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“Food. Wanted, Not Wasted” Volunteer Info Session

14 Jun


Hong Kong’s 3 landfills will be full by 2020 and yet every day we throw away 3,600 tons of food. At the same time, 1 in 5 people are living in poverty struggling to meet their basic food needs. This includes 1 in 3 seniors and 1 in 5 children.

Feeding Hong Kong was established to readdress this balance – to reduce the amount of quality food that is being sent to our city’s landfills and fight hunger in Hong Kong. They do this by providing a B2B logistics service, which links companies with surplus food to charities feeding those in need.

Volunteer support is critical to their daily operations and over 150 volunteers help Feeding Hong Kong each week to reduce food waste and feed frontline charities. But with more helping hands, they can do even more!

COME JOIN their CEO Gabrielle Kirstein and Volunteer & Education Coordinator Peggy Lam on 18 June to find out more about how you can get involved and help feed people, not landfills.

Feel free to contact Feeding Hong Kong at 2205 6811 or email volunteer@feedinghk.org if you have any questions about this event.

Date: Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Time: 7-9pm

Place: WeWork, 5353 Jaffe Road, 20 Floor

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

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Kai Tak Plog – 14 Jun

10 Jun


Plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up litter (Swedish: plocka upp). It started as an organised activity in Sweden around 2016 and spread to other countries in 2018, following increased concern about plastic pollution. As a workout, it provides variation in body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running.

Hong Kong has a huge trash problem, that is no secret.

Whether you are traversing through a country park, relaxing at a beach or walking through the busy metropolis, it is impossible to avoid waste.

Unfortunately, a lot of rubbish gets neglected until it is too late.

Contrary to what many people may think, even waste in the city centre, through being washed into the gutter, can end up in the ocean.

Waste Free HK’s goal is to avoid this scenario as much as possible through urban cleanups, making sure to leave places spotless.

You will be plogging for approximately two hours. Meet at Kowloon Bay Sports Centre, running around 8km, followed by a short group discussion.

Reusable bags and gloves will be provided, however please feel free to bring your own.

HK Ploggers will adjust the route or the event venue according to the on-site situation and environment.

Disclaimer :
Participating in a plog, whether in the countryside or a busy urban area, could potentially lead to injury. HK Ploggers are not responsible for any injuries cause during runs, and individuals are responsible for themselves. If you have any underlying medical conditions, please make them known before the plog. You must have medical clearance from your doctor before you engage in any exercise program, and plogging is no different.

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Date: Friday, 14 June 2019

Time: 7-10pm

Place: Kowloon Bay Sports Centre

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

About Waste Free HK: Waste Free HK is an organisation aiming to promote a sustainable lifestyle through education, events and campaigning.

Established in Early 2018, WFHK has begun organising various cleanup activities across Hong Kong, the first ‘Plastic Attack’ in the city with the aim of building a better relationship with major chains with the hope of stronger dialogue, as well as building a relationship with various government bodies with the goal of working together to reduce the waste issue blighting our beautiful city.

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.

Sham Wan Underwater Survey/Cleanup 18 May

12 May


Sham Wan, Lamma Island is one of the few remaining nesting sites for Green Sea Turtles in Southern China and the only site in Hong Kong. The site is very important to the survival of this highly endangered species, hence it has been designated as a Restricted Area from June and October every year to minimize disturbance of this nesting site.

AquaMeridian is looking for experienced divers to join them for an underwater survey and possibly ghost net clean up in the area before it closes to the public.

Date: Saturday, 18 May 2019

Time: 10am-5pm

Place: Sham Wan, Lamma Island

Volunteers needed: Max. 12 divers – AquaMeridian will give priority to experienced divers who have DM license, conducted ghost net cleanups and/or underwater survey locally, photography/ videography etc. before.

Cost: The boat will be sponsored, but volunteers will need to bring their own gear and/or pay for the tank rental:
$340 – full gear + weight belt + tank
$120 – tank & weight belt only
$80 – tank only

Note : There are NO toilets/changing rooms on the boat. Please bring water, some snacks etc.

For more information, please contact Pandie (whatsapp +852 9525 9475)

About AquaMeridian: AquaMeridian Conservation and Education Foundation (AquaMeridian) is a registered Hong Kong-based non-profit organisation founded by celebrity and avid conservationist, Sharon Kwok in 2013. Sharon has worked in Hong Kong’s public broadcasting and cinematic field since 1987, and she is also a fine art major and makes use of this throughout the global Chinese Diaspora for advocacy.

AquaMeridian aims to educate and engage the public – particularly in Hong Kong – about conservation and sustainability issues through creative and cross-cultural programs.

Hong Kong, the “Fragrant Harbour”, is a city built on its relationship with the sea. Growing from a small fishing island to one of the busiest trading ports in the world, it has long been dependent on our local natural riches. But as our population and demand for resources grew, we neglected our roles as caretakers of the planet, with overfishing, ocean acidification, and pollution happening in our own waters.

Furthermore, Hong Kong acts as a hub for a thriving wildlife trade, with ivory and shark fin being bought and sold openly and legally. With Hong Kong long having been a multicultural bridge between the East and the West, as well as the gateway to China, increasing awareness of environmental issues within the city can have a far-reaching impact in the rest of Asia.

New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

7 May


New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association is a non-governmental organization which aims at providing quality community-based recovery-orientated services for people in recovery of mental illness, so as to help them develop their full potentials, attain a desirable quality of life and integrate into the society.

Their core services include residential services, vocational rehabilitation, community support, family support, self-help work, clinical psychological services, etc.

Volunteer
People in the recovery of mental illness are frequently faced with frustration, confusion, social-stigma as well as self-stigma while they are en route to recovery. Medication side-effects, difficulties in adapting to work, interpersonal relationship and family are just but a few burdens that are laid heavily on their shoulders. Volunteers are their dear supporters, rendering encouragement and loving care that they need in order to overcome the hurdles and regain a life with vitality and dignity.

Volunteers are also the driving force that helps change the general public’s attitude towards mental health issues. Due to either misconception or unawareness, or the combination of both, people, in general, are reluctant to face mental health problems head-on, often resulting in delayed intervention and stigma being developed towards people in recovery of mental illness. With their enthusiasm and positive attitudes, volunteers counter these negative thinking and help advocate community attention to mental health issues. The effects volunteers bring about would surely help people in recovery of mental illness integrate better into the society and develop their potential to the full.

If you are interested in joining as volunteers, please download and fill out the “Volunteer Application Formhere and send it back to the New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association by mail or fax. (Address: 332 Nam Cheong Street, Kowloon, Fax: 2770 9345). They will match volunteer work in accordance with your personal interests and preference so that you can invest your time, skills and experience to the community.

For enquiries, please contact:
Public Education Team
Tel: 2332 4343
Fax: 2770 9345
Email: ho@nlpra.org.hk

Employ PIRs
Though being stricken with mental disorders that confined them to the margin of the society, people in recovery of mental illness are devoted and loyal workers who are eager to contribute to the society with their talents and skills, and through the employment to earn what they need to live independently and with dignity in the community. Are you willing to trust them and give them a chance?

If you are a visionary employer who wants to accommodate the disabled, the New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association will be there for you to provide job matching services, so that you would be able to find the suitable candidates to fit in the designated positions. Their service users come from different backgrounds, including people in recovery of mental illness, the mentally handicapped, people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the physically challenged, and the CSSA (Comprehensive Social Security Assistance) recipients who are unemployed and single parents. They have different levels of education, work experiences, abilities, and skills. The New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association will arrange for the trainees to conduct job interviews according to the job requirements and their respective skill-mix. Moreover, their caseworkers and placement officers will provide support and follow-up services for a duration of 3-6 months for the employers and employed trainees after they have been employed, so as to make sure that assistance is at hand when it is needed.

For employers who are interested in employing trainees, please contact Case Manager of Supported Employment Service at 2320 3103 or via email ses@nlpra.org.hk.

Vessel

21 Apr

You have probably never heard of Vessel. But under the Kwun Tong Bypass, by the Kwun Tong Promenade sits 90,000sq ft of event space.

This is a creative hub, designed to engage both the older and younger generations, promote individual discovery and social inclusion from local neighborhoods to cross-sector communities. The project VESSEL is run by HKALPS Limited, which is a registered charitable organisation under Section 88 of Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap. 112).

Vessel collaborates on projects projects with local artists and arts groups as well as like-minded organisations, through which they promote arts and culture, nurture talents, uphold values, and cultivate community sharing.

Vessel organizes/hosts:
・contemporary arts/cultural activities
・community services and social projects
・urban farming
All programmes and events are run in a self-sustaining model.

What you can do to help: Vessel needs your help to cultivate creative processes by means of arts, culture, green living and community engagement, starting from Kwun Tong, and hoping to make our City more livable, productive and innovative. They are looking for volunteers to help with
* Administrative clerical work
* Event organizing
* Farming
* Host guided tours
* Photography & recording

If you are interested, please follow this link and complete the online form.

For more information please call 3618 4468 or email info@hkalps.org

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.