Monthly Archives: September 2019

FOLLOW THE LINES: Returning to Nature 3-Day Nature and Art Residential Workshop

FOLLOW THE LINES: Returning to Nature 3-Day Nature and Art Residential Workshop with Merlyn Chesterman

The mountain reveals the true self to one. Join printmaker-artist Merlyn Chesterman to explore the phenomenal nature wonders up on the hill, around the valley, the grass fields and the blossoms. Experiencing both sensuous and proficient ways to journal and compose the inspirations collected in the woods, we will create our own woodblock print with leveraged craftmanship, unfolding an artistic dialogue with Mother Nature.

Follow the lines: Returning to Nature” Woodblock Print Exhibition:
18th November to 31st December 2019
Participants are expected to be residential and participate fully in every session. Applicants wishing to attend only parts of the programme will not be accepted.

Workshop Language: English

3-Day Nature and Art Residential Workshop:
8th – 10th November, 2019 (Friday to Sunday)

8th November, 0900 to 2000
9th November, 0900 to 2130
10th November, 0900 to 1700

Place: The Green Hub, at the Old Tai Po Police Station, and Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Tai Po

Course Fee# HK$2,000 per person + Accommodation Fee#
#including lecture fee, vegetarian meals, outing arrangement and shuttle bus service between The Green Hub and visiting sites during the workshop
+Accommodation Fee will be charged separately. for more information please follow this link.

To register, please follow this link

For more information, please contact Ms. Carmen Lau at 2483 7276 or email to

About Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garde: Established in 1956 as a base for the Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Association (K.A.A.A.), the KFBG site near Lam Tsuen, Tai Po, is one of Hong Kong’s little known jewels. Nine kilometres of road wind their way up around organic farming terraces, theme gardens and native forest to the summit of the mountain, Kwun Yum Shan, at over 1800ft above sea level. A wide variety of educational displays, sustainability features and wildlife rescue facilities complement the extensively landscaped gardens with their cobbled paths, pavilions, bridges, waterfalls and picnic spots.

KFBG‘s three core programmes – Nature Conservation, Holistic Education and Sustainable Living – are constantly evolving as they address different aspects of the challenge to live in harmony with nature. In addition to the many on-site courses, workshops and special events that have been developed for the education and upliftment of visitors, KFBG’s activities extend throughout Hong Kong and into South China and other parts of the region.

UNICEF “Run for Every Child” 2019

UNICEF HK cordially invites you to run with your beloved family and friends. Run to welcome the warmest sunrise with the other ten thousands runners. Run to sprinkle meaningful sweat together. Run for every child! The fund raised will be used to support UNICEF’s “for every child, end AIDS” campaign to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Race categories include Half Marathon, 10km, 5km and 3km (Family and Youth) run.

Date: Sunday, 24 November 2019

Place: Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Sunny Bay

Enrolment deadline: 8 October 2019 (Tuesday)
To for more information and to register please follow this link.

About UNICEF: UNICEF promotes the rights and well-being of every child, in everything they do. Together with their partners, UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

Halloween Fancy Dress Plog – Best Costume Wins a Prize!

This Halloween why not get some ‘exorcise’ in before the evening partying begins.

Halloween is the one time of the year it’s acceptable to go out onto the street dressed as pretty much anything with no judgment whatsoever.

Last year Waste Free Hong Kong had a very successful Halloween plog, however, the costume game definitely needs to be upped this year. No costume is too extravagant. In fact, the bigger the better!

As an incentive to dress up all SPOOKtacular, Waste Free Hong Kong will have a costume competition where the winner will win a gift bag of zero waste goodies plus a jar full of candy! No tricks, all treats!

Let’s have an unBOOlievably good time and spook those you pass with your wonderful outfits!

Most importantly, let’s do something good for the community.

After the event has ended, you will head on out to grab some drinks. Anyone who is interested in joining is more than welcome to!

Date: Thursday, 31 October 2019

Time: 7-9:30pm

Place: Central Ferry Pier No.7
Plog length – 4km

Price: Free
To register please follow this link to EventBrite

About Waste Free Hong Kong : Waste Free Hong Kong is a local organisation dedicated to fighting the war against waste in Hong Kong through several initiatives. Through bread run programmes, Waste Free Hong Kong works to fight food waste whilst giving back to those in our community in need, running cleanup events across Hong Kong to raise awareness as well as workshops that are not just only informative, but also fun!

Michaelmas Fair – 26 Oct

Get ready for Hong Kong tradition, an opportunity to get all your Christmas shopping done in one place AND support a variety of charities. The Michaelmas Fair organised by St. John’s Cathedral has been around for decades. A true local tradition.

There are handicrafts, home produce, white elephant, second-hand clothes, books, Christmas cards and decorations and much more. For the kids there are game stalls, and food and entertainment fo keep you going. Proceeds go to various charities that the cathedral supports. Don’t miss it.

Date: Saturday, 26 October 2019

Time: 10am – 4pm

Place: St. John’s Cathedral, Garden Road, Central

Volunteer Info Session “Food. Wanted, Not Wasted” – 24 Sept

Hong Kong’s 3 landfills will be full by 2020 and yet every day we throw away 3,600 tons of food. At the same time, 1 in 5 people are living in poverty struggling to meet their basic food needs. This includes 1 in 3 seniors and 1 in 5 children.

Feeding Hong Kong was established to readdress this balance – to reduce the amount of quality food that is being sent to our city’s landfills and fight hunger in Hong Kong. They do this by providing a B2B logistics service, which links companies with surplus food to charities feeding those in need.

Volunteer support is critical to their daily operations and over 150 volunteers help Feeding Hong Kong each week to reduce food waste and feed frontline charities. But with more helping hands, Feeding Hong Kong can do even more!

COME JOIN Feeding Hong Kong CEO Gabrielle Kirstein and Volunteer & Education Coordinator Peggy Lam on Sept 24 to find out more about how you can get involved and help feed people, not landfills.

Feel free to contact Feeding Hong Kong at 2205 6811 or if you have any questions about this event.

Date: Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Time: 7 – 8:30pm

Place: WeWork, 535 Jaffe Road, #20/F Tower 535, Hong Kong

Price: Free
To register, please follow this link to EventBrite

About Feeding Hong Kong: Feeding Hong Kong is a local registered charity dedicated to redistributing surplus food from companies to other charities. By providing a bridge between the food industry and the hungry of Hong Kong, Feeding Hong Kong provides a solution that simultaneously cuts food waste and feeds those most in need.

Walk for Nature Birds and Beyond – 2-3 Nov

The annual Walk for Nature will be held for the 28th consecutive year at Hong Kong’s iconic Mai Po Nature Reserve! Recognised as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention in 1995, Mai Po Nature Reserve has been drawing observers since the 1940s and has become known as a bird paradise, with a total of 400 bird species recorded inside the Mai Po Inner Deep Bay wetlands, accounting for 75 per cent of the known bird species in Hong Kong. Among them are 35 species that are classified as worldwide endangered species. Walking along the set route around the reserve, participants not only enjoy the beautiful scenery, but they will also learn about the importance of conservation and how to develop a sustainable lifestyle by participating in a series of interactive challenges set up at various checkpoints. Walk for Nature is an ideal activity for families and friends, groups and anyone who wants to experience a relaxing and meaningful weekend!

While Mai Po Nature Reserve is famous for bird-watching, the unique wetland habitats attract rich biodiversity within the reserve, which is why this year’s theme is Birds & Beyond. At Walk for Nature, participants can glimpse some of the wetland’s nocturnal inhabitants, including bent-winged fireflies, Eurasian otters and the small leopard cat.

Through activities held along the walking route, participants learn about the importance of preserving biodiversity and conserving Hong Kong’s natural environment.

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

Date: 2-3 November 2019 (Saturday and Sunday)
*Participants can choose one date only

Time: 10:00 to 17:00
There will be nine time slots each day running consecutively at half-hour intervals from 10:00am-2pm. Participants can choose their preferred time slot during the registration process.

Place: Mai Po Nature Reserve

Information and Registration: For more information and to register, please follow this link to WWF’s website

Registration closing date: 18 October 2019

About WWF Hong Kong: Founded in 1981, WWF Hong Kong’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment, and to help build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

Lance x Eco Marine back to school cleanup @ Tung Chung Bay

Our coastlines need all the help we can muster! Invite your friends and family! Your participation and helping hand will be much appreciated!

Lance, a 10-year-old student and young climate activist, has joined forces with Keilem, founder of Eco Marine to host a coastal cleanup on Saturday 28 September 2019 at Tung Chung Bay (Hau Wong Temple and Mangrove Area) in North Lantau. The Tung Chung River and Tung Chung Bay are of high ecological value. Although close to much development, the area still boasts great biodiversity and is the home to many species of wildlife including horseshoe crabs, mudskippers and egrets. At the same time, this coastal area faces huge challenges, being opposite the airport and reclamation project for the third runway as well as the recently opened HK-Macau-Zhuhai bridge. Come to learn about this precious habitat for Hong Kong wildlife and do your part to protect this valuable space.

Who can join: This will be a family-friendly event for both children and adults! The cleanup site is an easy flat 20 minute walk from the Tung Chung MTR station, participants will need to be able to walk this distance comfortably. All children under 16 should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Date: 28 September 2019

Time: 3-6pm
3:00 pm: Meet at Tung Chung MTR Exit A. Walk from MTR will take about 20 minutes
3:30 to 4:15pm Cleanup Briefing and Mangrove Cleanup
4:15 to 4:30pm Ecological Tour of Mangrove Area
4:30 to 5:15pm Continue Cleanup
5:15 to 5:30pm Tidy up, Debriefing and Group Photos
5:30 to 6:00pm Departure/Walk back to Tung Chung MTR

What to wear: Closed-toe shoes you don’t mind getting a little muddy (no sandals or flip flops as the wetland may have sharp dangerous items including oyster shells, broken glass, medical waste), comfortable clothes, hat. Long pants are recommended if you are prone to insect bites.

What to bring: Water (minimum 1000ml in a reusable container – Bonaqua/Watsons bottles etc. don’t count as reusable). Snacks if you are the hungry type (try to minimize one use packaging). Sunscreen and insect repellent (highly recommended). Small umbrella for shade or light rain. Eco Marine will provide gloves and rubbish bags. If you have your own gloves and or other equipment, please feel free to bring. Some useful tools are tongs and gardening shears.

Not allowed: No flip flops or open sandals during cleanup. No one-time use plastic bottles or food containers/wrappers

Other information: Adverse Weather: If rainstorm warning / typhoon signal 3 or higher is posted / very heavy rain this event will be cancelled and a new meet up time advised later. Please check weather conditions and any notices posted in the morning before leaving home.

For more information about Eco Marine please see links below:

Register: To sign up for this cleanup, please follow this link to their Facebook event page and click on GOING.

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 catalyse action for integrating this mindset into all aspects of contemporary urban life.

Our everyday choices and efforts matter.

Unlock your creativity to make a difference today.

Science of Climate Change – 18 Sept

At long last, climate change is at the forefront of policy agendas and citizens’ minds around the world. From every crisis in the environment lies an opportunity to increase awareness, urgency and action across governments, businesses and communities.

Here in Hong Kong, with so many environmental obstacles being structural and systemic, it’s often hard to find a starting point. The good news? We actually have quite a few expert minds in this field who produce high-quality research and represent Hong Kong internationally in this ecosystem.

SUSTAINHK is delighted to invite Prof. Robert Gibson and John Sayer, two of Hong Kong’s most seasoned climate experts, to share their expertise on the Science of Climate Change as well as discuss the important concept of just transition in Hong Kong and beyond.

Robert and John will also share their experiences and takeaways from COP24 – the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which took place in December 2018 – and present their most important research findings ahead of the U.N. Climate Action Summit 2019 on September 23rd, which they will be attending.

You’ll be learning about the scientific concepts behind carbon capture technology and other ideas and solutions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions; just transition and climate action links to the social SDGs; policy activism and youth action; and many more important topics.

Bring your passion, curiosity and resolve, and join SUSTAINHK on September 18th at Ucommune Sheung Wan for an inspiring and important conversation.

Date: Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Time: 7 – 9 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Place: Ucommune Sheung Wan, 11/F, Grand Millennium Plaza, 181 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan

Price: Free
To register please follow this link to EventBrite

About SUSTAINHK: SUSTAINHK is a platform focusing on industry-level conversations and exchanges, bringing together changemakers, influencers and the public to inspire awareness, dialogue and action.

SUSTAINHK is powered by the Hong Kong hub of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.

Room to Read 4th Annual Hong Kong’s Fastest Executive Race Volunteer Sign-ups

Calling all Room to Read past, current, and future volunteers. You are needed!

Please join Room to Read as a volunteer for their 4th Annual Hong Kong’s Fastest Executive Race on Friday, December 6, 2019. This year Room to Read will be inviting 50-80 corporate individuals and teams to run the 13km trail that starts at Pokfulam Stables and ends at Bowen Road Park. In 2018, with the help of dedicated volunteers like yourself, Room to Read was able to raise US$600,000 which further benefits 12,000 children in their award-winning programs.

Room to Read is seeking 60 volunteers to help them execute this event into another successful race. Duties include, but not limited to: registration, course marshal, first-aid, and check out.

Be part of an amazing event and help Room to Read continue to bring education to children around the world. Thank you in advance for being part of the movement that believes World Change Starts with Educated Children.

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019

Time: 13:30-17:00

Place: Pokfulam Stables to Bowen Road Park

Number of volunteers needed: 60

Mandatory course walk: Either Saturday, November 2 OR Saturday, November 9

If you are interested, please follow this link to the registration form.

About Room to Read: Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their communities and the world.

Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, they develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

Design Thinking For Social Good – 28 Sept

CALLING ALL NGOS! Asian Charity Services is providing a one-day learning-by-doing training session on September 28, focused on Design Thinking for Social Good.

This is an incredible opportunity for an NGO looking to rethink their programs and reengage with beneficiaries to make a greater impact.

Date: 28 September 2019

Price: Sign up for free here by Sep 13:

For more information, please email ACS at

About Asian Charity Services: Asian Charity Services sets out to build stronger, more effective NGO leadership teams in Hong Kong. They provide free training workshops and consulting services delivered by some of Hong Kong’s best business leaders – their passionate volunteers.