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Signed copy of Heroes by Stephen Fry up for grabs, benefiting Room to Read

6 Dec

This December, Bookazine is supporting Room to Read once again by running a silent auction. All Bookazine customers are invited to place a bid to buy an exclusive signed copy of ‘Heroes‘ by the magnificent Stephen Fry. Branded with Stephen Fry’s unique charm, this brand new collection of his retelling of the bold and heart-stirring adventures of mortal heroes in Greek mythology is a must-read for fan of Fry as well as Greek mythology. Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of – at our worst and our very best.

There is only one copy up for grabs so if you’re interested, keep an eye on the auction and be sure to place a winning bid! Just follow the link here.

All the proceeds of the auction will be donated to Room to Read to help them establish a library in India.

*The silent auction will be running from December 1st-15th. Bidders have to be 18 or above. The name of the winner will be announced on Bookazine social media on December 17th, 2018.
**The donations and bids will be in USD.

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Green Hub Herb Growing Workshop

19 Nov

Herb-growing does not only brighten a place but our life. Herbs have wide culinary and remedy functions, and it has a key role to play in creating an easy-to-maintain edible landscape for city greening. In this workshop, participants will learn the basic knowledge and technique for growing annual and perennial herbs. The course includes a practical session to enrich the learning experience. The course will be conducted in Cantonese.

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What you will learn:
* Introduction to herbs that are adaptable to local climate
* Basic skills for herb growing and propagation.
* General use of herbs
* Culinary application of herbs

Date: Sunday, December 9 2018

Time: 10am – 4:30pm

Place: Green Hub – 11 Wan Tau Kok Lane, Tai Po

Maximum participants: Adult (Maximum of 25 participants)

Price: $400/person (The fee includes a low carbon vegetarian meal, two pots of herb seedling)

To apply, please refer to Chinese Version (Application Deadline: 4 December 2018)

For enquiries, please call 29962838 or email ghprog@kfbg.org

About Green Hub: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) was selected by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2010 to transform the heritage site, in Hong Kong’s New Territories, into a “Green Hub for Sustainable Living” under Batch II of the “Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme” (Revitalisation Scheme).

The Green Hub has reimagined the Old Tai Po Police Station, a Grade 1 listed historic building built in 1899, to demonstrate how we can live sustainably while at the same time respecting nature and respecting each other.

Visitors are invited to enjoy their locally-sourced, healthy food; join one of their transformative educational courses; learn about community events; engage with a network of community members who care about living lightly on our planet; and experience the beauty of this tranquil heritage site.

The Green Hub offers solutions to the challenges facing us in finding harmony with the natural world. Such challenges include the widespread disconnection between people and nature, over-population, an economic order that demands limitless growth, and over-exploits biodiversity and resources, causing the collapse of ecosystems, runaway climate change, and endangers our food security.

Volunteers needed for Hong Kong’s Fastest Executive Race

8 Nov

On Friday, 30th November, 50-60 of Hong Kong’s top business leaders will race against each other on a 13 km route from Pok Fu Lam Reservoir to Admiralty in support of Room to Read’s Literacy Program. Last year, with only fifteen participants, Room to Read impacted over 9,000 children through their literacy program by raising close to 4 million HKD and they look forward to exceeding that number this year!

Millions of children are now at risk of growing up without basic literacy skills. Room to Read’s Literacy Program seeks to ensure that children enter grade 3 with the reading and writing skills they need to start their educational journey.

Room to Read is looking for the kind help of 25 volunteers to help with our Fastest Executive Race event.

Date: Friday, 30th November 2018

Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Volunteers aren’t required to be there for the entire duration but would need to confirm their available time slot. Please let Room to Read know your earliest start / latest finish time within this time frame.

Roles:
1. Course Marshals / Water providers
2. Help with registration
3. Help at the finish line with time keeping and guiding runners on to the bus to the award ceremony
4. Room to Read is also looking for any First Aid qualified volunteers

Location : Race checkpoints are located on the trail, starting at Pok Fu Lam Resevoir, ending at Bowen Road. The final location is Upper House in Admiralty.

Requirements: Some of the checkpoints are reached by walking several kilometers through hilly terrain so this volunteer role is ideal for keen and able hikers! A Room to Read representative will escort you to each checkpoint.

Other info: Volunteers will be given a T-shirt to wear and keep. Volunteers will need to wear their own clothes suitable for hiking and bring a backpack, water and mobile phone. 

To sign up, please email tijana.zderic@roomtoread.org by 16th November

About Room to Read: Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

room to read 2To achieve this goal, Room to Read focuses on two areas where they believe Room to Read can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond by building and stocking libraries, building bright ventilated classrooms, publishing books in the local language, training educators and providing one-on-one support to teachers, and supporting girls to stay in school by providing material support—such as school fees, clean uniforms or transportation, in addition to mentoring and life skills training to help girls succeed in the classroom and beyond.

room to read john-woodFor more information please visit their website.

10×10 Philanthropy: Raise funds for 3 worthwhile causes

7 Nov


A little over a month before Christmas, spare a thought for the various charities in Hong Kong, who still need to achieve their fundraising goals for the year. Here’s a great way to look at three and make a donation.

Please join the fourth installment of 10×10 Hong Kong in support of 3 young and unique grassroots charities!

If you would like to attend the event, please buy a ticket by clicking on the PLEDGE NOW button by following this link and selecting the amount of your pledge (minimum $1,000 pledge required for an event ticket, options up to $3,000 also available). If you want to purchase multiple event tickets, please just select the Pledge amount per ticket). Your Pledge purchase is converted to Charity dollars on the night, and it is 100% tax deductible.

If you are unable to attend on the night but would still like to support the event, you may still make a pledge to the charities by entering an amount of your choice.

10×10’s MISSION:
“To Empower the Next Generation of Giving”

HOW DOES IT WORK?
– 10 volunteer committee members organise a charity event (1 x venue, 3 x charities, 3 x dragons, drinks & canapes).
– Each committee member invites at least 10 of their friends, family and colleagues to attend the event (10 x 10… get it?). Each guest pledges HK$1,000 or more to attend the event, creating a pool of at least HK$100,000.
– Upon arrival at the event, each attendee is given ‘Charity Dollars’ equal to the value of their ‘Pledge’.
– After drinks, snacks and networking, attendees are seated to watch the 3 charities pitch their unique cause, and listen to the panel of Dragons question the speakers on their business model, impact and future goals. The audience also have an opportunity to ask questions of the charities.
– After the pitches and friendly interrogation from the Dragons, each attendee then decides which charity they want to give their ‘Charity Dollars’ to.
– Charities receive 100% of the funds raised (minus a 10% project fee to 10×10 to cover admin and overhead costs).
– Guests can opt to receive a tax deductible receipt from the charity 4-6 weeks after the event.

THE CHARITIES
For this event the committee members have chosen 3 exceptional charities who will be pitching their unique causes to you on the night:
– Sprouts Foundation
– Rooftop Republic
– The Brightly Project

Your Pledges will be available for collection at the venue on the night of the event. For a HK$1000 pledge, you’ll receive two HK$500 charity vouchers which you can allocate across the charities however you please.

Date: Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Time: Doors open at 6:30pm, pitches will start at 7pm sharp

Place: HKEX Exchange Auditorium (HKEX Connect Hall), 1/F One and two Exchange Square, Central

Price: Minimum $1,000 pledge required for an event ticket, options up to $3,000 also available. If you want to purchase multiple event tickets, please just select the Pledge amount per ticket. Your Pledge purchase is converted to Charity dollars on the night, and it is 100% tax deductible.

NOTE: PAYMENT BY VISA / MASTERCARD ONLY.

About Sprouts Foundation: Sprouts Foundation aims to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty, by providing education programs to some of the lowest-income families in Hong Kong and elsewhere. Our small-group, activity-based classes focus on enhancing children’s self-esteem and their interest in learning, by building skills relevant both to work and life. These include English and IT proficiency, as well as a wide range of professional capabilities including entrepreneurship. Combined with corporate visits and a variety of weekend outings, we help open our students’ eyes to the world and the many opportunities around them, and give them the capacity and confidence to reach out more ambitiously.

About Rooftop Republic: Rooftop Republic Foundation is dedicated to building inclusive communities around urban farming and sustainable living in Hong Kong.

The Foundation works closely with:
(i) local schools to establish farm-based education programmes (projected to impact 1000+ students over the next 3-4 years)
(ii) disenfranchised groups, such as youth and the elderly, encouraging them to participate in the community through urban farming (30+ community programmes projected to impact 1000+ elderly over the next 3-4 years)
(iii) marginalised communities, including persons with special needs, to provide vocational job trainings and job placement in urban farming

Donations from this 10×10 event will go towards:
– rolling out training programmes (2 vocational training programes per year enrolling 30 students per cohort)
– creating a space to bring communities together including people with special needs
– creating urban farms for horticultural therapy

About The Brightly Project: Lulio targets to prevent student suicides by empowering schools and their teachers to feel more confident, capable and knowledgeable in their efforts to proactively support students at risk of suicide.

Donations from this 10×10 event will go towards screening 4,000 students for suicide risk, and to work directly with four schools, who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford the services, to:
1. Identify where students are struggling and potential areas of risk
2. Provide data on mental health in their school
3. Based on the data, implement mental health and suicide prevention strategies and actions
4. Create a series of YouTube videos for students to learn more about mental health, how to understand and interpret their own feelings, and to decrease the stigma around asking for help

About 10×10: Back in 2013 in Sydney Australia, 3 passionate and highly successful social entrepreneurs Laurence Marshbaum, Nina Skryzynski and Jenny Newmarch shared a vision that everyone can make a difference by getting involved with philanthropy. They saw that young professionals like themselves wanted to live purpose driven lives and to give back to their local communities. However they lacked the time, knowledge and framework to do so in a way that made a difference.

On the flipside grassroots for purpose organisations (not for profits) found it hard to find financial support and volunteers to sustain their work. Laurence, Jenny and Nina got together 10 friends and organised an event with each friend inviting 10 of their friends and they lined up 3 charities to attend. That night they raised $ 11,000. The night was a success and the concept of 10×10 was born.

Today
10×10 has started a movement worldwide and aims to empower the next generation of giving. 10×10 is successfully building a community of likeminded young individuals who are inspired to come together to support innovative grassroots charities in a fun and engaging way. Their innovative model and technology platform makes the 10×10 concept simple, replicable and low cost.

10×10 committee members love being part of the 10×10 experience with over 94% recommending it to friends – they build new networks and gain skills in leadership and teamwork. More importantly for them their 10×10 experience ignites a passion for philanthropy and this translates to a whole new generation of people giving more from a young age.

For participating charities, 10×10 offers an innovative and fresh way of directly engaging with a young supporter base. Many come away from an event being provided not just with financial help but also with a valuable network of involved professionals who can assist with expertise and connections.

Sharks: Up Close and Personal

2 Nov


Hong Kong Shark Foundation, and the Hong Kong office of global law firm Skadden Arps are pleased to host a unique shark photography talk “Sharks: Up Close and Personal“. Underwater photographer Simon Lorenz will share a photographic tale of worldwide shark interactions – from the smallest to the largest, from the most docile to the most dangerous ones. He will show that anyone can snorkel and dive with sharks and give insight on how to behave around sharks.

Simon Lorenz is a regular author for dive magazines around the world. With his travel company Insider Divers, he runs guided group trips, combining unusual dive experiences with photo training. As a PADI instructor, his aim is to further the diving and photography skills of his guests. At his home in Hong Kong, he operates Pool Portrait, the first underwater photo studio in the city. As a member of the Advisory Board of the Hong Kong Shark Foundation, Simon supports efforts to reduce shark fin consumption in China.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is gratis. Seating is limited to 40 people so tickets are on a first come basis. To register please follow this link to Eventbrite

For more information, please email info@hksharkfoundation.org.

Date: Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Place: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, 15 Queen’s Road Central, 42/F, Central

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

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. The demand for shark products has contributed to the rapid decline of many species, with an estimated 1/3 of species already endangered or 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.

HKSF members/volunteers come from around the world, but most live and work in Hong Kong. Regardless of nationality or ethnicity, they are united in their desire to conserve shark populations for future generations. HKSF believes this a rare opportunity for one city to make a significant impact on a global scale. Please act now to help reduce the consumption of shark products in Hong Kong and save the world’s sharks.

Any questions, email info@hksharkfoundation.org or message/call 9095-6652.

Jazz for Mental Health

29 Oct

Support the destigmatisation of mental health and celebrate the winners of the Mind HK Media Awards 2018.

Mind HK and KELY Support Group invite you to join Jazz for Mental Health for a night of fabulous food, jazz music by the amazing Janaia Farrell, inspirational speakers, and an opportunity to make a difference to mental health in Hong Kong. This is a formal event where people passionate about breaking the stigma around mental health join together for one evening. They will be announcing the winners of the Mind HK Media Awards 2018 and celebrating the journalists who have challeneged perceptions of mental health.

The charity dinner will be held on Thursday, 15 November at The Repulse Bay. The event includes drinks on the Front Lawn, open bar, a gourmet dinner, and live jazz entertainment. Speakers will talk on Coolmind’s youth mental health work, Mind HK’s upcoming projects, and their own lived experiences. The event will be hosted by CNN International Correspondent Anna Coren.

This night is an opportunity for you to be a partner in showing that mental health matters in Hong Kong. Join Mind HK in supporting mental health in our city.

*All ticket proceeds go to Coolminds, Mind HK and KELY Support Group‘s youth mental health initiative.

Date: Thursday, 15 November 2018

Time: 6:30 – 11:30pm

Place: The Repulse Bay

Price:
Individual Ticket: HKD 1500
Table (Max 12 people): HKD 35000
– To purchase a table or enquire about corporate sponsorship, please email media@mind.org.hk

Dress Code: Black Tie Optional

To buy tickets please follow this link to Pelago

About Mind HK: Mind HK provides online support and interventions, based on global best practice, to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Through public campaigns and events, Mind HK will improve awareness and understanding around mental health, which in turn will influence decision makers to establish a comprehensive mental health policy in Hong Kong.

Mind HK’s training and international speakers will help you to understand mental health and learn how you can help others.

Mind HK’s research will highlight how Mind Hong Kong and others can work to best help Hong Kong’s population.

At least one in seven people in Hong Kong will experience a mental health problem. Mind HK believes that no-one should have to face this alone.

KFBG Autumn Festival 2018

17 Oct

KFBG Autumn Festival is Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden‘s yearly large-scale on-site event to celebrate and appreciate nature’s gifts and showcase ways of living in harmony with our environment.

The themes of this year’s Autumn Festival are connecting people with Nature, conservation, and low-carbon living. Apart from the usual plant and animal exhibits, various experiential activities will be set up to promote physical and mental wellness. Activities include: “Upside Down” Exploring the World of Bats Exhibition, Green Market, Experiential Activities, Through the Innocent Eyes Parent-child Photo Event, Art Workshops, Guided Tours, Animal Encounters and Story-telling Activity.

Come explore the wilderness and celebrate the autumn season through one of the many experiential activities at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden on the 3rd and 4th November 2018!

For more information please email edu_programme@kfbg.org

Date: 3-4 November 2018 (Saturday & Sunday)

Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm (Last admission: 4:00pm)

Place: Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden
For directions, please follow this link

About Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG): 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.