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Join Sai Kung elderly for a Poon Choi lunch

16 Jan

HandsOn is looking for Cantonese speaking volunteers to join us at a Sai Kung community center for a ‘Poon Choi‘ lunch with local elderly residents. Remote areas of Sai Kung were badly damaged by Typhoon Mangkhut and some of the elderly had housing and possessions destroyed. Join us at this lunch to show your care and support for these individuals!

Date: Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm

Place: Sai Kung District Community Center, Sai Kung Sai Kung, Mei Yuen St, No.8

Registration: To volunteer for this worthwhile event and serve the elderly of Hong Kong, please follow this link. Limited places still available.

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.

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

In 2017 alone, HandsOn 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 in their mission to serve Hong Kong’s community together!

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Aberdeen Plog – 香港仔垃圾跑

13 Jan

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.

The plog of will take place in the Aberdeen. Meet at Wong Chuk Hang MTR Station exit A1 and head through the district as much as possible until 1pm, at which point you will call it a day 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: Sunday, 20 January 2019

Time: 10am – 1om

Place: Meet at Wong Chuk Hang MTR Station exit A1

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.

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!

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.

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.

Chi Heng Foundation

5 Dec

In the 1990s, blood selling became popular in parts of Central China especially among poor farmers as a means to earn extra money. Many blood collecting stations operated illegally and used unsanitary practices for blood collection, including:

• Pooling and reinjection of blood
• The unclean spinning of blood
• Shared needles

As a result, estimates of as high as 60% of the adult population is infected with HIV in many villages. The exact extent of the tragedy remains unknown. Dr. Gao Yao Jie, an activist for AIDS patients in Henan Province, estimates that up to one million people are infected in Henan province alone.

Founded in 1998, the Chi Heng Foundation is a charity registered and based in Hong Kong with offices in Henan, Anhui, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. It is a non-government organization whose programs are funded by private donors, business, and partner NGOs.

Chi Heng” means “wisdom in action”, and at CHF they believe they must use their knowledge to help people in need. With this in mind, CHF moves from village to village throughout Central China offering help to all children affected by AIDS, thereby ensuring that no child is excluded and each child’s needs are fully understood.

CHF primarily focuses on paying for the children’s education and living expenses, making sure all funds are delivered directly to schools and programs by their staff. CHF does not operate orphanages or foster homes. Instead, local relatives often take in the children, allowing them to continue to grow up in their native villages. To further decrease their sense of social stigma and isolation, CHF places the children in schools that purposefully integrate the orphans with children not affected by HIV/AIDS. These efforts aim to give orphans a stronger sense of community and belonging.

CHF promises a long-term commitment to helping children not only complete their education but also receive dependable, comprehensive support.

What you can do to help
Volunteer: There are multiple ways to volunteer for the foundation:
* Fundraising
* Awareness raising
* Event planning
* Office support
If you would like to volunteer, please click here to complete the online volunteer registration form.

Intern: Chi Heng offers summer, fall, and spring semester internships, as well as yearlong programs for recent university grads, undergraduates, and graduate students. Internships are unpaid, can be full or part-time, and are offered in the Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong offices. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9am to 6pm.

Placement is decided upon based on availability and the needs of each office. Start and end dates are flexible, depending on the needs of each intern.

Applicants must demonstrate a strong command of English; knowledge of Mandarin or Cantonese a plus.

Applicants will be asked to select from the following categories to indicate their preferred type of internship:

– Direct Service (limited availability)
– Administration
– Research/Evaluation
– Publications
– Public Relations/Publicity
– Web Page/Computer Graphic Design
– Translation (English/Mandarin Chinese and/or Cantonese)
– Other (must confirm alternate type with CHF before selecting this option)

Applicants should note that though they will specialize in a particular area, they will be involved in a variety of tasks depending on the needs and activities of the organization.

Application instructions:
Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and completed Chi Heng Foundation Application Form to CHF. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The cover letter should answer the following questions:
– Why would you like to work with the Chi Heng Foundation?
– What are your relevant skills and experiences?
– How do they pertain to Chi Heng’s work?

Please click here to download the application form.

Application deadlines are as follows:
Summer semester: April 15
Fall semester: July 15
Spring semester: November 15

For more information please email info@chihengfoundation.com or call 2517 0564

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.