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Spirit of Hong Kong

Spirit of Hong Kong

Spirit of Hong Kong is a series that looks behind the scenes of one of Asia's largest and most vibrant cities by focusing on those whose contributions often go unnoticed yet are vital to the everyday success of Hong Kong. 

Cycling crusader hopes to get city moving on two wheels

“Yes, yes,” says cyclist Martin Turner. “Cycling is good for the environment, yes, it’s often a faster mode of transport, so you can say all of these things of course, but why do I cycle? Because it’s fun!”

Monday, 30 September, 2013, 10:16am 1 comment

Humble hero of Sars crisis: 'I was just doing my job'

Despite all his training at police school, Sergeant Ko Wing-cheung could never have envisaged the epidemic that brought Hong Kong to a standstill in 2003. All eyes had been on the invasion of Saddam Hussein's Iraq, then suddenly the world's media turned its attention to Kowloon Bay - the epicentre of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak a decade ago.

2 Dec 2013 - 12:19pm 2 comments

Sutherland’s passion – to solve the problem of poverty

“I think people sometimes think that poverty is an intractable problem that cannot be solved. I completely disagree with that,” says David Sutherland. In January this year, Sutherland quit his role as Chief Financial Officer for Morgan Stanley to dedicate himself full-time to poverty alleviation work.

29 Sep 2013 - 4:08pm 1 comment

Guide runner helps blind and deaf athletes enjoy team spirit

Flood lights pour bright, hot rays on to the Hammer Hill Sports Ground in Choi Hung. The lush, green pitch is circled by a rust red athletic track. Eight lanes, delineated by freshly painted, white lines, mark the track for more than 100 hot, sweaty bodies running laps on a balmy September evening.

2 Dec 2013 - 12:19pm

Star Ferry captain serves harbour travellers for three decades

Every day the Star Ferry’s fleet of eight boats carry almost 60,000 people between Tsim Sha Tsui, Central and Wanchai. The boats travel a daily average of 708km between 6.30am and 11.30pm. From staff training down to the smallest screw on deck, Chan Tsu-wing, the Star Ferry coxswain, is the man in charge.

30 Sep 2013 - 12:22pm 3 comments

One woman aims to free Hong Kong's seas of plastic

Tracey Read, an Australian who has been in Hong Kong for eight years, was inspired to act by experiences on Discovery Bay’s beaches, playing with her young son.

28 Sep 2013 - 8:53pm

Adventure inspires others to paddle their own canoe

Paddling a canoe around Hong Kong’s shorelines – about 275 kilometres – outdoor sports instructor Ken Lee Wai-kam was able to see a whole different side to the city.

28 Sep 2013 - 7:03pm

Stroke leaves athlete damaged but defiant

Martha Ng Hoi-kei bounces out of the exercise room with such energy that it takes me a moment to realise she's the subject of the interview. She looks like an athlete - and is one - having come back from a stroke that left her in a coma for several days and permanently damaged her brain.

27 Sep 2013 - 5:00am 1 comment

Pastor embraces the chance to help others

Briton John Snelgrove lopes across the coffee shop floor of Pacific Coffee in the ground-floor lobby of The Vine in Wan Chai loudly calling my name. “Ah, there you are,” he says, before enveloping me in a hug.

26 Sep 2013 - 5:30pm

Hairdresser gives confidence-boosting haircuts to elderly, poor and disabled

Mingo Tang Kui-ming draws his inspiration from a six-month stint in the west of China in the 1980s.

25 Sep 2013 - 5:50pm 1 comment