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IAPF Damien Mander Live – Frontlines of the Ivory Wars

16 Feb

Only a few weeks ago Hong Kong was thrust onto the world conservation stage following a massive haul in elephant ivory and pangolin scales. Asia may be the end game for these threatened species, but Africa is where the frontlines are drawn. Come and hear the story of the battle being waged and the unique approach from the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (www.iapf.org) which is having devastating effects on poaching syndicates in Zimbabwe through the empowerment of women and local communities.

BBC video on IAPF and the Akashinga program – Viewed 15 million times on social media

Event opens 6pm, lecture starts around 7pm.

Damien spent his 20s in the Royal Australian Navy, risking his life to protect others – first as a Naval clearance diver, then as a sniper in an elite special forces unit. By 2009, burned out after three years in Iraq, he bought a one-way ticket to Africa for his next mission: Military skills to fight poaching.

For 7 years the team fought for wildlife using traditional methods. It worked but Mander felt it was not sustainable, believing there had to be another way. By 2017 and frustrated, he found himself forming the first nature reserve in the world to be managed and protected by women.

The recruits were survivors of domestic violence, single mothers, abandoned wives, and AIDS orphans. The instructors were skeptical, but the results spoke for themselves, as along the way the team made more than 100 arrests. Opinions and stereotypes were rapidly shattered in the male-dominated industry.

Hear about the team’s efforts in helping to protect the world’s second largest elephant population in Zimbabwe.

Date: Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Time: 6:00 – 8:30pm

Place: Oolaa, 1-9 Bridges Street, Central

Price: $300
To buy tickets please follow this link.

Ticket entry includes meeting Damien and his presentation on helping to protect the worlds second largest elephant population, Q&A, lucky door prizes to be won and drinks to be purchased at happy hour prices.

If cannot attend but would still like to donate, please CLICK here

About International Anti-Poaching Foundation: Illegal wildlife trafficking is one of the world’s largest criminal industries, with tangible links to terrorism and organized crime networks. As a result, “High-Value Species” such as elephants and rhinoceros are being hunted to extinction. These animals are some of the most difficult to protect, and safeguarding them is the core business of IAPF.

IAPF is a direct action wildlife conservation organization. IAPF protects endangered wildlife and ecosystems through strategic deployments and long term partnerships with local communities. Their conservation programs defend some of the most ecologically sensitive and underserved regions in Africa.

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WWF Run for Wild 2019

12 Feb


Run for Wild is more than just a race – at the event you will also learn about wildlife conservation. Participants of the 1km family run will be able to run in the “wild” with obstacles that mimic the environment of the six focus species. The event will also feature interactive games and educational booths.

Race Category
The race is divided into three categories: 10km Challenger, 3km Fun Run and 1km Family Run. Participants can enrol as an individual, team (three to four runners) corporate (three to four runners) or family (two to four runners). Individual, team or corporate participants can participate in either the 3km or 10km challenger, while family teams are restricted to the 1km run. WWF has added a school category in the 3km race this year. Details are as follows:

Every runner will be awarded with an animal-themed runner’s pack
Souvenirs in the race pack include:
– Number bib designed with the endangered species and timing chip
– Animal pin (Redeem the pin at educational booths using the number bib on the event day)
– Luggage tag
– An animal-themed reusable umbrella bag

Route Map

Date: Sunday, 7 April 2019

Time: 8 – 10:30am

Place: Pak Shek Kok Promenade

Registration: To register please follow this link.

Deadline for registration is 8 March 2019.

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.

Dogathon 2019, SPCA’s Wow-Woof Walk!

10 Feb


Gear up for Dogathon 2019, a doggie fun day!

SPCA’s upcoming Dogathon 2019 will be themed “Go for a Walk and Turn Hong Kong Upside Down“! Paying tribute to Hong Kong’s most distinctive district landmarks, their venue will be transformed into a hub of selfie spots featuring the cities most cherished icons.

Now you and your furry friends can take all the selfies you want at one stop! After a walk along the beautiful water promenade with 1,000 pawpals, you can dive right into their super pawty. What a great way to spend a day while doing it for a good cause!

Each participating doggie will be rewarded with a unique limited edition medal, as well as a commemorative bandana, a certificate and a goodie bag. And there are feature points created by local illustrator Ivan Yip, a PET X handicraft market and a Paw and Friends mini concert.

No enrolment fee will be charged, just simply raise the minimum donation before the deadline to come and join in on the fun!

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

Route Map

Date: Sunday, 24 February 2019

Time: 8:30am, shuttle buses are available.

Place: Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Enrollment: To find out more about the rules and to enroll please follow this link.

For more information, please contact the SPCA
Enquiry: (852) 2593 5442 (852) 2232 5579
Fax : (852) 3019 7445
Email : dogathon@spca.org.hk

About 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 they are the first charity in Hong Kong to deal with all aspects of animal welfare, SPCA obtains around only 1% of our 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.

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.

Animals Asia’s Women’s Day Lunch

4 Feb

Celebrate Asia’s Women’s Day and raise money for Animals Asia Foundation. This is an opportunity to meet Jill Robinson, founder, and CEO of Animals Asia, and a chance to hear how she and our other fabulous women speakers, such as Elaine Sui, Managing Director, Asia Pacific of the Good Food Institute and Emily Draytion, CBRC Senior Vet Surgeon, are making the change in the community.

Date: Friday, 8 March 2019

Time: 12:30 – 3pm

Place: Maison ES, No. 1A Star Street, WanChai

Price: $860, to register please follow this link

About Animals Asia Foundation: Founded in 1998, Animals Asia Foundation 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.

UNICEF 2019 Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition

21 Dec

© UNICEF HK/2018

Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) would like to invite you to their annual fundraising campaign, China Children’s Week 2019 – Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition.

By joining the Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition, children can express their wishes for a better world and send blessings to vulnerable children while raising funds for mothers and children in rural China, championing the spirit of ‘kids helping kids’.

© UNICEF China

Funds raised from the event will support the ‘Cash Transfers for Deprived Children‘ Project in rural China, which aims to improve the health of mothers and their babies in rural China, and avoid newborn deaths.

Theme: For every child, a better world

Groups: Open to children aged 12 or under in 3 groups
A. Aged under 6;
B. Aged 7-9;
C. Aged 10-12

On-site activities:
– Booth games
– Parent-child workshops
– Charity sales

Prize and Certificate:
– 1st Prize, 2nd Prize, 3rd Prize and 20 Consolation Prizes for each age group
– Each participant will receive an e-certificate of participation through e-mail

Date: Saturday, 23 February 2018

Time: 12-6pm

Place: Central and Western District Promenade – Central Section (Near Tamar Park)

Public Enrolment: From 18 December 2018 to 1 February 2019
Enrolment donation:
HK$280 (includes a complimentary entry, a basic drawing kit, a game ticket, an elite workshop one-time pass and a LEGO® CITY / LEGO® Friends gift pack*)
*Participant would receive the randomly assigned LEGO® gift pack upon submission of drawing on the event

Enrolment deadline:
– 25 January 2018 (Friday) for submission of printed application form
– 1 February 2018 (Friday) for online enrolment
Enrolment is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

For more information, please contact Ms. Sandy Yeung at 2833 6139 or email to event01@unicef.org.hk

About Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK): Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) was founded in 1986 and was established as an independent local non-government organization to raise funds through public donations, partnerships with companies, special events, etc. to support UNICEF’s work. UNICEF HK also promotes and advocates for children’s rights via organizing education and youth programmes in Hong Kong.

Signed copy of Heroes by Stephen Fry up for grabs, benefiting Room to Read

6 Dec

This December, Bookazine is supporting Room to Read once again by running a silent auction. All Bookazine customers are invited to place a bid to buy an exclusive signed copy of ‘Heroes‘ by the magnificent Stephen Fry. Branded with Stephen Fry’s unique charm, this brand new collection of his retelling of the bold and heart-stirring adventures of mortal heroes in Greek mythology is a must-read for fan of Fry as well as Greek mythology. Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of – at our worst and our very best.

There is only one copy up for grabs so if you’re interested, keep an eye on the auction and be sure to place a winning bid! Just follow the link here.

All the proceeds of the auction will be donated to Room to Read to help them establish a library in India.

*The silent auction will be running from December 1st-15th. Bidders have to be 18 or above. The name of the winner will be announced on Bookazine social media on December 17th, 2018.
**The donations and bids will be in USD.

“Light Up a Life” Christmas Concert

2 Dec


Christmas is the season about love and sharing. “Light Up a Life” is a special and meaningful way to honor and memorialize the loved ones. “Light Up a Life” Christmas Concert, an annual occasion organised by the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care, is a heart-warming programme of Traditional Festive Music with a Tree Lighting Ceremony that takes place every year in early December.

Date: Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Time: 7:30 – 9pm

Place: St. John’s Cathedral, Garden Road, Central

Price: $250, to buy your tickets, please follow this link

For more information please email sphc@hospicecare.org.hk

About The Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care: Established in 1986, the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care is a non-profit organisation in Hong Kong promoting hospice and palliative care, providing bereavement counselling, and conducting research into and raising public awareness of end-of-life issues and care.