Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2019, it’s a wrap!

Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2019, it’s a wrap!

2 May, 2019


The lead-up to this year’s Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens again saw the HKRUCF take the opportunity to engage with partners and showcase our work in the community.


Together with Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, the official charity of the Sevens, we hosted a group of young girls from Laos and Vietnam who had the opportunity to play in the All Girls Tournament, experience a home-stay thanks to HKU Sandy Bay, visit the Kowloon RugbyFest, play an exhibition game at the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Qualifier, and then round-off a packed week with a day at the Stadium!  The girls are participants in the Child Fund – Pass it Back programme, and they were one of the beneficiaries of last year’s Sevens fundraising efforts, along with local charity InspiringHK; both of these organisations presented at Thursday’s “Value of Sport” lunch which also included an all-star panel of sporting legends – Michael Johnson, Nolli Waterman, Josh Kronfeld and Malina Ngai.  The theme of the event was “Resilience” and the part sport can play in building that quality among youngsters – a critical issue in society today with record rates of depression and suicide amongst our youth.


The Laureus Academy Members and Ambassadors were out in force on Wednesday as well, as Fullshare, the Official Education Partner of the Sevens, hosted an afternoon of fun rugby for boys and girls who are participating in various HKRUCF programmes. Joining in the sessions were Michael Johnson, Bryan Habana, Nolli Waterman, LI Xiaopeng, Vivian Lee and Daniel Lee, click here for more information: Fullshare generously made a HK$50,000 donation to the Foundation, and also hosted students from St Patrick’s primary school in their Stadium suite on Friday, so they could enjoy a lunch with Michael Johnson while watching the rugby action!


Also enjoying a Michael Johnson visit on Friday was the Standard Chartered suite, where the long-term Foundation supporter also hosted youngsters from Operation Breakthrough and the Deaf Rugby programme – this has become an annual tradition, and very much looked forward to by all involved.


The Foundation would also like to express our appreciation to the organisers of both the KPMG/BritCham Rugby Dinner and the Carbine Club Rugby Lunch, who both generously raised funds during their events to support the HKRU CF’s work.