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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.

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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.

Michaelmas Fair 2018 & Xmas Cards

13 Oct

The Christmas Fair of the year is just around the corner. Michaelmas Fair at St. John’s Cathedral is a Hong Kong institution, with game stalls, marching bands, second-hand clothes, white elephant, charity stalls, and tons of Christmas gift ideas!

If it’s Christmas cards you are after, they have those too, or pop into the Cathedral’s Bookstore which stocks probably the largest collection of charity cards in Hong Kong.

Date: Saturday, 28 October 2018

Time: 10am – 4pm

Place: St. John’s Cathedral, Garden Road

The Cathedral Clares – Sept 29 Designer Label Sale

11 Sep


Looking for something special AND donate to charity for the same time? This might be for you. The Cathedral Clares of the St John’s Cathedral’s Designer Label Sale is back! Included in the sale are a variety of designer, costume jewellery and scarves for the ladies and men. There are Coats, Jackets, Beautiful Dresses, Shoes, Handbags, New Cashmere Sweaters, Gorgeous Scarves, Fabulous Costume Jewellery and much more…

Date: Saturday, 29 September 2018

Time: 10 am – 2 pm

Place: Li Hall, St John’s Cathedral

Cash only. All proceeds benefit LOCAL charities

About he Cathedral Clares: The Clares are a diverse and multinational group, faith and non-faith, Cathedral and non-Cathedral members who enjoy occasional lunches and trips around Hong Kong

Join The Clares and make new friends and even snap up a bargain during sorting and pricing of donated goods for sale in their Charity Shop, CASTAWAYS!

Join The Clares for sorting any WEDNESDAY from 09:30am and for coffee and conversation at 10:30am in The Li Hall of St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Hong Kong. Or
Contact: Stella on stellarcarter@gmail.com

Castaways is located within the Cathedral grounds. It sells clothing, including shoes and handbags, and also books and household linen donated by Cathedral members and the public. Items in good, clean, SALEABLE condition are welcomed.

Apart from the part time Manager the shop is staffed by volunteers from Clares Women’s Network and all profits go to locally based charities. Castaways is proud of its service to the community. It is thrice blessed. It blesses the generous giver, the grateful buyer and the needy charity. (The volunteers also enjoy themselves)

Opening hours are:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 12.00 noon – 2.30pm.
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am – 12.00nn.
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Donation days are Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Her Tie・Journey ・她 “Trapped” @ SSP Exhibition

15 Jun

Exhibition of Handmade products by underprivileged women and photos of the inadequate housing
Co-organizers: Society for Community Organization, Les Beatitudes

Hong Kong has 1.35 million people living in poverty and over 728,400 are women (54%). Many women are in a disadvantaged position, as they have to take care of their family and cannot work full time. In order to support women in need, SoCO has partnered with Les Beatitudes to provide training to over a hundred mothers on hand made bags and leather goods. They encourage men to support by donating their neckties as material to re-use and recycle, a ”HeForShe” project. Through the handmade arts and crafts, the story of the city is retold through interesting and uniquely Hong Kong heritage and transportation all via collage designs.

Tie.Journey.她’ is a special exhibition created by grassroots sewing mothers and local artists which depict Hong Kong local specialties. It also demonstrates how men and women can bond together and support each other on their life journey by simply sharing a necktie.

Date: 12/5/2018 to 1/7/2018

Time: 11:00 – 18:00 (Sat /Sun), Others by appointment

Place: 1/F, 269 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po (close to Sham Shui Po railway station Exit C2)

Price: Free admission

For more information about the exhibition and related events, please visit their website

About Society for Community Organization: Society for Community Organization (SoCO) is a human rights pioneer in Hong Kong. SoCO firmly believes that everyone should be entitled to equal rights. Equal opportunity for participation and fair distribution of social resources is the foundation of human rights. In the face of the widening disparity between the rich and the poor, and the increasingly restrictive political arena, we stand firm in our crusade to establish an equal society and to build a strong power base for the people. We are motivated by a common dream, and that is: “Let us work hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder to build a caring, equal and just society“.

How to simplify your life by reducing your waste by NO!W No Waste

23 Apr


Ban the clutter. Get rid of the excess. Don’t buy too much.

Meet Fanny Moritz who while remaining positive and passionate, shares with her audience the secrets of a minimalist and zero waste life. She will covers the famous 5R’s method (from Bea Johnson) and the different benefits it brings: health benefits, a better planet and consequent time & money savings.

Talk: 30 mins
Q&A: 30 mins

Date: Sunday 6 May 2018

Time: 3-4pm

Place: LIGHTSTAGE Art & Events Venue, 218 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Price: Free, please register via EventBrite

About Fanny MORITZ: Ban the clutter. Get rid of the excess. Don’t buy too much. Organise your living space because the visual aspect of your home affects your mind. Fanny made these principles hers, and has had a ‘less is more’ mindset for as long as she remembers.

But at the end of 2015, when she read Bea Johnson’s bestseller Zero Waste Home, it was a turning point: she realised that she still produced too much waste and it was high time for her to embrace a more responsible lifestyle by considerably reducing her waste.

A better self. A better planet. Everything makes sense.

In a world where overconsumption has taken over, Fanny MORITZ explains with passion and optimism the benefits of the Zero Waste lifestyle and gives tips on how to easily reduce one’s waste.

Want to know more about the Zero Waste lifestyle? Don’t hesitate to drop an email: contact@fannymoritz.com

http://www.fannymoritz.com

About NO!W No Waste: NO!W No Waste is a platform providing reusable & compostable alternatives for disposable items you use in your kitchen, bathroom or at work.

Their goal is to offer customers the opportunity to replace the products they throw away on a daily basis with sustainable alternatives to reduce their waste.

Monthly pop up stores, workshops, music festivals, markets and more. NO!W No Waste regularly organizes or participates in events in order to meet their customers and get feedback.

Feeding Hong Kong

25 Feb

Every day, 3,400 tonnes of food waste are sent to landfills in Hong Kong, while one million people live in poverty struggling to afford nutritious meals. Feeding Hong Kong bridges this gap by linking food companies and charities to redistribute surplus food from where it is plentiful, to where there is a need.

Feeding Hong Kong rescues
quality surplus food from the food industry that would otherwise go to waste.

Feeding Hong Kong redistributes
food to charities feeding those in need.

Feeding Hong Kong collaborates
with volunteers to collect, sort and deliver food.

Feeding Hong Kong partners
with community partners to raise awareness and make positive change in society.


What you can do to help

Warehouse Session : Organise a group to help sort and pack food in their warehouse.

The Bread Run : Volunteer as Bread Runners and help collect surplus bread.

Food Drive : Host a food drive to collect food donations for those in need.

Meet & Greet : Visit their warehouse to learn about food banks.

For more information, call Feeding Hong Kong at Tel: +852 2205 6568