Superb sponsorship news from SAP!

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We have some fantastic news to share this week – SAP has agreed a sponsorship deal with Exchange and Empower! The generous contribution from SAP takes our committed funds to US$21,000, around two-thirds of our total budget for the year.   The SAP sponsorship package will cover the athletes’ flights to Hong Kong to participate […]

May 2018 update

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A lot has been happening this month and our athletes have been very busy learning, training, and racing. Earlier this month, Humi once again achieved an outstanding duathlon result, winning the National South Asian Duathlon Championships. Meanwhile, in trail running, Chhechi was able to participate against top-class competition in the World Trail Running Championships in […]

Keilem Ng in SCMP

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Keilem Ng, founder of Hong Kong Trail Running Women, who is working with Mira Rai on Exchange and Empower, was recently interviewed about her work and projects in the South China Morning Post. Find out more about one of the key players behind this initiative and her unconventional journey towards becoming a social entrepreneur here. […]

Chhechi Sherpa Rai to represent Nepal in Trail World Championships 2018

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Exchange and Empower athlete Chhechi Sherpa Rai has secured a spot in the Trail World Championships in Spain later this month after administrative hurdles. Chhechi’s visa application to travel to Spain was initially denied. To appeal the decision, Chhechi travelled in person to the Spanish embassy in Delhi. She took with her reference letters from […]

April 2018 update

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Now that our athletes have been chosen, the hard work has begun! Sunmaya, Chhechi, Rashila and Chhoki all took part in Trail Running Nepal’s Stupa to Stupa 54 km trail race on 24th March. Not only did they sweep the board in the women’s category, claiming the top 4 places, but Sunmaya won the event […]

Gear donations

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Over the past week, Exchange and Empower has been collecting generous donations of trail running shoes and equipment. Members of Hong Kong Trail Running Women and other supporters of the program came forward to donate fourteen pairs of new or nearly new trail shoes, as well as clothes, sports bras, running vests and other essential […]

Mira Rai on NPR

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NPR interviewed Mira Rai on its global health and development blog, Goats and Soda. Read on for a thoughtful look at Mira’s background, and the opportunities she was given which enabled her to become a trail running pro. Her story suggests there is a wealth of running talent among young Nepalese women, if they are […]

Fundraising so far

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We are overwhelmed by the amount of support for Exchange and Empower in just one month since the project’s inception in January. Here is a summary of the contributions to the project to date: As of mid-February, we have raised over US$3200 so far thanks to generous individuals and local businesses. Individual donations Individual donors have […]

First two events!

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The Exchange and Empower project kicked off with an afternoon tea and Q&A session with Mira Rai at Deer Horn in Mui Wo on 14 January this year. Mira and Keilem Ng from Hong Kong Trail Running Women shared the project concept with the group of 17 people who attended. The discussion was fruitful with […]