HONG KONG SEVENS LUNCHEON
Tickets are now on sale for the ninth annual Canadian Rugby Sevens Hong Kong Luncheon. The highly-anticipated event will be held in the four star Excelsior Hotel’s Marina room in Hong Kong, prior to the start of the Hong Kong Sevens tournament on Thursday March 26 between 11:30-3:30pm. Proceeds from the event will go to Rugby Canada’s Sevens program and a growing legacy endowment to support teams in generations to follow.
The HSBC Rugby Sevens World Series stop in Hong Kong is known among the rugby community as one of the largest parties of the year. Sevens teams from around the world are welcomed to the tournament that is described as a rugby Mardi Gras! With over 300,000 Canadians living in Hong Kong, this tournament is a perfect venue for hometown support.
The annual luncheon has become a focal point to raise awareness and gather Canadian rugby supporters. Friends, family, supporters and fans can meet and dine with the stars of the Canada Rugby Sevens teams.
“We have seen in previous years how beneficial this event can be. We want to be able to help our team reach their highest potential, and the best way we can do that is through funding. We raised $285,000 CAD during the 2014 season which is incredibly helpful as the teams gets ready for the Olympic qualifications in 2015,” said Executive Director of the Canadian Rugby 7s Fund, Stephanie Crozier.
“This luncheon is a perfect opportunity for us to showcase our team to their fans and supporters and be able to fundraise for their development and growth so they can compete at a world class level,” said Crozier.
HONG KONG CANADIAN RUGBY 7s FUND
The Hong Kong Canadian Rugby 7s Fund was developed to raise money to bolster the Canadian teams. To kick off the Hong Kong Sevens tournament a luncheon is held prior to the tournament every year allowing additional funding to be raised.
“Contributions come from an incredibly proud and patriotic fan base among the 300,000 Canadian expats living in Hong Kong. Dedicated volunteers put in months of work leading up to the HK 7s and the fund has some very generous people step up to show their support to Canada,” said The Canadian Rugby Foundation via their website.
Since inception, the Canadian Rugby 7s Fund has become the largest private revenue source for Canada’s Men’s Sevens team, raising over $208k in 2013 and $285k in 2014. This funding has proven its value, as Canada has become a top tier competitor internationally, at the Honk Kong Sevens and a favourite to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.
“We as a team are very grateful to the Canadian Rugby 7s Fund. A huge barrier for any rugby team is funding and we know as a team we would not be where we are today with out the contributions from all our supporters,” said Canada’s team captain Nathan Hirayama.
“We always enjoy our time in Hong Kong. It is great to have so many Canadian fans at an event on the other side of the world. We always appreciate the dedication and support they have for our team,” said Hirayama.