QI staff and family members and QNET Independent Representatives (IRs) came together for an annual Staff Social Responsibility programme in partnership with Hong Kong CleanUp. Founded in 2000, Hong Kong CleanUp started as a simple a one-day beach clean-up event, which has since been widely recognised as the largest environmental event in the region. This year’s event, which took place on 11 November, saw more than 70 of our volunteers teaming up for a cleaner and healthier environment.
On the day of the event, QI volunteers gathered at the Admiralty MTR Station before making their way to Big Wave Bay in a coach. Upon arrival, a briefing was held and volunteers swiftly organised themselves into teams. Following that, the teams began to comb through the coastline to collect litter and abandoned items.
In addition, volunteers also made a record of collected items, that would become data for Hong Kong CleanUp’s publish reports. These reports would be used to educate the public and government officials about the scale and seriousness of the global marine debris problem. It could also educate the general public to stop littering and the importance to reduce, reuse and recycle materials for environmental preservation.
Winnie So, QI Group Company Secretary, noticed that, “This year, our colleagues have brought their kids along as well, which is a good sign. Through this activity, we can teach the next generation to care for the environment and the importance of giving back to society.”