HONG KONG A wheelchair donation ceremony was conducted in conjunction with the opening ceremonies of the LDS Hong Kong Basketball Tournament in September to increase awareness among young people of the needs and abilities of people with physical disabilities.
Elder John B. Dickson of the Seventy, president of the Asia Area, greeted several dignitaries to the event, at which 250 wheelchairs were donated to the Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth by the Church in partnership with the Wheelchair Foundation.
Those attending included Betty Tung, wife of Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and U.S. Consul General James Keith.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mrs. Tung encouraged more organizations to give the disabled opportunities and resources so that they could be fully integrated into society.
Following the ceremony there was a wheelchair basketball game featuring a team from Hong Kong Sports Association for the Physically Disabled against a team of full-time missionaries who were unaccustomed to playing the game while in wheelchairs.
The Church basketball tournament is a community service for all youth; more than 1,500 players participated this year. The tournament has been well received by youth, parents and schools. It is one of the biggest basketball tournaments in Hong Kong.