Donation Day for ImpactHK – 7 Nov

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If you’ve been using the time working from home to sort clear out your closets and looking for a place to donate to, here’s a solution for you. ImpactHK has been receiving enquiries from people wanting to donate their unneeded items such as clothing, appliances and more to the homeless in Hong Kong.

In order for ImpactHK to better receive and distribute these items, ImpactHK has decided to have special days dedicated to receiving these goods called Donation Days. Their next Donation Day will be on Saturday, November 7th from 10am to 3.

On this day ImpactHK invites you to bring your goods to their centre, The Guestroom in Tai Kok Tsui and help place your donated items into the designated areas.

ImpactHK team and volunteers will then distribute these items to the homeless, less fortunate and their partner charities.

ImpactHK will accept the following items;
-cell phones and computers in working order
-towels
-clothing
-shoes
-bags
-housewares
-bedding
-toiletries
-non-perishable food items
To make the donation a celebration, there will be coffee, live music and more.

Date: Saturday, 7 November 2020

Time: 10am – 3pm

Place: The Guestroom, G/F, 29 Oak Street, Tai Kok Tsui

For more information, please call 24480011 (10am-7pm)

About ImpactHK: ImpactHK is a non-profit that provides the homeless in Hong Kong with friendship, food, shelter, education and employment opportunities. Their journey started with the simple aim of doing one act of kindness per month for the homeless. ImpactHK has grown significantly since then and many volunteers have joined them in their journey to support the less fortunate in a meaningful and measurable way. Together, ImpactHK has evolved into a powerful humanitarian movement with the opportunity to make a positive impact on the plight of the homeless in Hong Kong.

Eco Marine Coffee Grounds Candle Workshop – 15 Nov

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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.

Preowned Designer Handbag Auction -11 Nov


During this pandemic, many of the usual fall or Christmas fairs and bazaars have been cancelled. Rotaract Club of Kowloon Golden Mile’s annual preowned designer handbag auction will still be taking place. All proceeds go to charity.

Bids start at an affordable HK$100, so stop by, and grab a bag!

Date: Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Time: 6-10pm

Place: UBS Auditorium, 8 Finance Street, IFC 2, 52/F, Central

Price: Bids start at HK$100

To attend please register by following this link

About Rotaract Club of Kowloon Golden Mile: Rotaract Club of Kowloon Golden Mile (KGM), since 1997, is a service organization of young men and women between the age of 18 and 30 whose purpose is to provide an opportunity to address the physical and social needs of their communities, to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to gain unique international experiences through participation in international conferences, volunteer work in other countries and visits from Rotaractors from other countries.

KGM organizes different projects and activities, brings different members together with young men and women of similar backgrounds and interests to enjoy the fruits of effective teamwork, the success of worthwhile projects, and the bonds of lasting friendship.

KGM achieves their goal through conducting different services and activities under four categories named International Service, Club Service, Community Service and Professional Development.

Volunteer with Soap Cycling

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Soap is one of the most important yet underrated tools in the fight against disease and malnutrition. By recycling hotel soap, Soap Cycling is able to take something that is otherwise filling our landfills and recycle it into something that can save the lives of thousands of children each year.

Anti-bacterial properties of soap act to keep people away from germs when used in handwashing, thus improving sanitation in poor regions. Handwashing with soap significantly reduces the impact of two fatal diseases: acute respiratory infection (e.g., pneumonia) and diarrheal disease.

According to UNICEF, there is consistent evidence that handwashing with soap at critical times — including before eating or preparing food and after using the toilet can reduce diarrheal risk by about 45%.

Over two million bars of soap are thrown away each year, just by hotels in Hong Kong alone. By collecting this soap, Soap Cycling is helping to eliminate thousands of pounds of chemical waste from our landfills each month.

Soap Cycling is a non-profit organization which aims to reduce preventable child deaths in Southeast Asian countries and to contribute to the overall MDG4 target of reducing the under-five mortality rate. Soap Cycling establishes long term collaborations with hotels to collect, recycle and then distribute their used soap. The soap is distributed through their partner NGOs primarily to disadvantaged youth in underprivileged areas in Asia.

What you can do to help: You can help — and get involved with — Soap Cycling in many different ways. Among others, you could opt to donate to help them increase their impact, you could devote time as a volunteer, you could donate soap, and if you’re a student, you could do a student internship with Soap Cycling. Also, even if you cannot donate or volunteer, you would help if you spread the word about Soap Cycling and their cause.

Volunteer: Soap Cycling offers a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere for individuals, families and corporate groups to participate directly in saving the lives of young children. Soap Cycling’s warehouse is conveniently located within a five-minute walk from the Kwai Fong MTR station, making them easily accessible from anywhere in Hong Kong.

Fill in the form in the attached link now if you want to join Soap Cycling as a volunteer.

Set up your own soap recycling operations: If you’re interested in learning more about how you can begin similar soap recycling operations in your area, complete this form and you will receive your guidebook Guide to Soap Recycling.

For more information please email info@soapcycling.org

Redress is looking for a Volunteer Financial Advisor / Strategist

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.

Redress works to prevent and transform textile and garment waste to catalyse a circular economy and reduce fashion’s enormous environmental impact. Our programmes work with consumer, industry, designers, brands, students, and other stakeholders.

Redress is looking for a Volunteer Financial Advisor / Strategist who
– has tools to ensure financial stability in challenging times
– develop a responsible strategy for managing cash flow

Volunteer Tasks:
Help their Executive Director develop a better system for managing cash flow and financial strategy across multiple (sometimes restricted) funding sources and spending projects.

Length of service / commitment required: 1-3 months in an advisory capacity

Amount of time required per month: 3-5 hours

Location can be anywhere, but in-person with Redress Executive Director or ar their office at 78 Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon

Enquiries: For enquiries and to apply please call 9501 1005 or email nissa@redress.com.hk

Join Sort-a-thon and sort through Second-hand Clothing with Redress – 21 Nov


Did you know, every day Hongkongers throw 370 tonnes of textiles into landfill, most of which is recyclable? Redress is a pioneering Hong Kong based NGO working to reduce textile waste and promote environmental sustainability in the fashion industry.

On 21 and 22 November, Redress is running an exciting mass-clothes-sorting event aiming to sort through all of the clothing collected in the Get Redressed Clothing Drive (forecasted as over 10 tonnes) in just 24 hours, with the help of 30 teams of corporate and community volunteers.

HandsOn Hong Kong is recruiting volunteers to form a community team of 10-15 people for the 1pm – 5pm session on Thursday 21 November. You will be volunteering with up to 4 other teams.

What will volunteers be doing?
Volunteers will be sorting through clothing donations and directing them for resale, reuse by our 20+ local charity partners, up-cycling and recycling, depending on the type and quality of the clothing.

Date: Thursday, 21 November

Time: 1-5pm

Place: 16/F Berkshire House, Taikoo Place

Register: If you are interested in signing up, please follow this link to HandsOn.

About Redress: Redress is an environmental charity with a mission to prevent and transform textile waste to catalyse a circular economy and reduce fashion’s water, chemical and carbon footprints. Redress programmes work to change mindsets and practices to stop the creation of textile waste now and in the future, as well as creating systems and partnerships that generate and showcase value in existing waste.

Closing the Loop Festival 16-17 Nov


The GreenFest by Hysan is an annual event to engage and inspire our new generations to take affirmative action towards a more sustainable future. The event brings together young people and top change-makers from across Hong Kong to immerse themselves on a different sustainability-related topic each year.

Rooftop Republic is proud to partner with Hysan again to bring you its second edition in November 2019. This year’s GreenFest will be themed around innovative ideas and creative solutions for individuals and industries to pave the way towards a circular economy.

Saturday 16 November
Panel Discussions
1) Rethinking Waste & Living A Zero Waste Lifestyle
2) The Future is Plant-based Food – Let’s Get Technical (Food Technology)
3) Food Economics”

Workshops
1) Live Zero Waste:
Split up into a series of exciting workshops participants will learn how to create art, up-cycle and recycle plastic, as well as, rethink the way we consume and dispose by making their own common household and beauty products without the plastic waste. Workshops will be DIY and educational!

2) Connect with Your Food:
Split up into a series of exciting workshops participants will participate in activities centred around urban farming, growing your own food, composting, cooking and living a plant-based lifestyle. Workshops will be focused on youth leadership and action.

Ticket includes full day entry to panel discussions and workshops. Includes lunch and beverages.

Sunday 17 November
Panel Discussions
1) Closing the Loop Within Our City Systems Paving the the way to Circular Economy through Innovation & Tech
2) Circular Fashion and Sustainability

Workshops
1) Circular Communities & Cities:
Split up into a series of exciting workshops participants will learn how to close the loop regarding common societal and economic industries found in cities; they will connect the dots & rethink ideas on how to utilise energy, architecture and design, air quality, and waste management to build a circular economy!

2) Circular Fashion Design:
Join our fashion carnival where participants can participate in DIY activities such as screen printing, denim embellishing & embroidery, and natural dying techniques. Participate in the clothing swap and learn how to incorporate circular fashion in your everyday lives.

This ticket includes entry to panel discussions and workshops. Lunch and beverages are included.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, November 16-17, 2019

Time: 9:30 am – 4:30pm

Place: Hysan Place Sky Garden (4/F)

Price:
Single Day ticket: $150
Two Day ticket: $250
To buy your ticket please follow this link to Pelago.

About Greenfest by Hysan: Greenfest is an initiative by Hysan development, part of Lee Gardens Group. Hysan and Lee Gardens have established a guiding principle of being a responsible business, where sustainable development has long been an integral part of our culture and thinking.

To reinforce the message about global food insecurity, and to engage the next generations to take positive action towards a more sustainable future, they partnered with Rooftop Republic to launch the first ever GreenFest by Hysan at Hysan Place with the theme for 2018: Rethink our Food!

Closing the Loop Festival (Early Bird Tickets available)


The GreenFest by Hysan is an annual event to engage and inspire our new generations to take affirmative action towards a more sustainable future. The event brings together young people and top change-makers from across Hong Kong to immerse themselves on a different sustainability-related topic each year.

Rooftop Republic is proud to partner with Hysan again to bring you its second edition in November 2019. This year’s GreenFest will be themed around innovative ideas and creative solutions for individuals and industries to pave the way towards a circular economy.

Saturday 16 November
Panel Discussions
1) Rethinking Waste & Living A Zero Waste Lifestyle
2) The Future is Plant-based Food – Let’s Get Technical (Food Technology)
3) Food Economics”

Workshops
1) Live Zero Waste:
Split up into a series of exciting workshops participants will learn how to create art, up-cycle and recycle plastic, as well as, rethink the way we consume and dispose by making their own common household and beauty products without the plastic waste. Workshops will be DIY and educational!

2) Connect with Your Food:
Split up into a series of exciting workshops participants will participate in activities centred around urban farming, growing your own food, composting, cooking and living a plant-based lifestyle. Workshops will be focused on youth leadership and action.

Ticket includes full day entry to panel discussions and workshops. Includes lunch and beverages.

Sunday 17 November
Panel Discussions
1) Closing the Loop Within Our City Systems Paving the the way to Circular Economy through Innovation & Tech
2) Circular Fashion and Sustainability

Workshops
1) Circular Communities & Cities:
Split up into a series of exciting workshops participants will learn how to close the loop regarding common societal and economic industries found in cities; they will connect the dots & rethink ideas on how to utilise energy, architecture and design, air quality, and waste management to build a circular economy!

2) Circular Fashion Design:
Join our fashion carnival where participants can participate in DIY activities such as screen printing, denim embellishing & embroidery, and natural dying techniques. Participate in the clothing swap and learn how to incorporate circular fashion in your everyday lives.

This ticket includes entry to panel discussions and workshops. Lunch and beverages are included.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, November 16-17, 2019

Time: 9:30 am – 4:30pm

Place: Hysan Place Sky Garden (4/F)

Price:
Single Day ticket: $150 (Early bird ticket $100)
Two Day ticket: $250 (Early bird ticket $180)
To buy your ticket please follow this link to Pelago.

About Greenfest by Hysan: Greenfest is an initiative by Hysan development, part of Lee Gardens Group. Hysan and Lee Gardens have established a guiding principle of being a responsible business, where sustainable development has long been an integral part of our culture and thinking.

To reinforce the message about global food insecurity, and to engage the next generations to take positive action towards a more sustainable future, they partnered with Rooftop Republic to launch the first ever GreenFest by Hysan at Hysan Place with the theme for 2018: Rethink our Food!

Get Redressed Secondhand


Attention fashonistas! Redress is hosting a secondhand clothing pop-up shop in Central from June 4-8. All the money raised at the shop will help support their work in reducing textile waste in the fashion industry. Stop by to pick up some great pieces and to learn more about how you can make your wardrobe more sustainable.

Date/Time:
4-7 June – 11am-9pm
8 June – 10am-2pm

Place: Loft 22, California Tower, Central

About Redress: Redress is an environmental charity with a mission to prevent and transform textile waste to catalyse a circular economy and reduce fashion’s water, chemical and carbon footprints. Their programmes work to change mindsets and practices to stop the creation of textile waste now and in the future, as well as creating systems and partnerships that generate and showcase value in existing waste.

Summer Student Internships @ Crossroads

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.