As part of its commitment to corporate responsibility, the Chinachem Group will hold the annual ‘Chinachem Walkathon 2015’, Hong Kong’s largest one-day eco-tour, at the Plover Cove Reservoir on 8 November 2015 with the aim of promoting sustainable development and a ‘Green for All’ principle. Chinachem Group believes everyone in society should have an equal opportunity to appreciate Green Hong Kong. In the four years since the event was first held in 2011, 13,000 people have participated.
The Plover Cove Reservoir is the world’s first reservoir formed from the sea. It is Hong Kong’s second-largest reservoir by storage capacity with the longest main dam, spanning about 2km. Built in the 1960s when Hong Kong suffered severe water shortages, it was formed by joining two islands in a bold and innovative design that cut Plover Cove off from the sea, enabling it to be drained and filled with fresh water. Now celebrating its 55th anniversary, it is for the first time the scene of this annual charity event at which the public are invited to promote environmental protection.
Participants walking the route of the ‘Chinachem Walkathon 2015’, with carefully-designed checkpoints and well-trained docents, will learn more about the reservoir’s history, ecology, geology and human culture. Some rarely told stories like that of the six villages covered during the main dam construction and the geology of sedimentary rocks in the Hong Kong Global Geopark of China nearby will be told.
In another feature of the event, aimed at promoting equal opportunity, the Chinachem Group has teamed with KeenAble Creation to create 20 paintings by a number of talented artists who suffer from autism and other mental challenges. The artists will demonstrate speed portrait painting at the event, demonstrating their ability to meet the huge challenge of creating their works in a very short time.
KeenAble Creation is a non-profit organisation that aims to promote art works and train budding disabled artists so they can make a living by art creation and design.
Moreover, participants will be able to learn how to turn tin food cans into Africa-inspired handicrafts by joining ‘The Djembe Workshop’. This will teach the public about the importance of upgrading used resources (upcycling) and help them understand places in the world that lack
resources. By advocating a ‘love nature’ message, the show will also raise the environmental awareness of participants.
|Date：||8 November 2015 (Sunday)|
|Start point / End point||Tai Mei Tuk, Tai Po – Main Dam of Plover Cove Reservoir|
|Time：||8:30am – 1:30pm|
|Route：||Inclusive Route 4.2 km
Discovery Route 7 km
|Free Shuttle :||Tai Mei Tuk Start / End Point <-> Tai Wo MTR Station
(Exit A, Public Transport Interchange)
Free point-to-point shuttle is available for groups numbering 50 and above.”
|Beneficiary :||Funds raised from this event will go towards supporting World Green Organisation (WGO) for the First School Electricity Benchmarking Development & Research Tool to Promote Energy Saving and Emission Reduction.
The World Green Organisation and Chinachem Group aim to promote energy saving in local secondary schools by establishing a useful benchmarking model to examine the electricity consumption of the education sector. Data collected by tertiary and secondary schools students will be used to build a model, which helps the academia and students to understand their performance in electricity consumption and hence set energy saving targets.
|Minimum Donation ：||HK$1 / participant. Tax-deductible receipt is available for donation over HK$100.|
|Registration Deadline||12 October 2015 (Monday)|
|Registration Method||Enquiry Hotline: 8200 0248