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KFBG’s The Wild Encounter: 3-Day Summer Youth Camp

18 May

Looking for a special experience this summer? Come and join Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden‘s Youth Day Camp. You will have the opportunity to take part in conservation projects by working alongside KFBG‘s animal and forest conservation experts. Discover the wonders of nature by walking deep into the forest at night. You will feel and experience nature like never before. Participants will make new friends, bond with nature and gain an understanding of the interconnected relationships between humans, wild animals and the environment.

Programme Content:
* Discover animals and their habitats during day time and night time
* Experience animal encounter activities
* Meet and learn from our animal experts
* Participate in forest-restoration activities
* Express creativity freely through nature-art
* Connect with nature to foster respect and appreciation

Target group / No. of Participants:
Youths aged 12 – 14. 20 maximum per camp (at least 1 camp counselor per 5 participants)

Language: Cantonese

Date / Time:
Camp A: 17 – 19 Aug 2017 (Mon to Wed)
Camp B: 7 – 9 Aug 2017 (Mon to Wed)
0930 – 1600 (Day 1 and Day 2)
1430 – 2100 (Day 3)
(Non-residential)

Place: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
Pick-ups and drop-offs at Kowloon Tong MTR station
(Option to dismiss at Tai Po Market MTR station on Day 3)

Price: HKD$2,500 for 3 days (vegetarian lunch/dinner included)

Application: Please submit your online application and payment to KFBG before 7 June, 2017. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

About The Kadoorie Farm: The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives. Today, reflecting the changing times, KFBG plays an active role in promoting the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong and South China, allied with sustainable agriculture and creative nature education.

Their Mission: To harmonise our relationship with the environment.

Their Vision: A world in which people live sustainably with respect for each other and nature.

Their Values:
Sustainable Living
Appreciating the impact of our actions with regard to current and future generations.
Having awareness of our connection with the environment.
Valuing simple and responsible lifestyles.

Justice
Being fair and accountable. Valuing socially equitable systems that protect
the health of the planet, the people and their way of life.
Protect future generations.

Love
Having self-awareness and understanding of the inter-relationship of all things.
Having compassion and respect for all life. Recognising that outer discord
is a reflection of inner discord. Striving for inner silence.

Participation
Engaging mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually;
fostering respect for different viewpoints, openness, dialogue and teamwork.

Professionalism
Being a role model of caring, integrity, commitment, professional standards and
best practices for partners, organisations, individuals and communities.

Learning
Being adaptive and flexible to changing circumstances. Having a holistic outlook.
Being practical, objective, creative and insightful.

Happiness
Appreciating that our happiness lies in creating and sharing happiness with others.

homegrown_kadoorieVolunteering: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden’s (KFBG) conservation objectives are to help protect Hong Kong and Mainland China’s biodiversity while motivating people to act to care for our natural environment. If you are interested in devoting some time to environmental education and conservation, or, helping KFBG in various types of education programmes and to, generally assist with outdoor work in KFBG, please check out their volunteer page.

Or go and check it out for yourself. With an entrance fee of only $30 and a shop selling organic fruit and vegetables and eggs from their own farm, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is well worth a visit.

KFBG Nature Education Volunteer

28 Apr

The goal of the Nature Education Volunteer Training Course is to equip people who want to make a contribution to environmental education. It includes a series of experiential activities and nature walks developed by Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG). In this training programme, participants will gain environmental knowledge, interpretation and facilitation skills. In addition, they will have the opportunity to undertake a wide range of mindfulness exercises to increase the well-being of the community from a holistic perspective.

The content of the Nature Education Volunteer Training Course:
– Introduction to KFBG Education Programmes
– Introduction to Fauna & Flora Conservation Programmes
– Mindfulness Practices
– Environmental Interpretation and Facilitation Skills
– Nature Art Workshops
– Food Ecology
– Talks & Continuous Training Sessions

Requirements:
– Anyone aged 18 or above (retired citizens are welcome)
– Nature lovers
– Willing to commit as a volunteer for education programmes on weekdays (mostly) and weekends
– Able to work in an outdoor environment
– Good presentation and communication skills
– Able to speak fluent Cantonese & basic English
– Able to attend all five full-day training sessions (27 July, 3, 10, 24 & 31 August 2017 (Thursday) 1000 – 1600) are preferred

*Commitment: Complete 60 hours service between September 2017 and November 2018 for KFBG education activities.

*Deposit: HK$1,000. Total amount will be refunded when the whole training course and vounteer services are completed on or before 30 November 2018.

How to apply:
Please download the programme leaflet here and send the completed Application Form together with the essay to KFBG either by e-mail (education@kfbg.org), or by post to Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (Education Department), Lam Kam Road, Tai Po, New Territories. Please mark the envelope: ‘Application for the Nature Education Volunteer Training Course‘.

Application Deadline: 31 May 2017

You may contact education@kfbg.org / 2483 7107 (Ms. Hung) or 2483 7284 (Ms. Lau) for further questions or information, or visit their website.

About The Kadoorie Farm: The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives. Today, reflecting the changing times, KFBG plays an active role in promoting the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong and South China, allied with sustainable agriculture and creative nature education.

Their Mission: To harmonise our relationship with the environment.

Their Vision: A world in which people live sustainably with respect for each other and nature.

Their Values:
Sustainable Living
Appreciating the impact of our actions with regard to current and future generations.
Having awareness of our connection with the environment.
Valuing simple and responsible lifestyles.

Justice
Being fair and accountable. Valuing socially equitable systems that protect
the health of the planet, the people and their way of life.
Protect future generations.

Love
Having self-awareness and understanding of the inter-relationship of all things.
Having compassion and respect for all life. Recognising that outer discord
is a reflection of inner discord. Striving for inner silence.

Participation
Engaging mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually;
fostering respect for different viewpoints, openness, dialogue and teamwork.

Professionalism
Being a role model of caring, integrity, commitment, professional standards and
best practices for partners, organisations, individuals and communities.

Learning
Being adaptive and flexible to changing circumstances. Having a holistic outlook.
Being practical, objective, creative and insightful.

Happiness
Appreciating that our happiness lies in creating and sharing happiness with others.

homegrown_kadoorieVolunteering: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden’s (KFBG) conservation objectives are to help protect Hong Kong and Mainland China’s biodiversity while motivating people to act to care for our natural environment. If you are interested in devoting some time to environmental education and conservation, or, helping KFBG in various types of education programmes and to, generally assist with outdoor work in KFBG, please check out their volunteer page.

Or go and check it out for yourself. With an entrance fee of only $30 and a shop selling organic fruit and vegetables and eggs from their own farm, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is well worth a visit.

Serve-a-thon – Turn intent into ACTION

28 Mar

Despite Hong Kong’s wealth, nearly 15 per cent of residents lack the ability to meet their most basic needs. Recent studies have shown those most at risk are elderly who live alone, with 37% unable to afford the basics, and children, with more than one-fourth living below the poverty line.

What is Serve-a-thon?
Serve-a-thon Hong Kong brings together NGOs, corporates, government, media and civil society in collaboration to raise public awareness about the importance of community engagement in helping address social issues.

Over nine days, from May 6th through May 14th, the city will unite in service through hundreds of volunteer activities taking place across Hong Kong. This Hong Kong-wide ‘service marathon‘ offers volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, schools, civic organizations and corporations to come together and serve the community.

More than 75 major cities around the world host some form of service marathon. Serve-a-thon Hong Kong will be the largest-ever collective volunteerism-based event of its kind in Hong Kong. 2017 is the inaugural year of this annual event in Hong Kong.

Serve-a-thon supports those at greatest risk
*Animals
*Children and youth
*Elderly
*Environment
*Ethnic minorities
*Migrant workers
*People with disabilities
*Refugees
*Women

Why Volunteer?
Join Hong Kong’s first-ever collective service marathon and be part of this important initiative that gives back to the community:
– Learn more about Hong Kong’s pressing social issues
– Familiarize yourself with Hong Kong’s vibrant NGO sector and its valuable work serving those in need
– Sample different types of volunteer activities at different times of the week
– Participation is free for individuals and groups
– All volunteer hours will be counted and reported back following Serve-a-thon
– You can join as an individual or as a group

Date: 6-14 May 2017

Please note:
– Sign ups for activities are taken on a first come, first served basis, just simply check the calendar
– Registration is free to individuals or groups (families, friends, neighbors, schools, universities, churches, civic organizations)
– Group names will be posted on the website
– Corporations are required to follow the corporate registration procedure


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. These 17 goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice.

The volunteer opportunities within Serve-a-thon Hong Kong work to meet these global goals while serving the local community. For more information, please visit their website

About the Organisers:
HandsOn Hong Kong (HOHK) is a registered charity that mobilizes and empowers the community to meet pressing social needs in Hong Kong through volunteer services. Founded in 2007, HOHK runs more than 100 volunteer activities each month; in 2015 alone the team organized 1,436 volunteer activities and served 107,000+ beneficiaries, many of whom include children and youth, the elderly, refugees, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) is a federation of non-governmental social service organizations. The establishment of the HKCSS came about after the end of the Second World War. In 1947, the HKCSS was established to co-ordinate and plan the diversification of various relief and welfare services. In 1951, the HKCSS became a statutory body under the Hong Kong Code of Practice (Cap. 1057). The rapid development of Hong Kong after the war and social welfare services has become one of the focus of government development. The HKCSS has been firmly in the position and has been an important partner in the development of social welfare since the 1970s. At present, the HKCSS has more than 450 institutional members who provide quality social welfare services to the public through its more than 3,000 service units.

KFBG Fauna Conservation Department needs Volunteers

23 Mar

Calling all animal lovers! The Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden’s Fauna Conservation Department is looking for volunteers for these two teams:

Wild Animal Rescue Centre
Successful applicants will help care for the rescued animals. Their duties will include anything from preparing food, feeding animals, cleaning cages to assisting health check-ups.

Mule Operations
Successful candidates will help care for our two mules Dennie and Duffi, assist in transporting cargo, and deliver education talks to visitors

Duties:
– The general care of rescued animals including preparing food, cleaning cages and laundry
– Assisting staff with regular animal check-ups, treatments and animal feeding

What KFBG is looking for:
– A hardworking, responsible team player
– Physically fit and enjoy the outdoors
– A minimum commitment of 3 days per week (Monday – Sunday, 8:30am – 5 pm) for at least 2 months.
– Valid tetanus vaccination
– Valid rabies and hepatitis B vaccination (Preferred)
– Previous experience with animals including pets (Preferred)

What you’ll get:
– Joy in working with animals and a deeper understanding of their needs, and be able to contribute toward the conservation of many different species
– Basic animal husbandry training
– Additional animal husbandry training (For volunteers who can offer long term regular commitment i.e. at least 4 days per week for at least 2 months)
– Lunch and travel allowance (For volunteers who can offer long term regular commitment)

How to Apply: Before you apply, please read the Volunteer Attachment Programme Conditions.
Due to limited parking space, volunteers are recommended to take public transportation to KFBG.
Please click here to apply online.
For more information, please email fauna@kfbg.org

About the Fauna Conservation Department: The main goals of the Fauna Conservation Department are to help protect our local and regional biodiversity, through wildlife rescue work, breeding programmes and educational projects, which aim to connect visitors with nature and conservation issues.
The focus of their work is:
1. Wild Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation
2. Endangered Species Conservation
3. Specialist Wildlife / Ecological Advisory Services
4. Unique Educational Experiences

LAP Lifelong Animal Protection Charity

6 Feb

LAP exists to help animals in Hong Kong and to bring about the conditions whereby every animal has a good home.

lap-1What they do
– To stop the healthy animals from being killed or abandoned every day, LAP promotes the castration / neutral, just because there are too many animals and there are too few homes
– Rescue, care and look for abandoned and abused domestic animals
– Actively spaying and neutering Lamma’s stray animals-the humane alternative to trapping, killing and poisoning
– Generating publicity to enhance awareness of the problems; educating individuals and the public about RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP
– Through legislation, to eliminate the killing of companion animal health and other ill-treatment

lap-2The Outcome of Pet Overpopulation
In Hong Kong, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department
(漁農自然護理署) put to sleep 10000 dogs and 4000 cats each year.

This figure excludes those euthanized by the SPCA. The reasons contributing to this tragedy are pets overpopulation due to abandonment by owners, breeders, uncontrolled production by homeless cats and dogs etc.

What you can do to help
lap-4Adopt a Cat or Dog
For a rehoming fee is $1800 for dogs or $1200 for cats, adopt. Just complete the forms by following these links: cat, dog

lap-3Foster
Fostering means looking after a rescued, orphaned or recovering animal for a short time. Choosing to foster is a great community service. The best part is having the SATISFACTION of hearing a purr or seeing a wagging tail and knowing you have given an animal a second chance.

Keeping an adoptable animal temporarily in your home is a vital step in the adoption process. Fostering an animal not only improves the chances for the animal to be seen and adopted; it also benefits the volunteer who gets the satisfying chance to really make a difference in that animal’s life. In addition the animal gains additional “socialisation” through your attention and through opportunities for play.

Some animals come from abusive and neglectful backgrounds and benefit greatly from personalised attention.

Many fostered animals are initially timid and wary but gain confidence in a loving and consistent environment. They are actually better off after having been through this intermediate step, able to adapt more rapidly and completely to their permanent homes.

If you already have animals at home a foster animal can provide them with a great playmate and can revitalize older animals, helping to keep them fit and stimulated.

If you are interested in fostering, simply complete this form.

Volunteer
Countless giving individuals have contributed hundreds of hours of unpaid service for animals. Organising events, walking dogs, bottle-feeding motherless puppies and kittens, matching their shelter pets with the right prospective adopters, answering phones, and fostering newborn orphaned pets are just a few of the live saving efforts these wonderful animal lovers perform.

If you are interested in volunteering, simply follow this link and complete the form provided.

The Big Bird Race is Back!

2 Dec

© WWF-Hong Kong

© WWF-Hong Kong


The Big Bird Race is WWF-Hong Kong’s longest-running fundraising event. Established in 1984, the funds raised directly contribute to the conservation and management of the Mai Po Nature Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention.

2017 marks the 34th anniversary of the race. The race has grown and evolved over these three decades but has always generated great enthusiasm among bird-watchers, both local and, more recently, overseas. Aside from the pure enjoyment of the competition, participants also have the opportunity to sharpen their bird-watching skills and improve their knowledge of birds.

This is how it works
The Big Bird Race is a 12-hour bird-watching “race”. Bird-watchers work together in teams of four to record as many bird species as possible during this time. Every species recorded must be seen or heard by all members of the team. Geographically, teams may start anywhere in Hong Kong, but must return to the Mai Po Nature Reserve at the end of the race. A judge will examine each team’s Log Books to determine the winners.

Teams may begin bird-watching on their own at 6 a.m. anywhere in Hong Kong. Participants may wish to carry their own binoculars and bird guides to assist with bird spotting. As Mai Po and Tai Po Kau accommodate a large variety of birds, they have been the most popular sites for most participants over the years; however participants are welcome to use their own bird-watching sites as well.

Teams are required to record every bird species they see or hear in their Event Log Book. They are also required to return to the Mai Po Nature Reserve Visitor Centre at or before 6 p.m. and turn in their Log Books to the adjudicator. The adjudicator will examine the accuracy of each record, making reference to a number of factors such as the weather, the latest migratory bird population and others. They will also compare the results of the different teams to see if there are any anomalies or irregular records. The adjudicator will then make a professional judgment and determine the winning team.

© WWF-Hong Kong

© WWF-Hong Kong

Date: Saturday, 4 February 2017

Time: 6am – 6pm

Place: Geographically, teams may start anywhere in Hong Kong, but must return to the Mai Po Nature Reserve at the end of the race.

For full information on rules and terms of participation please visit their website

About WWF: WWF was founded in 1961 by a group of passionate and committed individuals with the vision and determination to change the future – for good of the natural world and for all life on Earth.

Today, WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected conservation organizations, with a network active in more than 100 countries. WWF is currently carrying out more than 1,300 conservation projects around the planet – from small-scale local conservation projects to large-scale species protection projects which span all continents.

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, they have expanded and adjusted their mission to better serve Hong Kong’s conservation and education needs and align themselves with WWF’s global strategy.

Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong

30 Oct

ocean-park-3Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong (OPCFHK) is committed to advocating, facilitating and participating in effective conservation of Asian wildlife, with an emphasis on Chinese white dolphins and giant pandas, as well as their habitats through partnerships, fundraising, research and education. It envisions a world where Asian wildlife remains biologically diverse under the stewardship of humans, corporations and governments.

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Since its expansion in 2005, OPCFHK has allocated over $58 million to fund over 400 research projects on cetaceans, giant pandas and many other species. In 2015/16, OPCFHK is funding three key projects to monitor and understand the population and habitat of Chinese white dolphins, whilst continuing the operation of the Marine Mammal Stranding Response Team in Hong Kong and providing samples to local universities and the Chinese White Dolphin DNA Bank in China, in order to develop an effective conservation plan for the species. Giant panda conservation efforts were extended from infrastructure rebuilding after earthquake to conservation study, capacity building and habitat restoration in the three provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu. It also inspires university students to engage in field work as part of its University Student Sponsorship Programme in Wildlife Conservation, and connects secondary school students as well as corporations to horseshoe crab conservation efforts in Hong Kong through the rearing and fostering programme.

ocean-park-5In 2010/2011 financial year, a strategic retreat of the Foundation was held to discuss its next five year direction, and confirmed the revised vision and mission:

Vision
OPCFHK envisions a world where Asian wildlife remains biologically diverse under the stewardship of humans, corporations and governments.

Mission
OPCFHK is committed to advocating, facilitating and participating in effective conservation of Asian wildlife, with an emphasis on Chinese white dolphins and giant pandas as well as their habitats. This will be achieved through partnerships, fundraising, research and education.

Good Corporate Governance
The Foundation believes that good corporate governance will assist the Trustees and Management to pursue objectives that are in the interests of the organisation and the public, lead to better corporate performance and reputation and is essential in attaining long‐term, sustainable growth. While recognising that corporate governance may be affected by many factors, the Foundation believes that the core principles of accountability, transparency and integrity are fundamental to good governance and has, therefore, adopted these as the cornerstone of the Foundation’s governance framework.

How you can help
Become a Friend of the Foundation
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OPCFHK launched “Friends of the Foundation” fan club, to engage wildlife and nature lovers in conservation for concerted efforts to conserve wildlife in Hong Kong and Asia. Through donation, you will become a FRIEND of the Foundation, and enjoy the precious opportunities to obtain more information about Asian wildlife, and take part in various conservation work, activities and seminars to get closer with the nature and understand Hong Kong ecology better!

Join now if…
ocean-park-1* You are passionate about wildlife and nature
* You share the same vision with OPCFHK and would like to show your support
* You want to educate the future generations about the importance of wildlife conservation
* You want to help raise the community’s awareness on wildlife conservation
* You want to be engaged in activities that can help Asian wildlife
* You want to learn more about OPCFHK‘s conservation efforts, the species and habitats across Asia
For more information and to join follow this link

Volunteer
OPCFHK has been committed in the conservation of Asian wildlife through fundraising, research and education so that it remains biologically diverse. If you are also enthusiastic and passionate towards wildlife conservation, and willing to contribute your time and efforts, please join their conservation volunteer task force!
Main Voluntary Tasks:
* Assist in community education and narration events
* Assist in fundraising and promotional events
* Provide various professional services, e.g. video taking, translation, writing, designs, marketing, etc
* Assist in routine operations and documentary work in office
For more information and to join follow this link