UNICEF Charity Run, organized by the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) and supported by the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association (HKAAA), is marching toward its 13th anniversary. Based on 12 years of successful experiences, the Charity Run will be held again at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Lantau Island. It is not only an annual flagship fundraising event for UNICEF HK, but also the only charity race in Hong Kong, recognized by AIMS, judging from its participant number. Please check Event Details for more information.
What has been achieved by the Charity Run since 2006?
With the support of over 120,000 participants and donors' generous contributions since 2006, the Charity Run has raised more than HK$120 million to support UNICEF's 'For every child, end AIDS' global campaign in developing countries, aiming to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
With the support of UNICEF Charity Run and donations raised for the cause around the world, more than 2 million mother-to-child HIV transmissions have been successfully averted since 2000 . Global efforts and services have helped reach 80 percent of pregnant mothers living with HIV worldwide in 2017 , by giving them access to therapy such as 'one pill daily' and other proper treatment. This not only gives the babies the best chance of being born HIV-free, but also maintains the mothers' health so that they will be able to take care of their babies, rather than, in the worst case, leaving their babies as AIDS orphans. The number of HIV infections among children has been significantly reduced by over 35 per cent between the years of 2010 and 2017
How do children become HIV-infected?
In 2017, over 410 children are being infected with HIV through their mothers' pregnancy, child-birth or breastfeeding every day. Without treatment, more than half of all babies born with HIV will die before their second birthday. UNICEF will not stop working until all HIV-infected children around the world, no matter their socioeconomic background, ethnicity, or location, have access to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.
What will be the target for UNICEF Charity Run 2018?
With an estimated 13,500 participants joining us this year, we aim to raise HK$11 million for UNICEF's 'For every child, end AIDS' global campaign which aims at eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and achieving zero new HIV infections among children.
We receive no donations from the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. As such, your support is crucial to our work, and it will help sustaining our HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment projects in developing countries.
Learn more about UNICEF's work on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment from UNICEF HK website.