UNICEF “Run for Every Child”, organized by the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) and supported by the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association (HKAAA), is marching toward its 14th anniversary. Based on 13 years of successful experiences, the Charity Run will be held again at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Sunny Bay. It is not only an annual flagship fundraising event for UNICEF HK, but also the largest road-running charity event in Hong Kong, offering Half Marathon, 10km Run, 5km Run and 3km Run (Youth and Family) to individual runners and families. The Half Marathon and 10km (Challenge) races are sanctioned by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and HKAAA. Please check Event Details for more information.
What has been achieved by the Charity Run since 2006?
With the generous contributions of over 130,000 participants and individual and corporate donors since its introduction in 2006, the Charity Run has raised more than HK$120 million to support UNICEF's 'For every child, end AIDS' global campaign , which focuses on preventing the, and providing treatment, counselling and support for mothers and children affected by HIV and AIDS.
With the support of UNICEF “Run for Every Child” and donations raised for the cause around the world, prevention of mother-to-child transmission services have reached 80 percent of pregnant mothers living with HIV worldwide in 2017. The 'one pill daily' therapy and other proper treatment do not only give the babies the best chance of being born HIV-free, but also maintain 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.
Increased access to lifelong treatment for pregnant and breastfeeding women has significantly reduced the number of HIV infections among children. Since 2000, the number of children (0–19 years) newly infected with HIV decreased by 49 per cent, and 1.8 million new infections in children under five have been averted.
How do children become HIV-infected?
In 2017, near 500 children (0-9 years) 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 2019?
Entering its 14th year, the UNICEF Charity Run is calling for 14,000 participants to join forces together. It is expected 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.
UNICEF HK receive no donations from the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. As such, your support is crucial to our work. It will help to sustain 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.