Tooth Paced (HKU Dental Students)

大家好,我們是「Tooth Paced」,由四位港大牙科學生組成的隊伍。我們將參與由 啟勵扶青會 舉辦的《2022 Weez Walk》 ,一個環繞香港島海岸線走62公里的挑戰!

啟勵扶青會是香港的非牟利機構,旨在扶植青年裝備所需技能、知識及機會,推動朋輩間互助精神;啟發青年潛能,讓其盡展所長。而 《Weez Walk》 是一個致力提升對青少年精神健康關注度的活動。

精神疾病在現今社會中非常普遍。全球每四人就有一位不幸罹患情緒病;而在香港,每七人就有一位。在所有齡層當中,以青少年最為嚴重。超過一半香港中學生出現抑鬱症病徵,而四位當中就有一位飽受嚴重焦慮困擾。香港大學醫學院的研究亦顯示,近七成大學生出現抑鬱症病徵,當中約五成四的學生更展現焦慮症狀。

精神健康對個人,家庭及社會都有巨大影響。根據世界衛生組織統計,七成半的情緒病會在患者24歲或之前病發,病情往往可持續影響其一生。

單是2020年,香港至少有900人因情緒病自殺身亡。根據港大防止自殺研究中心的統計,10-19歲年輕人的自殺率在2014-2017三年間上升至少一倍;大概三成三的小學生,及四成中一學生亦瀕臨自殺風險。可見情況日趨嚴重。

要解決這個持續惡化的社會問題,由年輕人方面著手是最有效的方法。啟勵扶青會 聯同 Mind HK 製作了一系列有關精神健康的資訊予公眾,藉以教育家長、老師和同學去分辨情緒低落的徵狀,並提供支援,協助受困者走出陰霾。

身為牙科學生,我們深明「預防勝於治療」這個道理,於情緒病亦然。我們希望透過參與《Weez Walk》,提升公眾對精神疾病的關注;並為患者,以及在自殺個案中痛失至愛的親人朋友打氣。

《Weez Walk 》對我們而言是一個龐大的體能挑戰,我們正積極訓練自己,並打算於2022年1月22日完成挑戰。

希望各位能花一點時間瀏覽我們的籌款專頁。不論是捐款、與家人朋友分享專頁或分享有關精神健康的資訊,對我們而言已是莫大的支持。

活動所籌得的善款將用作籌備 啟勵扶青會 的其他計劃。計劃會為香港青少年提供協助,教導他們如何分辨、抒發和控制負面情緒,預防精神疾病。

如你有興趣於2022年1月22日現身支持我們,你可在沿途上為我們打氣、遞上補給物、甚至陪伴我們跑過部分的路徑。由於《Weez Walk》沒有設立官方的補給站,我們尤其需要水及補充劑。如你願意於當日提供支援,歡迎個別聯絡我們以獲取更多資訊!

感謝你們的支持,明年22/1見!
Charlotte Chan, Justin Law, Kitty Cheung & Ophelia Ng
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Hi! We’re “Tooth Paced”, a group of HKU 4th and 5th year dental students and close friends. We are running the 2022 Weez Walk - a 62km challenge around the Hong Kong Island coast line!

We are fundraising for the Weez Project and KELY Support Group, a registered non-profit charity in Hong Kong whose mission since 1991 has been to equip young people with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities needed to support themselves and each other.

We are running for the many (1 in 7 in HK and 1 in 4 globally) who are affected by mental health conditions, for the 900+ lives that were lost to suicide in Hong Kong in the past year alone (HKU Centre for Suicide Research & Prevention), and for the thousands of friends, families, colleagues and classmates who have been impacted by suicide bereavement.

Mental health has a huge impact on individuals, families and societies. As dental students, we know the importance of preventative care and believe that it is no different for mental health issues. In fact, 75% of all mental health problems arise before the age of 24 (WHO), often with pronounced effects extending throughout an individual’s lifespan. Over half of HK secondary school pupils show symptoms of depression, with 1 in 4 experiencing clinically-high levels of anxiety. Research from HKU Faculty of Medicine has found that among university undergraduates, 69% currently show symptoms of depression, with 54% suffering from anxiety. HK’s youth suicide rate (aged 10-19) more than doubled from 2014-2017, and 1 in 3 primary school students and 40% Form 1 students are at risk of suicide (HKU CSRP).

Targeting youth is the most effective way to address this ever-growing problem. KELY Support Group, together with Mind HK, has created mental health resources for parents, teachers and students to recognize the signs and symptoms of poor wellbeing and ways to seek help before they escalate further. The money raised will go towards developing and delivering preventive mental health programs for young people across Hong Kong, helping young people learn how to identify, express and manage their emotions and the many challenges that adolescence brings.

None of us have never undertaken such a monumentous physical challenge before. We are training hard and plan to complete the trail run on 22 January 2022. We would be appreciative of your support for this cause - whether it’s by contributing to our fundraiser financially, sharing our page or spreading the word about how mental health has impacted you and those around you - we are grateful for your heart and the time you’ve taken to visit our fundraising page.

If you are keen to join us physically on 22 January 2022, we would love to have you run part of the 62km trail with us! We also greatly appreciate any support on the trail (company, cheer, jokes, encouragement or meeting us at designated checkpoints to help with water, nutrition, and other supplies) as this will be a self-organized run without any official checkpoints providing resources. Please message us individually for more details on how to get involved!

Thank you, and see you on Jan 22!
Charlotte Chan, Justin Law, Kitty Cheung & Ophelia Ng

RAISED HK$30000.00

HK$0
Goal Amount HK$5000.00
# Name Donation Date Amount
1 Ella Tse $2,480.00
2 Veronica Li $300.00
3 Heinok Fan $620.00
4 Kim Onsiong $600.00
5 Anonymous $500.00
6 Erika Shek $300.00
7 Hon Ki $1,000.00
8 EE $1,000.00
9 Karen Leung $500.00
10 Justine Chan $300.00