The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels (HKETO, Brussels) supported, for the fifth consecutive year, the Oxfam Trailwalker organised by Oxfam Solidarity Belgium on 31 August and 1 September.
To raise money for charity this year, some 280 teams of four people each made the 100-kilometre trek through the picturesque Belgian region of Saint-Hubert in a maximum time of 30 hours.
As the Trailwalker originates in Hong Kong, the event represents an ideal opportunity to build further connections between Belgium and Hong Kong. At this year's Belgian Oxfam Trailwalker, Deputy Representative of HKETO, Brussels, Miss Fiona Chau, officiated at the opening ceremony, giving both the event's opening remarks and its starting signal.
In her opening remarks, Miss Chau highlighted the uniqueness of Hong Kong under the "one country, two systems" principle, which together with the fundamental strengths of Hong Kong, have led to the city's success. She shared that Hong Kong has braved many challenges in the past and emerged even stronger on each occasion. The city has always been a resilient, resourceful and reasonable society, with Hong Kong people being its greatest strength, possessing the wisdom and wherewithal to handle anything that comes its way.