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Bright – pairing students with social entrepreneurs

6 Jan


This coming 23 February 2019 the 24 Hour Race is hosting its first entrepreneurship and awareness conference.

Want to hear from world-class, highly successful entrepreneurs? BRIGHT is an exclusive conference for high school students who are passionate about social entrepreneurship or want to learn more about it.

24 Hour Race is pairing ambitious students with successful entrepreneurs. If you think this conference is for you, hurry up and register. 24 Hour Race has a limited intake of 120 people.

24 Hour Race will be bringing in speakers from various anti-human trafficking and social right movements to share with us the importance of facing issues head-on.

The event costs HKD 150 and it includes material, food, and more!

Date: Saturday, 23 February 2019

Time: 10am – 6pm

Place: NakedHub, Bonham Strand Coworking Space Hong Kong

Price: $150, to register please follow this link

About 24 Hour Race: The 24 Hour Race is a global, student-led abolitionist movement.

They run 24 hours races once a year to advocate for the millions of men, women, and children locked in the chains of slavery today.

24 Hour Race raises millions of dollars to spearhead the fight against slavery, working with The Exodus Road, creating advocacy campaigns and spreading the 24 Hour Race movement globally.

24 Hour Race will not stop until every person is freed from slavery.

If you’d like to learn more about their abolitionist movement, impact strategy or anything else, please email hello@24hourrace.org

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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.

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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.

Sharks: Up Close and Personal

2 Nov


Hong Kong Shark Foundation, and the Hong Kong office of global law firm Skadden Arps are pleased to host a unique shark photography talk “Sharks: Up Close and Personal“. Underwater photographer Simon Lorenz will share a photographic tale of worldwide shark interactions – from the smallest to the largest, from the most docile to the most dangerous ones. He will show that anyone can snorkel and dive with sharks and give insight on how to behave around sharks.

Simon Lorenz is a regular author for dive magazines around the world. With his travel company Insider Divers, he runs guided group trips, combining unusual dive experiences with photo training. As a PADI instructor, his aim is to further the diving and photography skills of his guests. At his home in Hong Kong, he operates Pool Portrait, the first underwater photo studio in the city. As a member of the Advisory Board of the Hong Kong Shark Foundation, Simon supports efforts to reduce shark fin consumption in China.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is gratis. Seating is limited to 40 people so tickets are on a first come basis. To register please follow this link to Eventbrite

For more information, please email info@hksharkfoundation.org.

Date: Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Place: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, 15 Queen’s Road Central, 42/F, Central

About Hong Kong Shark Foundation: Hong Kong Shark Foundation (HKSF) is a registered Hong Kong charity dedicated exclusively to shark conservation. They aim to raise awareness about shark conservation, particularly the unsustainable practice of shark finning, and to reduce consumption of shark products in Hong Kong.

Every year, over 100 million sharks are caught worldwide for shark fins and other products, with over 50% of the world’s shark fin being traded through Hong Kong. The demand for shark products has contributed to the rapid decline of many species, with an estimated 1/3 of species already endangered or nearing extinction. Removing sharks from our oceans will threaten the delicate balance of ecosystems that are valuable sources of food and key elements in regulating our climate.

HKSF members/volunteers come from around the world, but most live and work in Hong Kong. Regardless of nationality or ethnicity, they are united in their desire to conserve shark populations for future generations. HKSF believes this a rare opportunity for one city to make a significant impact on a global scale. Please act now to help reduce the consumption of shark products in Hong Kong and save the world’s sharks.

Any questions, email info@hksharkfoundation.org or message/call 9095-6652.

Orbis Moonwalkers 2018

21 Oct

© Orbis Hong Kong


Since it first began saving sight in the early 1980s, Orbis’ Flying Eye Hospital has pioneered quite a few historic moments – as has Hong Kong itself. And what better way to celebrate their shared ‘Golden Age’ than by travelling back in time and walking the 20km from Shatin Sports Ground to Tai Po Tai Mei Tuk during Moonwalkers 2018!

How fun is Moonwalkers? Last year, nearly 5,000 sight-savers donned black and white striped costumes in order to help conquer darkness as they walked! All donations are raised is now enabling Orbis’ sight-saving volunteers to benefit the needlessly blind by sharing the skills with local medical professionals across the developing world!

What’s new this year? Good old fashioned and newly trendy nostalgia! So read on…

VINTAGE SHOOTING SCENES

© Orbis Hong Kong

Local store? Hopscotch? Red buckets? Journey to the past as you view scenes and play games from your childhood’s ‘Good Old Days’ while you walk. Don’t forget to fully charge your phone so you can capture those memorable moments at each checkpoint!

BLINDFOLD EXPERIENCES

© Orbis Hong Kong

Discover the difficulties facing the visually impaired in Orbis’ unforgettable blindfold challenges!

NEON LIGHT PAINTINGS

© Orbis Hong Kong

Neon signs have long been a Hong Kong trademark. At Moonwalkers 2018, you won’t even have to go downtown to be bathed in such illuminations’ garish glow!

Date: Overnight from 9pm Saturday November 10, 2018 to 7am Sunday morning

Time: approximately 6 hours

Place: Shatin Sports Ground -> Tai Po Tai Mei Tuk 20km on pavement

Shuttle bus service: 1am – 7am on Sunday, November 11, 2018 from Tai Po to Shatin town centre

Minimum Sponsorship:
Individual – $780
Team of > 6 members – $780/member
Corporate > 10 members – $850/member

Deadline for enrollment: 5pm Wednesday, October 24, 2018

To enroll, please follow this link

To find out more, please email info.hk@orbis.org or call 2595 0263

About Orbis: Orbis is the result of a unique and lasting alliance forged between the medical and aviation industries. In the 1970s, leaders of these two industries came together to create the plan that led to the foundation of Orbis. Orbis knew that the high costs of tuition, international travel and accommodations prevented most doctors and nurses in low-income countries from participating in overseas training programs. Even when they could afford to study abroad, their opportunity for direct clinical experience was limited because strict licensing laws often prevented them from performing surgery.

The solution was a mobile teaching hospital. With a fully equipped hospital on board an airplane, doctors trained in the latest ophthalmic techniques, including pediatric ophthalmology, could bring their surgical knowledge and skills to doctors in low-income countries through hands-on training and lectures. A grant from USAID and funds from private donors enabled Orbis to successfully convert a DC-8 plane into a fully functional teaching eye hospital. As replacement parts for the original DC-8 plane became more difficult and expensive to obtain, it became clear that a newer, larger aircraft was needed. In 1992, after a major fundraising appeal, Orbis purchased a wide-body DC-10 to replace the DC-8. Within two years, Orbis had converted the plane into an eye surgery hospital. Orbis’ inaugural mission was to Beijing, China.

As Orbis grew over the years, Orbis added hospital-based training programs and fellowships to their portfolio to provide additional skills-building opportunities for eye care professionals. In 1999, to build the capacity of local partners, Orbis created long-term country programs in Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India and Vietnam – similar programs are also underway in parts of the Latin America and the Caribbean. Orbis’ permanent offices in these countries, run by local staff, develop and implement an array of multi-year projects to improve the quality and accessibility of eye care to residents, particularly in rural areas and impoverished urban communities. Many of these programs focus on the treatment and prevention of childhood blindness, cataract, trachoma and corneal disease.

Race the Peak needs Volunteers

14 Oct


#RaceThePeak to support HandsOn on Sat Nov 10! Race the Peak is a family fun run that will raise funds for HandsOn Hong Kong to continue running as a community-focused charity that mobilises people to serve at no charge to HandsOn’s non-profit partners and volunteers.

Volunteers are needed to provide support during the race through marshaling, handing out water, medal distribution and managing the info desk and bag check area.

Date: Saturday, 10 November 2018

Time: 7am – 12pm

Place: Hong Kong, Peak Galleria

Volunteer Limit: 65

To register and for more information, please follow this link

About HandsOn Hong Kong: 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!

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

Pink Disco – Bollywood Dance for Breast Cancer

10 Oct


Come join the PINK DISCO on Saturday 13th October to support the fight against breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in Hong Kong, a Bollywood dance workshop has been organized to raise awareness, funds, and contribute what we can towards the cure of this disease. Early detection saves lives, so let’s dance against breast cancer, together!

The dance class will be led by Hanisha Gianani and Yuvraj Parwal, and 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation.

Organised by: Roshini Mehta and Bharisha Mirpuri

About the instructors:
Hanisha is a Bollywood dance choreographer, YouTuber and founder of Ek 2 Three – a dance company that creates fun, sparkling dances inspired by Bollywood cinema. Check out her YouTube channel here:www.youtube.com/c/hanishagianani

Yuvraj is a Bollywood dancer and choreographer who has worked and performed alongside several professional artists. In 2017, he won the Hong Kong spotlight edition of Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa.

About Breast Cancer Awareness month:
October is globally known as ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’, or the PINK month. It’s a worldwide annual campaign to highlight the importance of breast health awareness, education and research against breast cancer. Although breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among women, 86% of breast cancer cases are curable if detected early enough.

Breast Cancer in Hong Kong:
* Breast cancer has become the most common cancer affecting women in HK since 1993
* Female breast cancer cases diagnosed in Hong Kong has tripled from 1152 in 1993 to 3900 in 2015
* On average, about 10 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every day
* The median age of breast cancer patients was 56 in HK, compared with 62 in US, 60 in Australia
* Lifetime breast cancer risk for females is 1 in every 16. In 2015, 55% of women diagnosed with breast cancer were ages 40-59. The older the age, the greater the risk.
* Young people are not immune from the disease. The youngest case reported was below 20 years old
Source: The Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation

Date: Saturday 13 October 2018

Time: 5-7pm

Place: Steam Studio & Cafe, Sheung Wan

Price: $200 per person – 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to the HK Breast Cancer Foundation
For more information and to buy tickets, please follow this link to Eventbrite

Dress code: PINK of course, and comfortable shoes/trainers are advised

Official hashtag: #pinkdisco2018

About Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation: The Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation (HKBCF) was set up on 8 March 2005, as a non-profit charitable organisation dedicated to mitigating the threat of breast cancer to the local community through education, patient support and research & advocacy. The HKBCF is operated by Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation Limited.

Mission:
* Promote public awareness of breast cancer and the importance of breast health
* Support breast cancer patients on their road to recovery
* Advocate better breast cancer care in Hong Kong