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Big Bird Race 2018 is open for registration

17 Mar

WWF-Hong Kong’s longest-running supporter event, Big Bird Race, is now open for registration! The event involves local and overseas bird-watching teams attempting to spot and record the greatest number of bird species in a 12-hour period. Teams can start anywhere in Hong Kong, but must complete the race at Mai Po Nature Reserve.

What are you waiting for? Get your binoculars ready and register now! Registration closes 30 March.

© Michelle & Peter Wong

Common name: Spotted redshank
Scientific name: Tringa erythropus
Body length: 29-32cm
Estimated population in Hong Kong: 2,500 in 1987, 397 in 2012
Occurrence in Hong Kong: Common spring passage migrant, less common in autumn and winter

Date: Saturday, 14 April 2018

Time: 6:30am – 6:30pm

Place: Bird-watching teams may begin anywhere in Hong Kong but must finish the race at Mai Po Nature Reserve.

To find out more about the Big Bird Race and to download the Enrollment Form, please follow this link.

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

You don’t have to be an environmentalist to support the work that WWF-Hong Kong do. No matter who you are or where you live, you just need to believe that the Earth is our one and only home and that we have a duty to care for this planet. If you believe this and can agree to make some changes in your daily life, then you will help create a brighter future for all of us.


One-arm Push-up Challenge – Raise Money to stamp out Animal Cruelty

28 Jan

Police have called on Hongkongers to take part in a one-arm push-up challenge to raise money for an animal charity and stamp out animal cruelty.

A star-studded opening ceremony will be held at Stanley Plaza today, where you will be able to take photos with officers from elite police squads, including the counter-terrorism response unit and airport security unit.

All proceeds will be used to help the Society for Abandoned Animals, which relies solely on private donations.

Run for Survival 2018

21 Jan

Be a Conservation Hero and brace up to the challenges
Get rid of plastics to stand up for the oceans

Join Run for Survival, all donations raised will be used to support Asian wildlife conservation efforts of the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong.

Run For Survival is open to the public, and includes a 10km Time Challenge race and 3km Fun Run. There are fascinating checkpoints on race court as well as game booths filled with conservation elements.

Date: Sunday, 4 March 2017

Time: 9am – 2pm

Place: Hong Kong Science Park

Price: Register before 22 January and benefit from the early bird discount

The first 600 individual/family registrations will receive an umbrella dryer case
The first 200 registrants of 10km Time Challenge will receive a pair of Xtenex shoelaces
The first 200 registrants of 3km Fun Run will receive an Aimore sports bottle
All participants will receive a Truegrasses A4 folder

Register now by following this link

About Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong: OPCFHK is committed to advocating, facilitating and participating in effective conservation of Asian wildlife, with an emphasis on Chinese white dolphins and giant pandas, as well as their habitats through partnerships, fundraising, research and education. It envisions a world where Asian wildlife remains biologically diverse under the stewardship of humans, corporations and governments.

Since its expansion in 2005, OPCFHK has allocated over $80 million to fund 479 research projects on cetaceans, giant pandas and many other species. In 2015/16, OPCFHK is funding three key projects to monitor and understand the population and habitat of Chinese white dolphins, whilst continuing the operation of the Marine Mammal Stranding Response Team in Hong Kong and providing samples to local universities and the Chinese White Dolphin DNA Bank in China, in order to develop an effective conservation plan for the species. Giant panda conservation efforts were extended from infrastructure rebuilding after earthquake to conservation study, capacity building and habitat restoration in the three provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu. It also inspires university students to engage in field work as part of its University Student Sponsorship Programme in Wildlife Conservation, and connects secondary school students as well as corporations to horseshoe crab conservation efforts in Hong Kong through the rearing and fostering programme.


Green Power

26 Dec

Green Power was founded in 1988 by a group of dedicated volunteers who were concerned about local environmental problems. Since their formation, they have been promoting environmental education as they believe education is the ultimate means of transforming thinking and behaviour.

Here are a few examples of projects Green Power is involved in

Hong Kong’s First Coral Transplant Project:
Hong Kong has a long coastline and as many as 84 species of hard corals; one tenth of the total number of reef-building corals in the world. Corals are known as the “tropical forests” of the ocean as they provide complex microhabitats for many marine species to shelter and breed, enriching the marine ecology.

However, corals are very vulnerable to adverse impacts and require high water quality. Slight changes in sea water temperature, salinity or clarity can lead to their bleaching or even their death. Observations made by Green Power divers reveal that the number of hard corals and their related ecosystems have been decreasing in recent years. For example, at Double Island, Sai Kung, the coral population has declined by up to 80% in the last decade. There are various reasons for this reduction, including global warming, pollution, net fishing and leisure water sports, which all affect corals to different degrees.

As hard corals grow and recover rather slowly, they are hard rebuild from damage through natural regeneration alone. However, artificial transplants can accelerate their recovery. Places around the world such as Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore have all succeeded in artificial transplantation. Now, Hong Kong is carrying out its first project.

The first step of artificial coral transplantation is to collect suitable corals from other areas. In order not to harm the original coral colonies, divers will only collect coral fragments that have fallen off due to a variety of reasons such as typhoon damage. Divers will check the health status and species of the coral fragments, and transplants can be conducted upon suitability being confirmed. As corals can reproduce asexually, when divers fix the coral fragments in suitable target growing locations, the fragments will grow slowly and achieve restoration eventually.

Green Power working with Eco-education & Resources Centre and a group of local divers, carried out its first artificial coral transplant in June 2014. The present stage is rather experimental, focusing near Double Island. 1,500 square metres of hard corals are expected to be restored in 3 to 5 years.

Black Kite Surveyors:
Black Kite is the most common raptor in Hong Kong, which is one of the few places around the world where you can see this bird close in the urban area. Yeung Chau, a 5-hectare uninhabited small island opposite Sai Kung Pier, is a major habitat of Black Kite. Over 400 individuals have been recorded on the island. White-bellied Sea Eagle, a Second Grade National Protected Species, is also observed. Only 10 to 14 pairs of the species are known across Hong Kong. Unfortunately, the government has previously proposed developing Yeung Chau into a tourism spot. The island is also favoured by war gamers. The local birds are seriously threatened.

Since 2017, Green Power has been recruiting secondary school teachers and students to form a Black Kite Surveyor Team. After classroom and outdoor training and assessment, the qualified surveyors will regularly record the numbers and behaviour of Black Kites on Yeung Chau. The ecological databank will be used to advocate the designation of Yeung Chau as a nature reserve to protect the species in the long term.

River Monitoring Teams:
River Monitoring Teams consist of secondary school teachers and students, monitor six major local rivers: Lam Tsuen River, Kam Tin River, Tung Chung River, Shan Pui River, Shing Mun River and Tuen Mun River. Green Power members visit the upper, middle and lower courses and estuaries of the monitored rivers, collecting water samples to measure the river’s environmental information and observe its ecology. The data collected can help compare the changes in water quality and environment, thus, playing a valuable monitoring role.

Furthermore, given the Government’s Tung Chung New Town Expansion Project, Green Power has been dedicated to monitoring the Tung Chung River in recent years. They collect environmental data at different sections and estuaries of the river so as to monitor the impact of the New Town Expansion Project on the river and to provide required statistics for the conservation of the Tung Chung River.

Volunteer: If you are interested in volunteering to help Green Power in their efforts, please contact Green Power at


Hill’s X SPCA Dogathon 2018

23 Dec

Attention All Dog Lovers!

Everyday your faithful friend patiently waits to welcome you back home with a big smile, sloppy licks and a waggy tail. So perhaps it’s about time you rewarded them with a fun and exciting day out?

And what better way to thank them than joining the SPCA’s Dogathon, an annual charity walk and party for both dogs and owners around the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort? Over a thousand dogs will be participating helping to raise funds for their less fortunate animal friends.

Other activities available at the Dogathon:
* Fitness Zone
* Woof & Bricks Art Work
* Police Dog Performance
* Dog Frisbee Play Zone
* Agility Games
* Dog Health Talk By Senior Vet
* Dog Training Demonstration
* Flea Market
* Charity Sales
* Booth Games

No dog? No problem! You can still join in the fun and enjoy the incredible atmosphere of walking with more than a thousand dogs! There is no enrollment fee. All you need to do is raise a minimum donation before the deadline.

What are you waiting for? Enroll now and join us for a great day out, whilst supporting our animal welfare work! Everyone’s a winner especially the animals!

Date: Sunday, 28th January 2018

Walk Starting: 8:30am
Registration: 7:30-8:00am
Event Finish: 3:00pm

Place: Hong Kong Disneyland Coach Park

Distance: Around 5km (around 2 hours)

Deadline for Registration: Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018

To find out more information and to enroll, please follow this link

About the SPCA: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was first formed by a group of volunteers in 1903 and became active in 1921.

Although SPCA is the first charity in Hong Kong to deal with all aspects of animal welfare, they obtain around only 1% of their funding from the government. The rest of their funding comes from the generosity of the general public, for which they are extremely grateful. It is a constant challenge to raise the funds necessary to continue their work.

The SPCA believes that animals are living creatures which like humans, are able to feel pain, hunger and thirst. We should not inflict any suffering upon our fellow creatures just because they can’t speak.


Heifer International

21 Dec

Heifer International’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth. For over 70 years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in nearly 30 countries, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. Heifer’s unique community development model has helped 30 million families directly and indirectly since 1944.

Founded in 2000, Heifer Hong Kong has helped impoverished families and communities in Mainland China to become more self-reliant. Through Heifer’s unique community development model, Heifer Hong Kong works with Haihui to end rural poverty in Mainland China.
* An increasing number of families in China ending hunger, becoming self-reliant and caring for others.
* A compassionate young generation in Hong Kong that is active in making a difference in the global community, starting in China.

* To provide opportunities for the Hong Kong community to support Heifer’s poverty alleviation program in China.
* To raise the public awareness of Heifer’s work and values through education.

What you can do to help:

Read to Feed: Children are inspired to read books while getting sponsors for their reading. Story books, videos and other educational resources are available to help children develop empathy and learn about poverty issues starting from a young age. Since 2002, over 390,000 student times from over 230 schools have participated in Read to Feed.

Read more about Read to Feed activities here

Moo Moo Young Partner Program: A children’s program that empowers and nurtures the young generations to contribute to a better world! It aims to enhance children’s understanding of poverty, help cultivate a sense of compassion and empathy as well as their willingness to share through a series of fun-filled family activities that promote these Heifer spirits.

Moo Moo Young Partner gives Hong Kong children aged 4-12 a chance to support Heifer Hong Kong’s poverty alleviation work. Fun-filled experiential activities help broaden the children’s horizon and develop positive values, cultivating them into aspiring young partners willing to share and dare to undertake responsibilities. Designed for children and parents’ participation, the program also enhances family bonding.

Become a member by following this link.

Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to help with storytelling, editorial, translation, etc. If you are interested, please follow this link and complete their registration form.


Social Career a platform for getting involved

16 Dec

If your resolution for the year is to volunteer and you don’t know where to start, take a look at Social Career

What is Social Career?
Social Career is a non-profit technology organization registered in Hong Kong in 2015 and a registered charity under section 88 of the Inland Revenue ordinance (File no: 91/15011). With funding support from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Social Career is building a platform that encourages the general public to volunteer and get involved in social causes and service activities.

Their vision is to be in a world where everyone has a second career outside of their work. Everyone deserves an opportunity to develop a second career that we are truly passionate about. They call this our Social Career. You can have a fulfilling Social Career regardless of your profession, education or your social status; it’s about who you are and your impact on society through volunteering. Your Social Career will carry on even after you have retired from your daily job.

Social Career’s mission is to educate the general public in volunteerism and involvement in social causes and services. To achieve this mission, they devote their knowledge and experience of applying latest information technology to develop a platform that helps non-profit organizations and enterprises with a social mission to encourage and manage long-term and skill-based volunteering activities.

Which role are you interested in?
Administrative assistant, coach/teacher, mentor, performer/entertainer, program assistant, care taker, cleaner/repairer, … there is a lot to choose from

Who do you want to help?
The variety of non-profits looking for help is vast. They include charities providing services to infants and children, women, elderly, new arrivals, ethnic minorities, the disabled, homeless, animals, refugees, and the list goes on

How do you Volunteer?
Just register by following this link, look at the volunteer opportunities on their website or on their app. Like it? Sign up, it’s that easy!