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Clares Bric-a-Brac Sale 17&18 July

Image of St John's Cathedral in Hong Kong
There will be a Sale of bric-a-brac on Friday, 17th and Saturday 18th of July – 10.00am to 2.00pm, outside Castaways shop. It includes glassware and ceramic items, ornaments, kitchen ware, toys etc. All proceeds go towards charities supported by the Clares.

Or if you have time on Wednesday mornings, come join the Clares.

Group photo of members of ClaresCLARES is a women’s group, diverse and multi-national, made up of faith and non-faith, Cathedral and non-Cathedral members. It offers friendship and support to all whilst sorting and pricing donated goods for sale in the charity shop Castaways. There are also occasionally speakers, trips, and lunches.

Make new friends any Wednesday from 9.30am to 12 noon. At 10.30am the Clares break for coffee and conversation. In the Li Hall at St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Hong Kong

For enquiries please contact Stella Carter on stellarcarter@gmail.com

Date: Friday, 17th and Saturday 18th July

Time: 10:00am –2:00pm

Place: Castaways Shop, St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Hong Kong

Eco Marine Dive Against Debris

group of divers on a beach
Join Eco Marine on their next mission to dive against debris!
Eco Marine will conduct their monthly underwater cleanup at the marine protected area of Tung Ping Chau

Rundown
8:30 – meet at the pier and take the ferry to Tung Ping Chau, the ride will take 1.5 hrs, a briefing will be conducted on the journey
10:30 – arrival on the island, gear up at dive shop
11:30 – head to the beach, last briefing – repeating the most important information and select transect lines
12:30 – end of the first dive, group photo, sort and log all items, lunch (you may bring your own or eat at the restaurant).
14:00 – depending on the group as well as on the time you may go for a second dive
15:00 – return to the shop, measure, sort and log findings, shower and pack
17:15 – take the return ferry
There is no card payment and phone network on the island unless you do roaming. Eco Marine has mesh bags and spare gloves if you need one, please bring your knife or scissors if you have one. Eco Marine has some spares for that too.

Date: Saturday, 25 July 2020

Time: 8:30am, Ma Liu Shui Ferry Pier at Science Park Road, the ferry leaves at 9:00am
Eco Marine aims to conduct two dives. The ferry back from the island leaves at 5:15pm

Costs:
Ferry ticket (round trip): $90
Air-tank rental: $80
Full gear: $350

How else you can help:
If you are not a diver but interested to join please let Eco Marine know!
There are many ways you can be part of their team and help:
– Surface support and coordination
– Help processing and logging the collected items
– Record keeping and documenting
– Help to convey Eco Marine’s message to interested visitors on the island

To register, please follow this link to their FB event page

For more information please email tursiopsdiver@gmail.com

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 catalyse action for integrating this mindset into all aspects of contemporary urban life.

Plastic Free July

Join millions of people reducing their plastic waste!


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Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?


Don’t know where to start?:

Why not Investigate your Plastic Footprint?

Kickstart July with a Plastic Footprint Investigation of your home or in your office? You will find out which plastic products are your problem plastics and you will be able to see exactly how much plastic you will save after taking on the challenge?

You can find out how by following this link

What else can you do:

Did you know… During COVID reusable cups are still safe to use?

As a result of the rise in plastic use and disposable items, a consortium of scientists penned a statement saying that reusable containers do not increase the risk of transmission. The statement was signed by 119 scientists from 18 different countries. It includes epidemiologists, virologists, biologists, chemists and doctors, who all agree that the best available guidance from public health professionals says reusable cups, bags and containers are perfectly safe to use as long as people employ simple and basic hygiene.

Choose a Washable, Reusable Face Mask

Millions of face masks are used every day in Hong Kong but studies have shown that reusable and washable face masks are safe to use. We are seeing the impacts of the disposable masks littered in the environment and floating in our ocean. Disposable masks are made from polypropylene and will not breakdown in any meaningful timeframe. There are reusable masks readily available in shops, online and from the HK government.

Find about this and more from the Plastic Free Seas website

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

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre

Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre logoMaggie Keswick Jencks was the co-founder, alongside Charles Jencks, of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. Maggie was a writer, a landscape designer, a painter and a mother of two.

In May 1993, Maggie was told that her breast cancer had recurred and spread to her bones, liver and brain. When asked, her Dumfries oncologist gave her two to three months to live. By joining a trial involving advanced chemotherapy Maggie extended her life by a further 18 months and it was in this time that her idea for a cancer caring centre was born.

Maggie spent her younger years living in China and Hong Kong with her parents. Together they set up the Keswick Foundation in Hong Kong to support pilot projects addressing areas in the medical and social systems that need review.

In 2005, the Keswick Foundation approached Maggie’s UK to pioneer the implementation of the first Maggie’s outside of the UK. In 2008 Maggie’s Hong Kong opened their temporary centre and in 2013 Maggie’s Hong Kong were proud to relocate into their permanent, purpose-built centre designed by Frank Gehry.

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre offers multi-professional services to anyone diagnosed with cancer, their family members, Photo of Marrige's Cancer Caring Centrefriends or carers. Maggie’s Centre is based in Tuen Mun Hospital, within walking distance from its oncology department. All of Maggie’s services are offered free of charge. These include Information & Practical Support, Emotional & Psychosocial Support, Relaxation & Stress Management, all within warm and welcoming spaces.

Maggie’s aim is to help people equip themselves with effective ways to face and cope with a cancer diagnosis, treatments, and psychological, informational, and emotional impacts of cancer. The welcoming, home-like environment of Maggie’s Centre is part of Maggie’s integrated ethos. The comfortable setting allows you to be yourself, not a hospital patient.

Although the Hong Kong Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre has currently suspended face-to-face activities due to the Coronavirus outbreak, phone and email consultation is still being provided and online workshops and programmes are also available.

How You Can Help
Fundraise: Set for yourselves a target and ask your friends, colleagues and relatives to support you with a donation to Maggie’s Centre. You can organise your own event such as hiking challenge, marathon, music jam session or cake baking to support people touched by cancer.

Action now and look at Maggie’s “Fundraise for us” leaflet for more details.

Volunteer: You can support Maggie’s in a very direct way by helping them as a volunteer.

Maggie’s regular fundraising events and projects always need ‘hands on deck’ to make everything run smoothly. You can also get involved at Maggie’s Centre by looking after the beautiful garden, sorting the library area, or helping with different administration work. By volunteering, you can become a vital part of Maggie’s!

To get involved simply fill out their volunteer registration form.

For more information please email info@maggiescentre.org.hk or call 2465-6006

Volunteer with Soap Cycling

Soap Cycling banner
Soap is one of the most important yet underrated tools in the fight against disease and malnutrition. By recycling hotel soap, Soap Cycling is able to take something that is otherwise filling our landfills and recycle it into something that can save the lives of thousands of children each year.

Anti-bacterial properties of soap act to keep people away from germs when used in handwashing, thus improving sanitation in poor regions. Handwashing with soap significantly reduces the impact of two fatal diseases: acute respiratory infection (e.g., pneumonia) and diarrheal disease.

According to UNICEF, there is consistent evidence that handwashing with soap at critical times — including before eating or preparing food and after using the toilet can reduce diarrheal risk by about 45%.

Over two million bars of soap are thrown away each year, just by hotels in Hong Kong alone. By collecting this soap, Soap Cycling is helping to eliminate thousands of pounds of chemical waste from our landfills each month.

Soap Cycling is a non-profit organization which aims to reduce preventable child deaths in Southeast Asian countries and to contribute to the overall MDG4 target of reducing the under-five mortality rate. Soap Cycling establishes long term collaborations with hotels to collect, recycle and then distribute their used soap. The soap is distributed through their partner NGOs primarily to disadvantaged youth in underprivileged areas in Asia.

What you can do to help: You can help — and get involved with — Soap Cycling in many different ways. Among others, you could opt to donate to help them increase their impact, you could devote time as a volunteer, you could donate soap, and if you’re a student, you could do a student internship with Soap Cycling. Also, even if you cannot donate or volunteer, you would help if you spread the word about Soap Cycling and their cause.

Volunteer: Soap Cycling offers a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere for individuals, families and corporate groups to participate directly in saving the lives of young children. Soap Cycling’s warehouse is conveniently located within a five-minute walk from the Kwai Fong MTR station, making them easily accessible from anywhere in Hong Kong.

Fill in the form in the attached link now if you want to join Soap Cycling as a volunteer.

Set up your own soap recycling operations: If you’re interested in learning more about how you can begin similar soap recycling operations in your area, complete this form and you will receive your guidebook Guide to Soap Recycling.

For more information please email info@soapcycling.org

Yi O Farm X Eco Marine Mangrove Cleanup and Rice Harvesting


Yi O Farm Cooperative and Eco Marine are co-hosting a mangrove cleanup and rice harvesting event on Sunday 5 July 2020 at Yi O (near Tai O) in South West Lantau.

Over the past seven years the Yi O Farm Cooperative has been working with indigenous villagers on reviving local organic farming at Yi O. Currently the cooperative farms approximately 100,000 square feet of land, producing a prized organic rice crop. Outside of the 100,000 square feet of farmed land, another 900,000 square feet managed by the cooperative for future farm extension, historical and environmental conservation. Yi O is adjacent to the coast and the shoreline includes rocky coastline, small sandy beach areas, as well as wetlands that are home to valuable plants including mangroves and grasses and numerous animal species including herons, mudskippers and endangered horseshoe crabs.

Eco Marine was founded in 2012 and is a Lantau based organization with a mission to inspire greater appreciation and guardianship of nature and to catalyse action for integrating this mindset into all aspects of contemporary urban life. Eco Marine is excited to collaborate with Yi O Farm Cooperative for a beach and mangrove cleanup plus a rice harvesting experience! Rice is harvested twice a year at Yi O and is done by hand using a sickle.

The mangrove area is currently in a terrible state covered with manmade rubbish ranging from macro debris such as polystyrene containers, single use plastic cups, food wrappers, single use beverage bottles to micro debris like plastic filament, broken down polystyrene and the ever present preproduction plastic pellets. Eco Marine is looking for you to lend a helping hand and to enjoy a fun and meaningful afternoon with them.

Date: Sunday, 5 July

Schedule:
1:30 to 2:00pm – Take a small boat (free) to Yi O and walk for 10 minutes to Yi O mangrove area. Eco Marine will provide an event rundown and a beach/mangrove cleanup safety and how-to briefing and distribute gloves and rubbish bags. If you have your own gloves and or other equipment, please feel free to bring. Some useful tools are tongs and scissors.

2:00 to 3:30pm – You will work on beach cleanup gathering up as much man-made rubbish and debris as you can in the available time and will also collect and separate some recyclables and items that can be reused at the farm.

3:30 to 4:00pm – You will then pack up and walk 10 minutes together to Yi O farm area and have a rest. The rest area has drinks refill and soft drinks as well as bathroom and simple cold shower facilities.

4:00 to 5:00pm – Yi O Farm Collective will teach you about local rice farming and harvesting. Depending on the maturity of the crop, we may have the opportunity to harvest some rice ourselves!

5:00 to 6:00pm – Scenic 4km mostly flat hike to Tai O starting point. Note we cannot take a boat back to Tai O due to very low tide.

What to wear: Closed-toe shoes with good grip suitable for hiking (no sandals or flip flops as the beach may have sharp dangerous items including broken glass, medical waste), comfortable clothes, hat. Note that shoes may get muddy in the mangrove area! You can consider to bring a change of shoes.

What to bring: Water (minimum 1.5 L in reusable container – Bonaqua bottle, Watsons bottle etc. don’t count as reusable). Additional snacks if you are the hungry type (try to minimize one use packaging). Octopus/coins for ferry and bus rides. Sunscreen and insect repellant. Small umbrella for shade. Eco Marine will provide gloves and rubbish bags. If you have your own gloves and or other equipment, please feel free to bring. Some useful tools are tongs and gardening shears.

Price: This is a free event but there is a suggested donation of HK$50 per person for contribution to future Eco Marine public events. (Cash at event or Payme to +852 63920336)

Signup: Spaces are limited! To sign up, please fill in the below google form and your space will be confirmed via email.
https://forms.gle/oMxLmwAVNAxoZPzq7

For more information, please refer to Eco Marine’s website

Plastic Free Seas is looking for a WordPress Designer

Many NGOs in Hong Kong operate on limited funding and manpower in an effort to maximize resources for programs that support their core mission. Skills-based volunteering helps address this challenge by engaging volunteers to provide specialized skills and services that leverage job-related expertise, such as accounting, design, HR, IT, legal and more.

For NGOs, skills-based volunteering provides access to specialized skill sets and talent they may not otherwise have. The engagement also empowers the volunteer to leverage their professional skills to drive positive social change, expand their network, develop meaningful community relationships and hone their skills.


Plastic Free Seas is a registered Hong Kong charity, focused on educating the youth of Hong Kong on the issue of plastic marine pollution, and empowering people to make change happen. In the past 7 years Plastic Free Seas has reached over 70,000 students in 180+ schools around HK.

Help to complete Plastic Free Seas‘s new website which is an educational tool to be used by not only students but everyone in HK as a resource, Plastic Free Seas is looking for a WordPress Designer to help create pages for their new website and improve existing pages as required. If you are interested in learning more about plastic marine pollution, and waste/recycling in general, this is a good opportunity for you.

Your own laptop is required.

Length of service / commitment required: 3 months (would prefer longer if possible)

Amount of time required per month: 8 hours per week or more if possible

Language requirement: English required, Cantonese as asset for translation and uploading text if interested

Location of volunteer work: 21/F Chun Wo Commercial Building, 23-29 Wing Wo St, Central. Possibility to work from home if desired once a routine has been established.

Enquiries: For enquiries and to apply please contact Dana Winograd, Director – Operations at
Email: dana@plasticfreeseas.org
Phone: 6012 3613

Become Team Members of Mission Bridge and help disadvantaged children

In May 2012, a group of friends visited a park in Yau Ma Tei called Saigon Street Playground. This simple visit changed their lives. They met children from different nationalities, from different socio-economic backgrounds (normal as well as single-parents, asylum seekers and refugees).

They observed the surrounding areas. Nearby, there were sex toy shops, places of massage/prostitution, people openly drinking alcohol, smoking on the streets, In public toilets, they saw used drug syringes.

They left this area feeling disheartened, wondering about the children of Yau-Tsim-Mong, questioning how a child’s development is affected by such living environments. People living in subdivided flats don’t have an easy life. For most of the youth in the area: the streets, the neighbouring parks, and video game centre are their second homes. All these underlying factors are contributing to the increased possibilities of the youth getting involved in triads, dropping out from schools, having unwanted pregnancies, and so on.

The following week they returned to the Saigon Street Playground, spending time with kids. They never stopped, and thus the Friday gatherings with the kids Mission Bridge “Connecting lives” and the charity Ultimate United was born. Until today, these Friday night gatherings have served over 400 children of over 20+ different nationalities.

Become a Team Member: All are welcome to join this humble cause, even if you just want to come and visit. And if you want to participate and you can’t be regular that’s also fine.

For enquiries and to sign up, please email vjkunited@gmail.com or call 9836 0405 (English) | 9811 4878 (Chinese)

About Ultimate United: Ultimate United was founded by Mr. Sharma, Vijay Partap and his wife Ms. Kung, Kit Ling in May 2012. The couple visited Saigon Street Playground in Yau Ma Tei for the first time, and met people with many different needs (street kids, broken families, refugees, etc.). With the hope to pass God’s love to the families around this park, they began to meet in Saigon Street Playground every Friday and have not missed a single week. The Friday night Kids Club is called Mission Bridge “Connecting lives”, with the aim to connect people and build a stronger and better society.

West Kowloon Summer Internships


Summer is coming! Interested in gaining valuable work experience at one of the world’s largest cultural projects? Join West Kowloon Cultural District’s 2020 Internship Programme, which offers 6 – 8 weeks paid internship opportunities in a range of areas. Each intern works with a dedicated supervisor who helps you gain the most from the internship experience and enables you to focus on the skills and knowledge you wish to develop.

Areas include:
Safety, Health and Environmental Planning
Procurement
Property Development
Legal and Secretarial
Park and Public Open Space Operations / Landscape Architecture
Innovation and Technology
Internal Auditing
Finance and Accounting
Facilities Management
Quantity Surveying
Electrical Engineering / Mechanical Engineering / Building Services
Communications and Public Affairs
Construction / Design Project Management
Commercial and Leasing

Deadline for Application: 14 June 2020

Information and application: Please follow this link

About West Kowloon Cultural District : The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority is a statutory body established by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2008 under the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Ordinance (Cap. 601), responsible for developing the West Kowloon Cultural District.

Governed by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Ordinance and the Board, and led by an executive team comprising experts from different sectors, their vision is to build a vibrant cultural quarter for the city, dedicated to bringing together local and international artists and audiences to be inspired and to celebrate the arts.

Volunteer for AIDS Concern

AIDS Concern was established in 1990 as the first non-government charity organisation committed to the service of AIDS care in Hong Kong. The founders were a group of volunteers from different backgrounds dedicated to improving the living standards for people living with HIV, and to stop the spread of HIV.

AIDS Concern strongly believes that the key to effectively stop the spread of HIV is establishing close communication with communities most vulnerable to transmission and exposure.

According to AIDS Concern‘s experience, one of the biggest challenges to their mission is the social stigma and discrimination that people living with HIV face, which directly affects their treatments and quality of life. Hence, AIDS Concern invests their resources into providing public health education and awareness programs to create a more supportive society by eliminating misunderstandings about HIV/AIDS.

What you can do to help:
AIDS Concern was initially formed by a group of volunteers who care about HIV issues in Hong Kong. Since their establishment, volunteers play a significant role in their work. AIDS Concern is able to develop their HIV caring and prevention services to the community with great supports and contributions from their dedicated volunteers.

AIDS Concern cordially invites you to join them as their volunteer to work with them in AIDS prevention education and related activities, to help fulfil for their TRIPLE ZERO Mission (ZERO new infections, ZERO AIDS related death and ZERO stigma for people living with HIV) in the community.

To register as a volunteer, please follow this link

For enquiries, please call 2394 6677 or email enquire@aidsconcern.org.hk