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We were delighted to invite the Hong Kong Red Cross to the Club once again this year, in late August, for a blood donation day. As you may know, Hong Kong blood inventories remain very low at the moment, and all types of blood are needed. We would like to take this opportunity to call on all of you to visit any donor centre as soon as possible to help with the Hong Kong blood supply. Please visit www.redcross.org.hk/tc/home.html for further information.

Did you know?

In order to provide fresh blood products for treatments of patients with chronic diseases or in need of surgery because of illness or accident, Hong Kong entirely counts on the generosity of blood donors to donate on a continuous basis. The Blood Donation collected blood will be processed into its components, followed by stringent tests for infectious diseases and bacteria before being used in various treatments. Your single donation can help three or more patients, so please do not underestimate your contribution.

The Club is delighted to announce that cookies, jam and chocolate produced by Cocoa Lab are now available.

Established in 2016, Cocoa Lab is the official coffee barista training centre for people who are blind or visually impaired. It works in partnership with Hong Kong Blind Union and Hong Kong Guide Dogs Association to provide their members with professional coffee knowledge, on-the-job training and job placement service, with the objective of expanding their career opportunities and developing more diversified career paths.

Cocoa Lab strives to nurture hope, to give a sense of possibility, and turn possibility into reality, and has successfully trained and is currently employing two coffee baristas who are completely blind.

Cocoa Lab’s products can be found at Marina Deli. Please check out their facebook page at www.facebook.com/cocoalab to find out more about this company. We thank you for your support.

As you may be aware, Meat Free Monday has become popular in many countries in recent years. The non-profit organisation Green Monday was established in April 2012 as a social enterprise, to advise on environmental policies, promote vegetarianism and to improve people’s quality of life.

Individuals, schools, restaurants, businesses and governments can all participate.

Taking a small step towards changing your eating habits can improve your health and help the environment. Green Monday is not about becoming a vegetarian overnight, and it does not take much time. Eat green every Monday to prove that you can easily and effectively reduce carbon and improve your health.

The Club has created a Green Menu at The Deck, providing more green options at the buffet. Please come and check it out. It is not just for Monday, but every day.

As you may remember, the Club joined the Horseshoe Crab Rearing Programme last September, to foster six baby horseshoe crabs for six months. The rearing programme is run jointly by City University of Hong Kong and Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong. It aims to provide a good habitat for young crabs to grow and to increase their chance of survival.

The time came for us to say goodbye to the horseshoe crabs on Monday, April 10.

Around 25 Members of the Club, together with the representatives from City University and Ocean Park and the horseshoe crab “parents” participated in the event. Before releasing the horseshoe crabs into the wild, we helped to clean up the mudflats in Ha Pak Nai. We got to know more about these beautiful mudflats, the living conditions for the horseshoe crabs and, most importantly, help with environmental conservation.

We would like to sincerely thank everyone who took part in this meaningful and enjoyable event, and we wish the young horseshoe crabs all the best in the wild.

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.