|The running event attracted people from all ages. All runners, including the young runners, were energetic and strived for their best results.||
Thomas Kiprotich and Fan Sui Ping won the Half Marathon Overall Championship.
|Samuel Ajmal riding on the wheel chair joined the Half Marathon for the third year, and successfully completed the run together with his friend Fung Ying Ki.||‘Mung Lung Team’ from the Hong Kong Association of the Deafovercame physical challenges and ran to support the prevention campaign against HIV/AIDS.||Gi Ka Man
Men’s 10km Overall Champion
|Yiu Kit Ching
Women’s 10km Overall Champion
The event today has raised over HK$8.5 million entirely for the ‘Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS’ global campaign, contributing to the purchase of more than 900,000 ‘HIV Test Kits’. Globally there are 33.3 million people living with HIV. It is estimated that more than 1,000 babies continue to be born with HIV every day, implying that every 1.4 minute an infant is infected by the virus. Many of them destined to die before age two if not diagnosed and treated. With ‘HIV Test Kits’, blood tests for mothers-to-be can be conducted in a simple setting without laboratory and the result of HIV testing will be obtained as rapid as 20 to 40 minutes. If the mother is tested HIV-positive, UNICEF will provide her with care and treatment, so as to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
To support this meaningful event, Mr Raymond Tam, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, the Government of the HKSAR, Ms Han Shuxia, Director General of Youth Department, Liaison Office, the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR, Ms Judy Chen, Chairman of HKCU and Council Members of HKCU, together with HKCU Ambassador Mr Wong Kam-po and UNICEF Charity Run Ambassadors Mr Wilfred Lau, Mr Gi Ka Man and Ms Yiu Kit Ching were present to officiate the ceremony.
Ms Judy Chen, Chairman of HKCU welcomed the mother-baby pair from Myanmar, beneficiaries of the global campaign ‘Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS’, and said, “They represent the solid result of UNICEF’s efforts. We are extremely grateful for their coming a long way to Hong Kong specially to cheer for our runners and show their support to UNICEF’s global campaign on HIV/AIDS.” She added, “We hope to receive continuous support from the general public, uniting with us to stride towards the ‘AIDS-free generation’, achieving ‘Zero new HIV infections’, ‘Zero discrimination’ and ‘Zero AIDS-related deaths’.”
“I am not a long run expert though!” Mr Raymond Tam still supported UNICEF to hold the Charity Run, providing Hong Kong people with an opportunity to support the ‘Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS’ global campaign through participating in sports activities. “Mother-to-child transmission of HIV mainly occurs in developing regions far away from Hong Kong, but it never stops Hong Kong people from supporting this meaningful global campaign.” He added, “I would like to thank every runner, participant and donor of the event. The most important thing is not to win for the races, but to take action and strive for the well-being of children.”
on the UNICEF Charity Run 2011 website.