Monthly Archives: March 2016

Advocating McDonalds to be environmentally freindly

Posted by Peter MUIR

Get involved in this campaign to stop McDonalds providing needless plastic bags for beverages. Be an advocate for change!


St. John Ambulance HK

Posted by Peter MUIR

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Hong Kong St. John Ambulance is a charitable organisation that has been serving the community since 1884. Adhered to its motto, “For the Service of Mankind”, the organisation is dedicated to provide first aid and ambulance services in emergency, dental care for the handicapped, and courses of instructions on first aid and home nursing for the general public.

Hong Kong St. John Ambulance is dedicated to promoting and encouraging all works of humanity and charity for the relief of distress, suffering, sickness and danger without any distinction as to race, class or creed.

If you are interested to learn first aid or to join Hong Kong St. John Ambulance as a student cadet, you can visit the Hong Kong St. John Ambulance website for more details. This direct action could be a part of your Community Engagement portfolio.

Ark Eden community tree planting

Posted by Peter MUIR

Earth Day Tree Planting for Ark Eden 2016

Y10 Community Engagement Project Expo

Posted by Peter MUIR

CE Expo Poster

Kids4Kids Advocates Leadership Team

Posted by Peter MUIR

kids4kids-logo1Kids4Kids is looking for secondary student to apply to become a member of their Advocates Leadership Team. This team is selected to work together on community projects, and provides chosen students with the opportunity to develop their organizational, planning and leadership skills, while learning to manage projects from their conception and execution to impact measurement and reflection.

Eligible candidates must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be a full-time student at a Hong Kong secondary school
  • Have a commitment to serving the community
  • Demonstrate good conduct and outstanding academic / extra-curricular performance and / or be award recipients
  • Have experience in volunteer work or service to the community
  • Be proficient in English, Cantonese and/or Putonghua
  • Sign a written commitment to put all possible effort into participating in ALT and be dedicated to serving the community

Click here to find out more details. Applications close April 30.

World Water Day at DC

Posted by Peter MUIR

World Water Day is a great opportunity to learn more about water and water related issues. By learning about water, we would be able to be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. World water day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development where an observance for water was recommended. The United Nations general assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. Since then it has been held annually.

This year, for World Water Day, we Year 8 and Year 9 students will be organizing a quiz and a “Bucket Challenge” on water, to help students better understand water and water-related issues. A mystery prize will be included.

We look forward to your participation!


The unrecognised importance of Research

Posted by Peter MUIR

researchSomething that students are constantly told is to back up our statements with facts, and provide data as evidence in essays, reports and labs. that is, student must research!  What might not be realised is that these research skills connect directly to the world of advocacy, activism, and bringing about genuine change. For example, to demand stricter environmental efforts, we must first provide evidence – from research – showing the current state and the objective need for change. . A research report is more influential than most perceive, and can result in transformative action. Research in itself can be a form of service.

Take this research from WWF in Hong Kong, who found that doorless fridges in Hong Kong’s grocery retail stores contribute an estimated 51,000 tonnes of “unnecessary” carbon into our atmosphere.  This research, or this service, is leading to action, with a move to advocate the HK government to introduce laws about requirements for doors on all refrigerators.

Beach clean up this week

Posted by Peter MUIR

DB Green and Plastic Free Seas will be hosting their next beach cleanup on Sunday 20 March and you and your family is invited to participate. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about caring for our environment, and to be involved in a community activity.

They will supply the gloves (reusable, one-size fits all gloves and rubbish bags). You need to bring your own reusable filled water bottles, wear closed-toe shoes, appropriate clothing for the weather and bring suntan lotion/ bug spray as required.


Earth Day 2016

Posted by Peter MUIR

Earth Day is approaching (April 22nd), and needless to say, planet Earth needs our love and attention ASAP! What could you do to take action in helping out our planet? Consider some of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, five of which are related to environmental issues: SDG #7- Renewable Energy, #12- Responsible Consumption, #13- Climate Change, #14- Life Below Water, and #15- Life on Land.

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A few ideas for Community Engagement include:
Indirect action: Educate others about the quantity of food they throw out and the resulting impact. Host an e-waste recycling drive to decrease the amount of toxic chemicals released into the environment when people throw away their electronic equipment
Direct action: take part in a coastal clean-up; orgnaise a tree planting day with Ark Eden
Advocacy:  Encourage the HK government to strengthen policies that protect the environment.
Research: Create a report that outlines the impact that our mobile devices have on a particular aspect of the environment

40hr Famine at DC

Posted by Peter MUIR

World vision logoDiscovery College be hosting a 40-hour famine from the 14th – 16th of April. Open to all Year 10 – 13 DC students, this event aims to raise awareness about the near to one billion people who face world hunger every day. Working along side World Vision, an organisation that works directly with the people who face hunger, join us to help them find sustainable ways to live and end world hunger!

Start – Thursday, 14th of April 5pm

End – Saturday, 16 of April 9am 

Sleepover (optional) – Friday, 15th of April, 5pm at DP Centre

We are fortunate enough to have a representative from World Vision present a thematic talk on poverty and hunger on Wednesday, 23rd of March at 1:30pm in the Whitebox. Come along and learn about hardships people go though and how you can get involved.

Here is the permission form. Please hand it in at the thematic talk to receive your sponsorship form.

If you have any questions feel free to email either one of us at