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Clean Silverstrand Beach – 24 January

9 Jan

After Typhoon Mangkhut, many beaches in Hong Kong were left covered with marine refuse, polystyrene, and fallen trees which is likely to take months to recover.

HandsOn needs volunteers ages 15+ to them clean Silverstrand Beach. This unmaintained HK beach is still covered in marine refuse, polystyrene and fallen trees months after Typhoon Mangkhut.
Sign up if you can and spread the word!

Date: Thursday, 24 January 2019

Time: 1:30 – 5:30pm

Place: Silverstrand Beach, address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up.

Registration: For more information and to register, please follow this link.

About HandsOn: Founded in 2007, the HandsOn Hong Kong mission remains to mobilize and empower the community to meet pressing social needs in Hong Kong through volunteer services.

Their vision is for a caring community that gives its time and talent to transform Hong Kong.

In 2017 alone, HandsOn Hong Kong organized over 1,400 volunteer activities, serving more than 46,000 beneficiaries, including disadvantaged children and youth, isolated elderly, ethnic minority students, under-resourced families, refugees and people with disabilities. Join HandsOn Hong Kong in their mission to serve Hong Kong’s community together!

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PETA’s Pints for Pigs

2 Jan

PETA’s Pints for Pigs – an awesome night of craft beer tasting to celebrate the New Year and help animals. At this fun event, you’ll get the first taste of H.K. Lovecraft’s Doppelbock beer at the launch of this new brew, get a chance to win exciting raffle prizes, and hear all the latest exciting news about PETA and their campaigns.

Every ticket includes your choice of six beer tasters (120 ml), two pints (500 ml) or three non-alcoholic drinks, vegan snacks and entry into a raffle. All proceeds will support PETA’s work for all animals.

Date: Monday, 21 January 2019

Time: 6-11pm

Place: Hong Kong Island Taphouse, 1A-1B Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau, Hong Kong

Price: $248, to register, please follow this link. The entrance fee is $288 for walk-in participants.

E-mail JackieT@PETAAsiaPacific.com with any questions

About PETA Asia: PETA Asia was established in Hong Kong at 2004 and is an affiliate of PETA US, the world’s largest animal rights organization. PETA US and its affiliates have over 6.5 million members and supporters around the world. PETA Asia and its international affiliates are dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.

Sham Shui Po District Plog

29 Dec

sham shui po plog
Plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up litter (Swedish: plocka upp). It started as an organised activity in Sweden around 2016 and spread to other countries in 2018, following increased concern about plastic pollution. As a workout, it provides variation in body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running.

Hong Kong has a huge trash problem, that is no secret.

Whether you are traversing through a country park, relaxing at a beach or walking through the busy metropolis, it is impossible to avoid waste.

Unfortunately, a lot of rubbish gets neglected until it is too late. Contrary to what many people may think, even waste in the city centre, through being washed into the gutter, can end up in the ocean.

Waste Free HK’s goal is to avoid this scenario as much as possible through urban cleanups, making sure to leave places spotless.

Waste Free HK’s first plog of 2019 will take place in the Sham Shui Po District. Meet at Mei Foo MTR Station exit B and head through the district as much as possible until 10pm, at which point you will call it an evening and go and grab some food.

Reusable bags, litter pickers and gloves will be provided, however please feel free to bring your own.

To help Waste Free HK organise future events, feel free to purchase a small goodie bag at the end of the plog. Each event will have different zero-waste nick-knacks for you to take away. With plans to branch Waste Free HK’s organisation out into other ventures to continue raising awareness, your support is greatly appreciated!

Date: Friday, 11 January 2019

Time: 7 – 10pm

Place: Meet at Mei Foo MTR Station exit B

Registration: To register for this plog, please follow this link.

About Waste Free HK: Waste Free HK is an organisation aiming to promote a sustainable lifestyle through education, events and campaigning.

Established in Early 2018, WFHK has begun organising various cleanup activities across Hong Kong, the first ‘Plastic Attack’ in the city with the aim of building a better relationship with major chains with the hope of stronger dialogue, as well as building a relationship with various government bodies with the goal of working together to reduce the waste issue blighting our beautiful city.

Donate unwanted Christmas gifts

25 Dec

Christmas is a time for giving, but unless you’re incredibly lucky, 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 unloved gifts. Here are some suggestions

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.

Found inside the grounds of St John’s Cathedral in Central, Castaways Charity Shop sells clothing, including shoes and handbags, along with books and household linens, with all profits going to small locally based charities. Donations accepted on Wednesday and Saturday mornings
They accept: Clothing, shoes, handbags, books and household linens.
Address: Castaways Charity Shop, St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Central, Hong

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.

Holiday Plog / Coastal Trail Polystyrene Cleanup!

17 Dec


Work off the holiday feast! Close out 2018 by giving back to nature! Join Eco Marine ‘plogging‘ (a combination of jogging/walking and picking up litter) on 29 Dec 2018!

Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup’s Keilem and Kimmie are hosting a coastal trail cleanup from Mui Wo ferry pier in South Lantau from 9:45am to around 12:45 noon. The route passes along many small beaches and areas clogged with polystyrene from the great typhoons of 2017 and 2018 which cause a threat to coastal wildlife as well as the beloved local buffalo and cow herds.

Ploggers will jog/hike as a group or in a few groups for around 3.5km on fairly flat trail of easy to intermediate difficulty terrain with around 100m elevation gain whilst checking out the beautiful scenery and rubbish black spots. The group will then turn around and cleanup some of these rubbish black spots. The total distance of the plog will be around 7km with around 200m elevation gain. However, don’t worry – we welcome all skill levels of hikers into the team – the more, the merrier!

Date: Saturday 29 December 2018

Time: 9:45am – 12:45pm

Place: Mui Wo ferry pier https://goo.gl/maps/kXtDCGtEUWn to take Ferry from Central or 3M bus from Tung Chung

What to Wear: Hiking/Sports clothes and shoes. Long sleeves and long tights/trousers since you may be in plant undergrowth. Closed toed shoes only. Sun hat and other sun protection like umbrella and sunscreen.

What to Bring: A reusable container with at least 1l of water and some snacks if you are the hungry type. Single use plastic water and drink bottles 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 rubbish bags. Feel free to bring your own gloves and tongs.

Signup: click GOING, on Eco Marine’s event page on Facebook if you would like to join

Disclaimer: By joining this event, all participants are deemed to have agreed to the terms and conditions contained in this disclaimer, and agreed to exonerate the event leaders, the organizers and any other participants in the event from any liabilities, claims, including but not limited to liabilities and claims as a result of any injuries or deaths or damages arising thereof. Volunteers joining the event are at their own choosing and at their own risk.

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 as a catalyst for action for integrating this mindset into all aspects of contemporary urban life.

坪洲垃圾跑 Peng Chau Plog

27 Nov


Hong Kong has a huge trash problem, this is no secret.

Whether you are traversing through a country park, relaxing at a beach or walking through the busy metropolis, it is impossible to avoid waste.

Unfortunately, a lot of rubbish gets neglected until it is too late. Contrary to what many people may think, even waste in the city centre, through being washed into the gutter, can end up in the ocean.

Waste Free Hong Kong’s goal is to avoid this scenario as much as possible through cleanups, making sure to leave places spotless.

This event will take place along Peng Chau on Saturday December 8th at 10:00. Meet at Central ferry pier no.6

Reusable bags litter pickers and gloves will be provided, however please feel free to bring your own.

Date: Saturday 8 December 2018

Time: 10am – 2pm

Place: Central Ferry Pier No.6

Price: Free, to register please follow this link to Eventbrite

About Waste Free Hong Kong: Waste Free HK is an organisation aiming to promote a sustainable lifestyle through education, events and campaigning.

Established in Early 2018, WFHK has begun organising various cleanup activities across Hong Kong, the first ‘Plastic Attack‘ in the city with the aim of building a better relationship with major chains with the hope of stronger dialogue, as well as building a relationship with various government bodies with the goal of working together to reduce the waste issue blighting our beautiful city.

Green Hub Herb Growing Workshop

19 Nov

Herb-growing does not only brighten a place but our life. Herbs have wide culinary and remedy functions, and it has a key role to play in creating an easy-to-maintain edible landscape for city greening. In this workshop, participants will learn the basic knowledge and technique for growing annual and perennial herbs. The course includes a practical session to enrich the learning experience. The course will be conducted in Cantonese.

Rosemary

What you will learn:
* Introduction to herbs that are adaptable to local climate
* Basic skills for herb growing and propagation.
* General use of herbs
* Culinary application of herbs

Date: Sunday, December 9 2018

Time: 10am – 4:30pm

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

Maximum participants: Adult (Maximum of 25 participants)

Price: $400/person (The fee includes a low carbon vegetarian meal, two pots of herb seedling)

To apply, please refer to Chinese Version (Application Deadline: 4 December 2018)

For enquiries, please call 29962838 or email ghprog@kfbg.org

About Green Hub: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) was selected by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2010 to transform the heritage site, in Hong Kong’s New Territories, into a “Green Hub for Sustainable Living” under Batch II of the “Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme” (Revitalisation Scheme).

The Green Hub has reimagined the Old Tai Po Police Station, a Grade 1 listed historic building built in 1899, to demonstrate how we can live sustainably while at the same time respecting nature and respecting each other.

Visitors are invited to enjoy their locally-sourced, healthy food; join one of their transformative educational courses; learn about community events; engage with a network of community members who care about living lightly on our planet; and experience the beauty of this tranquil heritage site.

The Green Hub offers solutions to the challenges facing us in finding harmony with the natural world. Such challenges include the widespread disconnection between people and nature, over-population, an economic order that demands limitless growth, and over-exploits biodiversity and resources, causing the collapse of ecosystems, runaway climate change, and endangers our food security.