On Friday 1st September, the charity Operation Breakthrough co-hosted Club Fight Night 2017 at the Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong. Rugby players from the top clubs in Hong Kong swapped the rugby pitch for the boxing ring for the first time with table service for those watching.
The event raised money to support the work of Operation Breakthrough which aims to build relationships between young offenders and the police force. ERE Property is proud to have been one of the sponsors of the event and supporters of the evening. ERE has strong ties to Hong Kong where we opened a new office in Wan Chai last year to better serve the needs of our large customer base built through recommendation and referral.
The boxing match was timed as an opener for the new season to give the winners bragging rights for their team! All the guests provided rousing support for the fighters efforts.
Operation Breakthrough provides sporting and related activities, as a means to help, rehabilitate and positively reinforce young people from disadvantaged backgrounds or families; helping to fight crime and juvenile delinquency.
These programmes, which are voluntarily run by serving and retired police officers assisted by social workers, are aimed at exercising positive influences on young people and building self-confidence and self-esteem. The long-term aims of the programme are to prevent re-offending, build bonds with officers in the Hong Kong Police Force.
The Chairman of the Police Boxing Club, Francis Carroll, explains that Breakthrough boxing is much more than just providing young people sports classes – “It teaches discipline, confidence, and social skills. We want the kids to feel valued. We want to see collective development.”
So far, 12 Breakthrough recruits have gone on to become serving police officers, two are firemen, and one is a social worker. Perhaps, most promising of all, is that the reoffending rate is at 3 per cent.
Find out more about Operation Breakthrough on their website http://www.breakthrough.hk/