The third annual Run For Survival charity race took place at Hong Kong Science Park on February 26. Around 1,700 participants joined and had a wonderful time that day. Being Hong Kong’s unique marine conservation themed charity race, Run For Survival aims to raise public awareness on the pressing issue of marine debris on marine lives and eventually, humans, where participants experienced the wide array of threats faced by marine animals through a creative role-play approach during the race.
Mr. Lau Ming-wai, BBS, JP, Deputy Chairman of Ocean Park, lent his support again as the Event Ambassador to enhance public understanding of the aquatic world and appreciation of marine life, and ran the Leaders’ Cup together with Ms. Louisa Mak, Mrs. Nicola Cheung Young, Mr. Jeremy Young, Mrs. Virginia Wu, Ms. Sharon Cheung and Mr. Chris Leung, celebrities and key influencers in Hong Kong. While they were later joined by Ms. Judy Chen, JP, Chair of OPCFHK, Mr. Wong Kam-sing, GBS, JP, Secretary for the Environment, Mr. Patrick Lai, Assistant Director (Country and Marine Parks) of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and Mr. Tim Wong, lead vocalist of local pop-punk band Dear Jane at the awards presentation ceremony, Mr. Vince Ng, the champion of Leaders’ Cup last year, also showed his continued support as the master of ceremony. Awards of Super-speed Marine Animals, Champion Cup, Leaders' Cup, and Best Dressed Award were presented to appreciate the support of the top competitors.
In addition to the race, OPCFHK also organised educational games and upcycling workshops during the event. Participants learnt how to reduce the consumption of disposable plastics by creating their own sustainable beeswax food wraps and knitting their own dishcloths. Kids showcased their creativity and painted their favourite sea animals in the leaf-painting workshop.
Donation raised in Run For Survival was allocated to support OPCFHK’s Asian wildlife conservation efforts. We would like to thank our Principal Sponsor, Regina Miracle International (Holdings) Limited, other sponsors and supporting organisations as well as volunteers for making this event successful.