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First 2019 Beer for Books

12 Jun

Room to Read HK Chapter is pleased to announce their first 2019 Beer for Books on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Alto Bar and Grill from 6:30-8:30pm.

Please come and join Room to Read HK Chapter for a libation to celebrate World Refugee Day and their first Room to Read HK Chapter Beer for Books in 2019.

*$10 of every drink purchased (from their regular menu) will be donated to Room to Read HK to print 1 local language book.

Date: Thursday, 20 June 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Place: Alto Bar and Grill, 31/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay

About Room to Read: Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

The vision of the Hong Kong Chapter is to share the work of Room to Read with Hong Kong residents and businesses. They support Room to Read’s belief that education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty and will focus their goals to help provide access to education to millions of children.
Volunteering with the Hong Kong Chapter is not only a great way to help further Room to Read’s mission but also an opportunity to develop new skills and make connections with like-minded individuals.

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Room to Read Hong Kong Chapter Volunteer Opportunities

8 Jun

The Room to Read HK Chapter is getting active for education and they have volunteer opportunities throughout the year!

Action points to get involved:

1. Sign up to help lead a Beers for Books event in June, September, October or December – you will buddy with an experienced volunteer and organise together.

2. Sign up to lead another event of your choosing (ideas here) – either with volunteers you know or let Room to Read HK Chapter share the opportunity with other volunteers too.

Unfamiliar with Beers for Books? Here’s the premise (in brief):
Room to Read volunteers organise casual drinks at a bar, usually mid-week.
• The venue donates HK$10* per drink back to Room to Read.
• Volunteers also organise a raffle to raise additional funds for Room to Read.

What volunteers do:
• Pitch the bar to host on a night that’s typically quiet and donate $10 per drink.
• Secure some raffle prizes (Room to Read can sometimes help).
• Promote the event in advance, show up on the night and bring friends.
• A few other logistical things e.g. get the banner in advance, deposit cash afterwards.

Just a few last points
Room to Read HK Chapter is kicking off with a Beers for Books event every second month, starting in June.
• Experienced HK Chapter volunteers will lead but need another volunteer to help them.
• If you’re super keen to take the lead and organize on what is currently an off-month, that’s totally fine too.

*Printing a Room to Read local-language children’s book costs around HK$10, so each drink purchased (usually beer/wine/other specials) puts one book in the hands of children in Room to Read programme countries. Room to Read HK Chapter can vary from this format though.

Please do sign up if you think you can help – it’s just an indication of interest and you’re not locking yourself into anything (yet) 😉

About Room to Read: Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

The vision of the Hong Kong Chapter is to share the work of Room to Read with Hong Kong residents and businesses. They support Room to Read’s belief that education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty and will focus their goals to help provide access to education to millions of children.
Volunteering with the Hong Kong Chapter is not only a great way to help further Room to Read’s mission but also an opportunity to develop new skills and make connections with like-minded individuals.

Celebrate World Ocean Day in Hoi Ha Marine Park 8 Jun

23 May


World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. Encompass HK, a local social enterprise promoting the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, is organizing an outing at Hoi Ha Wan, one of the first Marine Parks in Hong Kong, with an expert guide accompanying you to introduce the fauna and flora of the area.

With an AFCD-estimated 45,000 visitors in 2015, Hoi Ha Wan is Hong Kong’s most accessible Marine Park and is a popular destination for day-trippers. Watch out for monkeys in the trees, cows on the road, and a stunning view over Long Harbour as the road drops down from Pak Tam Au. With a wealth of corals, including 64 of the 84 species of stony corals found in Hong Kong, Hoi Ha Wan has been a Site of Special Scientific Interest since 1986 and was gazetted as a Marine Park in 1996. You will explore the diversity of marine life in the mangrove and sandy shore habitats at HHW.

Programme: Introduction to Hoi Ha Wan (by Friends of Hoi Ha chairperson Nicola Newbury)
– Guided walk along Hoi Ha Nature Trail and Marine Park area, including visits to Hoi Ha’s Antiquities Monument, Hoi Ha ecologically sensitive stream
– Introduction to marine fauna with expert guide Dr. Cynthia Yau
– Marine naturalist ID with a demonstration of the iNaturalist app

Who is this for?: Everyone! Families including accompanied children over 3 are welcome.

What to wear: Closed-toe shoes (no sandals or flip flops please, as the beach may have sharp dangerous items including broken glass, oyster shells), comfortable clothes, hat. Do be warned you may get your footwear wet on the shore, so please bring your own change of dry shoes if needed.

What to bring: Water (minimum 0.5 L in reusable container – Bonaqua bottle, Watsons bottle etc. are not allowed). Water refill during the trip is possible. Sun screen, hat and insect repellent. Small umbrella for shade.

Not allowed: No flip flops or open sandals during intertidal excursion. No one-time use plastic bottles or food containers/wrappers!

Other remarks:There is no wheelchair access anywhere in Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park.

Date: Saturday, 8 June 2019

Time: 2 pm-7:30 pm (Coach will return to Kowloon Tong MTR with drop off at Choi Hung station by 7:30 pm)
Gathering location: 2 pm outside Kowloon Tong MTR Exit C

Place: Hoi Ha Marine Park

Price: $300 (including coach fee, guided walk, snacks, handouts about Hoi Ha Wan, donation to Friends of Hoi Ha)
To register please follow this link to Eventbrite.

*No parking available for external guests in Hoi Ha Village, please do not drive there.

About Encompass Hong Kong : Encompass Hong Kong is a social enterprise that promotes diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workplace through guiding employers to create a work environment that is more D&I friendly. Encompass Hong Kong offers training and consultancy services to educate and support organizations to be more diversified and inclusive, including meeting global standards e.g. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Encompass Hong Kong will achieve these aims with a strong team of staff and advisors, as well as with partnering organizations that work with differently-abled individuals, senior workers, ethnic minorities, and gender and sexual minorities.

Volunteer at the Hong Kong Arts Centre

19 May


Are you art lovers? Do you have time to spare? Join the Hong Kong Arts Centre as a volunteer! Their volunteers come from a variety backgrounds, helping with events and programmes and providing administrative support to the Hong Kong Arts Centre. Volunteers are also trained to give docent tours. Volunteers can participate in various types of service, depending on your knowledge, interest and availability. No previous experience is required.

Requirements:
* Aged 18 or above;
* Holder of the Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card;
* Fluent in at least one of the following languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, English; and
* Be enthusiastic and enthusiastic about the Hong Kong Arts Centre’s vision and mission.

How to apply:
Please send your application with resume to hr@hkac.org.hk

About Hong Kong Arts Centre : Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) is a multi-arts centre that fosters artistic exchanges locally and internationally, bringing the most forward creations to Hong Kong and showcasing homegrown talents abroad.

HKAC stimulates innovation and promotes creativity. Being Hong Kong’s only independent non-profit multi-arts institution, HKAC offers exhibitions, screenings and performances, connecting the arts of Hong Kong to the rest of the world through programmes and collaborations.

In the past four decades, HKAC has been dedicated to building the local art ecosystem as well as facilitating cultural exchange between Hong Kong and the rest of the world. Aiming to make art accessible to wide public audiences, HKAC has presented over 2,000 programmes covering performing arts, visual arts, film and video arts, public art projects, art conferences, art festivals and more.

HKAC‘s education arm, the Hong Kong Art School (HKAS), was born in 2000 as an accredited institute staffed by a group of dedicated artists for the fostering of new talents for the local art scene. Its award-bearing curriculum focuses on four core academic areas: Fine Art, Applied Art, Media Art, and Applied Theatre and Drama Education. HKAC also diligently builds platforms at home and overseas to showcase potential local talents through measures such as curating exhibitions and commissioning projects.

At the juncture of its 40th anniversary, HKAC launched a rebranding and renovation project to strengthen its core concept of ‘Arts at the Centre‘ and to continue to promote internationally the development of Asian contemporary arts as well as the local art scene.

Oceans: Our Blue Challenge

11 May


Social entrepreneur STAN SHEA, wildlife warrior and Marine Director of BLOOM Association is giving an exclusive talk on his fight to protect ocean biodiversity. BLOOM fought and won major policy victories in the EU and Hong Kong. It is an example of how a small association can make a difference.

This will be a relaxed fireside chat; a 20 minutes interview followed by 40 minutes of Q&A with a small & engaged audience.

Topics that will be covered include:
• HK as a global crossroad of illegal wildlife trade
• Fighting Wildlife Crime: A first hand report
• How to change societal attitudes? Tangible steps & examples
• Insider tips on how to make real impact and be a driver of policy change

Years at the forefront of HK’s environmental movement have made Stan a renowned figure in the global fight for marine protection. An avid diver, Stan is notably an author of numerous researches on shark fin and seafood trade. He is also one of the editors of the Hong Kong Register of Marine Species.

Are you:
• A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR or aspiring to become one?
• CONCERNED about protecting marine ecosystems
• An ENTHUSIAST concerned about Hong Kong’s disastrous environmental record?
Then this is a talk you need to come to.

Hosted by Earth.Org at The Hive Sheung Wan.

Date: Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Time: 7:30-8:30pm

Place: The Hive Sheung Wan, 33-35 Hillier St, Sheung Wan

Price: $50, incl. one drink
To register please follow this link

About BLOOM: BLOOM is a non-profit organisation founded in 2005 that works to preserve the marine environment and species from unnecessary destruction and to increase social benefits in the fishing sector. BLOOM wages awareness and advocacy campaigns in order to accelerate the adoption of concrete solutions for the oceans, humans and the climate. BLOOM carries out scientific research projects, independent studies, and evaluations that highlight crucial and unaddressed issues such as the financing mechanisms of the fishing sector. BLOOM’s actions are meant for the general public as well as policy-makers and economic stakeholders.

About Earth.Org: Earth.Org is a global environmental non-profit raising awareness about biodiversity loss and the deteriorating conditions of natural ecosystems worldwide. It advocates for better stewardship of natural resources and campaigns for countries to adopt principles of natural capital accountancy into their economic policy decisions. Leveraging cutting-edge technology, AI, satellite images and cloud computing, Earth.Org presents accessible, synthesised and engaging content for educational, advocacy and policy purposes.

Forest Summer Camps

3 May

Not a volunteer opportunity, but if you are interested in the environment and are looking for something for your kids to do this summer that embraces the great outdoors, take a look at the Forest Summer Camps run by Ark Eden.

Ark Eden nature-based camps focus on nurturing Kids’ love of the outdoors, building their confidence and skills through natural play. Surrounded by nature on a hillside in Mui Wo, they host camps with different Nature themes each day for kids aged 5 to 11, packed with lots of fun!

Date: 17 June – 16 August

Price: $670 – $750 per day. Single of multi-day packages available

For more information and to register, please visit their website and scroll down to Forest Summer Camps.

About Ark Eden: Ark Eden presents Lantau Island as a living, world-class natural environmental wonder within China and Asia and suggests how its natural assets can be used to benefit education, local communities, Hong Kong residents and overseas visitors — all of us.

Ark Eden aims to preserve the island’s ecological, geographical, historical and cultural heritage by following a sustainable lifestyle and by providing inspiring educational and eco-tourism opportunities for children, adults, residents and tourists.

Ark Eden does this through a series of integrated workshops, field trips and camps designed to lead every participant towards a better understanding of the environment and what everyone’s role is in conservation, preservation and sustainability.

Books for Love @ $10 – 25-28 April

17 Apr


The Swire Properties Community Ambassador Programme and The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) are jointly organising the “Books for Love @ $10” charity sale. The book sale aims to promote a love of reading in a green and affordable way whilst contributing to a meaningful cause. All books collected from the book drive campaign will be sorted by volunteers and put on sale for HK$10 each at ArtisTree, Taikoo Place, with all proceeds going to charity.

NGO beneficiaries this year include The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) and Agency for Volunteer Service (AVS); with proceeds going towards BGC’s “Treasure” child development project, and AVS’ efforts in promoting volunteerism.

So come buy a book and support the environment by reusing donated books.

Date: 25 – 28 April 2019

Time: 12-8pm

Place: Artistree, Taikoo Place

Price: Entry is free, if you would like to go and buy some books, please follow this link to their Facebook page and click on Going

About The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) : Founded in 1936, The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) was established to serve children and youth throughout different eras with its need-specific and community-based service in its comprehensive service network.

About Agency for Volunteer Service : Agency for Volunteer Service (AVS) founded in 1970, is a nonprofit organization with the vision to build a civil society and caring community. AVS is dedicated to playing a proactive and pivotal role in the promotion and development of sustainable volunteerism, and to develop partnerships with all sectors of the community to provide value added and quality volunteer service.