The Hong Kong Cancer Fund is hosting their annual “Stride for a Cure” event to raise funds to support local cancer research and the organisation’s free cancer support services.
The Hong Kong Cancer Fund‘s annual “Stride for a Cure” fundraising event is coming back in 2022. Participants will be invited to complete at least 6,000 steps (around 5km) in March by walking, running, hiking, dancing, or cycling. Cancer survivor and user of the Fund’s services, Terry Hart, is joining the event again, having set a goal to raise funds by walking at least 5km a day throughout January 2021 raising over HK$200,000.
All funds raised go towards the Cancer Fund’s free support services and research projects. This year, the event is supported by two Platinum Sponsors, Mason Global Limited and Roche. All are welcome to register with a minimum donation of HK$400 per person, after which participants will receive a “Stride for a Cure” t-shirt created by local apparel brand DETERMINANT and sponsored by textile technology solution provider, Esquel Group.
According to the Hong Kong Cancer Registry, local cancer cases are experiencing a 3% year-on-year growth, reaching an all-time high of 35,000 cases in 2019. The Hong Kong Cancer Fund is hoping to provide better care for this rising number of patients through “Stride for a Cure.” 2022 marks the Fund’s flagship event’s 26th anniversary, aiming to not only raise cancer awareness, but also HK$3 million through 30 million steps taken against cancer.
The Hong Kong Cancer Fund provides free information and professional support services to anyone living with or affected by cancer to reduce the impact of cancer, increase awareness, and ensure that no one faces cancer alone. Founded in 1987 the Fund provides free professional, psychological and social care services, home care, peer support, funding of hospital equipment and local cancer research, public education, and much more.
Throughout its 26 year-long history, “Stride for a Cure” has supported several cancer research projects, including nasopharyngeal carcinoma as well as liver and colorectal cancers. The Fund also strives to improve the treatments and quality of life for patients.
Funds raised this year will go towards supporting research by the University of Hong Kong’s Hereditary Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetic Diagnosis Laboratory.
Registration for participants aged 12 years old or above is HK$500 per person, including a HK$100 fee and a HK$400 minimum donation. For participants aged 11 years old or below, registration is HK$100 per person. Registration for “Stride for a Cure” is open from now until February 15, 2022, and participants can join as an individual or a team. Donations can be made directly on the Hong Kong Cancer Fund’s website.