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Countryside Clean-Up w/ Waste Free HK – Maclehose Trail 1-2

25 Apr


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.

Over the course of the coming months (weather permitting) Waste Free HK is going to be hiking along the entire MacLehose trail from Sai Kung to Tuen Mun. Their aim is to leave the entire trail as clean as possible and getting fit along the way!

Many people are well aware of the danger of plastic pollution in our country parks and in the oceans, however, those of us who unfortunately continue to dispose of rubbish poorly, as well as due to strong winds, Hong Kong’s country parks are riddled with rubbish.

Items left lying around do not naturally decompose, either. Many of these items will remain on this planet for hundreds of years if not forever.

You could accidentally lose a plastic bottle in 2019 and, if untouched, still be able to go back and collect it from the same spot hundreds of years later.

Join Waste Free HK as ‘Green Ambassadors‘ you can make a difference not just to the state of the country parks, but also help those out there who may not be aware of the dangers of pollution to better understand the importance of the R’s of environmentalism: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose, Repair and of course… Refuse!

Dates:
Maclehose Trail Section 5 – May 5th – 10:00 – 13:00 **

Maclehose Trail Section 8 – May 13th – 09:00 – 15:00 ** (Hike followed by a BBQ)

Maclehose Trail Section 1/2 – May 19th – 09:00 – 17:00 **

Maclehose Trail Section 10 – June 1st – 09:00 – 14:00 *

Maclehose Trail Section 6/7 – September 22nd – 10:00 – 14:00 **

Maclehose Trail Section 4 – October 6th – 10:00 – 15:00 ***

Maclehose Trail Section 9 – October 27th – 09:00 – 14:00 *

Maclehose Trail Section 3 – November 24th – 10:00 – 14:00 ***

* – Easy
** – Medium difficulty
*** – Difficult

These hikes are considered some of Hong Kong’s most beautiful routes, with green landscapes for kilometres and views of the metropolis below. Aside from just hiking and picking up rubbish, you will also have a lot of fun and surely make new friends!

For those attending these events, there is a $20 charge to help support future events.

# If you prefer to pay in cash, please RSVP through the Facebook page and Waste Free HK can collect your contribution at the hike. Waste Free HK hopes that with your support they can continue to grow as an organisation and work towards bigger, more exciting projects!

See you at the Maclehose!

# The BBQ will have food provided for a fee. We will provide all cutlery for anyone who wishes to join the BBQ, as well as food and drinks. IF you wish to bring your own food, just a reminder that Waste Free HK is a meat-free organisation and hope to promote a vegan lifestyle for our health, the animals and the planet!

Price: $20

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

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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.

Summer Student Internships @ Crossroads

30 Jan


Want an internship that makes a difference? Apply for Crossroads’ Summer Internship Programme at in Hong Kong. The work you do in a summer with Crossroads has an impact on communities in need around the world, and here in Hong Kong. Crossroads’ interns are change-makers!

Who can do an internship at Crossroads?: If you’re a college or university student ready to use your skills, passions and who you are to help people in need, Crossroads welcomes your application (click here for the application form). Crossroads has worked with interns with a range of diverse abilities.

What kind of work will you be doing?: Crossroads’ interns work alongside people from more than 20 nations, sharpening your skills through real-world work experience in an English-speaking environment.

Roles available include: goods preparation for distribution, shipping, computing, Crossroads’ fair trade marketplace and café, communications, design, translation, accounting, administration, research, catering, hospitality and running experiential simulation programmes.

What will you receive at the end?: Crossroads award students a certificate and a reference letter from Crossroads on completion of the internship programme, given at a celebratory party at the end of the internships. For many, though, the most valuable take-away can be new friendships, better workplace and language skills and a deeper understanding of how to help a world in need.

How long is the internship?: Students commit to a six-week, full-time service period. Crossroads’ work week is Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Where will you work?: Internships take place at the Crossroads Village, 2 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun N.T. Click here for a map.

How do you apply?: Ready to take the plunge? The first step is to complete an internship application form, found here. You’ll then be contacted for a brief interview and, in the following weeks, will be notified about whether you’ve been accepted, and where you might be placed.

About Crossroads Foundation: Crossroads Foundation is a Hong Kong-based, non-profit organisation serving global need. Crossroads Foundation believes that, in a broken world that sees too much suffering, we should do all we can to link those who are in need with those who can provide help. So Crossroads Foundation provides an intersection, literally a crossroads, to bring both together.

Kowloon City District Plog

18 Jan

kowloon city plog
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.

Waste Free HK’s second plog of 2019 will take place in the Kowloon City District. Meet at Whampoa MTR Station exit C and head through the district as much as possible until 10pm, at which point you will call it an evening and go and grab some food.

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

To help Waste Free HK organise future events, feel free to purchase a small goodie bag at the end of the plog. Each event will have different zero-waste nick-knacks for you to take away. With plans to branch Waste Free HK’s organisation out into other ventures to continue raising awareness, your support is greatly appreciated!

Date: Friday, 25 January 2019

Time: 7 – 10pm

Place: Meet at Whampoa MTR Station exit C

Registration: To register for this plog, please follow this link.

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.

Sham Shui Po District Plog

29 Dec

sham shui po plog
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.

Waste Free HK’s first plog of 2019 will take place in the Sham Shui Po District. Meet at Mei Foo MTR Station exit B and head through the district as much as possible until 10pm, at which point you will call it an evening and go and grab some food.

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

To help Waste Free HK organise future events, feel free to purchase a small goodie bag at the end of the plog. Each event will have different zero-waste nick-knacks for you to take away. With plans to branch Waste Free HK’s organisation out into other ventures to continue raising awareness, your support is greatly appreciated!

Date: Friday, 11 January 2019

Time: 7 – 10pm

Place: Meet at Mei Foo MTR Station exit B

Registration: To register for this plog, please follow this link.

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.

Donate unwanted Christmas gifts

25 Dec

Christmas is a time for giving, but unless you’re incredibly lucky, chances are you’ll have at least one gift that you don’t like – or can’t even stand the sight of. You can repurpose them, re-gift them, even sell online, but if you run out of ideas think about donating them to charity.

There are a number of charities in Hong Kong who would welcome your unloved gifts. Here are some suggestions

Too many chocolates, cookies, unwanted Christmas hampers? Donate to the People’s Food Bank. Run by local charity St. James’ Settlement they provide temporary food assistance to the poor. For a list of the food donations accepted and their collection points, please follow this link.

Found inside the grounds of St John’s Cathedral in Central, Castaways Charity Shop sells clothing, including shoes and handbags, along with books and household linens, with all profits going to small locally based charities. Donations accepted on Wednesday and Saturday mornings
They accept: Clothing, shoes, handbags, books and household linens.
Address: Castaways Charity Shop, St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Central, Hong

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is one of the most established organisations for recycling goods. Donated goods are sorted, distributed and sold in Family Stores in Hong Kong and Macau. The net proceeds will go to The Salvation Army for use across its invaluable community programmes. Some of the donated goods will be directly helping people in need, such as home alone elderly, street sleepers, ex-prisoners and CSSA recipients.
The Salvation Army accepts
– Clothing, footwear, handbags and accessories, either brand new or used in clean condition
– Electrical home appliances in working order
– Electrical office equipment (e.g. computer, fax machine, printer, etc.) in working order
– Toys (no soft toys), stationery, books, gifts and premiums
– Software / DVD / VCD / CD with copyright
They do not accept
– Furniture, used bed mattresses or bedding
– Medicine
– Food
– Worn-out or broken items
– Used kitchenware
– Used underwear or towels
Donations can be dropped off at one of their many Family Stores, a list of which is provided on their website.

Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth launched the Used Clothes Recycling Program in 2001, which collects all sorts of textile products: used clothes, shoes, bed sheets and handbags. Re-wearables are exported to neighbouring countries while the worn out pieces are turned into wipers for industrial use. They have over 200 collection points – check out their website and find the one closest to you.
If the amount of used clothes exceeds a certain number (e.g. 5 large bags of clothing or more), Friends of the Earth would arrange door-to-door collection service. Please notify them 1-2 weeks before in advance. Please call 2528-5588 for further details.

Po Leung Kuk
One of the oldest charitable institutions in Hong Kong, the Po Leung Kuk was founded in 1878 to rescue women and children from human trafficking. In it’s long history, Po Leung Kuk is best known as an orphanage, today it offers a wide range of social services in Hong Kong including adoption, integrated family services, elderly services, medical and integrated health services, education and much more. Po Leung Kuk welcomes donations-in-kind to fulfil the basic needs of their service recipients, particularly children, the elderly and low-income families! All kinds of items are welcome – electrical appliances, computers, stationeries, toys, books, household accessories, cookware, etc. For any enquiries, please email plkinfo@poleungkuk.org.hk or contact their Corporate Communications Department on 2277 8352 (Corporate Donation) / Social Services Department on 2277 8158 (Individual Donation).

So get rid of the unwanted clutter, donate, help our community and save our environment through recycling.

Michaelmas Fair 2018 & Xmas Cards

13 Oct

The Christmas Fair of the year is just around the corner. Michaelmas Fair at St. John’s Cathedral is a Hong Kong institution, with game stalls, marching bands, second-hand clothes, white elephant, charity stalls, and tons of Christmas gift ideas!

If it’s Christmas cards you are after, they have those too, or pop into the Cathedral’s Bookstore which stocks probably the largest collection of charity cards in Hong Kong.

Date: Saturday, 28 October 2018

Time: 10am – 4pm

Place: St. John’s Cathedral, Garden Road