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Background of the Sedan Chair Race

The annual Sedan Chair Race consists of teams carrying sedan chairs racing around the Peak on 2.1km course, starting from The Matilda International Hospital. Teams come from a broad crosssection of Hong Kong – corporations, associations, clubs and schools, each with 8 runners and a passenger. Money for the Fund is raised through entrance fees and sponsorship fees. Teams

compete for speed as well as fun awards such as the best dressed, the best decorated chair, the most entertaining and the team that best captures the Spirit of the Event.

 

Companies see this as an unique opportunity to combine fitness activities, encourage creativity, and build the team spirit, whilst aligning with their corporate CSR programmes and benefitting small local charities.

 

Why the first race started

The outpatient manager of Matilda International Hospital, Joyce Smith, came up with a dual-purpose idea: a novelty race to raise money for charity and at the same time raise the Hospital's profile. Sedan chairs and rickshaws were the only means of transportation to and from the Hospital when it first opened in 1907 so it seemed a fitting way to race. The first Sedan Chair Race started
in 1975 with four entrants competing for "The Matilda Hospital Shield". The teams raced around thecourse on Mt. Kellett Road, following the original route that patients used to be transported to the Matilda International Hospital.

Today...

Since its inception, the Sedan Chair Race has raised over $68 million for 135 Hong Kong charitable organisations. In 2016, nearly 30 teams from across Hong Kong society are competing for numerous trophies and are actively involved in the charity donation process by selecting the charities or categories they wish to support. We look forward to partnering with more companies and associations, working together for the benefit of our local community.