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The Salvation Army Orienteering 2017 – Light Up the Dark
Leading Youth with Special Educational Needs Out of Darkness
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The Salvation Army Orienteering was held on 21 October 2017 (Saturday). More than 850 participants gathered at Harbour Road Garden in Wan Chai to attend the kick-off ceremony officiated by Mrs. Helen Kwok Li Mung-yee, Assistant Director (Youth & Corrections), Social Welfare Department, The Government of the HKSAR. The game asked participants to look for checkpoints in main streets and small alleys from Central to North Point, and together they have raised over HK$800,000 for the Army’s employment services for youth with special educational needs (SEN).

This is the 15th year for The Salvation Army to have this annual charity city challenge game. This year’s event aims at raising public awareness for the youth with special educational needs through 4 experiential checkpoints which allowed participants a better understanding of the difficulties faced by these youth in daily life, as people may judge or label SEN youth as ‘incapable’ due to a lack of understanding for SEN issues such as dyslexia, speech and language delay and ADHD.

The night orienteering event started in Wan Chai where The Salvation Army has been serving for over 70 years. The challenge across Central to North Point allowed the participating teams to discover the disparity between the ‘rich’ and the ‘poor’; and to light up the lives of those people living in the dark.

Acknowledgement

The Salvation Army would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the event Principal Sponsor, The Bank of East Asia, Limited, for their ongoing support and participation. Thanks also go to Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. for being the event’s Major Sponsor, as well as Sponsors including Thong Sia Watch Co., Limited, Grace Cup Co. Limited, The Overlander, Polywell Printing & Supplies Limited and The “Star” Ferry.

Media Support Partner: Platform Culture, Sports Road and Fitz

Technical support partners: Orienteering Association of Hong Kong and Youth Advance Orienteering Club

We are also thankful for the support of the following organisations:

ESDlife, The Boys’ Brigade, Hong Kong, Hongkong Electric, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education, NWS Holdings Limited, New World First Bus Services Limited and Citybus Limited, Wilson Parking (Holdings) Limited and The Hong Kong St. John Ambulance Brigade.


 

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