The HKRU Community Foundation was established in March 2013 to provide a vehicle to manage the HKRU’s myriad charitable activities.The Foundation aims to be a regional leader in the area of sport for development, using rugby as a medium to tackle social issues and effect change.The dual objectives are to promote the positive influence of the HKRU in the community and facilitate the participation and assistance of corporate and social responsibility funds in these programmes to allow their continuation and expansion.
The Foundation partners with local and international organisations such as the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, the Chinese University Department of Social Work, the British Council, VIVA and Active Communities Network to develop its programmes, and partners with a core group of NGOs for programme delivery. Emphasis is placed on the areas of health, education, disability, juvenile crime, and social inclusion.For each Community Foundation programme established the HKRU then seeks corporate support, ranging from sponsorship funding, donations to volunteer staff engagement.
In the past two years, a total of more than $8 million has been disbursed by the Foundation and other HKRU charitable initiatives.The majority of the Foundation's work is coordinated by the HKRU’s full-time Inclusive Rugby & Child Welfare Officer Stuart Gunn and assisted by HKRU Community Department staff. Contributing strongly to the team are (currently) six graduates of the HKRU-supported Operation Breakthrough programme on 12-month apprenticeships with the Union, sponsored by Ageas.
HKRUCF 2016 Launch Weekend
The Foundation runs a rugby programme with students from the 2 local deaf schools and in partnership with the Hong Kong Association for the Deaf and supported by Standard Chartered Bank. In 2014 a relationship was formed with deaf Cambodian youngsters from the Krousar Thmey charity, with competitions held in Hong Kong in 2014 and 2016 and in Cambodia in 2015.
The Foundation works with a number of special needs schools in Hong Kong for children with mental or physical challenges. These programmes focus on rugby and outdoor activities, and our coaching staffare receiving training support from the Social Work Department of Chinese University.
This programme, supported by Standard Chartered Bank, was launched in 2008 in conjunction with the Police Crime Prevention Bureau, and encourages children to participate in sport and live a healthy lifestyle. 35 schools in the New Territories participate each year and there is a waiting list to join.
The Foundation supports the rugby section of this police led charity that uses sport as a medium to help at-risk youth make better life choices. Operation Breakthrough are also supported by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation www.breakthrough.hk
The Foundation has been running an 8 week training programme for incarcerated teenagers for over 5 years, supported by Standard Chartered Bank, with a number subsequently going on to join the Breakthrough project.
In August 2015 the Foundation commenced our first 8 session weekly training programme in CCCI, supported by the Correctional Services Department.
The Foundation’s “Tackling Life” programme has introduced rugby to PLK youngsters in the residential care centre, learning centres and 17 primary schools – in total over 3,500 students. The programme stresses positive values and key life skills and is supported by Savills, Macquarie Bank and KPMG.
Supported by the Hongkong Bank Foundation, the “Healthy Lifestyle Rugby Programme for Youth” is targeted at young boys and girls from Kowloon East who normally would have little opportunity to participate in sports activities.
Supported by Societe Generale, the “Breaking Barriers Through Sport” programme is aimed at youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds, offering them the opportunity to participate in a cost-free sports activity.
Supported by Societe Generale, the “Chance to Play” programme supports this local charity’s ethos of empowering at-risk children by offering an opportunity to participate in rugby to kids from the more disadvantaged areas of our community.
The Foundation has been offering REAL with the support of the Education Bureau since 2007 to local primary schools. Students build confidence in English communication by creating an immersion environment with sessions run by native English speaking coaches, and a specially created syllabus. Over 30 schools each year participate, with a long waiting list!
Based on the success of REAL, in 2014 the Foundation partnered with the HK Elite Athletes’ Assn to offer a combination of rugby and English to 25 schools under their Active Schools programme.In 2016 thanks to the support of Deutsche Bank we were able to partner with the British Council to revamp this project as “Tackling English” with fresh resources targeted at secondary schools as well.
In 2013 Confucius Hall Secondary School became Hong Kong’s first “School of Rugby”, a Scottish Rugby Union programme that utilises both the sports field and the classroom to encourage youngsters to adopt positive life values. There are now a further 3 “Schools of Rugby” – Fat Ho Buddhist Memorial College, Hong Kong Juvenile Care Centre, and Pui Tak Canossian College with Sir Ellis Kadoorie Secondary School soon to come on board as well thanks to the support of Goldman Sachs.
Hong Kong’s Rugby Spirit
The Foundation’s newest initiative, supported by UBS, combines teaching local primary school students the basics of touch rugby with promotion of key values such as Determination, Respect, Responsibility, National Identity, Commitment, Honesty and Teamwork.
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The Foundation also hosts an annual "Ruck'N'Roll Charity Ball" at the HKCEC in support of Po Leung Kuk, more details at www.rucknrollcharityball.org
The Hong Kong Rugby Union’s Charitable Trust Fund was launched in January 1993 to provide assistance to players in the Hong Kong community in two important areas – education and injury.
The first objective of the Fund is to help support the educational needs of local youths who demonstrate both potential and a high degree of interest in rugby. Each scholarship is tenable for a maximum of five years in primary, secondary or tertiary education, subject to the successful applicant achieving satisfactory academic progress and conduct in their school. For some of these youngsters the support of the Trust can mean the difference between being able to continue their studies and realise their academic potential, or having to prematurely enter the workforce due to financial pressures.
In recent years many graduates from the Trust have gone on to make their mark in the rugby community, including achieving full national representative honours, and there are a number of former Trust recipients who are currently in the Hong Kong men’s and women’s national teams. Last year the Trust distributed over HK$1 million in scholarships to more than 120 students.
The second aim of the Fund is to help players who have suffered injury, and because of the severity of the case or the personal circumstances of the individual there is a need for the support of the community.
If you’d like to make a donation please send a cheque payable to “HKRFU – Charitable Trust Fund” c/o KK Chiu, HKRU, Room 2001, Olympic House, 1 Stadium Path, So Kon Po (tax receipts for donations over HK$100 are available upon request).
The Charitable Trust has been granted tax exemption under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance -
Charity Ref: 91/3634
Remark: The Educational Scholarship is under review. We are not accepting any new applications in 2016/17 academic year. The existing recipients will be contacted individually.