Archive | October, 2019

Volunteer opportunity: Ghostnet Recovery South Lantau – 10 Nov

30 Oct

Join OceansAsia to do some good for the ocean. OceansAsia is heading out to recover ghost nets (abandoned fishing gear) that has accumulated along the rocky shorelines of South Lantau.

Several years back OceansAsia collected 4 tons in just a few hours. OceansAsia is aiming to do the same again.

Ghost Nets are a major issue for local marine wildlife. They are abandoned fishing nets that continue to kill for years after they were dumped.

Volunteers will be responsible for their own safety as OceansAsia will be operating on slippery rocks at low tide in hard to access areas. Must be able to swim, everyone must wear dive shoes or old trainers, wear gloves and be relatively fit.

Ghost nets are tangled in among the rocks just below the surface and you will be hauling them onto kayaks, cutting free any trapped wildlife that is still alive (the most rewarding part of the day) and then you transfer the nets to OceansAsia’s boat to be moved to a nearby beach. These will be collected later by Marine Department in the coming days.

Spaces limited on Amberjack leaving from Discovery Bay, however OceansAsia will be able to pick up people from Pui O beach and transfer to the location on Chi Ma Wan.

Any paddle clubs or people with their own boats welcome to join. If you are having a junk trip that day, why not drop by the bay and make the day even more rewarding.

This event is made possible with generous funding from the SunTrekker Event.

Date: Sunday, 10 November 2019

Time: 11am – 3pm

Place: Discovery Bay

If you are interested, please sign up on their Facebook page by following this link.

For enquiries please email gary@oceansasia.org

About OceansAsia: After decades of working in marine conservation, co-founders Gary Stokes and Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff combined their complementary skills to form OceansAsia in 2019. Gary, a professional photographer and diving instructor, previously served as the Director of Sea Shepherd Asia, and was the founder of Oceanic Love. He honed his skills as an investigator over the course of nearly two decades of investigating and exposing the shark fin industry.

Teale is a professional researcher and academic, whose work focuses on illegal fishing and the strategic use of law by non-state actors. Through his consultancy, The Idea Tree, he has consulted with numerous conservation organizations on a wide range of issues.

Their complementary skills combine to help deliver the intelligence-based conservation model of OceansAsia.

Last Call: Volunteer for Hong Kong’s Fastest Executive Race – 6 Dec

26 Oct


Calling all Room to Read past, current, and future volunteers. Room to Read needs your help!

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. Room to Read is seeking 60 volunteers.

Duties include, but not limited to: registration, course marshal, first-aid, and check out.

Check out how much fun at the race Room to Read had last year here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAnqNODq0Xs

Please email Jackie Yang at Jacqueline.yang@roomtoread.org if you’re interested.

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019
MANDATORY COURSE WALK: Either Saturday, November 2 OR Saturday, November 9.

Time: 12 – 5pm

Place: Pokfulam Stables to Bowen Road Park

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.

AWA Charity Bazaar 2019

22 Oct


Gifting & Giving Wrapped Up
In One Fabulous Event
!
The AWA Charity Bazaar is back! Enjoy holiday shopping in the Police Married Quarters (PMQ’s) covered marketplace. Rain or shine, over 85 vendors and artists will be offering unique gifts for everyone on your list.

SILENT AUCTION
Bid at the bazaar! Check out the exciting line up of packages including boutique hotel stays, fine jewelry, presidential level art and culture memberships, fitness packages and more. All valued at HK$5,000+ each.

LAI SEE LUCKY DRAW
Look for volunteers selling red envelopes filled with chances to win goodies like gift certificates to restaurants, shows, spa treatments and much more. All worth HK$300 + each.

GIVING TREE
A Giving Tree will be in the center of the fun! Choose a charity to support, fill out a sponsor star for you or a loved one and hang it on the Giving Tree, knowing you are supporting those less fortunate this holiday season.

Proceeds benefit AWA supported charities!

Date: Thursday, 7 November 2019

Time: 11:30am – 7:30pm

Place: PMQ, Aberdeen Street, Central

About AWA: The AWA is a volunteer based charitable women’s organization with a proud, nearly 60-year legacy of giving, with 700+ members from 38 countries. The AWA aims to help the underserved, empower and provide platforms for women, encourages cultural adventures and exchanges in Asia (and beyond) and fosters a supportive community through educational, recreational, fundraising and social activities.

Volunteer with Hong Kong Paws Foundation

18 Oct

The work of Hong Kong Paws dates back to 2005, however the Foundation was formally established and registered as an animal welfare society in March 2011.

From early 2005 Hong Kong Paws has been working closely with local animal shelters to provide financial aid, animal care consultation and rehoming services. With a strong network of volunteers and partner organizations, Hong Kong Paws feels that HK Paws is ready to take their services to a higher level and to the wider community.

In October 2011, HK Paws has been formally endorsed as Hong Kong charity organization by Hong Kong Inland Revenue Department, their charity number is 91/11168. Donation made to Hong Kong Paws of HK$100 or over will be tax-deductible.

Hong Kong Paws Foundation (HK Paws) is operated on a 100% voluntary basis by dedicated volunteers. HK Paws aims to raise awareness of animal welfare issues and to reduce the large number of dogs and cats that are abused, abandoned or destroyed everyday. The Foundation believes that the current laws on animal welfare and their implementation are insufficient to fully protect animals in Hong Kong. HK Paws understands that for many people animal welfare is a secondary priority in our busy lives. However HK Paws feels that every member of our society has a responsibility to alleviate animal cruelty. HK Paws hopes that through their work in Hong Kong they can also raise awareness of animal welfare in China.

What you can do to help: HK Paws can always use an extra set of hands!

If you’re interested in volunteering, please email kat@hkpaws.org and let HK Paws know:

1) What are you interested in helping with?
2) What specific skills can you offer?
3) What weekly time commitment can you offer?

Interns Wanted by HKwalls

14 Oct

Applications for internships at HKwalls are now open. HKwalls is looking for committed interns to help them prepare and run upcoming events and festivals. This is an administrative position, starting now and lasting between 3 to 6 months.

Applicants must be over 18 years old, available on weekdays, and fluent in Cantonese and English. Proficiency in reading and writing Chinese is ideal.

This is the perfect opportunity for those looking to contribute to Hong Kong’s vibrant street art scene!

The application deadline is on October 23rd.

Fill out the form by following this link and HKwalls will get back to you as soon as possible.

About HKwalls: HKwalls is a non-profit arts organisation that aims to create opportunities for local and international artists to showcase their talent in Hong Kong and internationally through the mediums of street art and street culture. HKwalls celebrates creativity, originality and freedom of expression; actively work on connecting and building relationships with artists, the community and organisations worldwide through high-quality public art while making the creative process accessible to all.

HKwalls holds an annual street art festival in Hong Kong during Hong Kong’s art month each March, as well as year-round programming that focuses on artists’ career development and raising awareness through the arts.

Bread Rescue Wednesdays!

10 Oct


Each day, so much food goes to waste. This weekly volunteer project helps save bread from our landfills and feed the disadvantaged.

Every Wednesday evening, volunteers collect surplus bread from bakeries at closing time and bring them to Waste Free Hong Kong’s collection point at the People’s Service Centre. The bread is then redistributed by their partner organisations to those in need in the community.

Date: Every Wednesday

How can I join the bread rescue team?: Click the Register button on EventBrite by following this link, select the date of your choice and enter your contact details.

1 day before the Bread Rescue WFHK will email your collection tickets. These act as your volunteer ID and include the store address, telephone number and pick-up time.

On bread rescue night: Call your stores 1 HOUR before closing time to confirm if they have surplus to donate. If not, give WFHK a call to let them know.

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

Show your collection ticket to the store staff.

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

Pack the breads CAREFULLY into your own carrier bags.

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

Where is the drop off point?: The People’s Service Centre is located at Unit 206-208, Podium Floor, Block 19, Shek Kip Mei Estate, Kowloon

When will I receive my collection ticket?: Tickets will be emailed 1 day before the Bread Rescue.

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 the item has sold out or 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 WFHK know.

What is the arrangement under typhoons and rainstorms?: The Bread Rescue 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 will continue as normal.

For more information
Call: 6360 5054
Visit: http://www.wastefreehongkong.com
Email: info@wastefreehongkong.com

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

Hong Kong 24 Hour Race 2019

8 Oct


The 24 Hour Race is back in Hong Kong!

There is no better place to be this fall. Join in for hot music, mouth-watering food, games and entertainment, all the while taking part in fighting human trafficking.

On November 30, 2019, hundreds of high school students around Hong Kong gather for 24 hours on a mission to end slavery.

All you have to do is get a team of 8 together to run for 24 hours.

Worried about being hungry during the race? This year 25 Hour Race has teamed up with Antonin Catering to provide you all with a wide range of selections for lunch and dinner! You can select meals as “add ons” to your early bird ticket.

Get your tickets now!

Date: Saturday, 30 November – Sunday, 1 December 2019

Place: Lugard Road, The Peak

Price: $320 per person

For more information about food, to register etc. please follow this link to EventBrite

About 24 Hour Race: The 24 Hour Race is a global, student-led abolitionist movement.

24 Hour Race run 24 hours once a year to advocate for the millions of men, women and children locked in the chains of slavery today.

24 Hour Race raises millions of dollars to spearhead the fight against slavery, working with The Exodus Road, creating advocacy campaigns and spreading the 24 Hour Race movement globally.

24 Hour Race will not stop until every person is freed from slavery.

If you’d like to learn more about their abolitionist movement, impact strategy or anything else, reach out to 24 Hour Race at hello@24hourrace.org