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Pollution Free Christmas Gifts at the DBIS Food Fair!

Posted on November 14th, 2014 in Events,Fund Raising,Green Gift Ideas,Recycling,Resources by Kate Wade
Dear DB Green,
I was forwarded this great idea by email… thought you might be interested!
If you have items that you don’t think make the grade or don’t get around to by the 22nd November there is the flea market in the plaza on the 7th December 12noon to 5pm. All the charity stalls (including DB Green) are on the back wall from the bank to the Post Office so you can bring your items to donate to us then. Volunteers welcome for that too! We have a large stock pile as there was a long time between flea markets this time so would be happy for some help!
Cheers,
Kate
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“Dear friends and neighbors,
Please read below about the stall I will be running at the DBIS Food Fair on November 22nd to reduce the environmental impact of Christmas shopping while raising funds for Enrich, the charity I founded to support the economic empowerment of migrant women. Hope that many of you will be able to come to the fair and bring with you your unwanted gifts and quality new like toys and games.
If you are not able to attend the fair but are interested in donating items please email myriam@enrichhk.org to make another arrangement.  Please note that this is not a flea market. Please only donate quality new like toys and games that would make suitable Christmas gifts for DB kids aged under 12.
If we have enough interest and donations, I plan to run an additional Christmas gift sale at my flat on Tuesday 2nd December 9am-11am and 8-9pm so that you can do your Christmas shopping without the kids. Please let me know if you are interested in this and I will share photos of what toys are available. Please do also let me know if you would like volunteer to help me run any of these events.
Thank you very much for your kind support on this. Welcome to share this message with friends.
Best wishes,
Myriam”
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Air pollution in Hong Kong gets very bad in autumn. Why? This is the time when factories across the border are rushing to fill orders in time for Christmas gift shoppers around the world.  Workers work overtime and toxic air coming out of the factories is at an all-time high.
 
How would our air in DB smell and look if no one bought new gifts for Christmas?
 
This year the DBIS Food Fair will have a stall selling quality second hand children’s toys so that parents can buy a Christmas gift for their children without damaging the planet.
 
Please support this effort by donating your unwanted gifts and lightly used quality toys: especially wooden toys and complete board games and puzzles for kids up to the age of 12.
This stall will benefit Hong Kong charity Enrich which supports the economic empowerment of migrant women, primarily domestic workers (helpers). Not only does your support reduce the consumption and production of new toys, the money raised goes towards Enrich’s programmes in Hong Kong www.enrichhk.org

To donate, simply drop your items off at Enrich’s stall in front of the DBIS Globe Theatre, anytime from 11.30am to 1pm on November 22nd, the day of the fair.

Unsold gifts will be offered at a reduced price to domestic workers who want to send Christmas gifts home to their own children, or sold at the DB flea market to raise funds for DB charities.

BEACH CLEANUP SUNDAY 1-4pm NSW

Posted on November 6th, 2014 in Air and Water Quality,Beach Clean-up,Events by Kate Wade

Hi DB Green,

Nearing the end of the year and our second to last beach cleanup. This one is at Nim Shue Wan (the beach near where you get the ferry to Peng Chau or Mui Wo).

Date: SUNDAY 9th November

Time: 1-4pm

Where: Nim Shue Wan beach

Bring: Friends and family, sunscreen, your own water bottle (preferably not single use water bottles- they are our nemesis!), insect repellent, hat.  

We will provide: Water to refill your bottle, bags, gloves and a big smile!

Hope to see you there!

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Send off at DB Main Beach 7:30am Wednesday (tomorrow!)

Posted on October 28th, 2014 in Air and Water Quality,Beach Clean-up,Events,Fund Raising by Kate Wade

Dear DB Green,

A 5 day, 75km swim around Lantau Island to raise money for DB based NGO Plastic Free Seas (run by Tracey and Dana) floating classroom kicks off tomorrow!

To help send these 2 incredible DB athletes on their way (Bruce Pye and Olivier Baillet), please show your support by turning up to the main beach tomorrow morning between 7:30am and 7:45am. A large turn out would be awesome!

There are numerous other activities going on over the 5 day swim around Lantau and your support for any you can make would be fantastic. Check out the web page       www.plasticfreeseas.org      or keep up to date on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PlasticDisasterHongKong?fref=ts

Bring all your kids, friends, family, neighbours, colleagues and see you at the beach!

Kate

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Beach Cleanup today…reminder :-)

Posted on October 10th, 2014 in Beach Clean-up,Events by Kate Wade

Just a small reminder we have a beach cleanup today (Saturday) at Sam Pak Wan- (North Plaza Beach). 1pm – 4pm.

A big turnout would be fantastic as the beach needs our help.

Right now 2 of our beach cleanup leaders- Tracey Read and Angie Bucu are about to commence the MoonTrekker walk- starts at 11:20pm and they must finish within 10 hrs. GOOD LUCK GUYS- see you tomorrow afternoon!

Don’t forget your own water bottles, sunscreen, insect repellent, hat/cap, shoes.

Kate

BEACH CLEANUP SATURDAY- Spread the word!

Posted on October 6th, 2014 in Beach Clean-up,Events by Kate Wade

Hi there!

We have a beach cleanup this Saturday at Sam Pak Wan (North Plaza Beach) 1pm-4pm and we want a HUUUUGGGEE turnout so please spread the word by all means possible.

-Forward on this poster to all your friends and family in Hong Kong, put it on your Facebook page, tell your schools, clubs and gym!

-Print out the poster and put it on your golf cart or give a copy to your favourite restaurant or retail outlet or anywhere you frequent.

-Whats App it, Twitter it or (or is that tweet it) or whatever else is out there in the world of communications these days that I haven’t kept up with.

LET PEOPLE KNOW and come down and help clean up this beautiful but currently dreadfully littered beach!

I will try to post some photos of the state of the beach later in the week. It was totally destroyed by the last typhoon that went through and really needs our help- plus the nurdles have reemerged- possibly from sacks that were previously not found from the nurdle disaster in 2012 but have now found there way to the surface!

HELP! It’s an SOS call! Or perhaps an SOB (Save Our Beach) call!

Hope to see you there this Saturday- please bring plenty of water in your refillable water bottles, sturdy footwear, insect repellent, sunscreen and friends and family. If you have a rake or can get hold of one by Saturday please bring along too.

Thanks! Now spread the word!

Kate

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WEEE pickup SUNDAY 9am-6pm Near Post Office

Posted on September 20th, 2014 in Events,Recycling,Resources by Kate Wade

WHOOPS! Just got back to find out it’s actually SUNDAY for the WEEE pick up- 9am-6pm near the post office! Not Saturday.

Sorry if you went down Saturday!!! Here’s my previous post….

Looking to get rid of any unwanted electronic items in a safe way?

WEEE recycling poses a number of health risks that need to be adequately managed (including arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury and certain flame retardants).

There is a WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment) collection near the post office SATURDAY. See your lobby or management office for the notice of times. This opportunity doesn’t happen very often so please take advantage of it! 

Have a great weekend,

Kate

SATURDAY 9-12 BOTH BEACH CLEANUPS

Posted on September 19th, 2014 in Beach Clean-up,Events by Kate Wade

It’s confirmed- beach cleanup at both Nim Shue Wan and North Plaza beaches! 9am-12noon. Have you got a rake or a net- please bring along.

Tracey says she has found two bags from the 2012 pellet spill that have washed up and a lot of pellets all over the beach as well as a HUGE amount of trash. A LOT of people are needed here (with rakes and water nets if you have one!). Please help if you can.

Details: North Plaza or Nim Shue Wan (North Plaza is the worst affected beach) Discovery Bay
Gloves and bags provided
BYO refillable water bottle (we supply filtered water refills only)
Protective shoes a must

BRING SOME FRIENDS AND FAMILY- many hands…

Have a great day! Wish I was there but I’ll hope to get down late afternoon and check it out…

Cheers,
Kate

DOUBLE BEACH CLEANUP SATURDAY

Posted on September 19th, 2014 in Uncategorized by Kate Wade

It’s confirmed- beach cleanup at both Nim Shue Wan and North Plaza beaches! 9am-12noon. Have you got a rake or a net- please bring along.

Tracey says she has found two bags from the 2012 pellet spill that have washed up and a lot of pellets all over the beach as well as a HUGE amount of trash. A LOT of people are needed here (with rakes and water nets if you have one!). Please help if you can.

Details: North Plaza or Nim Shue Wan (North Plaza is the worst affected beach) Discovery Bay
Gloves and bags provided
BYO refillable water bottle (we supply filtered water refills only)
Protective shoes a must

BRING SOME FRIENDS AND FAMILY- many hands…

Have a great day! Wish I was there but I’ll hope to get down late afternoon and check it out…

Cheers,
Kate

BEACH CLEANUP SATURDAY 20th SEPTEMBER

Posted on September 18th, 2014 in Beach Clean-up,Events by Kate Wade

Sorry for the late notice- time slipped away this week- but hopefully you already had the date in your diary! This cleanup is meant to be a special worldwide ocean cleanup but the rubbish on the beaches (especially North Plaza beach) is particularly horrific so counting cigarette stubs and plastic cutlery will be difficult! The beach cleanup is meant to be at Nim Shue Wan 9am-12noon- but keep an eye on our Facebook pages as I think Tracey, Dana and Angie may have plans to change this to North Plaza beach or both beaches…

https://www.facebook.com/PlasticDisasterHongKong?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/DBGreenHK

Cheers,

Kate

WEEE COLLECTION POST OFFICE SATURDAY

Posted on September 18th, 2014 in Beach Clean-up,DB as a city,Events,Recycling,Resources by Kate Wade

Looking to get rid of any unwanted electronic items in a safe way?

WEEE recycling poses a number of health risks that need to be adequately managed (including arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury and certain flame retardants).

There is a WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment) collection near the post office SATURDAY. See your lobby or management office for the notice of times. This opportunity doesn’t happen very often so please take advantage of it! 

Then don’t forget there is a beach cleanup Saturday also. The North Plaza beach is particularly bad so check https://www.facebook.com/DBGreenHK and https://www.facebook.com/PlasticDisasterHongKong?fref=ts to check the latest news. Currently the venue is Nim Shue Wa (the beach near the Marina) but we may be looking to do both. Unfortunately I’m away with work so please check the Facebook pages for more information from Tracey, Dana and Angie.

Have a great weekend,

Kate

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