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KFBG Autumn Festival 2018

17 Oct

KFBG Autumn Festival is Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden‘s yearly large-scale on-site event to celebrate and appreciate nature’s gifts and showcase ways of living in harmony with our environment.

The themes of this year’s Autumn Festival are connecting people with Nature, conservation, and low-carbon living. Apart from the usual plant and animal exhibits, various experiential activities will be set up to promote physical and mental wellness. Activities include: “Upside Down” Exploring the World of Bats Exhibition, Green Market, Experiential Activities, Through the Innocent Eyes Parent-child Photo Event, Art Workshops, Guided Tours, Animal Encounters and Story-telling Activity.

Come explore the wilderness and celebrate the autumn season through one of the many experiential activities at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden on the 3rd and 4th November 2018!

For more information please email edu_programme@kfbg.org

Date: 3-4 November 2018 (Saturday & Sunday)

Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm (Last admission: 4:00pm)

Place: Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden
For directions, please follow this link

About Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG): 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.

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LumiVoce is looking for an Operations Manager (part time)

8 Oct

Are you passionate about wildlife conservation? LumiVoce is seeking a proactive individual to contribute to its efforts on wildlife conservation and biodiversity. LumiVoce is looking for a Manager of Operations to assist the daily operations from finance, administration, and event coordination. Their team consists of hardworking and fun individuals who have come together to shed light on the plight of wildlife through music. As a charity, LumiVoce often find themselves with their hands full and therefore need someone to manage their day to day operations. If you are someone who can wear multiple hats at the same time, have some experience in operations, administration and event management, please get in touch with the LumiVoce team.

This is a part-time, flexible position, however, LumiVoce acknowledges that there will be a considerable investment in terms of time especially before and during an event. LumiVoce is therefore looking for someone who can be flexible with their time and is able to multitask.

For more information and a detailed job description, please click on the link: http://www.lumivoce.org/job

Please send your CV and Covering Letter explaining why you are interesting in joining LumiVoce to info@lumivoce.org.

About LumiVoce: Inspiring people to fall in love with wildlife through the beauty and power of music and stories to reduce demand. Turning today’s wildlife consumers into tomorrow’s wildlife protectors.

The Chinese character for listening includes ears, eyes and heart 聽.

Are we listening? Are we listening with our ears, eyes, heart, mind and soul?

Do we really know what a healthy forest truly sounds like?

I was moved to action when I heard that every 15 minutes an elephant is killed for its tusk (ivory), that every 8 hours a rhino is brutally slaughtered for its horn, that we have lost 58% of the planet’s wildlife since the 1970s (WWF living planet report 2016), and, finally, that we are losing them at 1000 times the normal background rate.

“As a singer I want to lend my voice to the voiceless wildlife, to illuminate with sound, to combine my passions for music and wildlife to make a difference.
You may ask why music?

Because music is powerful and it touches the human heart. Why is it said that music is a universal language? Because it is the language of the heart, mind and soul. It vibrates within the core of our being. It transcends cultures, space and time. I grew up with music during China’s Cultural Revolution. My parents were exiled to the countryside to do hard labor.

“I hope my voice will inspire others to join in. One voice becomes thousands of voices, like a great symphony of love for the wild.”

Dr. Ying Ying Liu, Founder

Survey on single-use plastic-lined paper cups

29 Sep

Calling all environmentally conscious coffee drinkers! Plastic Free Seas have launched a HK-wide research project on the use of single-use plastic-lined paper cups in coffee shops (these are NOT recyclable!). The process is easy: next time you’re in a coffee shop, scans your eyes over the seats and do a spot-check. Add what you see into this Google Form to be part of this powerful project that will help kick-start a campaign to reduce the use of these cups. BE THE CHANGE!!! #DitchDisposables

Anyone can do this and you can start right away.

This survey will continue until October 14.

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

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS – Typhoon Mangkhut relief

20 Sep

The devastating impact has been felt across Hong Kong, from fallen trees and unearthed pavements to loss of electricity and even access to drinking water. Miraculously no lives were lost, but many Hong Kong NGOs—and individuals—are in need of immediate support.

Please follow this link to the appeal that Hands On has sent out on behalf of a number of organisations looking for volunteers.

Let’s join hands and help the less fortunate in Hong Kong get back on their feet!

The 24th Kadoorie Brothers Memorial Race

15 Sep

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Run for charity and take in the amazing scenery at Kadoorie Farm. The race is held in memory of the Kadoorie brothers, Lord Lawrence and Sir Horace.

The length of the course is 5.7 km, from the KFBG Lower Area (at 130m elevation), and rises steeply uphill along roads, through various beautiful sections of Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden, finishing at the Kadoorie Brothers Memorial Pavilion (at 602m elevation). It is a challenging and rewarding uphill race (or a lovely walk, depending on your fitness).

Participants must be 7 years of age or older / Entry for the Race is limited to 230 participants. If the race is over-subscribed, eligibility will be allocated by lucky draw.

No entrance fee will be charged for the race. There will be a donation box at the registration counter and Kadoorie Farm hopes participants and the accompanying guests would donate HK$200 to support their Conservation and Education Programmes.

Date: 16 December 2018 (Sunday)

Time: 10:00 – 12:30

Place: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

Price: No entrance fee will be charged for the race. There will be a donation box at the registration counter and Kadoorie Farm hopes participants and the accompanying guests would donate HK$200 to support their Conservation and Education Programmes.

Note: Applicants should assume their application is unsuccessful if no confirmation letter is received via e-mail by 11th November, 2018 (Sunday).
Each applicant can only submit application once.
The KFBG Gate will be closed at 9:45 a.m. for the event. KFBG will be re-opened at 2:00 p.m. after the event.

To register please follow this link. Deadline for registration is 30 September.

For enquiries, please send e-mail to mr2018@kfbg.org or call Ms Hung at 2483 7107.

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.

Plogging for World Cleanup Day (jogging and picking up litter)

7 Sep

Join Eco Marine ‘plogging’ (a combination of jogging and picking up litter) on World Cleanup Day! Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup is collaborating with The Green Race for a coastal trail cleanup ‘plog’ on the southern shore of the Starling Inlet from 9:30am to around 12:30pm. The event will coincide with the Immortals trail race 27km route and ploggers and runners will be able to cheer each other on! Ploggers will jog/hike as a group or in a few groups whilst picking up rubbish on the trail/shoreline between Luk Keng and CP3 (Kuk Po) of the race route where you can share in the water, drinks, and environmentally friendly snacks provided by The Green Race. You will then turn around and head back to Luk Keng for a total distance of around 9km.

Date: Saturday 15 September 2018

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Place: Intersection of Luk Keng Road and Bride’s Pool Road https://goo.gl/maps/gKWFLCfeqVo

Transport: Minibus 56K from Fanling MTR http://www.16seats.net/eng/gmb/gn_56k.html

What to Wear: Hiking/Sports clothes and shoes. Closed toed shoes only. Sun hat and other sun protection like umbrella and sunscreen. Weather is expected to be hot.

What to Bring: A reusable container with at least 1 L of water and some snacks if you are the hungry type. Single use plastic water and drink like Bonaqua, Coke etc are prohibited. Try to minimize other single-use food wrapping/packaging as well. Also bring sunscreen, mosquito spray and possibly a change of clothes. Eco Marine will provide gloves and small sized rubbish bags suitable for plogging. Feel free to bring your own gloves and tongs.

Signup: For full information on the event and to register, please follow this link to their Facebook page

About Eco Marine: Eco Marine envisions a society where nature and modern urban life thrive. Their mission is to inspire greater appreciation and guardianship of nature and to catalyze action for integrating this mindset into all aspects of contemporary urban life.

Your everyday choices and efforts matter.

Kadoorie Farm – Breathing with Trees

29 Aug

Breathing with Trees – A Breathwork Event with Claire Elouard and Andrew McAulay

Learn about our relationship with trees and experience the power of breath in this one day workshop at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden.

In this special event, Energy of Nature teacher, Claire Elouard, will combine with Breath of Bliss facilitator, Andrew McAulay to guide participants through an exploration of multiple dimensions of our relationship with the plant world. The day will begin with a talk and guided walk, and progress through experiential exercises toward culmination in a powerful breathwork ceremony…

Breath of Bliss™ is a transformational practice that infuses you with aliveness using breath, movement and sound. Unlike other breathing practices, this exercise focuses on liberating oneself and achieving wholeness.

The deep, circular, connected breathing used in Breath of Bliss™ is very different from every day or yogic breathing. Benefits include:
* Physical sensation, enhanced sense of aliveness, clearing of blocked energy/emotions giving you more access to desirable emotions
* Profound insights, greater brain connectivity, creativity and focus
* Freedom from stress and anxiety
* Access to the unconscious mind to shed limited beliefs and patterns
* Greater feelings of compassion and connection to yourself, the Earth, and other people
* Stimulation of pituitary gland, the release of natural chemicals to access visions, altered states of consciousness and spiritual awakening.

Language: English

Target Audience/ No. of Participants: Aged 18 or above / Maximum 16 participants

Date: Saturday, 20 October 2018

Time: 10am – 5pm

Place: Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden

Price: $800 per person

Application: Please complete the online application form and pay the course fee (HK$800) online on or before 6 October 2018.

For more information about this event and to register, please follow this link.

For enquiries, please contact Ms Vera Hung at (+852) 2483 7107 / email to verahung@kfbg.org

For more info on Breath of Bliss, please visit https://www.breathbliss.com

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.