Strive and Rise Programme mentors and mentees tour Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Equine Hospital

Club Chairman Michael Lee (left) and HKSAR Government Chief Secretary for Administration Chan Kwok-ki (centre) chat with a Strive and Rise Programme student mentee while visiting a horse at The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Equine Hospital.

18th March 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong Jockey Club, a prominent supporter of the HKSAR Government’s Strive and Rise Programme, has been spearheading efforts to foster the personal development of secondary students from low-income families. Since its launch in October last year, the Club has taken on the role of vice-chairperson of the Partners’ Board and provided financial support to the programme. Moreover, the Club’s employees have become volunteer mentors, sharing their expertise and experience with students.

In its relentless pursuit to broaden students’ perspectives and experiences, the Club has been organising visits to its facilities since January. Today, a group of students and their mentors visited the Equine Hospital at Sha Tin Racecourse, an event that was graced by the presence of the HKSAR Government Chief Secretary for Administration Chan Kwok-ki, Club Chairman Michael Lee, and the Club’s Executive Director, Racing, Andrew Harding.

During the visit, the students learned about the advanced medical equipment in the hospital and how different positions in the hospital collaborate to improve the health and well-being of horses, ensuring their safety during training and racing. The interaction with their mentors and veterinary staff enabled the students to explore their own interests and open their minds to the many possibilities available to them.

The students, who have been on visits to Tuen Mun Public Riding School and Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Art and enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the Club’s catering operations, expressed their enthusiasm and gratitude for the opportunity to learn more about horses and horse welfare. Club Chairman Michael Lee was equally impressed by the students’ positive response, remarking that every child can grow and develop if they are given the right opportunity and encouragement. Children and Youth Development remains one of the focus areas of the Club’s Charities Trust.

Chief Secretary for Administration Chan Kwok-ki lauded the Club’s support for the Strive and Rise Programme and its efforts to inspire students through arranging such inspirational visits. The upcoming visits to the Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course, Happy Valley Clubhouse, and the Racing Talent Training Centre will further enable students to learn more about the diverse career paths available at the Club.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s commitment to supporting the Strive and Rise Programme underscores its dedication to improving the lives of young people from low-income families. Through its efforts, the Club is paving the way for a brighter future for Hong Kong’s youth.

Club Chairman Michael Lee (2nd row, centre), HKSAR Government Chief Secretary for Administration Chan Kwok-ki (2nd row, 6th right), Club Executive Director, Racing, Andrew Harding (2nd row, 6th left), mentors and student mentees of the Strive and Rise Programme pose for a group photo after a visit to The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Equine Hospital.