHAT IF I’M NOT A STRONG RUNNER?
Don’t worry! The run is fairly short at with routes around 2-3km.

Anyone who would prefer to help distribute the bread directly at the People’s Service Centre can do so.

Distribution takes place from 8:15pm every weekday evening, however, please let Waste Free Hong Kong know in advance, as they already have a team of dedicated volunteers, and Waste Free Hong Kong does not want to overload them with people.

You will meet at 7pm at the Central and Western District Promenade (just outside the Shun Tak Centre)

Call the stores roughly 30 minutes before closing time to confirm if they have surplus to donate. If not, give Waste Free Hong Kong a call to let them know.

Arrive at each store at closing time. Bring your own carrier bags.

Show your Bun Run confirmation ticket through your phone or a print out to the staff at the store.

Check the number of pieces donated and sign to confirm receipt. Take an official receipt if available.

Pack the bread CAREFULLY into your own carrier bags.

Bring the bread and receipt to the People’s Service Centre

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

There are three routes that Waste Free Hong Kong will run every Wednesday evening, each point will be led by one of their team members.

The closest MTR exit to the meeting point is Sheung Wan Exit D.

Where do we take the bread?
The People’s Service Centre is located at Room 206-208, Block 19, Shek Kip Mei Estate, Shek Kip Mei

When do we receive our tickets?
Tickets will be emailed 1 day before the Bun Run.

What if I have a problem on the night?
If you are running late, please call the store directly. Please call WFHK on 6360 5054 if you have a problem making your collection.

What if the store informs me there is no bread to collect?
All donations are subject to availability on the night. If there is no donation, please thank the store for their time and call on 6360 5054 to let us know.

The Bun Run will be CANCELLED if No.8 Storm Signal (or above), Red Rainstorm Warning Signal or Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is hoisted or in force. Otherwise, it should still go ahead.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions/suggestions!
Email: info@wastefreehongkong.com/ Call: 6360 5054 / Visit: http://www.wastefreehongkong.com

Date: Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Time: 7pm

Place: In front of Shun Tak Centre (please refer to the map)

About Waste Free Hong Kong: Established in 2018, Waste Free Hong Kong is an organisation aiming to promote a sustainable lifestyle through education, events and campaigning.

Having already organised multiple beach cleanups, ‘plogs’ as well as Hong Kong’s first ‘Plastic Attack‘, Waste Free Hong Kong has begun establishing itself in the area.

Waste Free Hong Kong hopes you will join in and help them in fighting the battle against waste in Hong Kong.

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HER Fund Fundraising Lunch – 24 Oct

24 Jul

HER Fund is excited to announce that this year’s luncheon event is titled “Changing the Trajectory: Lifting up the Next Generation Women”. Featuring a panel of inspiring and diverse female voices, they will discuss the transformative approach to leadership, the importance of providing young women with opportunities to lead and the power of sharing HER stories and experiences.

The luncheon will be attended by over 100 senior corporate executives across all sectors, leaders of corporate women’s networks and diversity champions, government leaders, academics and representatives from local grassroots organisations involved in women’s and gender issues.

Be part of that important change and to support HER Fund improve gender equality for women from all walks of life by becoming an event sponsor for this fundraising luncheon.

Date: Thursday, 24 October 2019

Time: 12.00pm- 2.30pm

Place: Frites, 38 Haven St, Causeway Bay

Price:
Diamond Sponsor – $50,000HKD
Gold Table Sponsor – $30,000HKD
Silver Table Sponsor – $10,000HKD
Individual Tickets – $700HKD

For sponsorship, table host, ticket enquirers and purchases, please contact Danielle Stutterd, Danielle.Stutterd@herfund.org.hk

About HER Fund: HER Fund is a helping hand to the most neglected women and girls in Hong Kong. They provide capacity-building, leadership training and grants to grassroots organizations led by and serving the most disadvantaged. Founded in 2004, HER Fund has granted over $6,000,000 HKD in seed funding and directly benefited over 40,000 people.

As the only community women’s fund to advance equality by grant-making and capacity building in Hong Kong; HER Fund sees herself as part of the social change movements. They are committed to empower the capacity of marginalized women to become self-sufficient and enable them to create, lead, and sustain better lives.

KFBG Nature Education Volunteer Training Programme 2019

19 Jul

Objective
The goal of the Nature Education Volunteer Training Programme is to equip people who want to make contributions to environmental education at KFBG.

Overview
KFBG provides a series of experiential activities and nature walks, developed by Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) education specialists. 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.

Content
Introduction to:
* KFBG Education Programmes
* Fauna Conservation Programmes
* Flora Conservation Programmes
* Environmental Interpretation and Facilitation Skills
* Environmental Art Activities
* Mindfulness Programmes and Practices
* Talks and 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 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 trainings

Training Dates (Tuesdays 0900 – 1700)
10 September 2019
17 September 2019
24 September 2019
8 October 2019
15 October 2019
22 October 2019

Commitment
Applicants must commit to complete at least 60 hours voluntary service between October 2019 and December 2020 to KFBG educational activities to help fellow citizens. Many people do much more, over many years.

Deposit
It costs KFBG a lot to train volunteers. A deposit of HK$1,000 is required. The total amount will be refunded if the whole training course and committed volunteer service are completed on or before 31 December 2020.

Application
Please submit an online application form at https://volunteerapplication.kfbg.org/en/form4 on or before 4 August 2019.

An invitation to attend interview will be emailed to selected applicants on or before 11 August 2019, 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
40

Enquiry
education@kfbg.org
2483 7284 Ms. Lau / 2483 7107 Ms. Hung

About Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG): 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 forests, 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 1960s onwards, and through planting, natural process and protection from fire, what was once barren scrubland is now mature forest.

Closing the Loop Festival (Early Bird Tickets available)

14 Jul


The GreenFest by Hysan is an annual event to engage and inspire our new generations to take affirmative action towards a more sustainable future. The event brings together young people and top change-makers from across Hong Kong to immerse themselves on a different sustainability-related topic each year.

Rooftop Republic is proud to partner with Hysan again to bring you its second edition in November 2019. This year’s GreenFest will be themed around innovative ideas and creative solutions for individuals and industries to pave the way towards a circular economy.

Saturday 16 November
Panel Discussions
1) Rethinking Waste & Living A Zero Waste Lifestyle
2) The Future is Plant-based Food – Let’s Get Technical (Food Technology)
3) Food Economics”

Workshops
1) Live Zero Waste:
Split up into a series of exciting workshops participants will learn how to create art, up-cycle and recycle plastic, as well as, rethink the way we consume and dispose by making their own common household and beauty products without the plastic waste. Workshops will be DIY and educational!

2) Connect with Your Food:
Split up into a series of exciting workshops participants will participate in activities centred around urban farming, growing your own food, composting, cooking and living a plant-based lifestyle. Workshops will be focused on youth leadership and action.

Ticket includes full day entry to panel discussions and workshops. Includes lunch and beverages.

Sunday 17 November
Panel Discussions
1) Closing the Loop Within Our City Systems Paving the the way to Circular Economy through Innovation & Tech
2) Circular Fashion and Sustainability

Workshops
1) Circular Communities & Cities:
Split up into a series of exciting workshops participants will learn how to close the loop regarding common societal and economic industries found in cities; they will connect the dots & rethink ideas on how to utilise energy, architecture and design, air quality, and waste management to build a circular economy!

2) Circular Fashion Design:
Join our fashion carnival where participants can participate in DIY activities such as screen printing, denim embellishing & embroidery, and natural dying techniques. Participate in the clothing swap and learn how to incorporate circular fashion in your everyday lives.

This ticket includes entry to panel discussions and workshops. Lunch and beverages are included.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, November 16-17, 2019

Time: 9:30 am – 4:30pm

Place: Hysan Place Sky Garden (4/F)

Price:
Single Day ticket: $150 (Early bird ticket $100)
Two Day ticket: $250 (Early bird ticket $180)
To buy your ticket please follow this link to Pelago.

About Greenfest by Hysan: Greenfest is an initiative by Hysan development, part of Lee Gardens Group. Hysan and Lee Gardens have established a guiding principle of being a responsible business, where sustainable development has long been an integral part of our culture and thinking.

To reinforce the message about global food insecurity, and to engage the next generations to take positive action towards a more sustainable future, they partnered with Rooftop Republic to launch the first ever GreenFest by Hysan at Hysan Place with the theme for 2018: Rethink our Food!

Plastic Free Seas Volunteer Recruitment Days

9 Jul


Do you want to help save the ocean and the marine animals? Are you passionate about reducing our plastic consumption here in HK?

Plastic Free Seas is recruiting volunteers who want help lead beach cleanups and/or to get involved in their community outreach. English speaking and bilingual (English/Cantonese) volunteers are welcome. Plastic Free Seas will be conducting 2 one-day training sessions in August. The morning session will be held at their office in Sheung Wan, and after lunch you will head to a beach (location yet to be determined) for on-site training. Plastic Free Seas is looking for both adults and teenager volunteers. Minimum age is 15.

Rundown of the day:
10:30am – 12:30pm (in office training)
12:30pm – 1:00pm Lunch (Please bring your own lunch, no single-use plastic packaging please)
1:00pm – 3:30pm (Beach training)

Further information on what to wear and bring will be shared by email.

Be part of the local solution for this global problem!

Date:
Training session #1: Saturday, August 3, 2019
Training session #2: Saturday, August 10, 2019
(Both sessions will be conducted in English)

Time: 10:30am– 3:30pm

Place: 21/F Chun Wo Commercial Centre, 23-29 Wing Wo St., Sheung Wan (MTR Exit E2)

Space is limited and registration is required. To register, please contact Mimi.
Email: mimi@plasticfreeseas.org

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

Laughs for Literacy benefiting Room to Read – 16 Jul

4 Jul


Get yourself down to the Aftermath Bar on 16 July for an evening of live stand-up comedy! Come early for the drinks (and some of the best fries in town) and stay for the laughs. You might even win a prize in their raffle!

The Aftermath is generously donating 15% of food and drink proceeds for the whole evening to Room to Read, so bring your friends, your family, your colleagues, your Tinder date, a stranger you meet on the way…

Date: Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Time:
Doors 6:30 pm
Comedy 8:30 pm

Place: The Aftermath Bar, LG, 57-59 Wyndham St, Central

About Room to Read Hong Kong Chapter: The Room to Read Hong Kong Chapter is made up of passionate individuals driven by the belief that World Change starts with Educated Children.