Volunteer for Hong Kong Shark Foundation

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 alone. As apex predators, sharks are a crucial part of the marine food chain. The demand for shark products has contributed to the rapid decline of many species, with several already 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.

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

HKSF believes this a rare opportunity for people everywhere, especially in Hong Kong, to make a significant impact on a global scale. Please act now by helping to raise awareness about shark conservation and by educating people to reduce the consumption of shark products globally to save the world’s sharks.

Volunteer: People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some, it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others, it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.

Volunteering for HKSF is a great way to get personally involved in shark conservation and saving sharks. HKSF is a local Hong Kong charity that welcomes ALL volunteers from interns and IT experts to office admins and fundraisers to student Shark Ambassadors and animal activists.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information on HKSF‘s work, please email info@hksharkfoundation.org

SPCA 2021 Charity Calendar

cover of SPCA's cat calendarYou might think it’s a little too early to think about Christmas, but if you are sending gifts overseas you might want to reconsider and do your Christmas shopping now, considering how patchy postal services are these days.

SPCA 2021 Charity Calendar is available for order! The perfect Christmas gift for the cat or dog lover amongst your friends.

cover SPCA dog calendarThis high-quality calendar comes in four different styles featuring a total of more than a thousand furry ‘models’. Order now and let the adorable doggies and kitties fill your days with positive energy throughout the year.

Let’s stay PAWSITIVE and support the SPCA.

Order: To order, please follow this link

About SPCA: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was first formed by a group of volunteers in 1903 and became active in 1921.

Although SPCA is the first charity in Hong Kong to deal with all aspects of animal welfare, the SPCA obtain around only 1% of their funding from the government. The rest of their funding comes from the generosity of the general public, for which the SPCA is extremely grateful. It is a constant challenge to raise the funds necessary to continue our work.

SPCA believes that animals are living creatures which like humans, are able to feel pain, hunger and thirst. We should not inflict any suffering upon our fellow creatures just because they can’t speak.

Join HKDR’s Life Saver Club and sponsor a rescue dog

HKDR Life Saver Club banner
Please join Hong Kong Dog Rescue’s Life Saver Club to exclusively sponsor one of their dogs in waiting. During this pandemic when it’s difficult to host fundraising events, income from this initiative is needed more than ever. Every dollar will go towards HKDR’s mission to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome Hong Kong’s abandoned dogs.

$1,000 Pledge Level: For a monthly donation of HK$1,000 for a minimum of 12 months or yearly donation of HK$12,000:
– You will be exclusively sponsoring one of HKDR’s dogs and receive a Life Saver Club Certificate acknowledging you as the official sponsor of that dog.
– You will receive biannual updates of your sponsored dog. If your dog is adopted, another dog will be assigned to you and you will receive a new certificate.
– You will be entitled to two free tickets to their annual Peak To Fong Sponsored Walk.

$500 Pledge Level: For a monthly donation of HK$500 for a minimum of 12 months or yearly donation of HK$6,000:
– You will be exclusively sponsoring one of HKDR’s dogs and receive a Life Saver Club Certificate acknowledging you as the official sponsor of that dog.
– You will receive an annual update of your sponsored dog. If your dog is adopted, another dog will be assigned to you and you will receive a new certificate.

$200 Monthly Maintenance Pledge: For a monthly donation of HK$200 for a minimum of 12 months or yearly donation of HK$2,400:
– You will be exclusively sponsoring one of HKDR’s dogs and receive a Life Saver Club Certificate acknowledging you as the official Monthly Maintenance sponsor of that dog.
– Monthly Maintenance Programme covers the monthly costs of flea, tick and heartworm protection for the sponsored dog. If your dog is adopted, another dog will be assigned to you and you will receive a new certificate.

To join: You may subscribe to the Life Saver Club with credit card by completing the form in the following this link

About Hong Kong Dog Rescue: HKDR was founded in 2003 for the specific purpose of saving dogs and puppies from the Hong Kong Government’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) Animal Management Centres. The organisation has cared for and re-homed more than 9,500 dogs while being largely funded by private donations, sales of HKDR merchandises and fundraising events. HKDR is proud to be a No Kill Organisation, meaning that no dog under its care will be euthanised for any reason other than when it is the only humane option.

Support conservation, become a KFBG Member

In a time of severe global crisis, including the inter-related issues of widespread disconnection from nature, each other and self, the ever-increasing exploitation of and unwise reliance on the world’s dwindling resources to support unsustainable lifestyle, climate change; shrinking of natural habitats and species loss, the Kadoorie Farm & Botanical Garden, one of Hong Kong’s oldest conservation organisations, raises awareness, undertakes rigorous science-based species conservation and ecosystem restoration, and offers new ways of thinking and living to respond to the world’s problems. Their work brings hope and improvement by focusing on nature conservation, sustainable living and holistic education that reconnects people with nature.

Become a Member of KFBG now, and share in their efforts to make the world a better place. As a member, you can also enjoy exclusive benefits and keep in closer touch with KFBG.

Follow this link to see the types of membership on offer and to apply.

For enquiries please contact Sophia Sit (Partnerships Department)
Tel: 2483 7279
Email: membership@kfbg.org

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

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, KFBG‘s work and influence today spread far beyond the KFBG site. KFBG raises awareness of ecological and sustainability issues, undertake species conservation and ecosystem restoration in Hong Kong and South China, reconnecting people with nature, and promoting sustainable lifestyles.

Mui Wo Community Ghost Net Action co-organised by Living Islands Movement and Eco Marine – 27 Sept

Since early April 2020, Mark from Living Islands Movement has been snorkelling, surveying the coastline between Mui Wo Beach, SMB to Man Kok Wan and has discovered multiple ghost nets in shallow waters, trapping and killing marine life including fish and numerous crabs. This action aims to gather together community members to remove these nets over 2020.

To date, 80+ large nets cleared from within an approximately 1km stretch of coastline Tung Wan Tau to Man Kok Wan.

Join Living Islands Movement and Eco Marine in their next action date is Sunday 27th September 2020 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm to take advantage of the low tide.

Date: Sunday, 27th September 2020

Time: 1-5pm

Place: Meet at No Name Store on Silvermine Bay Beach
(Google Maps: NONAME STORE, 10號 Tung Wan Tau Rd, Mui Wo
6122 9804

For important details and what to wear and bring please refer to the below google doc:

To register: Sign up by clicking going on Facebook Event! Active kids 8 and over and adults are welcome. All kids from 8 to 16 years need to be accompanied by a parent or responsible adults

About Eco Marine: Eco Marine envisions a society where nature and modern urban life thrive.

Love & Bananas x Earth.Org – 30 Sept (rescheduled)

banner for Love & Bananas film screening
A documentary film screening telling the story of Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers led by world-renowned Asian elephant conservationist Lek Chailert’s daring 48-hour mission across Thailand to rescue a 70-year old captive blind Asian elephant and bring her to freedom.

African elephants are slaughtered for their ivory, but sadly the plight of the Asian Elephant has been completely overlooked even though they are the elephant we are most familiar with in zoos, circuses and elephant rides. Love & Bananas aims to ignite a new way of thinking about this species and shows what can be done to prevent the extinction of Asian elephants.

With this screening, Earth.Org aims to help create awareness of the urgent plight of (Asian) elephants and to share knowledge and positive solutions for the better care and management of captive and wild elephants.

All proceeds of the ticket sales and donations will go to the Elephant Nature Park – an elephant rescue & rehabilitation center. Every donation can help to conserve and protect elephants from the numerous threats they face.

The event is sponsored by Suphia’s – giving out free Fresh Made Raw, Organic, Vegan Gluten-Free Bars. Check her website for more information: https://suphias.boutir.com/

Date: Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Time: 6:30 – 8:35pm

Place: The Hive Sheung Wan

Hive Members: Free of charge
Non-members: $50
To reserve your seat, please follow this link to EventBrite

For enquiry please call 21104370 or email contact@earth.org

About Earth.Org: Earth.Org is a global non-profit environmental organisation with headquarters in Hong Kong, raising awareness about biodiversity loss and the deteriorating conditions of natural ecosystems worldwide. Their purpose is to inform, educate and advocate for a more sustainable world.

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

COVID-19 Hong Kong Virtual Marathon

Get ready to run your own course at the FringeBacker COVID-19 Hong Kong Virtual Marathon. Choose your own challenge, from stretching your skills to a 42KM Full Marathon, 21KM Half Marathon, to trying out a 3KM/5KM /10KM Fun Walk or Run. With social distancing in place, you can complete it remotely and creatively in whatever ways convenient for you, such as run your neighbourhood, local trails, treadmill, stairs, walk the dog in parks, anywhere!

FringeBacker has partnered with a record-breaking of over 35 Hong Kong charities in this event. These include:
Aids Concern
Aids Foundation
Asian Charity Services
Changing Young Lives Foundation
Children’s Heart Foundation
Ebenezer School and Home for the Visually Impaired
Renaissance Foundation
Food Angel
Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong
HandsOn Hong Kong
Heifer Hong Kong
HER Fund
Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation
Hong Kong Children In Need Foundation
Hong Kong Dog Rescue
Hong Kong Outward Bound
Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation
InspiringHK Sports Foundation
Justice Centre Hong Kong
Kely Support Group
LAP Lifelong Animal Protection Charity Limited
Lok Sin Tong
Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong
Oxfam Hong KongPathfinders
Plan Internationa;
Resolve Foundation
Ronald McDonald House
Run HK
Sai Kung Stray Friends
SoapCycling Hong Kong
The Boys’ Brigade Hong Kong
The Conservancy Association
The Hub
World Vision
Each of them will be sharing how COVID-19 pandemic has affected their cause and how we can all help in a meaningful way.

This initiative will provide a positive channel for all to know more about Hong Kong charities. To make each step count, participants choose from the 35 Charity Partners they want to support.

For those already active in the running scene, it’s a great way to keep yourself motivated while exercising on your own and to prepare for events ahead.

For beginners, introduce your family and friends to running and to jumpstart some physical training from Couch to 3KM!

Participants will also get a finisher’s meal, e-goodie bag overflowing with cash coupons and wonderful gifts from everyone’s favourite shops.

How to complete a virtual marathon:

Time: Sign up and complete your run by June 30!

Register Now: To register, please follow this link to FringeBacker

For enquiries please email cs@fringebacker.com

Buy Limited Edition Postcards and raise money for Plastic Free Seas

Squid for lunch by Penny Creedon
Simple acts can have big impacts.

With these uncertain times upon us now, we can choose to slow down reconnect and take on the things that really matter. Making time for the little things like the old-school joy of sending a handwritten note to a friend.

Now you can send your love and share your dreams in aid of Plastic Free Seas on a Paper-Roses for Plastic Free Seas postcard.

In the drink by Penny Creedon
Paper-Roses have produced three 3 stunning marine life artworks, which highlight the impact of our plastic pollution crisis on our local marine species: green sea turtles, whale sharks and Chinese white dolphins.

By supporting this collaboration and purchasing a set of postcards, you can help fund the work of Plastic Free Seas and share your concern for our plastic-polluted water with your friends.

To find out more about this fundraising campaign and how you can support please follow this link

The pink pull by Penny Creedon
About the Artist: Artist, Penny Creedon, is a nature lover. She was lucky enough to grow up in the English countryside and now lives in Hong Kong. One of the things she likes most about living in this vibrant and exciting city? The fact that it’s so easy to get out from between the skyscrapers and into nature, whether it’s into the rainforests or out onto the water.

Penny wanted to create the artwork for Plastic Free Seas because of the undeniable impact that pollution and our over-reliance on single-use plastics is having on our surroundings. While updated regulations are likely to be a factor in helping to end this, education is vital to bring about the changes in attitude needed to break our bad plastic habits. Penny freely admits that she is not perfect and knows that we can all make changes to the way we think about and use plastic. The education programme that Plastic Free Seas has put in place, and the passion and perseverance they have in delivering the message, will empower this change.

About Plastic Free Seas: Plastic Free Seas is led by a small team of passionate and focused individuals committed to reducing the scourge of plastic pollution in Hong Kong.

WWF-HK Island House Festival – 29 Feb

If you are bored cooped up at home from too much home office, how about spending a day in the great outdoors at WWF’s Island House Conservation Studies Centre in Tai Po?

Discover sustainable solutions to change the way we live at Island House Conservation Studies Centre in Tai Po with talks from conservation experts, eco-guided visits around the historic building and surrounding grounds, film screenings and some game booths. Come visit with your family and friends and learn how to reduce your ecological footprint.

Date: 29th February – 1st March, 2020 (Sat & Sun)

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Place: Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Tai Po, see map here

Price: $50.00 – $60.00
All participants receive 30 days WWF-Hong Kong membership and one food coupon & one beverage coupon to be used at the festival.

To register, please follow this link

For enquiries, please email community@wwf.org.hk or call the service hotline at 2161 9631

About WWF HK: WWF Hong Kong (WWF HK) is the independent branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature in Hong Kong. It was established in 1981 as World Wildlife Fund Hong Kong an environmental organization in Hong Kong and has Conservation, Climate & Energy and Education programmes in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

WWF Hong Kong has over 120 full-time staff working in five offices located in Kwai Hing, Central, Tai Po, Mai Po, and Hoi Ha Wan[1] with nine voluntary committees made up of over 50 people. WWF’s Hong Kong’s current membership is about 230,000.

WWF Hong Kong carrying out biodiversity research across Hong Kong, such as the firefly surveys of their Mai Po Marshes nature reserve. The surveys have also incorporated citizen science participation and using this approach to further monitor biodiversity across Hong Kong, WWF has incorporated iNaturalist and the City Nature Challenge into activities at their Mai Po and Hoi Ha Wan centres. Other Citizen Science activities they’ve helped coordinate in Hong Kong include the ecological survey and coastal clean-up programme called Coastal Watch.