The first step out of your comfort zone is always the hardest, but the rewards can be tremendous. This is true especially if you’re taking part in HK Vertical 1000, a unique abseiling event where you’ll rappel down from the top of One Island East. It’s a challenge like no other, and you’ll get to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience with like-minded adventurers, including three of Hong Kong’s favourite sport stars. Find out what inspired them to take on this challenge!
“The best gift you could give someone is an opportunity to try something new”
Embrace new opportunities
Long-distance runner Christy Yiu Kit-ching believes it’s important to encourage young people to explore their talents and passions. “The best gift you could give someone is an opportunity to try something new,” says the nurse-turned-athlete, who decided to embrace her new career as a full-time runner in 2014 when her coach suggested she could try for the Olympics. It wasn’t her first time to take a brave leap of faith, though: she used to prefer team sports; her PE teacher, however, saw her potential in long-distance running, so she gave it a try. “I’m glad I did, otherwise I wouldn’t be who I am today,” she says. It was this same spirit of trying that motivated her to accept the abseiling challenge. “I wouldn’t miss a chance to try something new!” says Yiu. “More importantly, it’ll inspire young people to explore new territory.”
“To me, it’s a way to give back to the community, as the donations will give youngsters the chance to discover new experiences – ones that may transform their lives.”
Give back to the community
HK Vertical 1000 is a charity event that supports the city’s youth development by giving young people access to Outward Bound Hong Kong’s courses. And for sport climber Yau Ka-chun, taking part in the event is a matter of coming full circle. “Rock climbing has been a huge part of my life since I was 14,” he says. “And it all began at a community centre, where I discovered and fell in love with this incredible sport.” Since then, Yau has trained to become a professional athlete, and the rest is history. With numerous medals under his belt, he remains grateful for the support he’d received from the centre during his teenage years. “This is why I’m so keen to take part in HK Vertical 1000,” he says. “To me, it’s a way to give back to the community, as the donations will give youngsters the chance to discover new experiences – ones that may transform their lives.”
“You must first lead by example if you want to advocate something.”
Lead by example
For Jason Kwok Ka-ming, firefighter and nine-time champion of the Cheung Chau Bun Scrambling Contest, the abseiling event is the perfect opportunity to not only challenge himself, but also promote a great cause. “You must first lead by example if you want to advocate something,” he says, adding that this is why he keeps going back for the bun scrambling contest. “As a Cheung Chau resident, I feel that it’s my responsibility to promote our beloved island’s tradition,” he explains. In the same way, through HK Vertical 1000, Kwok is walking the talk to encourage Hong Kong’s youth to leave their comfort zones and develop stronger minds. “This event is about stretching beyond your limits, and so I want to set a positive example,” he says. “After all, if we could rappel down 1,000 feet, what else couldn’t we tackle?”
Curious about this amazing adventure? Here are 10 things you should know about HK Vertical 1000 before you join.