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 donors have been the backbone of our fundraising so far and have been essential in getting the project off the ground, so we can’t thank you enough. We would especially like to mention Frankie and Chloe for their very generous contributions.
Another key supporter of Exchange and Empower is Rory Mitchell. Rory is one of the brave and possibly crazy runners participating in Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge, taking place over the CNY weekend (16-18 February). This solo, self-supported challenge asks participants to run all four of Hong Kong’s major trails — a total of 298km — in under 60 hours. We are very grateful to Rory who has chosen to take on this huge challenge in support of Exchange and Empower, and we wish him the very best of luck! Follow Rory and the other runners here and please support his efforts!
Local business support
We would particularly like to thank local running businesses Lantau Base Camp, Gone Running and The Green Race for their generous pledges and donations at this early stage.
What’s more, Lantau Base Camp have made it an option to make a donation to Exchange and Empower upon sign-up to their Stairmaster series (7–8 April). These brilliantly tough back-to-back hill-climbing races are not-to-be-missed events in the HK trail calendar! If you are planning to sign up, please do consider making a donation.
Having passed the US$3000 mark, we are almost halfway towards funding the first quarterly installment of the training and education grant that we hope to provide to the selected runners in March 2018.
It is now possible to donate to Exchange and Empower via the Givo app. To do so, install the app (iOS/Android), register an account, and search for Exchange and Empower. The app is free and 100% of your donation will go to Exchange and Empower.
Transparency is of paramount importance to us; as such our fundraising log (updated on a weekly basis) is publicly available here.
Givo provides a very straightforward way to make a donation. If you prefer to contribute directly, or wish to help Exchange and Empower in another way, please get in touch.