Archive | February, 2020

Seeking English to Simplified Chinese Translator

29 Feb


Room to Read needs you! Room to Read is seeking a volunteer proficient in Simplified Chinese to help translate external documents to be shared with their Chinese speaking donors. The documents are mainly one to two-page marketing collaterals. Previous translation experience would be beneficial. Please get in touch at hong.kong@roomtoread.org to find out more!

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.

WWF-HK Island House Festival – 29 Feb

25 Feb

If you are bored cooped up at home from too much home office, how about spending a day in the great outdoors at WWF’s Island House Conservation Studies Centre in Tai Po?

Discover sustainable solutions to change the way we live at Island House Conservation Studies Centre in Tai Po with talks from conservation experts, eco-guided visits around the historic building and surrounding grounds, film screenings and some game booths. Come visit with your family and friends and learn how to reduce your ecological footprint.

Date: 29th February – 1st March, 2020 (Sat & Sun)

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Place: Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Tai Po, see map here

Price: $50.00 – $60.00
All participants receive 30 days WWF-Hong Kong membership and one food coupon & one beverage coupon to be used at the festival.

To register, please follow this link

For enquiries, please email community@wwf.org.hk or call the service hotline at 2161 9631

About WWF HK: WWF Hong Kong (WWF HK) is the independent branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature in Hong Kong. It was established in 1981 as World Wildlife Fund Hong Kong an environmental organization in Hong Kong and has Conservation, Climate & Energy and Education programmes in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

WWF Hong Kong has over 120 full-time staff working in five offices located in Kwai Hing, Central, Tai Po, Mai Po, and Hoi Ha Wan[1] with nine voluntary committees made up of over 50 people. WWF’s Hong Kong’s current membership is about 230,000.

WWF Hong Kong carrying out biodiversity research across Hong Kong, such as the firefly surveys of their Mai Po Marshes nature reserve. The surveys have also incorporated citizen science participation and using this approach to further monitor biodiversity across Hong Kong, WWF has incorporated iNaturalist and the City Nature Challenge into activities at their Mai Po and Hoi Ha Wan centres. Other Citizen Science activities they’ve helped coordinate in Hong Kong include the ecological survey and coastal clean-up programme called Coastal Watch.

Earth Hour 2020 – 28 March

21 Feb


Started by WWF and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment, engaging millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories. It has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people.

2020 is a watershed year for our planet’s future. We have just 10 years to meet urgent goals set out to rein in the world’s climate crisis and preserve the Earth’s biodiversity.

Nature is essential for all the things we need to survive and thrive. But human activity is pushing the natural system we all rely on to the edge, threatening all life on Earth.

World leaders must commit to an ambitious New Deal for Nature and People that protects and restores nature by 2030 – safeguarding at least 30 per cent of natural spaces and sustainably managing the rest, while limiting global warning to 1.5C.

To achieve that we must start at home, where there’s much to be done to reach our goal of transforming Hong Kong into Asia’s most sustainable city.

We can transform Hong Kong’s natural environment by:

Protecting our Wetlands
With local biodiversity at risk, we need to protect wetlands of ecological value from unauthorised habitat destruction

Managing our Oceans
This year is potentially our last chance to protect Hong Kong’s Chinese white dolphins by expanding our marine protected areas, particularly in waters off West and South Lantau. We need 30% of our waters to be designated as MPAs by 2030!

Revolutionising Energy
In order to do our part in tackling the climate crisis, Hong Kong needs to scale up use of renewable energy by embracing new technology in order to meet our 10% RE target by 2030.

Rewilding Our Wild
As a major hub for the illegal wildlife trade, Hong Kong must strengthen enforcement against the poaching, trafficking and consumption of the world’s most threatened species. We call for the shutdown of all wildlife markets across Asia and for communities to protect and help restore wildlife populations.

Change the way we live, change the way YOU live. Take the Earth Hour Pledge now!

Date: 28 March 2020

Time: 8:30-9:30pm

Place: Everywhere

Price: What’s the earth worth to you?

Starfish is recruiting committee members

17 Feb


The Starfish Charitable Trust is recruiting new committee members to break the child poverty cycle of underprivileged children in HK through creative means.

Please come join the Starfish Charitable Trust at their welcome lunch to find out more about their team and how you may help!

Suggested contribution: HKD200

Any questions, feel free to reach out to their PR officer for this event Alicia (98381833)

Date: Saturday, 14 March 2020

Time: 12-2pm

Place: Union Church, 248 Queen’s Road East

Price: Free, with a suggested contribution of $200. To register, please follow this link to Eventbrite

About Starfish Charitable Trust: Since its inception, Starfish’s mission is to exhaust all avenues to appropriate medical treatments that could ease or even alleviate the sufferings of children in order to increase their chances for adoption and offering hope for a normal life.

Besides giving medical treatments to the children, Starfish also cares for the emotional and spiritual needs of these children as an approach for holistic healing. Starfish’s objectives include training programs to coach, develop and upgrade the skills of the caregivers to enable them to deliver their service effectively and with dedications in a well- managed and clean environment.

Emergency support for Hong Kong charities during Coronavirus outbreak

13 Feb

This is a rebroadcast of an appeal by HandsOn:

The impact of the Coronavirus has been felt acutely across Hong Kong, with local charities and the groups they serve critically affected by this public health emergency. The HandsOn Hong Kong team are staying in regular contact with our non-profit partners to establish the most urgent community needs at this challenging time:

HandsOn elderly center partners are in need of emergency hygiene supplies which can be used to safely transport the individuals they serve to urgent hospital appointments and for food and other provisions that will allow low-mobility or isolated individuals to remain at home for extended periods.

– The partners HandsOn works with which support families in subdivided flats are in particularly urgent need of masks, sanitizer and anti-bacterial cleaning products given the type of housing they reside in.

HandsOn non-profit partners serving youths with disabilities are also in critical need of masks and sanitizer as well as cleaning products are given that many of these young people have challenged immune systems and live in dormitories with a number of other students.

If you are looking for ways to help Hong Kong’s most vulnerable during this crisis, please pick up any of the items listed on the HandsOn webpage and deliver directly to your listed local non-profit also listed there. HandsOn suggests that you phone them ahead of time to let them know you are coming.

Thank you in advance for your kind support and generosity.

World Wildlife day – Hope and Heroes charity luncheon 3 Mar

9 Feb


Join WildAid to celebrate the World Wildlife day at their Hope and Heroes charity luncheon.

This would be WildAid‘s very first fundraiser in Hong Kong… where you will meet WildAid China Chief representative Steve Blake, and two very special speakers.

The luncheon will be held at the beautiful Sky Lounge at Upper house in Pacific Place.

Guests will enjoy a delicious luncheon with a special silent auction and raffle…

Buy a raffle ticket on the day and you will have a chance to win a 3-night stay at the beautiful Aleenta Resort in Phuket as well as many other prizes…

Please Be The HERO and join WildAid in making an impact in the lives of the Wildlife animals – When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too!

For more information, please contact Eva via eva@wildaid.org

Date: Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Time: 12-2pm

Place: The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty

Price:
Regular lunch ticket – $880
To buy your ticket, please follow this link to Eventbrite

About WildAid: WildAid is a non-profit organization with a mission to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid primarily works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products such as elephant ivory, rhino horn, and shark fin soup. With an unrivalled portfolio of celebrity ambassadors and a global network of media partners, WildAid leverages more than $230 million in annual pro-bono media support with a simple message: When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too. For more information, visit WildAid.org

Hoi Ha Biodiversity Excursion – 23 Feb

5 Feb


The new year is a good time for hiking and exploring Hong Kong wildlife.

In this excursion, EncompassHK will first lead you to experience one of the most innovative outdoor water stations by Urban Spring at the Park Tam Chung Sai Kung Country Park visitor center. They’ll also teach you how to make use of iNaturalist and compete in the April’s worldwide City Nature Challenge.

Program

⁃ Introduction to iNatrualist and City Nature Challenge

⁃ Introduction to Sustainable Development Goals (especailly on responsible consumption) and Urban Springs outdoor wells.

⁃ Introduction to marine fauna with expert guide Dr. Cynthia Yau

⁃ Marine naturalist ID with a demonstration of the iNaturalist app

⁃ Guided walk along Hoi Ha Nature Trail and Marine Park area, including visits to Hoi Ha’s Antiquities Monument, Hoi Ha ecologically sensitive stream

⁃ Introduction to developmental issues at Hoi Ha Wan (by Friends of Hoi Ha chairperson Nicola Newbury)

With an AFCD-estimated 45,000 visitors in 2015, Hoi Ha Wan is Hong Kong’s most accessible Marine Park and is a popular destination for day-trippers. Watch out for monkeys in the trees, cows on the road, and a stunning view over Long Harbour as the road drops down from Pak Tam Au. With a wealth of corals, including 64 of the 84 species of stony corals found in Hong Kong, Hoi Ha Wan has been a Site of Special Scientific Interest since 1986 and was gazetted as a Marine Park in 1996. We will explore the diversity of marine life in the mangrove and sandy shore habitats at HHW.

The City Nature Challenge is a friendly international competition that encourages people to go outside and discover the local wildlife. Simply observe and take pictures of plants and animals in natural areas near you on the free app, iNaturalist. No prior experience necessary – anyone and everyone is welcome to participate!

Who: Everyone! Families including accompanied children over 3 are welcome.

What to Wear: Closed-toe shoes (no sandals or flip flops please, as the beach may have sharp dangerous items including broken glass, oyster shells), comfortable clothes, hat. Do be warned you may get your footwear wet on the shore, so please bring your own change of dry shoes if needed.

What to Bring: Water (minimum 0.5 L in reusable container – Bonaqua bottle, Watsons bottle etc. are not allowed). Water refill during the trip is possible. Sun screen, hat and insect repellent. Small umbrella for shade.

Not allowed: No flip flops or open sandals during intertidal excursion. No one-time-use plastic bottles or food containers/wrappers! Other remarks: There is no wheelchair access anywhere in Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park.

Date: Sunday, 23 February 2020

Time: 10:30am – 5pm
(Coach will return to Kowloon Tong with drop off at Choi Hung station by 5 pm)

Place: 10:30am outside Kowloon Tong Exit C

Price: $280 (including coach fee, guided walk, light lunch, handouts about Hoi Ha Wan, donation to Friends of Hoi Ha) to register please follow this link to EventBrite

*No parking available for external guests in Hoi Ha Village, so we do not advise you to drive there.

About Encompass HK: Encompass HK, a local social enterprise promoting the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.