HKRU Community Foundation
The HKRU Community Foundation was established in March 2013 to provide a vehicle to manage the HKRU’s myriad charitable activities.The Foundation aims to be a regional leader in the area of sport for development, using rugby as a medium to tackle social issues and effect change.The dual objectives are to promote the positive influence of the HKRU in the community and facilitate the participation and assistance of corporate and social responsibility funds in these programmes to allow their continuation and expansion.
The Foundation partners with local and international organisations such as the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, the Chinese University Department of Social Work, the British Council, VIVA and Active Communities Network to develop its programmes, and partners with a core group of NGOs for programme delivery. Emphasis is placed on the areas of health, education, disability, juvenile crime, and social inclusion.For each Community Foundation programme established the HKRU then seeks corporate support, ranging from sponsorship funding, donations to volunteer staff engagement.In the past two years, a total of more than $8 million has been disbursed by the Foundation and other HKRU charitable initiatives.The majority of the Foundation’s work is coordinated by the HKRU’s full-time Inclusive Rugby & Child Welfare Officer Stuart Gunn and assisted by HKRU Community Department staff. Contributing strongly to the team are (currently) six graduates of the HKRU-supported Operation Breakthrough programme on 12-month apprenticeships with the Union, sponsored by Ageas.