Category: Charity

THIS WEEKEND: Beach Barre & Shap Long cleanup

This weekend it’s Beach Barre at Treasure Island – all proceeds to Tails – and a beach cleanup at Shap Long. Plus, the UTML is still running.


November 14: Beach Barre. 60-minute class with Noelle from Yatta Barre. $200. Proceeds to Tails Lantau. Sessions at 10am & 4pm. Treasure Island, Pui O Beach. Details


November 14: Help remove aggressive plants from Ngong Ping. WhatsApp 81036312. 4pm


November 15: Shap Long Beach Cleanup with Beyond Plastic Team. To help out: WhatsApp +852 9514 9944. Details.

Photo: Beyond Plastic


November 1-30:  UTML (Ur Trail du Mont Lantau). Hike, walk or run Lantau trails to support Lantau conservation and oppose the Lantau Tomorrow reclamation. Details


December 12-13: Treasure Island Christmas Market. 11am-5pm, Pui O Beach. Details

December 12: Treasure Island Group Third Annual Charity Ball.  6pm, Treasure Island, Pui O Beach. 6pm. $580 per person $5800 per table. Details

December 13: Annual South Lantau Children’s Christmas Party 2020. $100 per child (max $200 per family) to cover costs. Treasure Island, Pui O Beach. From 1pm. RSVP before November 30 to or WhatsApp 9530 7569.



THIS WEEKEND: Halloween, live music, ‘real recycling’

A Halloween fundraiser at Cheung Sha, the return of live music to Bahce and some “real recycling” in Mui Wo top this weekend’s Lantau events.

Oct 30: Live music Bache Turkish Restaurant. Bambie’s Friends. 9-11pm

Oct 23-31: Halloween pumpkin carvings. On display at Marcy’s Lantau, 88 Chung Hau St. 10am-ypm

Oct 31: Waste Free Mui Wo. 10:30am-12pm. Bring your clean and dry plastics, styrofoam, drink cartons and papers for “real recycling.” Outside Chez Lantau, G/F Ngan Yuet House, Ngan Wan Estate. Details

Oct 31:  Ghouls Day. Kids’ sports day, adult beer run, games, beach movie night. From 2pm, Lantau Grocer, Cheung Sha Beach. $100 entry. Proceeds to Little Lantau Montessori School.

Nov 1-30:  UTML (Ur Trail du Mont Lantau). Hike, walk or run Lantau trails to support Lantau conservation and oppose the Lantau Tomorrow reclamation. Details

Nov 8: Discovery Bay Sunday Market. 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Discovery Bay Plaza. Details

Dec 12-13: Treasure Island Christmas Market. 11am-5pm, Pui O Beach. Details

Dec 12: Treasure Island Group Third Annual Charity Ball.  6pm, Treasure Island, Pui O Beach. 6pm. $580 per person $5800 per table. Details

Beer Dash raises $60,000 (PHOTOS)

Fun-runners fanned out across South Lantau this morning in the 10th Lantau International Beer Dash.

In overcast but warm conditions, more than 200 people ran the 5km course, starting from the catchwater above Tong Fuk, down the old Tung Chung Road and then along the expanse of Cheung Sha beaches (both of them).

To ward off thirst, five refreshment stations, generously provisioned by sponsors, waylaid them.

Organiser Mel Potgeiter said this year’s event had raised more than HK$60,000. The funds will go to local animal protection groups.

Today’s action as recorded by Lantau News’ photographic team:

Zorro cutting a fine figure

Scooting along

And again?


Waving the flag

Don’t even think of messing with our beer

When the jig is up

Bracing for the tape

Across the line

The 10th Lantau Beer Dash is the end of an era

Next week’s beer dash, a highlight in the Lantau calendar, marks two milestones.

Officially known as the Lantau International Beer Dash, it will be the tenth time the charity fundraiser has been held.

It will also be the last time that founder Melanie Potgieter will organise the event.

Mel (as everyone calls her) and her family are moving to Hong Kong Island for her daughters’ schooling.

They will be back in Lantau, but Mel has decided it is time to hand over the reins to someone else. Lantau News spoke to her this week.

Q: What gave you the idea with the idea for the beer dash?

In 2009 we had Typhoon Hagupit, which was quite devastating. We were then living at Upper Cheung Sha, and we were friendly with locals down on the beach.

Their whole house was flooded, so we sent out emails to the community to come help and they did. Everybody made donations and we were able to buy them a fridge and TV.

I was thinking that we are very lucky in Hong Kong. Most of us are financially well-off and it’s good to help those who are not.

I thought of doing a fun run like in DB, but one of my friends said: why don’t you do a beer dash? There had been a beer dash in DB some years before but they had stopped it.

Instead of it being a very competitive run we thought maybe we’d just have something fun.


Q: How did you choose the route, starting up by the prison?

Because we had alcohol involved we didn’t want to make the route too far.

I used to walk my dogs along the catchwater. It’s quite a nice flat route – and then goes downhill to the beach.

Q: What are your memories of the first beer dash?

It was quite a process because I’m not a charitable organisation. It was quite hard finding out how to get it going, with the correct procedure and the correct permits, and who to ask. There was a lot of red tape and hoops to jump through.

I think we had 120 runners that year.

A few local restaurants sponsored beers for the different stations. We decided to call it the ‘International Beer Dash,’ because we had a different type of beer at each station. There are five stations, so five different beers.


Q: After nine beer dashes, what are the highlights?

To me the best part of the whole day is how everyone gets on with each other. There must be a million photos taken. Everybody just mingles. It’s people from all over Hong Kong. There are locals, foreigners, tourists and they all just have fun.

The costumes and the amount of effort people put into their costume absolutely amazes me. And we have raised more than HK$600,000.

Q: Who are the beneficiaries?

I was friendly with Okka Scherer, who runs Villa Kunterbunt [a dog rescue organisation]. A lot of the dogs she gets have been left behind by foreigners. I see the dedication of people like her, so I have tried to do more for the animals.

We give money to PALS, Villa Kunterbunt, Lantau Buffalo Association, South Lantau Buffalo Society, Herdsup.

Mel and Bighead Boy

Q: This is your last Beer Dash. Do you have any special plans?

We have made it in memory of Mark Parlett, a board member of LIM, who passed away last year unexpectedly. He’s been at every dash and he’s always been an active supporter.

Q: You are moving away. Will you be coming back?

We’re moving away to Pok Fu Lam to be closer to our daughters’ school.

But definitely we will be back here. We are not going for good, we’re just going for a couple of years.

Q: Who’s going to take over the beer dash?

I have a few people who have contacted me. There’s nothing definite, although Lantau Base Camp have said they might be interested. They run a lot of events already.

Registrations are still open for the 2018 Lantau International Beer Dash. Click here to sign up.

Photo (top): Mel and Bighead Boy at feeding time

Rebecca Dykes family sets up charity fund

The family of Rebecca Dykes, a Hong Kong-raised woman murdered in Beirut 10 days ago, has set up a charity fund to support the causes she championed.

“Please give what you can to support the causes my beautiful daughter Rebecca worked so hard for,” her mother, Jane Houng, a Lantau-based writer, posted on Facebook today.

On a crowdfunding site the family said they were seeking to raise £100,000 (HK$1.045m):

This foundation will have the aim of continuing Rebecca’s humanitarian and stabilisation work for refugees and other vulnerable communities, with a particular focus on women’s empowerment and preventing violence against women…

Rebecca was compassionate, caring and committed to humanitarian causes. She worked tirelessly to make the world a kinder, fairer, safer and more stable place.

Most recently, she had undertaken pioneering work in Lebanon, for the UK Department for International Development, to improve the lives of refugees and impoverished Lebanese people, and help these vulnerable communities to become more peaceful and resilient.

Buy lunchtime on Boxing Day the fund had raised £2,660 from 63 donations.

Rebecca, 30, who worked for the UK Department for International Development in the Beirut Embassy, was strangled and her body dumped by the side of the road after night out with friends.

An Uber driver was arrested and has reportedly confessed to her murder.