Riding for the Disabled Association Annual Charity Ball 2016 was successfully held on the 13 Jan 2017 at Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong. This year, nearly 400 honorable guests, community partners and avid supporters of RDA gathered to support this major fundraising event. The guest of honor this year was Mr. Matthew Cheung, GBS,JP, the Acting Chief Secretary for Administration. Other guests included title sponsor’s representative – Mr. John Slosar, Chairman of Swire Pacific Limited, together with President of RDA & Chairman of HKJC Dr. Simon S O Ip, CBE,JP, Chairman of RDA cum Chairman of Ball Committee 2016 Mr. Thomas Yeung, Chairman of Brilliant International Group cum member of Ball Committee 2016 Dr Allen Shi, MH, JP, Mr. Tung Moon Fai and Mrs. Rusy M Shroff, etc.
Before the banquet officially began, Dr. Simon S O Ip, CBE, JP extended a warm welcome to all the guests, briefly introducing RDA’s mission and services. Over the past 40 years, RDA has actively been promoting rehabilitative riding to the disabled community to help build their self-confidence, balance and co-ordination. This provision complements the Government’s rehabilitation programmes. Besides promoting therapeutic riding, RDA is also committed to the development of equestrian sport in Hong Kong with the aim of training high potential riders to compete in local, regional and international competitions. Last year, RDA have again athlete – Ms. Natasha Tse competed in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Equestrian qualification test.
The highlight of the evening was the charity singing by celebrity singers: Dr. Simon S O Ip, CBE, JP, Mr. Anthony Chow SBS JP, Mr. Thomas Yeung and Dr. Allen Shi, MH, JP. The excellent performance made the night wonderful.