Nearly 1,000 Participants Ran Barefoot up the Big Buddha Stairs in the Second Blindfold Cable Car Challenge HK$428,000 Raised for the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong Having Supported a Local NGO, NP360 Will Launch CNY

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HONG KONG, January 14, 2019 – As a major tourist attraction in Hong Kong, Ngong Ping 360 is committed to fulfilling its corporate social responsibility and giving back to society. Yesterday, nearly 1,000 participants competed in a series of adventure and race challenges, including running barefoot up the stairs to the Big Buddha and taking blindfolded selfies in a cable car, to raise money for the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA), which helps to provide mental health services for local children and adolescents. This event, organised by Ngong Ping 360, was the company’s second Blindfold Cable Car Challenge, and raised HK$428,000 for the charity.

The event’s award ceremony was held in Ngong Ping Village yesterday. Andy Lau, Acting Managing Director of Ngong Ping 360, Dr Pamela Chan, BBS, JP, Vice-Chairman of the BGCA Executive Committee, and Dr Chui Tak-yi, JP, Under Secretary for Food and Health, were invited to officiate. Mr Kwok Che-leung, Assistant Director of the Social Welfare Department, and Celine Tam, a gifted young singer, were special guests. Apart from the awards for the winners, the company gave certificates of appreciation to 11 sponsors and 16 supporting organisations and partners to thank them for their support and help, which contributed significantly to the success of this corporate charitable activity.

Andy Lau explained that, “With this fundraising event, we hoped to facilitate interaction between the company, staff and their families, stakeholders and the community to cultivate a caring society. I would like to express my deep wishes that the event has helped to unite the community to raise funds for the BGCA to help the most vulnerable in society to manage negative emotions.”

He went on to say that, “As a local tourist attraction, we also care for Hong Kong people. Therefore, we will introduce a real-name ticket purchase privilege for Hong Kong resident during the Chinese New Year period, allowing local guests to enjoy a priority boarding service.”

Dr Pamela Chan, BBS, JP, felt grateful for the support from various parties for the event, saying “Thank you for Ngong Ping 360 for your generous support; the funds raised will be donated to the project related to the promotion of adolescents’ mental health. This will allow BGCA to provide more services to enhance children and adolescents’ ability to resist and their mental health. The event also attracted public attention to this issue.”

Dr Chui praised this event for its rich meaning. He said, “I encourage NGOs to promote and provide mental health services with their concerted efforts, so that Hong Kong would advance in the direction of building a “mental-health friendly” community. At the same time, the Government is committed to improving mental health services for children and young people. Starting from this academic year, the Student Mental Health Support Scheme has been expanded to cover more schools, and has incorporated the service elements under the Hospital Authority’s Child & Adolescent Mental Health Community Support Project. With the support of clinical psychologists, students with mental health needs could be early identified and multi-disciplinary support services for students in schools have been strengthened.” 

In relation to the event, Celine Tam released her first self-composed song, ‘Blindfold Cable Car Challenge’s theme song’, for which Eric Leung, the famous Hong Kong lyricist, volunteered to write the meaningful Chinese lyrics. Celine also voluntarily sang the song and participated in MV shooting. She sang a small part of the song at the awards ceremony, stating afterwards, “Just like singing for me, studying for children can be a burden. To enhance their ability to resist, support from others is very important. Thus, I support this meaningful event and hope society will take more care of children and adolescents so that they grow up healthily.”

Ngong Ping 360 launches Hong Kong residents’ real-name ticket purchase to enjoy priority boarding privilege during CNY

From 5 to 11 in February, Ngong Ping 360 will provide at least 500 real-name express tickets quota each day for Hong Kong residents. Starting from 23 January, residents will be able to purchase designated packages (e.g. CNY Fun Pass, 360 Tai O Pass and round-trip crystal cabin cable car tickets) for the scheduled time priority boarding service from HK$315 up, which will allow them to conveniently board the cable car on time.

To enjoy this priority service, Hong Kong residents must enter real name while booking tickets and verify identity in person at designated counter and take cable car rides[1] in person, together with their accompanying guests (Hong Kong resident).

1.Nearly 1,000 people participants in the second Blindfold Cable Car Challenge, which helps BGCA to provide mental health services for local children and adolescents.

2. Participants enjoy “world’s top 10 cable car rides” and take in a full view of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge from a high angle in the cable car, while experiencing a series of blindfolded challenges.

3.Participants run barefoot up the Big Buddha stairs together.

4.Celine Tam released her first self-composed song, ‘Blindfold Cable Car
Challenge’s theme song’, for which Eric Leung, the famous Hong Kong lyricist, volunteered to write the meaningful Chinese lyrics. Celine also voluntarily sang the song and participated in MV shooting.

5.Mr Andy Lau, Acting Managing Director of Ngong Ping 360, delivers the welcome speech, saying that he hopes this fundraising event can help the children and adolescents to manage negative emotions and facilitate interaction between the company, staff and their families, stakeholders and the community to cultivate a caring society.

6.Dr Pamela Chan, BBS, JP, Vice-Chairman of the BGCA Executive Committee, hopes that the proceeds raised from the event will allow BGCA to provide more services to enhance children and adolescents’ ability to resist and their mental health, attracting public attention to this issue.

7.Dr Chui Tak-yi, JP, Under Secretary for Food and Health, says that he always encourages NGOs to promote and provide mental health services with their concerted efforts, so that Hong Kong can advance in the direction of building a ‘mental-health friendly’ community.

8.The event raised HK$ 428,000. The cheque was presented by Mr Andy Lau(second right), Acting Managing Director of Ngong Ping 360, Dr Chui Tak-yi(third right), JP, Under Secretary for Food and Healt, Ms Vicky Lau(first right), Head of Corporate Affairs of Ngong Ping 360, to Dr Pamela Chan(third left), BBS, JP, Vice-Chairman of the BGCA Executive Committee, Ms Grace Yu(second left), Chairman, Branding, Fundraising & Resources Development Committee of BGCA and Mr Charles Chan(first left), BGCA Executive Director.

9.360 Sharing Ambassador volunteer team’s efforts lays down a solid foundation for the success of Blindfold Cable Car Challenge. They take a group photo in the ceremony.

10.Mr Andy Lau(third right), Acting Managing Director of Ngong Ping 360, Dr Pamela Chan(second left), BBS, JP, Vice-Chairman of the BGCA Executive Committee, Dr hui Tak-yi(third left), JP, Under Secretary for Food and Health, Mr Kwok Che-leung(second right), Assistant Director of the Social Welfare Department, Ms Vicky Lau(first right), Head of Corporate Affairs of Ngong Ping 360, Mr Charles Chan(first left), BGCA Executive Director, take group photo together.