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Plastic Free Seas Lecture

15 Jul


The Australian Association are pleased to host a presentation by Plastic Free Seas a charity registered in Hong Kong since 2013. The main focus of the charity is awareness, education and local action on the global issue of plastic marine pollution. The talk will be by Tracey Read founder of the charity, she will tell you all about the problems of plastic marine pollution and focus on ways we can change our personal plastic consumption behavior.

Reception 9:30am, presentation starts 10:00am. Includes a coffee or tea

Date: Thursday, 26 July 2018

Time: 9:30 – 11:30am

Place: Oolaa, 1-9 Bridges Street, Central

Price: $250 (Australian Association members), $350 (non members)

About Australian Association: The Australian Association of Hong Kong was established to encourage fellowship amongst Hong Kong based Australians, people with an interest in Australia and to create opportunities for the Australian community and their friends to get the most out of Hong Kong.

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

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The Green Hub Volunteer Induction Day

22 Jun


Volunteers at the Green Hub, enrich and enhance the life of Green Hub and play a vital role in supporting a wide range of sustainable living educational programmes and conservation work. Volunteers are a valued and integral part of Green Hub. Green Hub’s volunteers donate a range of talents and skills to promote sustainable living and assist their daily operation. Green Hub hopes that they can both enjoy and learn from their volunteer experience at Green Hub.

THE GREEN HUB VOLUNTEER INDUCTION DAY
The goal of the Induction Day is to provide an orientation for people who want to be a volunteer of the Green Hub. The Induction Day comprises an introduction about the Old Tai Po Police Station heritage revitalization project and its programmes and a guided walk of the Green Hub facilities. Participants will also have the opportunities to undertake sustainable living exercises to increase their own well-being and that of the community from a holistic perspective.

VOLUNTEERS OPPORTUNITIES
* Education programmes and activities
* Low carbon catering
* Co-op Market
* Gardening
* Visitor Centre

REQUIREMENT
* Hong Kong citizen aged at least 16 and under 65
* Appreciate sustainable lifestyle
* Interested in nature and heritage conservation
* Good presentation and communication skills
* Able to speak fluent Cantonese, basic English and Mandarin

Ability to attend Green Hub’s Volunteer Induction Day are preferred.

Date: Saturday, 30 June 2018

Time: 2:00 – 4:30pm

Place: Green Hub, 11 Wan Tau Kok Lane, Tai Po, Hong Kong

How to Apply: Please click here for online registration.

When filling in your application, please indicate “Green Hub Volunteer Induction Day” in the “Volunteer Job Requested”.

For further questions or information please email ghprog@kfbg.org

About Green Hub : The aim of the Green Hub is to transform the Old Tai Po Police Station into an influential landmark for Hong Kong and the region to promote sustainable living and integrated conservation by:
* adopting an integrated approach to conserve the historic and architectural values, the heritage trees, and the egretry of ecological importance;
* serving as a centre for developing, teaching and promoting simple, affordable and meaningful initiatives for ecologically-responsible and low-carbon living; and
* promoting a range of training and educational programmes to help people understand and tackle the most pressing ecological and social concerns of modern life.

Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Service

20 Jun

Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Service (HKSEDS) was established on January 11, 2012 as a registered non-profit organization in Hong Kong. Their main focus is breeding and training Seeing Eye Dogs in Hong Kong and provide the well-trained Seeing Eye Dogs to suitable visually impaired people for free. HKSEDS provides match training and follow up services to support visually impaired people. They also promote Seeing Eye Dog protection and prevent abandonment and mistreatment of the dogs after a match.

To localize and sustain Seeing Eye Dog Services in Hong Kong for visually impaired people, HKSEDS focuses on training local trainers to make this profession root in Hong Kong.

Through their services, they hope to enhance the atmosphere of social caring, and to nurture the concept of animal protection. Additionally, HKSEDS would like to empower Hong Kong people to pay more attention to socially vulnerable groups and understand the needs of the physically or mentally impaired communities.

What you can do to help: Volunteers play a vital role in a charity organization. If you agree with HKSEDS’ vision, join HKSEDS as a Puppy Walker. Puppy Walkers are volunteer families who commit to look after the Seeing Eye Dog puppy, aged from 2 months to around 1 year old, at their home. During this period of time, the puppy will acquire the basic training and socialization skill at the puppy walker’s home where it begins to experience care, love and the family life with human beings.

For information please follow this link and download the information sheet at the bottom of the page.

For more information please Email(services@seeingeyedog.org.hk) or Facebook (Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Services).

Animals Asia – Volunteer Orientation Day

10 Jun

Are you an animal lover?
Do you care about animal welfare and want to volunteer?
Come meet and mingle with Animals Asia staff and existing volunteers, and learn more about their mission/ volunteer opportunities.

*Snacks and drinks will be served.
*A small donation of $50 is encouraged.

Should you have any questions, please contact Cherry via ckam@animalsasia.org

Date: Saturday, 16 June 2018

Time: 2:00 – 3:30pm

Place: Room 1501, Tung Hip Commercial Building, 244-252 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan Hong Kong

Price: Free
To register please follow this link to Eventbrite

About Animals Asia: Founded in 1998, Animals Asia promotes compassion and respect for all animals and works to bring about long-term change. They work to end the barbaric bear bile trade, which sees over 10,000 bears kept on bile farms in China, and, according to official figures, about 1,200 suffering the same fate in Vietnam.

Animals Asia has rescued over 500 bears, caring for them at its award-winning bear sanctuaries in China and Vietnam.

Animals Asia also works to end the trade in dogs and cats for food in China and Vietnam, and lobbies to improve the welfare of companion animals, promote humane population management and prevent the cross border export of “meat dogs” in Asia.

In addition, Animals Asia campaigns for an end to abusive animal practices in zoos and safari parks in Asia, and works closely with governing authorities to improve animal management and increase awareness of the welfare needs of captive animals.

WWF Summer School 2018

25 May


Summer school is a fun and exciting way to learn about our city’s unique ecosystems. Held in July and August, planned nature activities are for groups aged 6-8 and 9-11. With classmates and friends, the groups discover the richness of the natural world, the importance of conserving it and the effects of our daily lifestyle choices on these environments. The WWF’s curriculum based activities are run by their educators at their three centres in Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hoi Ha Wan Marine Life Centre and Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Tai Po.

Nature Adventurers (3 days):

© WWF Hong Kong

The 3-day Nature Adventurers programme takes groups aged 9-11 into the heart of Hong Kong’s rich and unique biodiversity. Day one covers Mai Po’s rich variety of wetland habitats and the thriving biodiversity of the more than 2,050 species they support. Day two will include coral observation, a glass-bottomed boat tour and snorkelling at Hoi Ha. Day three focuses on sustainable living and the impact of excessive carbon emissions and biodiversity loss on our natural environments.
Age: 9-11

Nature Explorers (2 days):

© WWF Hong Kong

The 2-day Nature Explorers programme takes place at WWF’s Island House Conservation Studies Centre in Tai Po. Amidst its lush English-style gardens, which boast over 140 species of local and introduced plants, groups aged 6-8 will discover the vast range of wildlife that is all around them. They will also learn about the threats to habitat loss, sustainable living and how their daily choices impact our natural environment.
Age: 6-8

Ocean Explorers (2 days):

© WWF Hong Kong

The 2-day Ocean Explorers programme takes groups aged 6-8 years old on a journey through marine biodiversity and marine conservation at Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, which boasts more hard coral species than the Caribbean Sea. What a great way to discover the ocean! The programme includes a glass-bottomed boat tour, introduction to sustainable fisheries and a marine litter study at Sandy Beach.
Age: 6-8

To download the brochure, for additional information on dates and fees, please visit the WWF website by following this link.

For more information, call 2526 1011 (press 2 for English and then 8) or email education@wwf.org.hk

About WWF-Hong Kong: WWF-Hong Kong was founded in 1981 and is an integral part of WWF’s global network. Their work began with managing Mai Po Nature Reserve and conserving iconic species. Over the years, WWF-Hong Kong has expanded and adjusted their mission to better serve Hong Kong’s conservation and education needs and align themselves with WWF’s global strategy.

KFBG – Fauna Outreach Volunteer Programme 2018 Recruitment

21 May

The Fauna Conservation Department at the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) organises the Animal Encounters and Discovery Tables programmes on first three Sundays of each month. Participants will enjoy a close encounter with animals while they increase awareness towards wildlife conservation and illegal wildlife trade. KFBG hopes participants will come away with greater respect and appreciation for wildlife, and become empowered to lead greener lifestyles and support wildlife conservation work.

Volunteers are one of the important elements of these two programmes. The Fauna Outreach Volunteer Training Programme provides comprehensive training and guidance for volunteers. Qualified volunteers will help lead these two programmes and other outreach activities.

Click here for more information about the Animal Encounter and Discovery Table programmes

Volunteer Duties:
* Act as the guide of the Native Mammal Talk as a part of the Animal Encounter programme;
* Assist Animal Keepers during the Mule, Python and Raptor Talk as a part of the Animal Encounter programme;
* Introduce animal specimens to visitors as a part of the Discovery Table programme
* Assist in maintaining the smooth operation of Fauna Outreach activities, e.g. promoting the programmes, managing crowds and handling enquiries

Benefits:
* Gain an opportunity to promote wildlife conservation
* Gain knowledge in mules, reptiles, mammals and birds
* Gain experience in guiding tours and public speaking
* Gain certificate of recognition after 6 days of service over the first 12 months
* Lunch and travel allowance

2018 Intake: 20 volunteers

Interview Period: 2nd or 3rd July 2018

Training Period:
Training Day 1: 5th August (Sunday) 10am – 4pm
Training Day 2: 11th August (Saturday) 10am – 4pm
Training Day 3: 18th August (Saturday) 10am – 4pm
Exam: 25th August (Saturday) 10am – 4pm
Contingency: 19th August (Sunday) 10am – 4pm
(In case one of the training day needs to be cancelled due to adverse weather, it will be rescheduled to this day).

Interview and Training Location: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

Language: Cantonese and English

Requirements:
* 18 years old or above
* Good command of Cantonese, Mandarin and English
* Good interpersonal and public speaking skills
* Enjoy working outdoors
* Able to work independently and as a team
* Able to volunteer for at least one day every two months
* Education or work experience related to biology, ecology, zoology, environmental science or education is preferred
* Experience in tour guiding or organising education programmes is an advantage

Application Procedures:
Interested parties, please submit an online application. In order to identify potential volunteers, please select “Others” for “Volunteer role(s) you are interested”, and input “Fauna Outreach Volunteer” for “Please specify others”.

Please upload a letter containing an essay of not more than 200 words on this topic: “Name three ways to inspire a greater sense of appreciation in nature amongst Hongkongers”.

Potential candidates will be invited to a face-to-face interview on either 2nd or 3rd July.

For enquiries, please contact Ms. Joyee Chan at joyeechan@kfbg.org.

Application Deadline: 17th June 2018 (Sunday)

About Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden : 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 forest, 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 1960’s onwards, and through planting, natural process and protection from fire, what was once barren scrubland is now mature forest. Visitors are welcome.

In Touch with Nature – 5-Day Summer Camp for Children 2018

5 May


Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is re-running their popular 5-day Summer Camp for Children this year with a range of experiential activities.

1. Nature / Objectives
Kids will explore nature through hiking in woodland, art in nature workshops, animal encounters, harvesting and preparing low-carbon lunch with fresh vegetables at the Green Hub. Participants will be able to make new friends, bond with nature and gain greater awareness of the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong.

2. Programme Content
* Understand the interconnected relationships between plants and animals;
* Use all senses to discover the hidden treasures in nature;
* Learn about native animals in their habitats and ways to protect our native species;
* Express creatively and freely through nature art;
* Foster respect for nature by learning to live sustainably.

Date: 3 – 7 July 2018 (English camp)

Other date options:
Camp B: 9 – 13 July 2018 (Cantonese)
Camp C: 16 – 20 July 2018 (Cantonese)

Time: 09:30am – 4:00pm Daily (non- residential)

Place: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden & Green Hub

Target group / No. of Participants : Children aged 7-9 years.
24 maximum per camp (at least one camp counselor per 6 children)

Price: HKD$2,200 for 5 days (Vegetarian lunch included)

Please submit your online application form by following this link and submit it to KFBG before 31 May, 2018.
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis

For more information please contact Ms Eliz Leung at 2483 7110 or email elizleung@kfbg.org

About Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden : 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 forest, 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 1960’s onwards, and through planting, natural process and protection from fire, what was once barren scrubland is now mature forest. Visitors are welcome.