Following its contributions to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games equestrian events, 2009 East Asian Games, and the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games equestrian events, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust will donate US$450,000 (R3.1 million) to support the 3rd Hong Kong Games.
The biennial event, to be held in May, aims to promote a culture of ‘sport for all’ across all 18 districts of Hong Kong. The support from the Hong Kong Jockey Club comes as part of more than US$125 million per year that the organisation donates to charitable and community projects.
The donation to the Hong Kong Games will cover training of athletes in 18 districts, elite athletes demonstration and exchange, and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Futsal Competition. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the club’s chief executive officer, said that the various events will provide a good opportunity for athletes to compete and encourage more people to establish a positive and healthy lifestyle.
Hong Kong’s secretary for home affairs, Tsang Tak-sing, expressed gratitude for the club’s support.