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Unwanted Christmas presents? Give to charity

11 Dec

Christmas is a time for giving, but unless you’re incredibly lucky (or sent out a specific list of desired items before), chances are you’ll have at least one gift that you don’t like –or can’t even stand the sight of. You can repurpose them, re-gift them, even sell online, but if you run out of ideas think about donating them to charity.

There are a number of charities in Hong Kong who would welcome your onloved gifts. Here are some suggestions

People’s Food Bank
Too many chocolates, cookies, unwanted Christmas hampers? Donate to the People’s Food Bank. Run by local charity St. James’ Settlement they provide temporary food assistance to the poor. For a list of the food donations accepted and their collection points, please follow this link.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is one of the most established organisations for recycling goods. Donated goods are sorted, distributed and sold in Family Stores in Hong Kong and Macau. The net proceeds will go to The Salvation Army for use across its invaluable community programmes. Some of the donated goods will be directly helping people in need, such as home alone elderly, street sleepers, ex-prisoners and CSSA recipients.
The Salvation Army accepts
– Clothing, footwear, handbags and accessories, either brand new or used in clean condition
– Electrical home appliances in working order
– Electrical office equipment (e.g. computer, fax machine, printer, etc.) in working order
– Toys (no soft toys), stationery, books, gifts and premiums
– Software / DVD / VCD / CD with copyright
They do not accept
– Furniture, used bed mattresses or bedding
– Medicine
– Food
– Worn-out or broken items
– Used kitchenware
– Used underwear or towels
Donations can be dropped off at one of their many Family Stores, a list of which is provided on their website.

Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth launched the Used Clothes Recycling Program in 2001, which collects all sorts of textile products: used clothes, shoes, bed sheets and handbags. Re-wearables are exported to neighbouring countries while the worn out pieces are turned into wipers for industrial use. They have over 200 collection points – check out their website and find the one closest to you.
If the amount of used clothes exceeds a certain number (e.g. 5 large bags of clothing or more), Friends of the Earth would arrange door-to-door collection service. Please notify them 1-2 weeks before in advance. Please call 2528-5588 for further details.

Po Leung Kuk
One of the oldest charitable institutions in Hong Kong, the Po Leung Kuk was founded in 1878 to rescue women and children from human trafficking. In it’s long history, Po Leung Kuk is best known as an orphanage, today it offers a wide range of social services in Hong Kong including adoption, integrated family services, elderly services, medical and integrated health services, education and much more. Po Leung Kuk welcomes donations-in-kind to fulfil the basic needs of their service recipients, particularly children, the elderly and low-income families! All kinds of items are welcome – electrical appliances, computers, stationeries, toys, books, household accessories, cookware, etc. For any enquiries, please email plkinfo@poleungkuk.org.hk or contact their Corporate Communications Department on 2277 8352 (Corporate Donation) / Social Services Department on 2277 8158 (Individual Donation).

So get rid of the unwanted clutter, donate, help our community and save our environment through recycling.

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Walk for Nature at Mai Po 2017

23 Aug


Walk for Nature is now open for registration

Walk for Nature” is an annual fundraising event held in Hong Kong’s iconic Mai Po Nature Reserve that has been held for the past 25 years. Participants walk a set route around the Reserve, which is in the Inner Deep Bay wetlands. Mai Po was recognized as “Wetland of International Importance” under the Ramsar Convention in 1995. Since 1940s, observers at the Mai Po Inner Deep Bay wetlands have recorded a total of 400 different species of birds, accounting for 75 per cent of the known bird species in Hong Kong and giving it a reputation as a paradise for birds. Among them are 35 species that are classified as worldwide endangered species. The Reserve also provides habitat for many species of both flora and fauna.

© Martin Harvey / WWF-Hong Kong

Walk for Nature, WWF-Hong Kong’s most significant educational fundraising event, aims to engage the public about the need to protect Hong Kong’s local natural environment and strengthen their awareness of the importance of environmental conservation.

There are four categories that you can join: Adult, Family, Child or Youth, and Senior.

Date: 4-5 November 2017

Time: 9:30am – 6pm
There will be 10 time slots each day running consecutively at half hour intervals from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Participants can choose their preferred time slot during the registration process.

Place: Mai Po Nature Reserve

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

Price:

“Walk for Nature” 2017 is now open for registration. To register, please follow this link.

If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to contact WWF staff at 2526-1011 or email walk@wwf.org.hk.

About WWF: WWF was founded in 1961 by a group of passionate and committed individuals with the vision and determination to change the future – for good of the natural world and for all life on Earth.

Today, WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected conservation organizations, with a network active in more than 100 countries. WWF is currently carrying out more than 1,300 conservation projects around the planet – from small-scale local conservation projects to large-scale species protection projects which span all continents.

Their goal is to build a future in which humans can live in harmony with nature.

Volunteer Gardener needed – WWF

10 Jul

© WWF-Hong Kong

World Wide Fund For Nature Hong Kong is one of Hong Kong’s leading conservation and environmental education organisations. WWF is currently looking for volunteers to deliver gardening works in their Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Tai Po

Responsibilities:
To support all-round Centre horticulture and maintenance works.

Requirements:
* Has solid working experience in horticulture work and maintenance British style garden;
* With knowledge in maintenance of garden facilities and horticulture equipment;
* With knowledge / experience in organic Farming;

Time: Monday to Sunday: 9 am – 6 pm; anytime

Place: Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Island House Lane, Tai Po, New Territories

If you are interested, please indicate your interest with below information to volunteers@wwf.org.hk .
* Full name
* Contact number
* Available date and time

If you are not an existing WWF volunteer, please fill in the volunteer application form for register first.

Volunteer Application Form: http://d3q9070b7kewus.cloudfront.net/downloads/volunteer_application_form_20170704.pdf

About WWF: WWF was founded in 1961 by a group of passionate and committed individuals with the vision and determination to change the future – for good of the natural world and for all life on Earth.

Today, WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected conservation organizations, with a network active in more than 100 countries. WWF is currently carrying out more than 1,300 conservation projects around the planet – from small-scale local conservation projects to large-scale species protection projects which span all continents.

Their goal is to build a future in which humans can live in harmony with nature.

The Green Hub Volunteer Induction Day – 23 July

24 Jun

The Green Hub Volunteer Scheme
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 donating a range of talents and skills to promote sustainable living and assist in the Green Hub’s daily operation. Green Hub hopes that they can both enjoy and learn from their volunteer experience at Green Hub.

Volunteer Opportunities
* Education programmes and activities
* Low carbon catering
* Co-op Market
* Gardening
* Visitor Centre

Requirement
* Hong Kong citizen aged 18 or above
* Appreciate sustainable lifestyle
* Interested in nature and heritage conservation
* Good presentation and communication skills
* Able to speak fluent Cantonese, basic English and Mandarin
* Able to attend their Volunteer Induction Day are preferred.

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.

Date: Sunday, 23 July 2017

Time: 2-4pm

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

Language: Cantonese

How to Apply: Please fill out this link for the online application form

Application Deadline: 17 July 2017

Enquiry: Please contact Miss Leung at 2996 2833 / ghprog@kfbg.org

* Another Volunteer Induction Day will be on 29 Oct.

About The Green Hub: The Green Hub (the Old Tai Po Police Station) is a unique heritage place which is historically, architecturally and ecologically significant.

The Green Hub project has transformed the Old Tai Po Police Station, a Grade 1 historic heritage to hub for sustainable living. The Green Hub’s Heritage Tour is a free-of-charge service for visitors to learn how we conserve the historic and architectural values of the building, as well as the trees and the egretry of ecological importance at the Old Tai Po Police Station.

Under the Revitalising Historic Buildings through Partnership Scheme (the R-Scheme), Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) adopted an integrated approach to conserve the Old Tai Po Police Station and transform the historic heritage site into a Green Hub for sustainable living. Today, the Green Hub is an inspirational educational centre and offers wide-ranging educational opportunities for the public. Often described as a green oasis in the concrete jungle, it is a pioneer of low-carbon diet, and green architecture, a place for transformative education and an incubator for community collaboration on appropriate, affordable and sustainable alternatives.

The Green Hub project is recognised with an Honourable Mention in the 2016 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2016. The Green Hub also receive the Grand Award (Existing Buildings Category: Completed Projects – Institutional Building) and Special Citation in Eco-service Infrastructure Network under the Green Building Award 2016 that is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Green Building Council and the Professional Green Building Council.

KFBG’s The Wild Encounter: 3-Day Summer Youth Camp

18 May

Looking for a special experience this summer? Come and join Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden‘s Youth Day Camp. You will have the opportunity to take part in conservation projects by working alongside KFBG‘s animal and forest conservation experts. Discover the wonders of nature by walking deep into the forest at night. You will feel and experience nature like never before. Participants will make new friends, bond with nature and gain an understanding of the interconnected relationships between humans, wild animals and the environment.

Programme Content:
* Discover animals and their habitats during day time and night time
* Experience animal encounter activities
* Meet and learn from our animal experts
* Participate in forest-restoration activities
* Express creativity freely through nature-art
* Connect with nature to foster respect and appreciation

Target group / No. of Participants:
Youths aged 12 – 14. 20 maximum per camp (at least 1 camp counselor per 5 participants)

Language: Cantonese

Date / Time:
Camp A: 17 – 19 Aug 2017 (Mon to Wed)
Camp B: 7 – 9 Aug 2017 (Mon to Wed)
0930 – 1600 (Day 1 and Day 2)
1430 – 2100 (Day 3)
(Non-residential)

Place: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
Pick-ups and drop-offs at Kowloon Tong MTR station
(Option to dismiss at Tai Po Market MTR station on Day 3)

Price: HKD$2,500 for 3 days (vegetarian lunch/dinner included)

Application: Please submit your online application and payment to KFBG before 7 June, 2017. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

About The Kadoorie Farm: The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives. Today, reflecting the changing times, KFBG plays an active role in promoting the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong and South China, allied with sustainable agriculture and creative nature education.

Their Mission: To harmonise our relationship with the environment.

Their Vision: A world in which people live sustainably with respect for each other and nature.

Their Values:
Sustainable Living
Appreciating the impact of our actions with regard to current and future generations.
Having awareness of our connection with the environment.
Valuing simple and responsible lifestyles.

Justice
Being fair and accountable. Valuing socially equitable systems that protect
the health of the planet, the people and their way of life.
Protect future generations.

Love
Having self-awareness and understanding of the inter-relationship of all things.
Having compassion and respect for all life. Recognising that outer discord
is a reflection of inner discord. Striving for inner silence.

Participation
Engaging mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually;
fostering respect for different viewpoints, openness, dialogue and teamwork.

Professionalism
Being a role model of caring, integrity, commitment, professional standards and
best practices for partners, organisations, individuals and communities.

Learning
Being adaptive and flexible to changing circumstances. Having a holistic outlook.
Being practical, objective, creative and insightful.

Happiness
Appreciating that our happiness lies in creating and sharing happiness with others.

homegrown_kadoorieVolunteering: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden’s (KFBG) conservation objectives are to help protect Hong Kong and Mainland China’s biodiversity while motivating people to act to care for our natural environment. If you are interested in devoting some time to environmental education and conservation, or, helping KFBG in various types of education programmes and to, generally assist with outdoor work in KFBG, please check out their volunteer page.

Or go and check it out for yourself. With an entrance fee of only $30 and a shop selling organic fruit and vegetables and eggs from their own farm, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is well worth a visit.

KFBG Nature Education Volunteer

28 Apr

The goal of the Nature Education Volunteer Training Course is to equip people who want to make a contribution to environmental education. It includes a series of experiential activities and nature walks developed by Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG). In this training programme, participants will gain environmental knowledge, interpretation and facilitation skills. In addition, they will have the opportunity to undertake a wide range of mindfulness exercises to increase the well-being of the community from a holistic perspective.

The content of the Nature Education Volunteer Training Course:
– Introduction to KFBG Education Programmes
– Introduction to Fauna & Flora Conservation Programmes
– Mindfulness Practices
– Environmental Interpretation and Facilitation Skills
– Nature Art Workshops
– Food Ecology
– Talks & Continuous Training Sessions

Requirements:
– Anyone aged 18 or above (retired citizens are welcome)
– Nature lovers
– Willing to commit as a volunteer for education programmes on weekdays (mostly) and weekends
– Able to work in an outdoor environment
– Good presentation and communication skills
– Able to speak fluent Cantonese & basic English
– Able to attend all five full-day training sessions (27 July, 3, 10, 24 & 31 August 2017 (Thursday) 1000 – 1600) are preferred

*Commitment: Complete 60 hours service between September 2017 and November 2018 for KFBG education activities.

*Deposit: HK$1,000. Total amount will be refunded when the whole training course and vounteer services are completed on or before 30 November 2018.

How to apply:
Please download the programme leaflet here and send the completed Application Form together with the essay to KFBG either by e-mail (education@kfbg.org), or by post to Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (Education Department), Lam Kam Road, Tai Po, New Territories. Please mark the envelope: ‘Application for the Nature Education Volunteer Training Course‘.

Application Deadline: 31 May 2017

You may contact education@kfbg.org / 2483 7107 (Ms. Hung) or 2483 7284 (Ms. Lau) for further questions or information, or visit their website.

About The Kadoorie Farm: The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives. Today, reflecting the changing times, KFBG plays an active role in promoting the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong and South China, allied with sustainable agriculture and creative nature education.

Their Mission: To harmonise our relationship with the environment.

Their Vision: A world in which people live sustainably with respect for each other and nature.

Their Values:
Sustainable Living
Appreciating the impact of our actions with regard to current and future generations.
Having awareness of our connection with the environment.
Valuing simple and responsible lifestyles.

Justice
Being fair and accountable. Valuing socially equitable systems that protect
the health of the planet, the people and their way of life.
Protect future generations.

Love
Having self-awareness and understanding of the inter-relationship of all things.
Having compassion and respect for all life. Recognising that outer discord
is a reflection of inner discord. Striving for inner silence.

Participation
Engaging mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually;
fostering respect for different viewpoints, openness, dialogue and teamwork.

Professionalism
Being a role model of caring, integrity, commitment, professional standards and
best practices for partners, organisations, individuals and communities.

Learning
Being adaptive and flexible to changing circumstances. Having a holistic outlook.
Being practical, objective, creative and insightful.

Happiness
Appreciating that our happiness lies in creating and sharing happiness with others.

homegrown_kadoorieVolunteering: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden’s (KFBG) conservation objectives are to help protect Hong Kong and Mainland China’s biodiversity while motivating people to act to care for our natural environment. If you are interested in devoting some time to environmental education and conservation, or, helping KFBG in various types of education programmes and to, generally assist with outdoor work in KFBG, please check out their volunteer page.

Or go and check it out for yourself. With an entrance fee of only $30 and a shop selling organic fruit and vegetables and eggs from their own farm, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is well worth a visit.

KFBG Fauna Conservation Department needs Volunteers

23 Mar

Calling all animal lovers! The Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden’s Fauna Conservation Department is looking for volunteers for these two teams:

Wild Animal Rescue Centre
Successful applicants will help care for the rescued animals. Their duties will include anything from preparing food, feeding animals, cleaning cages to assisting health check-ups.

Mule Operations
Successful candidates will help care for our two mules Dennie and Duffi, assist in transporting cargo, and deliver education talks to visitors

Duties:
– The general care of rescued animals including preparing food, cleaning cages and laundry
– Assisting staff with regular animal check-ups, treatments and animal feeding

What KFBG is looking for:
– A hardworking, responsible team player
– Physically fit and enjoy the outdoors
– A minimum commitment of 3 days per week (Monday – Sunday, 8:30am – 5 pm) for at least 2 months.
– Valid tetanus vaccination
– Valid rabies and hepatitis B vaccination (Preferred)
– Previous experience with animals including pets (Preferred)

What you’ll get:
– Joy in working with animals and a deeper understanding of their needs, and be able to contribute toward the conservation of many different species
– Basic animal husbandry training
– Additional animal husbandry training (For volunteers who can offer long term regular commitment i.e. at least 4 days per week for at least 2 months)
– Lunch and travel allowance (For volunteers who can offer long term regular commitment)

How to Apply: Before you apply, please read the Volunteer Attachment Programme Conditions.
Due to limited parking space, volunteers are recommended to take public transportation to KFBG.
Please click here to apply online.
For more information, please email fauna@kfbg.org

About the Fauna Conservation Department: The main goals of the Fauna Conservation Department are to help protect our local and regional biodiversity, through wildlife rescue work, breeding programmes and educational projects, which aim to connect visitors with nature and conservation issues.
The focus of their work is:
1. Wild Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation
2. Endangered Species Conservation
3. Specialist Wildlife / Ecological Advisory Services
4. Unique Educational Experiences