There will be about 660 students from 21 secondary schools participating in 24 Hour Race in Hong Kong on Sunday.
Students from schools like Island School, Hong Kong International School, and German Swiss International School, will be running in teams of eight in a relay race for 24 hours non-stop from tomorrow at 9am to December 2, 9am, in hopes of raising money to end human trafficking.
The race will take place on Lugard Road near Victoria Peak. According to its fundraising website, 24 Hour Race Hong Kong hopes to raise an amount of HK$1 million this year. So far, they have already raised HK$1.04 million through online funding.
According to a committee member of 24 Hour Race, Bakhita Fung, 17, from Island School, they will be partnering up with Exodus Road, an organisation that hopes to eliminate human trafficking in India and Southeast Asia, in a project called Operation 24.
The project aims to remove 240 people, both victims and traffickers, from the human trafficking world in Asia. The group will also be supporting more than 24,000 hours of investigation at 2,400 locations across the globe, and will provide training to 24 enforcement officers.
The 24 Hour Race was founded in Hong Kong back in 2010, when a student from Li Po Chun United World College, Christopher Schrader, came up with the idea to combine youth’s endurance power with philanthropy.
The thought soon turned into a completely student-led movement and an annual relay race over 24 hours, aiming to raise awareness to modern-slavery and funds to combat human trafficking.
The race has been expanded from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur, San Francisco, Seoul, and Singapore and has also become one of the largest youth-led campaigns in the world.