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HONG KONG, 19 March 2017 — The 11th UNICEF Charity Run has successfully raised over HK$11 million from over 14,000 runners for a Zero-AIDS generation. The event replaced the one scheduled for November 2016, which was cancelled due to adverse weather.
The event took place today at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and involved individual runners, business leaders, corporate teams and families, as well as UNICEF Regional Ambassador (East Asia and Pacific) Ms Miriam Yeung.
Mr Henry Tang Ying-yen, Honorary Adviser of Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK), who was joined by Dr Ko Wing-man, HKSAR Secretary for Food and Health, at the kick-off ceremony of the Leadership Challenge, said, “I am pleased to join the UNICEF Charity Run in my capacity as Honorary Advisor to UNICEF HK. This is a meaningful initiative to help many children in the developing countries to stay HIV-free, and I call for your continued support to this good cause.”
Ms Judy Chen, Chairman of UNICEF HK expressed her gratitude to all runners, sponsors and supporters to make this replacement event a good turn-out. She shared some achievements of the ongoing global campaign. “Since 2000, thanks to the global effort of the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, 1.6 million new pediatric infections have been prevented. There is also a 70 per cent reduction in AIDS-related deaths among children aged 0 to 4. These results prove to us that an AIDS-free world is achievable.”
She added, “Every day, over 400 children are infected with HIV through their mothers’ pregnancy, child-birth or breastfeeding. More had yet to be done and the UNICEF Charity Run will be continued to mobilize resources to support UNICEF’s global goal of a Zero-AIDS generation.” She also announced that the next UNICEF Charity Run will be organized in November this year and called for active participation from all runners and sponsors.
UNICEF Regional Ambassador (East Asia and Pacific) Ms Miriam Yeung joined the 10km race. “I am pleased to be part of this cause and run for UNICEF’s work for every child,” said Ms Yeung.
The Charity Run also welcomed 29 corporations for joining Half Marathon Corporate Relay, and 34 business leaders at the 3km Leadership Challenge.
A wide array of races has also attracted our city’s elite runners, including Thomas Kiprotich, Stefano Passarello, Tang Man-wa, Chow Chi-ngan, Kong Lai-ming, Lui Wai-man, Michelle Lowry, triathlon athlete Wong Hui-wai and youth runners Chung Man-tung and Lo Ying-chiu. All of them gaver their best this morning, especially in the Half Marathon race and 10km Run, which are accredited by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), and Hong Kong Amateur Association (HKEAA).
At the end of the day, Thomas Kiprotich won the Men’s Half Marathon Overall Championship (01:12:58), while Megumi Matsui won the Women’s Half Marathon Overall Championship (01:27:55). Men’s and Women’s 10km Overall Championship were Shuen Chun Kit (00:33:50) and Sophia Lai (00:40:06) respectively. Logitech Asia Pacific Ltd was awarded the Corporate Relay Championship, while Pogson Keith, Managing Partner, Financial Services, Asia Pacific of Ernst & Young won the Men’s 3km Leadership Challenge and Sabrina Fung Wing Yee, Group Managing Director of Li Fung Retailing Limited won the Women’s 3km Leadership Challenge.
This year, the event was supported by CCB International (Holdings) Limited, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, adidas Hong Kong Limited, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, Sunlink Holdings (H.K.) Ltd., S.F. Express (Hong Kong) Limited, Sun Life Hong Kong Limited, Asia Miles Limited and New World Development Company Limited.
Since its launch in 2006, UNICEF Charity Run has gained the support of 110,000 runners and raised over HK$100 million to support UNICEF’s ‘Unite for children, Unite against AIDS’ global campaign.
Hong Kong public can also visit unicef.org.hk/aidstozero to learn more about UNICEF’s work with its ‘AIDS to ZERO’ campaign.
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Event photos can be downloaded here.
Official results of all races will be posted by 28 March 2017 on UNICEF Charity RUN website: http://run.unicef.org.hk/en.