Hong Kong cyclothon to raise money for family of fireman killed in clifftop rescue
Riders will donate at least HK$200,000 ahead of hero’s burial service
More than 200 cyclists are taking part in a 10km cyclothon in Tai Po on Sunday afternoon to raise at least HK$200,000 for the family of fireman Yau Siu-ming, who died on a clifftop rescue mission last month.
Yau, 50, lost his footing and slipped during an overnight search and rescue operation that began on March 21 for two hikers lost in a treacherous part of Ma On Shan Country Park.
The fundraising event for his widow and six-year-old son takes place ahead of his funeral on Friday. Yau will be buried in Gallant Garden, Wo Hop Shek, a cemetery for public servants who die in the line of duty.
Yau studied at Beijing Sport University and was a member of the Fire Services Department’s cycling club, where he was remembered as a fitness fanatic.
“We hope to pay tribute to Yau through this event and raise enough education funds for his child,” said the chairman of the Fire Services Department Staffs General Association, Jerry Nip Yuen-fung, who jointly organised the cyclothon with the university’s alumni association in Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Police Cycling Club.
The ride began in Tai Po Waterfront Park, where people shared their memories of Yau and safety tips were offered to hikers.
Acting security minister John Li Ka-chiu and the director of the Fire Services Department, Daryl Li Kin-yat, delivered speeches paying tribute to the hero.
The circular route covers Tai Po and Tolo Harbour. Participants must donate no less than HK$1,000.
“We do not know the exact amount of donations received at the moment as some participants donated more than HK$1,000,” Nip said.
Yau, a fireman since 1987, was attached to Tin Sum station, near Tai Wai. He helped to put out the huge blaze that killed two colleagues in an industrial building in Ngau Tau Kok last year.
A vigil will be held at the Universal Funeral Parlour in Hung Hom on Thursday evening, followed by a customary mourning ceremony and funeral with full honours the next morning.
The hearse will proceed from the parlour to Ma On Shan Country Park for a traditional Chinese ritual.
Five fire services unions appealed to the public to donate to the bank account of Yau’s wife, Lau Lelen, (HSBC 180-7-022700), or mail a crossed cheque with payee “LAU LELEN” to the Hong Kong Fire Services Department Staffs General Association at Flat A, 2/F, Cheng Hong Building, 47-57 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei.