Photo Credit: Pride Run Hong Kong
Pride Run Hong Kong 2019 held on December 1st, was a resounding and sold out success! This is the first time that a Pride Run or Rainbow Run has been held in Hong Kong and with 450 registrations, representing 27 countries, beautiful weather and an excited crowd, a good time was enjoyed by all! We hope that it will become an annual event and have already started planning for next year.
With the generous support of the community, we were able to raise over HKD $140K (USD $18K) to donate to: AIDS Concern; The Harmonics, Hong Kong’s LGBT+ Choir; and A Place To Be Yourself, a small LGBT+ drop-in and counselling centre in Cambodia.
We’d like to give special thanks for the support of the United States Consulate General of Hong Kong and Macau; and to our Gold Sponsors HSBC, Mayer Brown and Escapade Sports; our Silver Sponsors, Little Creatures Brewing, Xtenex, and Brooks Shoes; as well as our Bronze sponsors T:me Bar and Racematix; and with a big thank you to Petticoat Lane and to all of the photographers who captured the smiles and memories of the event.
Distinguished guests and participants included: The Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission, Mr. Ricky Chu; the Consuls Generals of the United States, Mr. Hanscom Smith and his husband Mr. Eric Lu; of Canada, Mr. Jeff Nankivell; and of The Netherlands, Ms. Annemieke Ruigrok. We were also able to support heavily discounted registrations for 40 domestic workers and to donate entries to 15 members of Hong Kong’s LGBT+ refugee community. The event attracted an equal number of male and female participants ranging in ages from 13 to 72 with families, friends and children participating and coming to show support.
Pride Run Hong Kong was organised by Out in HK (a member of the Federation of Gay Games), OutRunners HK (a member of the International Front Runners) and the running event company RaceBase. None of this would have been possible without the 58 volunteers who graciously spent their day helping to make it a success.