More than HK$1 million was raised from the 24-Hour Race, a fundraising event organised by students to help end modern-day slavery. The race saw students run a continuous relay for 24 hours at the Peak. Altogether, over 900 runners and 30 schools are coming together took part in the activity.
The annual race, which was hosted in several locations around the world including Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, took place from November 19-20 and is held to raise awareness of modern-day slavery, as well as encouraging people to donate money to aid in the fight to end this global problem.
Hong Kong International School Team One (Boys) came first, with a total of 88 laps under their belt, and were shortly followed by German Swiss International School Team Two (Coed) and International Christian School Team One (Boys), who both came in with 83 and 82 laps respectively.
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A special event called the Light For Freedom Vigil was held at midnight, where all runners came together for a minute of silence in remembrance of their ultimate goal: stopping modern slavery.
One of the race’s committee member and Young Post junior reporter Anirudh Kannan said that the race was a huge success, and that all the students involved made a wonderful effort in their fight against human-trafficking.
“The students really put a lot of themselves into the race,” said the 16-year-old junior reporter. Another committee member – and fellow YP junior reporter – Bakhita Fong, 15, from Island School, said she was tired after helping to organise the event.
“The atmosphere was amazing,” said the 15-year-old. “All the runners involved did their best to complete the whole 24-hour relay.”
Some great team spirit from Li Po Chun UWC at the award ceremony! pic.twitter.com/mIOxnRo5cJ— Young Post (@youngposthk) November 20, 2016