Have you ever seen a horseshoe crab? Horseshoe crabs are believed to have been living on this planet since before the dinosaurs. Unfortunately, their number has been declining dramatically in recent years. The Club was delighted to receive eight baby horseshoe crabs last September to foster for six months. The rearing programme is run jointly by City University of Hong Kong and Ocean Park Conservation Fund Hong Kong, aiming to provide a good habitat for young crabs to increase their rate of survival. The horseshoe crabs will eventually be released back to the wild.
Thirty-six Club staff members registered for the programme and were divided into six groups. Each group is responsible to take care of the crabs for one month. Their main duties are to feed the horseshoe crab once a day, clean and maintain their living environment at good conditions (salinity, temperature and pH value), and measure and record their living conditions and health status.
As the foster parents of the baby horseshoe crabs, they visited the Aquatic Science Laboratory at the City University of Hong Kong, named the baby horseshoe crabs and most importantly, help with environmental conservation.
The Committee of the OCC is made up of all the owners of the magnificent globally known Champagne brands, who took over from their forefathers and hence Champagne founders.
Once a year the Committee of OCC come together in Hong Kong to hold their traditional ceremony and procession with a point to inaugurate new members.
Those new members have been carefully chosen and are usually professional restaurateurs and/or master sommeliers who have years of proven track record throughout their career of passionately and professionally promoting and protecting all that embraces Champagne.
Upon taking an oath, these new members are knighted as ‘Chevalier’ (Knight) and so to continue to guard and encourage the variety, versatility, taste and other unique characteristics that make Champagne wines synonymous with success and celebration everywhere.
This year our own EAM F&B, Joost Folkers, had been called forward by the Commandeur of the OCC and knighted as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.
Everyone at the Club would like to congratulate Joost on this well-deserved honour.
The Club was honoured to recently join the Aberdeen Kai-fong Welfare Association (AKA) for its charity event called the “Fly with Dreams Project – Films Catching Love in Yue Kwong Project”. The Club sent 15 volunteers to team up with the house captains of Yue Kwong Mutual Help Network, and visited Yue Kwong Chuen, one of the redevelopment estates run by the Hong Kong Housing Society. The aim of the project is to collect comments from the elderly residents regarding their living environment.
The visit took place on Tuesday, May 24, and teams collected many comments and photos, which will be submitted to the Hong Kong Housing Society for future development of elderly-friendly housing estate. We also prepared birthday cakes and presents for some of the elderly folk taking part.
There will be two more visits in July and September.
A Run for the Horseshoe Crab, organised by the Club, was held on Tuesday, March 29.
Participants from different departments ran from the Club to Nam Long Shan, for a distance of around four kilometres. Each participant had to raise a minimum of $500, and all donations went to the Club’s Horseshoe Crab Project, in co-operation with Ocean Park.
During the race, participants also tried to collect horseshoe crab cards, which were placed along the route in advance by the Human Resources Department.
This meaningful charity event allowed staff to get out of the workplace and have some fun, as well as raise money for a worthy cause.
Please look out for more information on our Horseshoe Crab Project activities.
Joost and Julien decided with the pastry and engineering team to create a Willy Wonka-story setting, where the soil was made out of at least 80% pure cacao liquid. A large chocolate block with golden tap made out of 400 chocolate tablets would funnel out a river of fragrant liquid chocolate on a landscape where colourful Easter rabbits and cartoon-like chickens would roam around freely in a festive Easter mood. They especially wanted our youngest Members to feel they truly belong to a sweet, candied, imaginary day.
Joost, Julien and the artsy, techy crew-members.
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