Daily Archives: March 2, 2013

Research Shows Poor Air for HK Marathon Runners

Posted by Peter MUIR

To get first-hand air pollution information along the race route of this year’s Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, Clean Air Network (CAN) invited four volunteer runners (two running the Full Marathon and two running the 10 KM) to carry portable PM2.5 monitors to measure air pollution levels during the race.

PM2.5, which is short for “Particulate Matter, 2.5 micrometers or less” measures the amount of fine particles in the (ambient) air 2.5 micrometres or less in size.  These “PM2.5 particles” are known to produce respiratory and cardiovascular illness.

For the 42-km Full Marathon, the average PM2.5 concentration was 30 microgram/cubic meter, higher than the WHO Air Quality Guideline of 25 microgram/cubic meter.  This tells use essentially what we already assumed – breathing Hong Kong air is not healthy!

What could you do in your C&S / CAS efforts to address this?  What principled action could you take?  Ideas might include spreading awareness here in Discovery Bay, and encouraging the school and DB community to sign a petition to inform the government to take action.


Moon Bears Concert

Posted by Peter MUIR

Clara Chan, an esteemed piano teacher and lover of dogs, is organising a musical fundraiser night:
Moon Bears Concert – Saturday 16 March 2013, 7.30pm, Discovery Bay International School Globe Theatre.  Acts include: Academy for the Performing Arts, Trinity Chapel Choir, LYN, Deep Chile, Soul Traders, Bruce and Friends, Benzine, Tania Martin, and Y-Rock. All proceeds from ticket sales go to Animal Asia Foundation. Tickets available at Island Veterinary Services: $180 for adults and $90 for students. Supported by Animal Asia, Hemingway’s, Americraft, Pen N Paper, Berliner, Dymocks, Trinity Chapel, Renaud, Around DB, Solera, and more. Lots of lucky door prizes to be won. Please contact Clara Chan at 9707 7994 for further details.

Prince & Princess of the Hills – trail running for kids!

Posted by Peter MUIR

The Lantau Buffalos are organising the third and final race of the series on Sunday 10 March at 9am. Kids aged 5-15 will start at Seabee steps (opposite Seabee Lane south playground), hike up to the Trig Point and then run down to the Lookout Point, and do one loop around the Lookout Point area. This is the third and final race in the Lantau Base Camp trail running series that aim to get you out in the hills and enjoy nature! For more information please go to www.lantaubuffalos.org.