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Rugby: GFI HKFC Tens supports Nesbitt Centre for 30th edition

Lisa Foley (left) and Kay Rawbone following Nesbitt Centre’s appointment as official charity of the GFI HKFC Tens.

Lisa Foley (left) and Kay Rawbone following Nesbitt Centre’s appointment as official charity of the GFI HKFC Tens.

February 10, 2015: The Nesbitt Centre has been appointed the official charity of the 30th GFI HKFC Tens, which will be played at Hong Kong Football Club from March 25-26.

 

Established in 1993, The Nesbitt Centre is Hong Kong’s leading charitable organisation catering for the life development needs of young adults with learning disabilities. The organisation’s mission is to encourage and support special needs students to lead independent and rewarding lives within the community.

 

The Nesbitt Centre will receive all proceeds from the HK$100 entrance fee for the second day of the Tens on Thursday, March 26, as well as all on-site donations. The tournament offers free entry on the opening day.

 

Lisa Foley, Chairman of the GFI HKFC Tens organising committee, made the announcement at Café 8, a coffee shop borne of collaboration between the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and The Nesbitt Centre that provides employment opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.

 

“Each year we have engaged a charity with strong Hong Kong roots and a link to rugby, and this year the Nesbitt Centre is the perfect choice,” Foley said.

 

“The Nesbitt Centre is a wonderful organisation that provides incredibly positive experiences for an often overlooked sector of society. We are really looking forward to working with Kay and her team to raise the profile of their fantastic work and involving them in the Tens as much as we can.”

 

With two campuses on Hong Kong Island, The Nesbitt Centre provides ongoing education, training and vocational facilities for around 40 Hong Kong residents per annum aged between 18-46 and from multiple cultures and backgrounds.

 

Kay Rawbone, The Nesbitt Centre’s Operations Director, was delighted that the social enterprise had been selected as the official charity of the 30th HKFC Tens.

 

“On behalf of everyone at the Nesbitt Centre, staff and students alike, I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to the Tens committee for involving us this year. We are an organisation that relies entirely on charity and goodwill to operate so partnerships like this one with the Tens are a fantastic opportunity for us,” Rawbone said.

 

“However, it’s not just about the funds. We are also working with the committee to come up with ways to involve our cafes and students with the tournament and make sure as many people as possible get to see what The Nesbitt Centre does.”

 

Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, Operation Breakthrough and Po Leung Kuk were the tournament’s official charities in 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively.

 

GFI Group is title sponsoring the tournament for the 10th year and will be joined by fellow sponsors, Allied World, DHL, Swire Properties, Q-Net, Natixis and Fosters.

 

Since GFI came on board as title sponsor, the tournament has attracted rugby legends Joe Roff and Toutai Kefu (both 2006), Jonah Lomu (2007), Brian Lima (2008), Bobby Skinstad (2009), Waisale Serevi (2010), George Gregan and Christian Cullen (2011), Mils Muliaina (2012), Justin Marshall (2011 and 2012), and George Smith, the winning captain in 2014.

 

The GFI HKFC Tens is sanctioned by the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) and held on the Wednesday and Thursday before the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.

 

For more information on Nesbitt Centre, visit: www.nesbittcentre.org.hk

 

Source: GFI HKFC Tens (www.hongkongtens.com); Editing by SportAsia

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