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

Eco Marine Coffee Grounds Candle Workshop – 15 Nov

Eco Marine coffe grounds candle workshop banner
Join Eco Marine’s hands-on up-cycling workshop in making your own coffee grounds candle and enjoy a cup of specialty coffee!

Encompass HK and Eco Marine is offering a special workshop of making a candle along with using leather offcuts to create a decorative band around the candle jar. Each person will be making a coffee scented candle but will be adding their own top notes to it. After the workshop, enjoy Cafe Sausalito’s signature coffee and share a moment with friends.

With the opportunity to upcycle using old jars, leather offcuts and coffee grounds to make candles, in their workshop, you will also have the opportunity to discuss the sustainability work of Eco Marine and Encompass HK.

Thank you to up-cycled leather sponsor @Rilcreed, a sustainable leather goods brand that makes its entire line of products from leather and fabrics offcuts that would otherwise have gone to landfill.

Please bring a small clean glass jar (the idea is to up-cycle something you already have like a jam jar, sauce jar etc), around 6-7cm in diameter opening and around 8-10cm tall.

What is included
– Materials to make your candle (except upcycled jar)
– A cup of Specialty Coffee
– Instruction by an experienced teacher

Places are limited so register now

Date: Sunday, 15 November 2020

Time: 10am – 12:30pm

Place: Cafe Sausalito, G/F 201 Tai Nan St, Sham Shui Po

Price: $300
To register, please follow this link to EventBrite

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

Their mission is to inspire greater appreciation and guardianship of nature and to catalyse action for integrating this mindset into all aspects of contemporary urban life.

About Encompass HK : Encompass HK is a social enterprise that advocates for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by offering training and consultancy services to support organisations to be more diversified and inclusive. True to the nature of the enterprise, we commit to reinvesting at least 60% of net profits into achieving our social mission. Our clients include SWIRE Properties, Manulife, ANZ Bank, Jardine Matheson, Schroders, Freshfields and many others.

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.

Eco Marine Dive Against Debris

group of divers on a beach
Join Eco Marine on their next mission to dive against debris!
Eco Marine will conduct their monthly underwater cleanup at the marine protected area of Tung Ping Chau

8:30 – meet at the pier and take the ferry to Tung Ping Chau, the ride will take 1.5 hrs, a briefing will be conducted on the journey
10:30 – arrival on the island, gear up at dive shop
11:30 – head to the beach, last briefing – repeating the most important information and select transect lines
12:30 – end of the first dive, group photo, sort and log all items, lunch (you may bring your own or eat at the restaurant).
14:00 – depending on the group as well as on the time you may go for a second dive
15:00 – return to the shop, measure, sort and log findings, shower and pack
17:15 – take the return ferry
There is no card payment and phone network on the island unless you do roaming. Eco Marine has mesh bags and spare gloves if you need one, please bring your knife or scissors if you have one. Eco Marine has some spares for that too.

Date: Saturday, 25 July 2020

Time: 8:30am, Ma Liu Shui Ferry Pier at Science Park Road, the ferry leaves at 9:00am
Eco Marine aims to conduct two dives. The ferry back from the island leaves at 5:15pm

Ferry ticket (round trip): $90
Air-tank rental: $80
Full gear: $350

How else you can help:
If you are not a diver but interested to join please let Eco Marine know!
There are many ways you can be part of their team and help:
– Surface support and coordination
– Help processing and logging the collected items
– Record keeping and documenting
– Help to convey Eco Marine’s message to interested visitors on the island

To register, please follow this link to their FB event page

For more information please email tursiopsdiver@gmail.com

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

Their mission is to inspire greater appreciation and guardianship of nature and to catalyse action for integrating this mindset into all aspects of contemporary urban life.

Plastic Free July

Join millions of people reducing their plastic waste!

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?

Don’t know where to start?:

Why not Investigate your Plastic Footprint?

Kickstart July with a Plastic Footprint Investigation of your home or in your office? You will find out which plastic products are your problem plastics and you will be able to see exactly how much plastic you will save after taking on the challenge?

You can find out how by following this link

What else can you do:

Did you know… During COVID reusable cups are still safe to use?

As a result of the rise in plastic use and disposable items, a consortium of scientists penned a statement saying that reusable containers do not increase the risk of transmission. The statement was signed by 119 scientists from 18 different countries. It includes epidemiologists, virologists, biologists, chemists and doctors, who all agree that the best available guidance from public health professionals says reusable cups, bags and containers are perfectly safe to use as long as people employ simple and basic hygiene.

Choose a Washable, Reusable Face Mask

Millions of face masks are used every day in Hong Kong but studies have shown that reusable and washable face masks are safe to use. We are seeing the impacts of the disposable masks littered in the environment and floating in our ocean. Disposable masks are made from polypropylene and will not breakdown in any meaningful timeframe. There are reusable masks readily available in shops, online and from the HK government.

Find about this and more from the Plastic Free Seas website

About Plastic Free Seas: Plastic Free Seas is a Hong Kong charity dedicated to advocating change in the way we all view and use plastics in society today, through education and action campaigns.

Yi O Farm X Eco Marine Mangrove Cleanup and Rice Harvesting

Yi O Farm Cooperative and Eco Marine are co-hosting a mangrove cleanup and rice harvesting event on Sunday 5 July 2020 at Yi O (near Tai O) in South West Lantau.

Over the past seven years the Yi O Farm Cooperative has been working with indigenous villagers on reviving local organic farming at Yi O. Currently the cooperative farms approximately 100,000 square feet of land, producing a prized organic rice crop. Outside of the 100,000 square feet of farmed land, another 900,000 square feet managed by the cooperative for future farm extension, historical and environmental conservation. Yi O is adjacent to the coast and the shoreline includes rocky coastline, small sandy beach areas, as well as wetlands that are home to valuable plants including mangroves and grasses and numerous animal species including herons, mudskippers and endangered horseshoe crabs.

Eco Marine was founded in 2012 and is a Lantau based organization with a mission to inspire greater appreciation and guardianship of nature and to catalyse action for integrating this mindset into all aspects of contemporary urban life. Eco Marine is excited to collaborate with Yi O Farm Cooperative for a beach and mangrove cleanup plus a rice harvesting experience! Rice is harvested twice a year at Yi O and is done by hand using a sickle.

The mangrove area is currently in a terrible state covered with manmade rubbish ranging from macro debris such as polystyrene containers, single use plastic cups, food wrappers, single use beverage bottles to micro debris like plastic filament, broken down polystyrene and the ever present preproduction plastic pellets. Eco Marine is looking for you to lend a helping hand and to enjoy a fun and meaningful afternoon with them.

Date: Sunday, 5 July

1:30 to 2:00pm – Take a small boat (free) to Yi O and walk for 10 minutes to Yi O mangrove area. Eco Marine will provide an event rundown and a beach/mangrove cleanup safety and how-to briefing and distribute gloves and rubbish bags. If you have your own gloves and or other equipment, please feel free to bring. Some useful tools are tongs and scissors.

2:00 to 3:30pm – You will work on beach cleanup gathering up as much man-made rubbish and debris as you can in the available time and will also collect and separate some recyclables and items that can be reused at the farm.

3:30 to 4:00pm – You will then pack up and walk 10 minutes together to Yi O farm area and have a rest. The rest area has drinks refill and soft drinks as well as bathroom and simple cold shower facilities.

4:00 to 5:00pm – Yi O Farm Collective will teach you about local rice farming and harvesting. Depending on the maturity of the crop, we may have the opportunity to harvest some rice ourselves!

5:00 to 6:00pm – Scenic 4km mostly flat hike to Tai O starting point. Note we cannot take a boat back to Tai O due to very low tide.

What to wear: Closed-toe shoes with good grip suitable for hiking (no sandals or flip flops as the beach may have sharp dangerous items including broken glass, medical waste), comfortable clothes, hat. Note that shoes may get muddy in the mangrove area! You can consider to bring a change of shoes.

What to bring: Water (minimum 1.5 L in reusable container – Bonaqua bottle, Watsons bottle etc. don’t count as reusable). Additional snacks if you are the hungry type (try to minimize one use packaging). Octopus/coins for ferry and bus rides. Sunscreen and insect repellant. Small umbrella for shade. Eco Marine will provide gloves and rubbish bags. If you have your own gloves and or other equipment, please feel free to bring. Some useful tools are tongs and gardening shears.

Price: This is a free event but there is a suggested donation of HK$50 per person for contribution to future Eco Marine public events. (Cash at event or Payme to +852 63920336)

Signup: Spaces are limited! To sign up, please fill in the below google form and your space will be confirmed via email.

For more information, please refer to Eco Marine’s website

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.