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“.

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Animals Asia – Volunteer Orientation Day

10 Jun

Are you an animal lover?
Do you care about animal welfare and want to volunteer?
Come meet and mingle with Animals Asia staff and existing volunteers, and learn more about their mission/ volunteer opportunities.

*Snacks and drinks will be served.
*A small donation of $50 is encouraged.

Should you have any questions, please contact Cherry via ckam@animalsasia.org

Date: Saturday, 16 June 2018

Time: 2:00 – 3:30pm

Place: Room 1501, Tung Hip Commercial Building, 244-252 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan Hong Kong

Price: Free
To register please follow this link to Eventbrite

About Animals Asia: Founded in 1998, Animals Asia 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.

In addition, Animals Asia campaigns for an end to abusive animal practices in zoos and safari parks in Asia, and works closely with governing authorities to improve animal management and increase awareness of the welfare needs of captive animals.

HongKongers raise your voice – complete the online land supply survey

8 Jun

If you are following the news, you will know that the Government Task Force on Land Supply is running a survey to hear our opinions on the future of housing in Hong Kong. Read the SCMP article on the subject here.

HongKongers this is your chance to raise your voice and comment on future land supply use in Hong Kong. It’s about where we will live, how we will live, our quality of life. Your opinion matters. Complete the survey now by following this link.

The choices on offer may not be to your liking, there is however limited space at the end of the survey for you to submit your own suggestions.

Remember, this is about our future, your opinions matter.

World Oceans Day Community Cleanup on Lamma

2 Jun


HAPPY WORLD OCEANS DAY! #saveouroceans

Join Hong Kong Cleanup X Stella McCartney HK in keeping our oceafamily-friendly clean!

This is a family friendly educational day so bring your family and friends for this worthwhile event in one of the rarest and unique parts of Hong Kong.

Schedule for the day:
• Meet at Central Pier #4 10:00 am SHARP!
• Take 10:20am ferry to Sok Kwu Wan (left-hand side of the pier).
• 11:30am: Quick restroom break, then short 10-15 minute walk to Lo So Shing Sitting Area.
• 12:00pm: Arrive at Lo So Shing Sitting area, beach briefing, material distribution, data card download.
• 12:20pm: Cleanup activity begins, we will clean for 1- 1.5 hours
• 1:45pm: Snack, rest, complete Data Cards.
• 2:00 pm: Move trash to designated area
• 2:15pm: Group photo/ Award Ceremony/ Debrief, walk back to Sok Ku Wan Pier
• 2:35pm: Depart back to central

NOTICE TO ALL PARTICIPANTS:
• Please bring at least 2 liters of water in your reusable containers! Don’t forget sunblock, sunglasses, and a hat- it will be HOT. Please wear activewear and trainers for this event!
• Please ensure you bring sufficient snacks and water to last you for 3-4 hours of outdoor activity.
• Please take all safety precautions by wearing appropriate clothing/shoes and bringing any other necessary personal items.
• Intended participants should consider carefully whether they wish to take part in the event as no accident insurance will be provided. Therefore, in case of an accident, the organizer will not bear any legal liability.
• There are frequent ferries back to Central ferry pier from Sok Kwu Wan Pier should you wish to leave later (4:05PM & 5:35PM)

Date: Saturday, 9 June 2018

Time: 10am – 3:30pm

Place: Central Pier No.4 at 10am, Take 10:20am ferry to Sok Kwu Wan

Price: Free, to register, please follow this link to EventBrite

About Hong Kong Cleanup: Having engaged over 350,000 participants and cleaned up over 70 million pieces of trash, the Hong Kong Cleanup Challenge has firmly established itself as a well-loved and vital part of the Hong Kong event landscape. Yet 16 years of data and volunteer feedback have shown a need for even greater community engagement and action. Trash jeopardizes the health of the ocean, coastline, country parks, our economy, and people. It is everywhere – and is here to stay unless we change our habits.

Founded by Canadian environmentalist Lisa Christensen in 2000, the event started out as a simple grass root initiative – a 1-day beach cleanup event. Lisa and her team have scaled participation in the event on average 65% per year, and it is now widely recognized as the largest environmental event in the region, with The Cleanup Challenge running year-long.

The Hong Kong Cleanup Challenge is not only an event, it is a year-long education platform that works with communities, schools, government, and businesses to provide practical solutions to help us all live more sustainability every day of the year. The annual Cleanup Challenge, from January 1st through December 1st, is open to the general public (register here).

Throughout the year, they also organize managed cleanup events for corporations wishing to plan a meaningful, educational team-building day out with their employees. For more information on managed staff engagement events, click here.

For more information regarding Hong Kong Cleanup, please email info@hkcleanup.org

Resolve

29 May

Empowering future community leaders for an inclusive Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the most vibrant and prosperous cities in Asia. Yet if has one of the highest inequality levels in the developed world. Many vulnerable groups persist in poverty and social exclusion generation after generation. Social exclusion is not just about material deprivation, but also about marginalization, discrimination or a lack of agency and voice in society.

Resolve invests in emerging leaders, particularly from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities, so they become social catalysts to bring about positive change to their communities.

Mission: Resolve empowers future community leaders for an inclusive Hong Kong

Vision: Resolve believes in a Hong Kong where every voice has a say in its future

Values: Rights, Equality, Solidarity, Organization, Leadership, Voice and Empowerment

What you can do to help: Resolve is looking for seasoned and committed volunteers and interns passionate about effecting social change to support them in areas like
* fundraising and development
* project management
* communications
If you are interested, please follow this link

For more information, please email hello@resolvehk.org

WWF Summer School 2018

25 May


Summer school is a fun and exciting way to learn about our city’s unique ecosystems. Held in July and August, planned nature activities are for groups aged 6-8 and 9-11. With classmates and friends, the groups discover the richness of the natural world, the importance of conserving it and the effects of our daily lifestyle choices on these environments. The WWF’s curriculum based activities are run by their educators at their three centres in Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hoi Ha Wan Marine Life Centre and Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Tai Po.

Nature Adventurers (3 days):

© WWF Hong Kong

The 3-day Nature Adventurers programme takes groups aged 9-11 into the heart of Hong Kong’s rich and unique biodiversity. Day one covers Mai Po’s rich variety of wetland habitats and the thriving biodiversity of the more than 2,050 species they support. Day two will include coral observation, a glass-bottomed boat tour and snorkelling at Hoi Ha. Day three focuses on sustainable living and the impact of excessive carbon emissions and biodiversity loss on our natural environments.
Age: 9-11

Nature Explorers (2 days):

© WWF Hong Kong

The 2-day Nature Explorers programme takes place at WWF’s Island House Conservation Studies Centre in Tai Po. Amidst its lush English-style gardens, which boast over 140 species of local and introduced plants, groups aged 6-8 will discover the vast range of wildlife that is all around them. They will also learn about the threats to habitat loss, sustainable living and how their daily choices impact our natural environment.
Age: 6-8

Ocean Explorers (2 days):

© WWF Hong Kong

The 2-day Ocean Explorers programme takes groups aged 6-8 years old on a journey through marine biodiversity and marine conservation at Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, which boasts more hard coral species than the Caribbean Sea. What a great way to discover the ocean! The programme includes a glass-bottomed boat tour, introduction to sustainable fisheries and a marine litter study at Sandy Beach.
Age: 6-8

To download the brochure, for additional information on dates and fees, please visit the WWF website by following this link.

For more information, call 2526 1011 (press 2 for English and then 8) or email education@wwf.org.hk

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.

KFBG – Fauna Outreach Volunteer Programme 2018 Recruitment

21 May

The Fauna Conservation Department at the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) organises the Animal Encounters and Discovery Tables programmes on first three Sundays of each month. Participants will enjoy a close encounter with animals while they increase awareness towards wildlife conservation and illegal wildlife trade. KFBG hopes participants will come away with greater respect and appreciation for wildlife, and become empowered to lead greener lifestyles and support wildlife conservation work.

Volunteers are one of the important elements of these two programmes. The Fauna Outreach Volunteer Training Programme provides comprehensive training and guidance for volunteers. Qualified volunteers will help lead these two programmes and other outreach activities.

Click here for more information about the Animal Encounter and Discovery Table programmes

Volunteer Duties:
* Act as the guide of the Native Mammal Talk as a part of the Animal Encounter programme;
* Assist Animal Keepers during the Mule, Python and Raptor Talk as a part of the Animal Encounter programme;
* Introduce animal specimens to visitors as a part of the Discovery Table programme
* Assist in maintaining the smooth operation of Fauna Outreach activities, e.g. promoting the programmes, managing crowds and handling enquiries

Benefits:
* Gain an opportunity to promote wildlife conservation
* Gain knowledge in mules, reptiles, mammals and birds
* Gain experience in guiding tours and public speaking
* Gain certificate of recognition after 6 days of service over the first 12 months
* Lunch and travel allowance

2018 Intake: 20 volunteers

Interview Period: 2nd or 3rd July 2018

Training Period:
Training Day 1: 5th August (Sunday) 10am – 4pm
Training Day 2: 11th August (Saturday) 10am – 4pm
Training Day 3: 18th August (Saturday) 10am – 4pm
Exam: 25th August (Saturday) 10am – 4pm
Contingency: 19th August (Sunday) 10am – 4pm
(In case one of the training day needs to be cancelled due to adverse weather, it will be rescheduled to this day).

Interview and Training Location: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

Language: Cantonese and English

Requirements:
* 18 years old or above
* Good command of Cantonese, Mandarin and English
* Good interpersonal and public speaking skills
* Enjoy working outdoors
* Able to work independently and as a team
* Able to volunteer for at least one day every two months
* Education or work experience related to biology, ecology, zoology, environmental science or education is preferred
* Experience in tour guiding or organising education programmes is an advantage

Application Procedures:
Interested parties, please submit an online application. In order to identify potential volunteers, please select “Others” for “Volunteer role(s) you are interested”, and input “Fauna Outreach Volunteer” for “Please specify others”.

Please upload a letter containing an essay of not more than 200 words on this topic: “Name three ways to inspire a greater sense of appreciation in nature amongst Hongkongers”.

Potential candidates will be invited to a face-to-face interview on either 2nd or 3rd July.

For enquiries, please contact Ms. Joyee Chan at joyeechan@kfbg.org.

Application Deadline: 17th June 2018 (Sunday)

About Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden : Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) spreads over 148 hectares of land on the northern slopes of Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s highest mountain, near the town of Tai Po.

KFBG has a deep-set valley between two ridges, with a stream running steeply down through the forest. On the slopes there are forest, theme gardens, vegetable terraces, 8km of walking trails, 9km of roads, and conservation and educational facilities.

The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support, to help them lead independent lives; and to provide leisure and educational experience for the public. The theme gardens were designed and planted from the 1960’s onwards, and through planting, natural process and protection from fire, what was once barren scrubland is now mature forest. Visitors are welcome.