Kindness begets kindness, as the saying goes.
Mac McGolpin has been one of the organisers of a charity football match to help needy people in the community for the past 15 years, and now that he is ill and needs help with medical fees, his friends are organising the same for him.
The football enthusiast, who has been battling brain cancer since May, has stopped his trading business, and now he needs HK$120,000 for his next round of chemotherapy at the Queen Mary Hospital.
With the treatment, he is hoping to put the cancer in remission in two years.
"We all knew Mac through football, so we just thought, why don't we play football for him," said Russ Green, one of McGolpin's pals on the field since the early 1990s.
Green will be among those playing in the game tonight at Sandy Bay, where McGolpin used to play regularly with one of the Strollers teams.
The players, mainly from the different Strollers teams, will each donate at least HK$500. Even some of those who cannot make it to the game tonight have pitched in with funds.
"I'm proud and touched that people are helping me raise money, but it should be more than just about me so that more people can benefit," said McGolpin, who plans to take part in a DNA profiling trial aimed at developing new cancer treatments.
Last May, McGolpin was on a trip to the UK when his friend noticed some discoordination on the left side of his body. A tumour, which was found in the right side of his brain, was removed in a six-hour operation. After returning to Hong Kong in June, he underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The next round of chemotherapy, spread over six months, will start next month.
McGolpin was funded by the government's Samaritan Fund in the first round, but is not sure whether it will continue.
With the mobility in the left side of his body affected after the operation, he needs a walking stick to get around.
McGolpin is determined to get his cancer into remission. He aims to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding in September. His other objective is to be back on the football field soon.
The man has helped to organise the Five-A-Side Football Tournament for the past 15 years. The tournament is one of the major donors to Operation Santa Claus, a holiday appeal jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK to raise funds for a range of charitable organisations.
To find out more about helping McGolpin, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org