Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2016 raising funds for Cyclone Winston relief for Fiji

9 April, 2016

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The Hong Kong Rugby Union has confirmed details of a fundraising initiative to aid the relief effort for victims of Cyclone Winston in Fiji. One of the most powerful storms ever recorded, with sustained winds of 230 kilometres per hour and driving 12-metre waves, Winston made landfall on Fiji's main island, Viti Levu, on 20 February this year, damaging or destroying an estimated 32,000 homes, 500 schools and 88 health facilities and taking the lives of 44 Fijians.

During the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2016, all proceeds from the placement of personal messages on the Diamond Vision screen inside the stadium will be donated in aid of Cyclone Winston relief in Fiji.

The minimum donation required to place a message on the Diamond Vision screen over the tournament weekend is HK$200. All funds raised will be donated to Cyclone relief efforts in the Pacific Island nation, which is still coping with the after-effects of the natural disaster, with an estimated 60,000 people still homeless across the country.

Proceeds of this initiative will be delivered to the Red Cross, which is helping to rebuild shattered communities in Fiji with projects that initially included delivering food, clean water, blankets and hygiene kits but are now moving on to physical rebuilding of homes, provisioning schools and healthcare facilities, and training others to give psychosocial support.

The Hong Kong Rugby Union warmly invites and encourages those attending the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2016 to give generously to help the wonderful people of this rugby-loving nation in their time of need.