4,500 participants raised over HKD 6.5 million to support global humanitarian work
MSF’s Orienteering Competition 2015 was successfully held in Tai Tong, Yuen Long today. Close to 4,500 participants joined the Competition, running over hills and valleys between control points, not only to raise over HKD 6.5 million to support MSF’s humanitarian work worldwide, but also to experience the challenges faced by front line field workers who deliver medical care in remote areas.
Mr. Rémi Carrier, Executive Director of MSF-Hong Kong, said that there are still far too many people suffering in humanitarian crises caused by conflicts and epidemics, while there are considerable difficulties in delivering aid to these people in need. For example, in the Syrian conflict which is entering its fifth year, the deterioration of security situation and abduction of MSF staff last year forced the organisation to reduce its activities in the country. Although MSF is still providing medical care in Syria, the assistance is just a drop in the ocean compared with the tremendous needs.
He also highlighted the Ebola outbreak, which has already lasted for nearly a year. Although new cases in affected countries have been significantly decreasing, there is still a lot to do to reach the target of zero cases, like strengthening efforts in health promotion and contact tracing.
The MSF exhibition “Emergency Assignment” was set up in the Event Centre this year, which includes the simulation of an emergency room in conflict settings, maternity and malnutrition wards as well as an Ebola treatment centre, with short dramas illustrating different front line stories. MSF hopes these can give participants a glimpse of the life-saving work in conflict zones like Syria, and Ebola-affected areas in the three West African countries.
Representatives from the healthcare sector and others joined the Guest Run to show their support to MSF. They include (in no particular order):
- The Hong Kong Medical Association (Dr. Leow Po Lin, Dr. Yan Tin Yee, Connie, Dr. Yeung Chun Chun, Jane)
- Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine (Dr. Ho Hiu Fai, Dr. Tsui Sik Hon, Dr. Wendy Cheng, Dr. Ho Chung Hang)
- Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (Ms. Carol Wong, Ms. Joyce Leung, Mr. Huang Zhe, Ms. Joanne Sung)
- Blogger team HK Trailover (Mr. Raymond Li, Mr. Jeremy Leung, Ms. Lucina Lo) — Champion
- Blogger team Gangs in Wild (Mr. Hiro Cheung, Ms. Natalie Wong, Ms. Viviy Kwan, Mr. Francis Lee) — 1st runner up
- Collyer Logistics International Limited (Mr. Andy Russell, Ms. Rosemarie Frank, Mr. Hanspeter Kerner, Ms. Lily Yap) — 2nd runner up
- MSF Hong Kong (MSF field workers Dr. Akin Chan, Mr. Chiu Cheuk Pong and Ms. Lucy Lau)
The MSF Orienteering Competition has been the largest event of its kind in Hong Kong since it was launched in 2002. The competition provides an opportunity for participants to catch a glimpse of the challenges encountered by our field workers on the front line. The support from participants and donors helps us to continue providing medical assistance in more than 60 countries.
The event is co-presented by Orienteering Association of Hong Kong. Special thanks go to Campaign Partner Collyer Logistics International Limited; Mission Partner Morn Creations; Field Partners Omron Electronics Asia Limited, Popwin Giftware Manufacturing Ltd and United Italian Corp (HK) Ltd.