(Hong Kong, 8 January 2017): Little Life Warrior Society (LLWS) hosted its third fundraising walkathon “Walk for Love: Cherishing Little Life Warriors towards a Brighter Future” this morning for child patients with cancer; bone marrow transplant or severe blood diseases. Participants started the walk from Lingnan Stadium and Athletic Field (Chinese University of Hong Kong) and they passed through Ma Liu Shui, Twin Bridge, Shing Mun River Channel before arriving the Main Clinical Block and Trauma Centre of Prince of Wales Hospital, the end point of the walkathon. The route was 6.2 km long in total.
The event attracted about 900 people from different walks of life, including medical staff from different hospitals, survivors and their families, as well as the general public. Officiating guests at the opening ceremony included, Dr. Ko Wing-man, Secretary for Food and Health (HKSAR Government); Mr. Yau Chi-chiu, CSDSM, Commissioner of Correctional Services (HKSAR Government); Dr. Lo Su-vui, Cluster Chief Executive, New Territories East Cluster of the Hospital Authority; Dr. Lee Tsz-leung, Chief Executive, Hong Kong Children’s Hospital; Dr. So King Woon Alan, Deputy Chief of Service, Department of Paediatrics, Prince of Wales Hospital; Professor Li Man Chim Albert Martin, Assistant Dean (Development), Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Professor Fong Wing Ping, College Head, Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Professor Poon Wai Sang, Director, Otto Wong Brain Tumour Centre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Dr. Chan Tat-ming Danny, Associate Director, Otto Wong Brain Tumour Centre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Professor Li Chi Kong, Chief, Division of Haematology/Oncology/BMT, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; and Dr. Shing Ming Kong, Consultant, Prince of Wales Hospital and Honorary Chairman of LLWS.
The opening ceremony started at 9a.m. with Dr. Ko Wing Man and Professor Li Man Chim Albert Martin delivering their speeches. The marching band kick-started the walk by leading the guests and participants walking from Lingnan Stadium and Athletic Field (Chinese University of Hong Kong) to the Prince of Wales Hospital together with childhood cancer patients, survivors and their families.
Ms. Chan Wai Yee Ois, Chairperson of Little Life Warrior Society said, “Little Life Warrior Society has always committed to serving child patients with cancer; bone marrow transplant or severe blood diseases. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Society and thus we organised this ‘Walk for Love’ event. In addition to fundraising, we hope to raise public awareness on the needs of these children. The funds raised will be entirely used to enhance our services to the little life warriors, so that more child patients with cancer, severe blood diseases or bone marrow transplant, survivors and their families can benefit from more comprehensive and extensive support.”
The closing ceremony was held at 11:30a.m. at the Auditorium of Prince of Wales Hospital. In addition to presenting individual and group awards, The Little Life Warrior Choir (LLWS Choir) performed and three cancer survivors shared their cancer-fighting experience. Speaking at the closing ceremony, Mr. Anthony Wu, member of CPPCC Standing Committee and Honorary Patron of LLWS, said, “I am very glad to have participated in LLWS’s walkathon again today. It is encouraging to see about 900 people taking part in it. We hope that more people will know more about the Society’s work and we sincerely thank those survivors, parents, medical staff and volunteers who have committed to serving our childhood cancer patients.”
The walkathon received support from different sectors and communities and has raised a total of HKD540,000. Professor Li Chi Kong, Chief, Division of Haematology/Oncology/BMT, The Chinese University of Hong Kong said, “Taking part in the walkathon is good for patients and their family members as they think that the patients have already recovered. Other participants can see for themselves that childhood cancer can be cured and survivors are growing up as other normal healthy people.”
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