5 Hong Kong Charity Events To Get Involved In This April
April 1-24: Hong Kong Urban Canvas
The Hong Kong Urban Canvas is a community art project sees 22 unique works of art painted on shop-front shutters Ap Lei Chau and Kowloon City, these artorks highlight the local community and culture while also enhancing community inclusion. They believe that every shop has a history, and every shutter tells a story.
Organised by the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, there is also a project teaching students about art education, giving them further understanding of the local culture, resulting in original artworks inspired by community stories. This work will be presented at exhibitions in Kowloon City Plaza and Aberdeen Promenade in April.
Find out more at Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation
See also: 6 Hong Kong Artists On The Rise
April 20: Screening of Love & Bananas
Hosted by WildAid Hong Kong, the screening of the film Love & Bananas tells the tale of the Asian elephant, which is often overlooked, yet found in zoos, circuses and elephant rides. The film exposes the horrifying process that every elephant must go through to become a service animal.
This film is a must-watch if you’d like to know what can be done to prevent the extinction of the Asian elephant, and the evening is filled with fun activities for kids, a wildlife photo exhibition and the opportunity to chat with Lek Chailert, TIME Magazine’s Hero of Asia and a renowned Asian elephant conservationist, as well as film director Ashley Bell.
Find out more at Love & Bananas
April 20: Eco Action Day
The Eco Action Day is set to be a day of fun, packed full of everything from live music and game stalls to yoga and workshops. Begin your day with some Hatha yoga, followed by listening to the youth of Hong Kong give their take on the topic of climate change action in Hong Kong.
At the event, the Hong Kong Eco Film Festival and Youth from HK Climate Strike will also host the screening of Plastic Soup, followed up by a kids learning workshop and a live performance by Will Lee.
Find out more at Eventbrite
See also: 5 Hong Kong Charities That Save The Environment
April 26-29: City Nature Challenge
The City Nature Challenge allows countries to showcase their unique biodiversity on a global scale in an annual competition. Last year, Hong Kong ranked fourth out of 68 cities and first out of all non-US cities, documenting 2,932 species in just four days.
The City Nature Challenge aims to help people understand the biodiversity in their own backyard and highlight the importance of conservation. To get involved, simply team up with friends, family or take a solo trip out to explore Hong Kong’s nature and document the species you find using the free app, iNaturalist.
Find out more at Outward Bound Hong Kong
April 28: Walk Up Jardine House
Walk Up Jardine House is organised by MINDSET, which works to provide financial support to mental health related projects and NGOs in Hong Kong and mainland China. The annual challenge is once again hosted by the Jardine Ambassadors and, since 1982, the walk has raised over HK$34 million which has benefited over 350,000 people.
In 2018 alone, the event raised HK$3.3 million. This year hundreds of business associates, families, friends and students alike will walk or run the 49 floors of Hong Kong's iconic Jardine House to raise funds and awareness for the worthwhile cause of supporting mental health.
Find out more at Walk Up Jardine House
See also: 12 Hong Kong Charities That Focus On Health