Over 2,000 Conservation Heroes Participated in OPCFHK’s RUN FOR SURVIVAL 2021

Over 2,000 Conservation Heroes Participated in OPCFHK’s RUN FOR SURVIVAL 2021

Hongkongers Joined Forces to Protect Our Ocean for a Better Future

 

 

(25 April 2021, Hong Kong) The RUN FOR SURVIVAL 2021 organised by Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong (OPCFHK) came to a successful conclusion today. The charity run took place at Ocean Park for the first time, with the theme Protect Our Ocean for a Better Future. Thanks to the generous support of over 2,000 runners and volunteers, event sponsors and venue sponsor Ocean Park, the charity run successfully raised over HK$1.2 million of funds for OPCFHK to support its Asian wildlife conservation efforts. Since its expansion in 2005, OPCFHK has already allocated over HK$98.6 million to fund 536 research projects on various animal species including cetaceans and giant pandas.

 

 

During the Award Presentation Ceremony, officiating guests Ms. Judy Chen, Foundation Chair of OPCFHK, Mr. Wong Kam-sing, GBS, JP, Secretary for the Environment, Mr. Lau Ming-wai, GBS, JP, Chairman of Ocean Park, Ms. Ysanne Chan, Chief Executive of Ocean Park and Trustee Member of OPCFHK, together with other Trustee Members and Fundraising Committee Members of OPCFHK and Celebrity Ms. Hilary Tsui, raised awareness to the different threats faced by sea animals and the importance of marine conservation. They also shared practical tips of how to embrace a plastic-free lifestyle in their daily lives.

 

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, citizens generated a lot more single-use plastic waste, whether it be through takeaway purchases or personal protection equipment, which really exacerbated the problem of marine pollution,” said Ms. Judy Chen, Foundation Chair of OPCFHK. “It is important to remember that marine eco-system is here to stay, and we hope this year’s theme for RUN FOR SURVIVAL 2021, Protect Our Ocean for a Better Future, will remind Hongkongers that it is never too late to take a step for biodiversity and marine conservation. They can simply start by cutting back the use of single-use plastics through adopting a ‘no plastic’ lifestyle.”

 

Mr. Wong Kam-sing, GBS, JP, Secretary for the Environment, said “We applaud OPCFHK’s long-term commitment to Asian wildlife conservation through its research, conservation and education efforts. To reduce the use of single-use plastic during the pandemic, everyone has to step up and make changes in their daily habits. We can all make a difference in reducing our single-plastic usage even if it is a small change. We hope we can all help spread this important message, and make the ‘no plastic’ lifestyle become the new normal in our society.”

 

The event sportswear sponsored by Decathlon allowed participants to compete in this meaningful event with comfortable and breathable tops through its eco-design and environmental-friendly materials.

 

Despite the pandemic’s adverse impact on our lives, OPCFHK is dedicated to expand and improve conservation and biodiversity in Hong Kong and throughout Asia. In 2019/20, OPCFHK funded 24 research projects that helped almost 100 different species and promoted many different conservation projects. OPCFHK also educated students and general public via its programmes, organised coastal clean-ups and investigated marine life stranding cases, continuously contributing to the society in this tough year.

 

 

 

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More than 2,000 Conservation Heroes take part in the RUN FOR SURVIVAL 2021 to raise funds for OPCFHK.

Ms. Judy Chen, Foundation Chair of OPCFHK, speaks about the importance of marine conservation at the Award Presentation Ceremony.

Celebrity Ms. Hilary Tsui shares her personal tips on adopting a “no plastic” lifestyle while exercising.

 

Participants learn about biodiversity and marine conservation at the Conservation Carnival.

 

 

 

 

 

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