Air Pacific has partnered the Ben Kende
Foundation and the Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU) -
which includes Fiji, Samoa and Tonga - to carry essential sport
medical supplies, including three spinal boards, from Hong Kong to
The Ben Kende Foundation was established to support Mr.
Kende, a rising rugby star who suffered a spinal injury while
representing Hong Kong in the Under 18's Championship in Bangkok
Mr. Kende is now a quadriplegic, studying for a
Bachelor of Commerce at Sydney University, and working hard at his physiotherapy trying his best to regain some of what he has lost.
The Foundation has brought together a movement of teachers,
doctors, friends and the rugby community who are trying to make
Hong Kong a better place for the disabled by challenging mobility
issues, raising money to help with medical equipment for other
rugby communities in Asia and Oceania, supporting clinical stem
cell trial, and of course raising funds to support Mr. Kende's
rehabilitation and equipment.
More than HK$100,000 was
raised at the annual Ben Kende Fund Raising Ball in November 2012
specifically to purchase spinal boards for the Fijian, Tongan and
Samoan Rugby Unions where this equipment is desperately needed.
First aid medical resources for injured rugby players in the
countries faces resource constraints.
“We feel honoured to
be a part of this generous donation to our rugby-loving islands,”
said Dave Pflieger, Air Pacific’s Managing Director and CEO.
“Hong Kong and rugby have a special place in all Fijian’s
hearts - this donation will only serve to strengthen those feelings.
On behalf of the Federation of Oceania Rugby Union, I would like
to thank The Ben Kende Foundation and the Hong Kong Rugby Football
Union for making this possible.”
Fijian rugby legend
Waisale Serevi expressed his thanks to the Foundation for their
generous support, and thanks to Air Pacific (soon to be Fiji
Airways) for transporting the spinal boards along with other
medical equipment generously donated by Event Medical Services.
These essential medical supplies will soon be out on the playing
Dr. David Owens and Lucy Clarke of the Hong
Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) have pledged to further build on
this initiative and assist with future pitch side medical training
courses in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. They will also look to expand the programme to other countries within the Asian region in the
years to come.
“The co-operation of dedicated volunteers,
a generous community, the inspirational story of Ben Kende and the
support of the HKRFU and Air Pacific demonstrate the best values
of the sport of rugby: what real teamwork can achieve,” Owens and Clarke said.
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