Continued dedication to community efforts
Lau added that as a major theme park in Hong Kong, HKDL was devoted to bring positive energy to local youth, particularly those with special educational needs and from minority groups, and invited professional runners to train with them in preparation for the races. The training boosted their confidence and created new opportunities for them in life through running.
This year, HKDL was giving back to the community by donating part of the proceeds from the races and 1,100 park tickets to the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals’ Ho Yuk Ching Educational Psychology Service Centre, which was dedicated to children and youth with special educational needs. The Centre would make use of the donation for a two-year social skill training program for adolescents with special educational needs, as well as counseling and training sessions for both the adolescents and their parents. Lower income families would be given priority to the service.
At the same time, HKDL collaborated with “SF&OC SPORTS LEGACY COMPANY LIMITED” (Sports Legacy) to launch two running training programs to train up and boost confidence in students with special educational needs and teenagers from minorities. The first group was about 20 students from the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals’ Ho Yuk Ching Educational Psychology Service Centre. They joined “Monsters University 5K,” and all succeeded in finishing the race proudly and excitedly.
HKDL also invited AIA Foundation in sponsoring a training program run by Sports Legacy for students from Tai O Buddhist Fat Ho Memorial College. Under this program, famous local running athlete Chan Ka-ho trained up about 20 students from the college, some of whom from minority groups, to join this year’s “Monsters University 5K” race.