Date
23 August 2017
Runners race down Chater Road in an annual charity event in Hong Kong's Central business district on Sunday. Photo: Central Rat Race
Runners race down Chater Road in an annual charity event in Hong Kong's Central business district on Sunday. Photo: Central Rat Race

‘Rat Race’ hits new stride despite Occupy movement

The “CENTRAL Rat Race”, one of Hong Kong’s annual signature charity events, raised a record HK$3.08 million (US$397,000) this year even as the Occupy movement has blocked parts of the city’s financial district.

A total of 460 runners participated in the event in which costumed executives working in the city’s most prominent business enclave helped raise funds for MINDSET, a charity that supports mental health initiatives in Hong Kong and mainland China.

The event Sunday went off well as protesters moved to Harcourt Road in Admiralty, leaving open Chater Road, Pedder Street and Ice House Street in Central where the race took place, a Hong Kong Economic Journal columnist noted Monday.

A team from Pizza Hut beat others to win the race this year. Maxim’s Caterers, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. (00388.HK), Jardine OneSolution, and CBRE Group took the next top spots.

Since its launch 2006 by Hongkong Land Holdings, the CENTRAL rat race has become an important charity event in Hong Kong, with the organizers also seeing it as a good way for leading companies to promote physical well-being, mental health and work-life balance amid the city’s highly competitive business environment.

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