14 Nov 2018

Thanks to the try-scoring efforts of FONG Kit-fung and MAK “MK” Kwai-chung  at the recent Singapore Cricket Club 7s Tournament, local charity Operation Breakthrough is another HK$40,000 better off!

Breakthrough was selected earlier this year as the beneficiary of a new funding partnership entitled “Tries for Friends”, supported by Friends of Asia Hong Kong and the HKRU Community Foundation (HKRU CF).


Each time a try is scored on national rep team duty by the three young men who have come through the Breakthrough programme and are now in the Hong Kong national 7s squad - FONG Kit-fung, CHONG Shun-hong and MAK Kwai-chung – along with women’s international player Christy Cheng who has been a volunteer with Breakthrough for many years, then both organisations pledge HK$5,000 to Breakthrough’s funds. 


During the European tour back in June, Kit-fung dotted down once, Christy got a brace, and MK scored a hat trick, so with the 2 lads each scoring twice in Singapore that takes the total to an impressive HK$100,000!


Operation Breakthrough uses sport as a medium to help at risk local youngsters, and its 10 different sports sections are run by volunteers who are mainly current and former police officers.  The programme has had many success stories on and off the sports field during its 20 year history, including 24 youngsters who have gone on to become police officers themselves.    Friends of Asia Hong Kong’s mission is to inspire and provide resources to disadvantaged children and youths by donating and matching funds to develop important programmes and events within the context of sports, education, health and wellness.  This aligns very closely with the aims of the Community Foundation, and Friends of Asia Hong Kong were announced during this year’s Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens as the official charity partner of the HKRU CF.