Since 2013, the conflicts in South Sudan have thrown almost 2 million people into internal displacement. Livelihoods have been destroyed, and families have been forced to flee their homes on multiple occasions. The lack of food, clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities combined have caused children to be more vulnerable to diseases and malnutrition.
Inspired by the opportunity to contribute and bring care to those in need in South Sudan, Lead8 fully supported staff and their families to take an active role in World Vision’s fundraising event, Expedition 180, held on 23 February, 2019 at The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club in Hong Kong.
Despite adverse weather conditions on the day, the event attracted over 1,000 people from across the city for an adventurous day of outdoor challenges to experience the difficulties of South Sudanese children who are affected by conflict. Heavy rain and strong winds could not deter Lead8 staff and their families who successfully completed a series of challenging refugee simulation activities, including food hunting, building shelters and overcoming barriers. The day was designed to enrich children’s creativity, problem-solving skills and resilience, and just as importantly, to help equip them to become better global citizens endowed with compassion and a broader perspective of our world.
“We are fortunate to live in a safe and nurturing environment, but we often forget what is happening to those living in impoverished and vulnerable countries. Expedition 180 has given our team and their children some insights and experiences of the challenging living conditions in South Sudan. Lead8 believe that corporates have the ability, and indeed the responsibility to make positive contributions to society at large. Expedition 180 has been an opportunity for us to realise part of that responsibility, and make a positive impact to enrich people’s lives and contribute to creating a better world,” said Lead8 Co Founder & Executive Director Christine Hau.
On Saturday, Lead8 was proudly recognised by World Vision as one of the largest contingents at Expedition 180 and was presented with an award for Top Fundraiser (Corporate & Group Category), in recognition of our active participation and contribution to the event.